Avant-Garde Film Festival is a proposal of the Greek Film Archive,
an ongoing project over the last four years, aiming at creating
a multilateral forum, which will be sensitising the audience on
the diversity of cinema language, the many signs of the cinematic
image and enhance the emergence of a new «cinephilia»,
in view of the moving of the Greek Film Archive in its new premisses
at Lais in Kerameikos.
Avant-Garde Film Festival focuses on the history of the avant-garde
while reviewing its current tendencies: the European avant-gardes
of '20s and '30s, the American underground, the British Avant-Garde,
the Body Cinema, the Greek post-war experimental cinema, having
been the concentric circles of past programs, still remain within
our interest. Gender as represented in Women Cinema, a new problematic
that galvanises modern trends in visual arts, cultural studies
and humanities is also a topic of reference.
Avant-Garde Film Festival aims at widening the horizons of the
Greek audience, establishing a fora of discussions, icluding master
classes, work shops, meetings and seminars, which will bring together
and allow the conduct of a critical dialogue among young and veteran
filmmakers, archivists, academics, students, art lovers and cinema
lovers. Also developing a festival open to all kinds of cinematographic
genres and media (fiction, documentary, experimental, new media)
to enhance the interactive appreciation of new trends in multimedia
art forms is within our scope.
goal is to reach wider audiences, to include foreign students and
immigrants by focusing on subaltern cinema and opening programming
to the geographical and cultural neighbourhood, especially the Balkans
and Southeast Europe. Creating a festival network between the European
and International Film Archives by providing a forum to screen the
restoration and digitization projects of Film Archives is also planned.