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The Sydney Greek Film Festival is an Initiative of the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW


History / Background

The Greek Film Festival first started in Sydney and Melbourne in 1993 and has been run as an annual event in these two cities for the last 14 years. The Festival provides a forum for showcasing Greek Film and is one of the largest and most prestigious community film festivals in the country. The GFF has managed to attract a strong and loyal audience from within the Greek and wider community with an interest in contemporary Greek cinema. Over the last 6 years the Greek Film Festival has enjoyed an increase in audience numbers as a result of the partnership with the Palace Cinema group and the expansion of the Greek Film Festival to Adelaide, Canberra and Brisbane.

This has seen the Greek Film Festival enjoy national attendance figures of over 20 000 in 2005 and emerged as one of the major annual film festivals on the Australian film festival network. The Festival aims to present audiences with the finest and most exciting productions reflecting Greek culture and exemplifies the continued development of young Greek filmmakers. It is run in Partnership with The Greek Film Centre (Athens) and Palace Cinemas Australia. The Festival, traditionally a two to three week celebration, combines high profile premieres with independent and art house screenings as well as prestigious and much loved opening and closing events to create a truly eclectic program.

Tickets for the Festival are very reasonably priced to encourage maximum attendance and the festival is frequently attended by discerning moviegoers in addition to many high profile members of the film industry. The Film Festival currently achieves strong support in Greek language media including print and radio and through the communication and marketing to the Greek community in each region. Over the last few years the festival has been successful in generating publicity, marketing and media exposure in the Greek and Mainstream media with very limited staff and volunteer resources.


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