With the strong presence of MELINA, the 8th Chania International Film Festival

“100 years of Melina Mercouri” at the Chania Film Festival.

An exhibition, a book, a premiere compose the great tribute of the8th Chania Film Festival to the Eternal Greek woman, Melina Mercouri.
Forthe 8th consecutive year, the Chania International Film Festival, under difficult conditions, opens its gates to the public. Dedicated this year to Melina Mercouri, celebrating the 100th anniversary of her birth.


The premiere of the Chania Film Festival will take place on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 with a documentary film, in A’ screening, titled “Melina – I was born Greek”, produced by COSMOTE TV. The script and direction is signed by Panos Angelopoulos. They talk about the Melina and for the “Melina Mercouri” award received by the actors: Lena Papaligoura, Gioulika Skafida, Ioanna Papa, Alexandra Aidini, Lena Drosaki, Loukia Michalopoulou, Marina Aslanoglou, Iro Bezos, Elena Mavridou, Ioanna Koliopoulou, Anthi Efstratiadou. Also speaking are personalities who knew her, such as the journalist Pavlos Tsimas, the singer Dimitra Galani, the Niki Laliotis, member of the Board of Directors of the Melina Mercouri Foundation, the journalist Giannis Pretenteris, the actor and director Stamatis Fasoulis, the actress Katia Dandoulaki, the author Vasilis Vassilikos and the producer Froso Ralli.
Credits: Script – Direction: Panos Angelopoulos, Photography: Stavros Papoutsas, Production Manager: Maria Kallitsi, Editing: Eva Mathiou – Nikos Mylonas, Executive Producer: Sound &Picture ltd, Production: COSMOTE TV.


On the two floors of the Cultural Center of Chania, a large exhibition is hosted, co-organized with the Region of Crete and the Municipality of Chania, which includes film and theatrical posters, photographs from its artistic and political activities, music records, rare theatrical programs, magazines and newspaper clippings from all over the world. The material covers the period 1920 -1994 and aspires to highlight the personality, the course in theater and cinema and the political work of this great Greek woman.


Part of this material is depicted in an anniversary book that bears her name, subtitled, “when in Greece Culture made headlines”, a tribute of the Chania Film Festival to the “last Greek goddess”, as the foreign press described her. In this book we remember the man, the artist, the politician and her visions, a legacy for the present and the future. Her visions for Culture and Education. The material and the curation, both the exhibition and the book, belong to the Lefteris Lambrakis. The version is of the Chania Film Festival and “Compass of the City” publications.

This year’s rich program of the Festival can be watched by our friends all over Greece online – in a protected environment – in the www.chaniafilmfestival.com .

Part of this program will be presented in the physical space of the Festival, the Cultural Center of Chania, daily 8.00 p.m. -10.00 p.m., as well as in special screenings that have been scheduled. In detail, there will be a special briefing in the coming days from the festival’s site.

Stay tuned to the www.chaniafilmfestival.com , but also to the festival’s social media!!!
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The 8th Chania Film Festival and its Educational Programs are under the auspices of: the Ministries of Culture and Sports, Education and Religious Affairs, Tourism and the Greek National Tourism Organization
They are supported by: the Representation of the European Commission in Greece, the Greek National Tourism Organization, the National Centre for Audiovisual Media and Communication, the Greek Film Centre
Designed and implemented by the Cultural Society of Crete
They are co-organized by: the Region of Crete, the Regional Unit of Chania, the Cultural Center of Chania, the Municipalities of Chania and Platanias and the CFSP-KAM.
They are carried out with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports
They have the synergy of the most important actors of Cinema, Culture and Education.

All the activities of the Chania Film Festival are free of charge and access to people with disabilities is ensured.

8th Chania Film Festival / Chania Film Festival (CFF)

21 – 31 October 2020, at the Cultural Center of Chania and online at the www.chaniafilmfestival.com

Thank you for your cooperation!!!

The Press Office of the8th Chania Film Festival / Chania Film Festival (CFF)