Greek Film Fest Chicago! celebrating Hellenic StoryTelling, has announced a call for entries for the upcoming festival, to take place September 29 – October 2, 2011. Short- and feature-length entries produced within the last five years by international filmmakers of Greek 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 a movement begun in early 2011 by the group FilmHellenes, with a mission to showcase Greek films in the Chicago and surrounding communities by embracing Greek filmmakers worldwide. The festival will include selections of recent narrative features, documentaries, shorts and animation, along with thematic discussions; promote the Greek language and the ecumenical humane values of Hellenic heritage within the Greek community and beyond; inspire the newer and older generations of Greek-Americans and reunite them with Greek speech heard as it is spoken today, through the cinema; synergize with, and support other Greek organizations in the Chicago area; and support the universal values of freedom of expression and thought that are fundamental to good cinema.
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); Young Ambition (student entries); and Incredible Adventures (films for children). A special program category, Chrysotheke, (by festival invitation only) will be saluting films that are putting Greece on the map.
Deadline for submissions is August 1.