International Film Festival
Over the last ten days of November each year, Thessaloniki plays host to the biggest film festival in south-eastern Europe. It offers a platform for the promotion of Greek and foreign films, as well as special tributes to luminaries of world cinema. The festival was started in 1960 as a Greek Cinema Week, and assumed its current international status in 1992. It features a special competition for full-length films by new directors presenting their first or second film, as well as special themed units such as ‘Days of Independence’, ‘Views of the Balkans’, ‘Focus’ and ‘DigitalWave’.