9th Annual San Francisco Greek Film Festival Begins

The 9th Annual San Francisco Greek Film Festival began yesterday with “The Guide,” a comedy directed by Zacharias Mavroeidis, and will go till the end of the week. The festival runs Monday May 7-Sunday May 13. The 2012 San Francisco Greek Film Festival showcases 18 award winning full-length feature films and shorts and includes a mix of comedy, drama, documentaries and animation. All movies have English subtitles. The organizers call it a “memorable journey of entertainment, inspiration and enlightment.”

New to this year’s film festival is a People’s Choice Award for both the short and feature film categories. These two awards will be determined by all of the attendees and will be announced at the end of the week. The Festival’s administration will host producers from Greece who will interact and converse with the audience.

The closing night will be dedicated to Thanassis Veggos, the beloved and legendary Greek actor who died last year. Two of Veggos’ classic movies (which have been formatted with English subtitles) will be shown, and a “Lifetime Achievement Award” will be awarded to a member of his immediate family who will travel to San Francisco for the Festival.

The San Francisco Greek Film Festival is sponsored by the Modern Greek Studies Foundation and all proceeds benefit the educational initiatives of the Center for Modern Greek Studies and the Nikos Kazantzakis Chair at San Francisco State University.

Ticket information:

Weekly Pass – $130 (Apollo), includes opening and closing reception

Three Film Pass – $40 (Aris), Tuesday through Saturday only

Monday night with opening reception – $35

Tuesday-Saturday – $15/adult, $10/student with valid ID

Double Feature-Friday – $25 or $15/movie

Saturday matinee for children starts at 3 pm

Sunday night with closing reception $35

All movies start at 7 pm with the exception of the closing night on Sunday starts at 6 pm

Find out more at: http://www.grfilm.com