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San Francisco Greek Film Festival to Offer Free, Virtual and Drive-In Movies

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16th Annual SF Greek Film Festival Opening Night. Credit: Facebook/ San Francisco Greek Film Festival

This year’s San Francisco Greek Film Festival, which is set for April 16-25, 2021, will offer free, virtual film screenings. This spring there will also be a drive-in element added to the event, making for a fun experience hearkening back to earlier days.

Greek-Cypriot films will also be featured this year, with all programming to be announced soon at the Festival’s website.

A special drive-in movie program on April 17 is now planned as well, in a bid to make the experience another unforgettable one for Festival attendees.

With all virtual screenings available free of charge, the rest of the Spring iteration of the Festival will be much like the event held last October.

Last year’s festival a “positive experience” for everyone

With the October, 2020 festival a very positive experience, organizers say, they look forward to sharing new film programs in the upcoming 18th annual Festival. Continuing another popular feature from last year’s Festival, the upcoming event will include a drive-in movie presentation, to be held at “Par 3 at Poplar Creek” in San Mateo, on Sunday evening, April 17.

Other details are to be announced soon, including film program and admission charge. Organizers state that “Until indoor theaters are able to reopen, the nostalgic experience of a drive-in movie is a safe opportunity to watch a film in person with an audience, and the SFGFF is delighted to gather their fans together for this special event.

“Since the world isn’t quite ready for audiences to gather as we’ve been used to, we’re proud to present the 2021 San Francisco Greek Film Festival primarily virtually, with a fun drive-in event,” says SFGFF Director Maria Nicolacakis.

2020 Festival “such a joy”

“Holding the first ever SFGFF virtual event last year was such a joy, with great audience response. We’re delighted to offer our online screenings free of charge again, with thanks and acknowledgment to our sponsors and supporters, as we continue to fulfill our mission to present Greek and Cypriot films.”

Although the event will be free, donations will be “encouraged and appreciated,” organizers says, with the price for the April 17 drive-in movie to be determined.

For more information about the film festival, please visit the festival’s website and its Facebook page, here.

First and longest-running Greek film festival in US

Launched in 2004, the San Francisco Greek Film Festival (SFGFF) is the first and longest-running Greek film festival in the United States.

The SFGFF is dedicated to recognizing, supporting, and promoting the best film work by Greek and Cypriot filmmakers from around the world. With screenings of new, innovative, and highly acclaimed films and different events around the annual film Festival week, the SFGFF seeks to inspire, engage, and entertain its diverse audience.

Throughout its history, the Festival has also featured screenings of classic films. Through the powerful medium of film, the Festival sustains, elevates and promotes Greek culture, history and language in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

The SFGFF has showcased some of the most highly regarded Greek/Cypriot films produced over the past 18 years. Since its founding, the film festival has shown nearly 350 movies, hosted nearly 60 filmmakers as guests, and inspired, engaged and entertained over 9,000 attendees from San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area.

The SFGFF is funded through sponsorships by individuals and businesses, as well as grants and ticket sales. Run entirely by volunteers, the Festival staff works throughout the year to plan the event, supported by an Advisory Board of experienced and respected community and industry leaders.

Proceeds from the Festival benefit the Modern Greek Studies Foundation, a San Francisco nonprofit which is committed to enriching knowledge and appreciation of Greece’s linguistic, literary, cultural and historic contribution to the Western World.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the 2021 SFGFF; see the Festival website for details. |

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