NEW YORK CITY GREEK FILM FESTIVAL

 BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The New York City Greek Film Festival (NYCGFF)  is presented annually by the   Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce (HACC), a not-for-profit organization of entrepreneurs devoted to promoting commercial and cultural ties between Greece and the United States.

The  HACC provides office space and staff services to the festival. All who work on the festival, except those who are  HACC staff members, are volunteers and receive no remuneration for their services.

The HACC contributes financially to the festival and guarantees to cover any possible losses.  To meet its expenses, the NYCGFF solicits funding from foundations, businesses and private donors.  Ticket sale revenues cannot cover expenses particularly since ticket prices  for most screenings are low ($8 to $10), and some performances are free.  The festival does not currently receive any financial assistance from the Greek government.  

The primary purpose of the NYCGFF is to promote Greek cinema in New York City and give talented Greek filmmakers the opportunity to show their films in state-of–the- art venues in the media capital of the world. The festival’s stated mission is to establish a presence for Greek films in New York City.

All films are shown with English subtitles.

A committee led by the festival director views currently available films and selects those that are deemed appropriate for the festival. From time to time,  “classic” selections are included as are films by Greek filmmakers living outside of Greece. The emphasis, however, is on films from Greece.

Since the first festival in 2007, the NYCGFF has presented over forty feature films and documentaries  from Greece  to more than 13,500 people.