Summer Film Festivals

Summer is the perfect time for outdoor cinema so here are our picks from this year’s festivals


Summer is outdoor cinema. This summer there is a wide variety of film festivals so A Magic Cabinet has done the hard work for you!

9th Athens Open Air Film Festival (5/6-28/8)  

The  9th Athens Open Air Film Festival will run until August 28th. The programme includes classic movies, anniversary editions and screenings in new locations, which are local favourites.

Some of the highlights include: Akira Kurosawa’s Stray Dog (8/7), Jean Pierre Melvilles’ Army of Shadows (12/7), Douglas Sirk’s Imitation of Life (17/7), Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-up (24/7), Dino Risi’s Il Sorpasso (21/8). Lovers of mystery dramas should look out for the screening of David Lynch’s ‘Lost Highway’ on July 5th.

The Athens Open Air Film Festival is adding four new locations to its schedule: The Megaron Doukissis Plakentias on June 29th and the Parko Lipasmaton, an open air space in Drapetsona with views of the sea and the area’s industrial past on July 10th. There is also a special evening at the Rematia Theatre on July 15th with the classic silent film “Sunrise” by F.W. Murnau and a live soundtrack by Sancho 003.


7th International Syros Film Festival  (16-21/7)


The Syros International Film Festival returns for its seventh edition, inundating the island of Syros with original screenings, workshops and musical performances. The 7th International Syros Film Festival’s  (16-21/7) opening night will take place at the Palace summer cinema, with the screening of  «Nausicaa» (1970) by Agnes Varda, as an homage to the recently departed film legend. On the same day, on Miaouli square, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s masterpiece, Vampyr (1932), will be screened with music accompaniment by Ela Orleans.

The Filmmakers in Focus section will showcase the work of Jem Cohen, Eva Stefani and Rainer Kohlberger. The festival is collaborating with the Olympia Youth festival on its short film programme aimed at a younger audience and the Pugnant Film Series on its underground and alternative offerings.

The unofficial festival launch takes place at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation on July 3rd, with a free screening of «Greengreen Screenscreen» (2017) with director Luigi Campi in attendance, and Halbe Welt by Florian Flicker (1993). The International Syros Film Festival is an ambassador of A.K. Laskaridis Foundation’s programme Sea Change Greek islands, an initiative that says no to single use plastic.


9th Aegean Film Festival

The 9th Aegean Festival takes place between the 9th and 14th of July in Paros and the 16th to the 21st of July in Patmos, making the Aegean islands the place to be for film lovers! The festival programme includes 90 feature films, documentaries and short films. This year will see the introduction of the first audience prize, as well a number of innovative events in and out of the screening spaces and all around the villages and beaches of each island.

The 3rd edition of the special program of the Aegean Film Festival, this year titled Echoes – Voices of today, is hosted at the Environmental & Cultural Park of Paros (9 – 13 July). Apart from the various screenings, the festival also invites both Greek and international artists from the worlds of film and TV to share their story as part of its seminar programme. The festival also promotes new film makers and organises exchanges with other film festivals so that this summer event in the Aegean can develop into a true meeting of creative minds.

 The “ACCESS” tribute aims to develop and promote human resources skills, improve the quality of education and raise the awareness on environmental education.  




Nancy Fanara

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