Outwardness is an inherent and holistic quality of the Festival

Thessaloniki international Film Festival

A conversation with human reality

Text: Orestis Andreadakis TIFF Director | Photographs: TIFF archive

Outwardness is an inherent and holistic quality of the Festival. It’s even part of its name: International Film Festival of Thessaloniki.

It’s i n t e r n a t i o n a l . Every international event communicates with everything that’s happening now around the world, may that be culture, society, politics or economy, and encompasses human reality, no matter what or where. If something happens in Iran, in Mexico, in Norway, it immediately engages us because the people in those countries are our friends and partners. International policies are changing, shifting the dynamics, the relationships, everything that connects us and holds value to us.

It’s a f e s t i v a l. In other words, it’s a celebration emanating from art. People of all ages, of diverse civilizations, of different credos come together and society changes through this collective, just as we change too.

It’s c i n e m a. A form of art for everyone. For the many and the few, for the young and the old, it’s an art speaking directly into our heart, regardless of language or origin.

Thessaloniki is the take-off point of this international journey. It’s an international city itself, a cosmopolitan one, a crossroads of civilizations, the backdrop of massive historical changes and a seedbed of new trends and innovations, with an immense background in culture and art.

The mission of TIFF is to constantly renew itself by fostering fresh and valuable collaborations in support of up-and-coming names in the film industry, for the sake of the art in itself.

One such collaboration, the «Thessaloniki Goes to Cannes» project in partnership with the Greek Film Center, brought us to the Cannes Film Festival in May of 2017 where TIFF screened five post-production stage movies at the prestigious Marché du Film, one of the world’s largest and most sought-after film markets attended by the industry’s key players, one where Greece was the only participating country from Southeastern Europe and the Balkans.

Another important synergy signifying the Festival’s outreach endeavors is the Thessaloniki Locarno Industry Academy International, a collaboration between the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and the Locarno Festival, with the support of Faliro House Productions, which establishes a training platform aimed at helping young professionals of the film industry interact and share their experiences in the areas of international sales, marketing, distribution, presentation and programming.

These are just two examples to give you an idea of what we do. The Festival participates in a universal conversation that goes on incessantly, inciting a dialogue whose first lines emerge in Thessaloniki, then spread throughout the world and eventually appear on the big screen.