[Filmfestivalresearch] FFRN bibliography help

CMS athena at madesimple.gr
Mon Jul 19 18:17:31 CEST 2010

Dear Skadi,

Sorry for being late!
Here comes info concerning the retrospective edition of the Thessaloniki
International Film Festival.
The edition is available in Greek.


Athena Kartalou

1960-2009: Fifty Years of the Thessaloniki Film Festival [in Greek]

A chronicle of Greece’s major film event. Richly illustrated and containing
detailed information about each of the Festival’s editions, starting from
the first “Week of Greek Cinema” in 1960 and the “Festival of Greek Cinema”
of the seventies and eighties to the International Festival of the past two
decades, this book offers a vivid portrait of the Festival’s first fifty

The book includes: 

    * An introduction by Festival Director Despina Mouzaki 
    * An introduction on the methodology of the researchers 
    * A section of photographs entitled “Highlights 1960-2008” 
    * The Festival posters 
    * The main corpus, which comprises a detailed presentation of each of
the Festival’s editions, including: film selections, sidebar screenings and
events, juries and awards, as well as short pieces shedding light on the
atmosphere of the time and the changes in the artistic profile and the
legislative framework of the Festival through the years 

The publication is rounded off by three supplements:
- National Film Awards, 1998-2008
- Thessaloniki International Film Festival – Olympion: the historic building
complex, the organization and its activities, 1992-2009
- The administrations of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Editor: Despina Mouzaki
Researchers: Thomas Linaras, Anna Milossi, Angeliki Mylonaki, Toby Lee,
Eleni Androutsopoulou
Published by Ianos and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival
376 pages

See also, http://tiff.filmfestival.gr/default.aspx?lang=en-US&loc=7&page=822

50th TIFF: Book Presentation: 1960-2009: Fifty years of Thessaloniki Film
Festival (11/21/2009)


The anniversary book “1960-2009: Fifty Years of Thessaloniki Film Festival”,
published by TIFF and Ianos publishing house, was presented on Saturday,
November 21, at the Photography Museum of Thessaloniki.

“This volume presents the 49-year history of the Festival. We started
working on the publication right after the 49th Festival was over”, said,
opening the book presentation, TIFF’s chief editor Athena Kartalou. Ms
Kartalou acknowledged the valuable contribution of Iphigenia Taxopoulou
(publication editor), Thomas Linaras, Anna Milosi and Aggeliki Mylonaki
(documentation of archive research and text writing) as well as Toby Lee and
Eleni Androutsopoulou (archive research). Ms Kartalou also thanked the team
working at TIFF’s publication branch and Michel Demopoulos who initiated the
Festival’s publication activity after the internationalization of the
Festival. She also thanked Despina Mouzaki, who opened up TIFF’s
publications to the international audience, making them bilingual in 2005.

TIFF director Despina Mouzaki said that this book is a detailed guide that
covers the most important moments in TIFF’s history. “The book gives an
outline of the facts, but goes even further. It meets the scientific
criteria and will become a reference source for historians. Besides being a
very important archival resource, the book will also bring forth memories to
readers and moviegoers. It allows us to relive the Festival in the present,
to share feelings and personal memories with each other”.

Ianos’ Nikos Karatzas thanked the documentation team for their important
work and noted: “Despite the fact that all five books published by the
Festival so far have been financial disasters, we will not miss the sixth
date. Some initiatives are worthy of publication, regardless of their
commercial success or failure”.

Detailed reviews of the book were presented by Antonis Liakos, history
professor at the University of Athens, film critic Giannis Bakogiannopoulos,
composer Manos Zaharias and journalist Elias Kanelis.

Professor Liakos suggested that the next step should be the capturing of the
Festival’s history in film form, the recording of the oral testimonies of
filmmakers and the audience and the organizing of a convention on the
Festival’s history in Greece. He said that the Festival took its first steps
in the 1960s to become an unofficial schooling institution for a whole
generation. “We were ‘self-educated’ through the cinema. Cinema clubs,
magazines and above all the Festival itself, offered a form of unofficial
education to teenagers and young people in the 1960s. Cinema was a place
where we could meet each other and socialize, it shaped a whole generation
and this is why it forms a major part of the history of Modern Greek
society”, he said, adding that: “The Festival’s evolution follows the
evolution of Greece, from the time of the political change-over to the era
of globalization. In 1992 the Festival becomes International. Audiences are
exposed to new experiences, which go beyond the official distribution
channels, and are able to watch films that would otherwise be impossible to
watch even at cinema clubs - films that were not part of the known cultural
map of the time”.

Film critic Giannis Bakogiannopoulos noted that “it is our duty to record
all the facts in the history of the cinema, which is a mirror of life.
Internationally, this need was acknowledged only recently. In Greece there
are just some lame attempts and some confused or outright wrong information
that is being reproduced. The Festival had scattered material in its
possession, which is now collected in a first class book, a treasure cove of
information. The book reveals how the Festival and cinema itself have
evolved in parallel. Besides the factual data, the book includes press
comments of the time, which are valuable documentation sources and can serve
for the kind of research established by the Anneles, in the recording of the
so-called ‘small history’”. Mr. Bakogiannopoulos suggested that TIFF takes
the next step and records oral testimonies, “before people and their
memories are lost forever”.

Manos Zaharias referred to his own memories from the Festival since the
1980s as well as to the “filmmakers in the mist” movement. “I returned to
Greece not in the glorious era of the 1960s and 1970s. The Festival was then
in decay, it had degenerated into showcasing commercial films. In terms of
the institutional framework, the only word that can express the situation
back then is ‘hotchpotch’. Cinema was under the jurisdiction of the
ministries of Commerce and Industry. The Ministry of Culture had almost no
say at all. Filmmakers demanded a more rational management. In order to
bring about the new legal framework, it took a lot of time and effort. The
result of this effort was the establishment of the Greek Film Center and of
the Thessaloniki Festival. It has been 30 years since then. The needs are
different and changes are needed”. He went on to explain that “the new
framework will shape the cinema landscape for the next 20-30 years. I
believe that filmmakers’ rights should take priority”. “Today, a new
movement has been formed that demands the protection of filmmakers’ rights.
All the ensuing fighting is a sign of life and expresses a real need, but I
believe it should avoid damaging two institutions that represent milestones
for the Greek cinema, the Greek Film Center and the Thessaloniki Festival.
So let us keep those institutions out of the fighting and let us have a calm
debate on the future of the cinema”.

Elias Kanelis said that the historical research in the Festival’s
anniversary edition is extremely important. He then mentioned some of the
“spiciest comments on the events that took place parallel to the Festival”.
Among these, he mentioned the first audience jeering in 1960 on the occasion
of the projection of a short film by the Ministry of Agriculture called
Forests burning. He also made reference to the first Antifestival movement
in 1961, staged by filmmakers excluded from the Festival, who screened their
work in private, and also to press items from 1962, where reporters grumbled
about organizing issues and expressed their fear that the Festival would be
taken away from Thessaloniki – “these issues are still discussed!” noted Mr.

Closing the event, TIFF president Georges Corraface expressed the hope that
Greek filmmakers will continue to be close to the Festival in the next 50
years, while TIFF director Despina Mouzaki pledged she will implement
professor Liakos’ proposals pertaining to the recording of the Festival’s
oral history and holding a convention on the relationship between cinema and

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Subject: [Filmfestivalresearch] FFRN bibliography help

Dear colleagues in Film Festival Research:


Marijke and I have been asked to submit a brief update to the FFRN
bibliography to the next Film Festival Yearbook #3.  We already have
collected a few new entries that have crossed our paths or have been
mentioned to us by FFRN members during conversations at SCMS, NECS or at


In order to make this bibliography as complete as possible, we would like to
ask for your help.  Please let us know about any additions to the
bibliography.  Don’t hesitate to let us know about your own work as well as
work of interest to you and other festival researchers.  We’re also
interested in pieces not written in English.  It would help, if you could
add a brief comment on the content of the piece and a tentative
categorization within the bibliographic structure (esp. with pieces not
written in English ;) ).  If you have suggestions regarding the structure of
the current edition of the bibliography
<http://www1.uni-hamburg.de/Medien/berichte/arbeiten/0091_08.html> ), please
let us know as well.  


Since the update should go into production by August, please get back to us
with references and suggestions before July 18, 2010.


I’m looking forward to hear from you.





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Skadi Loist, M.A. (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin)
Universität Hamburg
Institut für Medien und Kommunikation
Von-Melle-Park 6
20146 Hamburg


T: +49.(0)40.42838.6287
E:  <mailto:skadi.loist at uni-hamburg.de> skadi.loist at uni-hamburg.de





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