The Hellenic Film Society USA announced their first-ever virtual Greek film festival, which will be held from July 10, to July 20, 2020, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Audiences from across the country will have the opportunity to stream ten Greek films through their devices, and even watch virtual interviews with the directors as well.
HFS President Jimmy DeMetro says, “We are thrilled to present these fine films on demand, at a time when people are looking for ways to be entertained safely.”
With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, president DeMetro explains how these unprecedented circumstances and the virtual layout of the festival have opened up new horizons for the event, saying that “going virtual gives us the opportunity to reach a national audience for the first time.”
Traditionally, HFS held their film festival during the spring in movie theaters across New York City and Long Island, New York. When these traditional venues closed in March, the society explored other options for presenting their Greek films to their loyal audience.
The HFS USA also holds monthly Greek film screenings at the Museum of Moving Images in Astoria, New York. Interviews with filmmakers and panel discussions which inform, enlighten, and inspire audiences of all nationalities are also among other initiatives.
The Hellenic Film Society USA is a non-profit organization which promotes Greek cinema in the American cultural landscape, presenting high-quality, well-crafted feature films.
The featured movies and documentaries, which depict the rich culture and history of Greece and Cyprus, are made by filmmakers who are either Greek or of Greek descent.
Major donors to the HFS include the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and the Onassis Foundation USA, the Queens Council on the Arts. The organization also receives public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
If you are interested in buying tickets and viewing the selection of films this year, please visit the Hellenic Films USA website, here.