Greek Fixers visits the San Francisco Greek Film Festival
The San Francisco Greek Film Festival is the longest running Greek film festival in the U.S.A., celebrating its 15th year in 2018. An annual week-long event dedicated to recognizing and promoting Greek and Cypriot filmmakers from around the world, the SFGFF is run entirely by a group of dedicated volunteers and supported by enthusiastic audiences from the Bay Area and across the film industry.
This was an exciting year for the SFGFF. The festival branched out to two of the most illustrious screening rooms in San Francisco for their Opening and Closing Nights, the Premier Theater at Lucasfilm and the Dolby Cinema at 1275 Market at the Dolby Laboratories headquarters. The rest of the week, the films were screened at Delancey Street Screening Room (the festival’s home for the last 14 years), run by the renowned Delancey Street Foundation, the country’s leading residential self-help organization for people in need.
The festival also introduced the first ever Spyros P. Skouras Lifetime Achievement Award, created and sponsored by Tom Skouras, festival Advisory Board member and nephew of the late Skouras, to honor outstanding film industry professionals of Greek descent. The award was presented to Jim Gianopulos, President and CEO of Paramount Pictures and one of the most influential Hollywood film executives.
Greek Fixers were there to witness it all! Our creative team produced a short presentation trailer for the festival’s 15th anniversary, three witty promotional videos highlighting the bond between Crete and San Francisco, and an audiovisual introduction for the Skouras Award. All of our videos were enthusiastically received.
Theo Papadoulakis, Ioanna Davi and Yannis Iakovidis, travelled to San Francisco and participated in all festival events with other guests from Greece and around the world. Our team had the chance to meet and greet with film professionals and audience members from the Bay Area, the Greek-American community and the US industry in general, taking the chance to discuss upcoming projects and inform them about the new 35% cash rebate scheme for the audiovisual production in Greece.
Between posing in front of Yoda’s statue at LucasFilm and witnessing Jim Gianopulos’ moving acceptance speech at the prestigious Dolby Cinema at 1275 Market, it was an all in all amazing experience. Yannis Iakovidis even came out of it with the Astron Audience Award for his latest feature film production, “The Last Note” by Pantelis Voulgaris! So, congratulations are in order!
We would like to thank the San Francisco Film Festival and particularly director Kleon Skourtis and co-director Maria Nicolacakis for their trust and incredible hospitality.
Can’t wait to see you next year!