Call for Entries for Greek Film Fest Chicago! 2012

Call for Entries for Greek Film Fest Chicago! 2012
CHICAGO -- Greek Film Fest Chicago! celebrating Hellenic StoryTelling, has announced a call for entries for its 2nd annual event to take place in Autumn 2012. Short- and feature-length entries produced no earlier than January 2010 by international filmmakers of Greek and Greek Cypriot descent are now being accepted for admission. Films about Greece and/or Hellenism by non-Greek filmmakers will also be considered.

The film festival is the premium event of the FilmHellenes not-for-profit corporation, dedicated to embracing Greek filmmakers worldwide by featuring a juried selection of the finest contemporary Greek films to Chicago audiences - the Greek diaspora community and the wider American public. FilmHellenes also sponsor other events throughout the year, including benefits, retrospectives, tributes and training workshops, to fulfill their mission of preserving and strengthening their Greek heritage, building bridges to other communities, and advancing Greek cinema in the modern world. This is done by promoting new talent and providing opportunities for the next generation of Greek filmmakers.

The FilmHellenes board is comprised of notable individuals of Hellenic descent with considerable experience in film and the humanities. They include president and co-founder, filmmaker Niko Franghias, writer-director of EmberFrames; vice president Zoe Iltsopoulos Borys, Fletcher Cameras’ general manager; secretary/treasurer Terry Jacobs of EmberFrames; Dino Vlahakis, owner of the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge, Ill; banker Dimitris Kostopoulos, also a Greek language teacher at the Hellenic American Academy; Art Andros, architect and City of Chicago project manager; Takis Theotokatos, director of cultural programming at the Hellenic American Academy; and Peter Kanelos, assistant professor of theatre at Loyola University Chicago.

For consideration, films should fit under one of four categories: Hellenic Current (recent narrative features, short subjects, animation, feature and short length documentaries); Flashes of History (historical documentaries); and Young Ambition (student entries). A special program category, Chrysotheke, (by festival invitation only) will be saluting films that are putting Greece on the map.

The regular deadline for submissions is March 31, and the late deadline is May 1. For complete guidelines and entry forms, please visit or email

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