Due to the new restrictive measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the 61st Thessaloniki Film Festival (TIFF) will take place online from 5 to 15 November. Under the motto “Cinema, no matter what”, the festival will present 177 films in total, featuring the best of independent films from all over the world, recent Greek film productions, breathtaking tributes, subversive films and classic favorite comedies, amidst these unforeseeable and unprecedented days we’re living in.

“Ever since February 2020, our dystopian everyday life seems to be the work of a sci-fi screenwriter. Thessaloniki Film Festival bears no exception of course, but at the same time it has proved to be a feisty and resilient institution. Following in the footsteps of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival held last March, the 61st Thessaloniki Film Festival will take place, no matter what. We owe it to the audience, to the filmmakers, to the cinema industry, to our team. Cinema by any means, cinema at any given place… to light up our days and nights” points out TIFF’s General Director, Elise Jalladeau.

“What we took for granted until a few months ago, today is not valid”, points out the festival’s artistic director Orestis Andreadakis.”Our motto “Cinema, no matter what” is a means for love and understanding, a way for us to lay down some rules of our own, over the ones imposed by the new coronavirus, a reaction against the reversed world we have immersed in”.

The festival will premiere on Thursday, November 5, 2020 with the film The Whale Hunter by Philipp Yuryev and will concmude on Sunday, November 15, 2020, with the screening of the film Never Gonna Snow Again by Małgorzata Szumowska and Michał Englert.

The 61st TIFF also hosts 18 Greek full-feature films, as well as 21 Greek shorts:

  • 15 films that celebrate their premiere (“First Take”)
  • 3 films that have already premiered (“A Second Viewing”)
  • 2 classic and beloved movies, in fully accessible online screenings
  • The award-winning short films from the recent 43rd Drama Short Film Festival will also be screened.

For more information about the program, you can visit the festival’s official website.