• Athens Film Factory 2016

    For the 5th year in a row, the Hellenic Film Academy organizes the Film Factory, which this year is to be hosted by the Greek Film Archive Foundation on the 17th, 18th and 19th of December 2016.

    Stars of the Film Factory are always the Awarded Cinematographers of the year who are called to teach in seminars and workshops for free, each one in his field of expertise, building bridges of knowledge and experience with the new generation of colleagues.

    The parallel events run by the Film Factory include screenings of movies and a special presentation titled “Buildings in Films”. There will be also an event for teachers on films made by pupils.

    Official guests of the event are: Phaedon Papamichael, director and cinematographer, living and working in the USA and Ely Dagher, Lebanese director, awarded with the Palm d’ Or in the Cannes Film Festival for his short film Waves 98.

    At the same time, the short film sponsorship competition held by the Academy and Cosmote TV goes through its second phase, where 12 elected projects shall be presented by their creators to the selection panel.

    Film Factory is the core educational activity of the Hellenic Film Academy. It is also a field of cooperation among educational, cultural and other bodies, aiming at a continuous qualitative upgrade of its content.

    This year’s organization is supported by COSMOTE TV, great sponsor of the Hellenic Film Academy, also contributed by the Onassis Cultural Centre Athens and the Greek Film Archive Foundation, the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation, the City of Athens Culture, Sports and Youth Organization, the Educational Radio-Television, the Festival of Olympia and Neaniko Plano non-profit organization.

  • Athens FILM FACTORY 2015

    The Hellenic Film Academy and OTE TV, with the support of the Onassis Cultural Centre & Foundation and the collaboration of the Athens School of Fine Arts, the Goethe Institute and the Greek Film Archive, present the 4th edition of the Film Factory at the Athens School of Fine Arts, December 12-14, 2015. The 3-day workshop, screening and lecture extravaganza, delivered by the winners of the last Hellenic Film Academy Awards, has seen the addition of an array of sidebar events and presentations of international interest.

    The main program includes workshops and lectures by:

    Roulis & Giorgos Alahouzos (Best Special Effects and Cinematic Innovation: “Norway”)

    Rea Apostolidi & Yuri Averov (Best Documentary: “A Family Affair”)

    Kostas Gikas (Best Cinematography: “Forever”)

    Panagiotis Evagellidis (Best Screenplay: “Xenia”)

    Maria Kallimani (Best Actress: “Sto spiti”)

    Best Special Effects and Cinematic Innovation

    Ionas Katrakazos (Best Special Effects and Cinematic Innovation: “Norway”)

    Eleni Kossyfidou (Best Film: “Xenia”)

    Panos H. Koutras (Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Director: “Xenia”)

    Stella Kyriakopoulos & Despina Pavlaki (Best Short Film: “Volta”)

    Vangelis Mourikis (Best Actor: “Stratos”)

    Alexandra Boussiou (Best Film: “Xenia”)

    Dora Nazou (Best Make-up: “Norway”)

    Aggelos Papadimitriou (Best Supporting Actor: “Xenia”)

    Babis Papadopoulos (Best Music: “Stratos”)

    Kostas Fylaktidis (Best Sound: “Stratos”)

    All lectures and workshops will be open to the public.

    Within the context of this year’s collaboration with the Goethe Institute, student Oscar winner Ilker Çatak, a German filmmaker of Turkish descent, will lead a workshop on “film studies, dual identities and film Gods”, complemented by a screening of his award-winning film “Sadakat”.

    The Film Factory will also host a Tribute to Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning German Shorts, including:

    – BALANCE, by Christoph and Wolfgang Lauenstein, 1989

    – BLACK RIDER, by Pepe Danquart, 1992

    – GREGOR’S GREATEST INVENTION, by Johannes Kiefer, 2001
    – RABBIT À LA BERLIN, by Bartek Konopka, 2009

    The Tribute is slated to include Filippos Tsitos’ award-winning student film PARLEZ- MOI D’AMOUR.

    The Film Factory sidebar events for 2015 include a movie poster exhibition at the Athens School of Fine arts, curated by well-known film critic Panagiotis Timogiannakis (courtesy of the Fotis Tsaktsis collection), as well as a specialty masterclass on color grading by Al. Kapidakis (Authorwave) at the Greek Film Archive on December 13, 1–4pm (first come, first served)

    Last but not least, the Hellenic Film Academy, in collaboration with the Directorate of Educational Radio-television of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs and the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, presents a teacher’s training course on how to make films with your students. Lecturers include Giorgos Koumouros (head of educational technologies at the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute & filmmaker), Christos Georgiou (filmmaker) and Giorgos Frentzos (cinematographer).

    The deadline for submission deadline for the Film Factory Short Film Fund, an open competition jointly organized by the Hellenic Film Academy and OTE TV, was up at midnight on November 22nd. Submitted films almost hit the 200 mark and the evaluation process is already underway.

    During the Film Factory, the competition will enter phase 2, where the jury will grant participants one-on-one interviews in order to gain a better understanding of the 12 most popular projects.

    The six finalists will be announced on Monday December 14, at 8:30 at the foyer of the Athens School of Fine Arts theater. A 3-month mentorship will offer front runners the opportunity to iron out any glitches before submitting their projects for final scrutiny March 2016.

    The two winners, whose short films will be funded by the Hellenic Film Academy and OTE TV, will be revealed during the HFA Awards Ceremony on March 28, 2016, at the Onassis Cultural Center.