You wouldn’t guess it by looking at this small mountain village on the slopes of Mount Parnon, but 90 years ago, Vamvakou hosted an early open-air cinema.
This summer, for the second year in a row, that tradition is revived with a Vamvakou film festival, albeit from a distance this year.
The theme of this year’s online film festival is “Life in the Countryside: Nature & Hospitality,” with films available for 24-hour streaming in Greece and abroad. The festival invites us, wherever we are, to discover the relationship between nature and hospitality, through different lenses, including “Beginnings,” “Love,” “Light,” and “Darkness.”
The film festival is put on by Vamvakou Revival as part of an initiative to bring new life to the village, made possible through an exclusive grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). The festival is organized in collaboration with two other recent SNF grantees: ARTWORKS and the Syros International Film Festival, through cofounder Jacob Moe.
Filmmakers who have received support through the ARTWORKS SNF Artist Fellowship Program will take part in the festival and show works related to the theme. Participating artists include Konstantinos Antonopoulos, Yorgos Zois, Vasilis Kekatos, Yorgos Kyvernitis, and Lia Tsalta.
See the full program.