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Screening of the movie Love - 2015 AIFF | © Courtesy of the Athens International Film Festival
Screening of the movie Love - 2015 AIFF | © Courtesy of the Athens International Film Festival
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An Introduction To The Athens International Film Festival

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Updated: 22 September 2016
Founded by non-profit organization Athens Film Society, the Athens International Film Festival Opening Nights aims to present often overlooked and forgotten aspects and genres of independent cinema and to showcase some of the best features and documentaries of the year to its public.

Launched in 1995, the Athens International Film Festival (AIFF) quickly turned into a major event for the movie industry in the country. Attracting over 50,000 movie-goers as well as top international films, the festival features an international competition where awardees walk off with a gold Athena statue. The competition includes different sections such as Music & Film, tributes and retrospectives, plus documentaries.

© Courtesy of the Athens International Film Festival
Courtesy of the Athens International Film Festival

Highly diverse, the festival program includes over 100 movies, indie productions, a carefully curated selection of premieres, high-profile documentaries, midnight showings, and screenings of classic features. The AIFF also hosts a plethora of parallel events, such as lectures, exhibitions, workshops, and, of course, parties. The venues for the screenings include cinemas around town, including the Odeon Opera 1&2, the Danaos Cinema 1&2, Ideal Cinema, and the Greek Film Archive Foundation.

Over the years, many notable local and international film professionals have attended the event, including Peter Greenaway, Jeremy Irons, Christine Vachon, Daniel Day-Lewis, Shion Sono, Kim Ki-duk, Jane Birkin, Ari Folman, Fatih Akin, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Costa Gavras, and many others.

The Athens Film Society is also responsible for the Athens Open Air Film Festival, the Athens International Film & Video Festival, and other actions, all of which highlight unknown aspects of the cinema.

The 2016 edition will take place from September 21st until October 2nd.