Nine years ago, we were issuing the booklet of the first Beirut Greek Film Festival, not knowing yet if there would be a second. And here we are now at the opening of the Festival’s 9th edition !
We are very happy that this initiative, which started as an effort to bring the Lebanese public closer to Greek contemporary cinema, has developed to become a cultural platform for Greek cinematography in Lebanon, thus contributing to enhance the cultural bonds and exchanges between the two countries.
It is an honor for us to have had this event placed, since the beginning, under the joint patronage of the Embassy of Greece and the Lebanese Ministry of Culture, and since last year, under the aegis of the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad, at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It is not without the help of our sponsors and supporters that we are present here today, and definitely not without the public’s interest in the Greek cinema productions, which is the proof that we have succeeded to achieve our goal. This year I would like to specially thank Mrs. Alia Zein, the Greek Community of Beirut, Naftomar, Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), Columbus Group, Aegean Airlines, Chateau Heritage, MTV and all who have contributed to the organization and success of the Beirut Greek Film Festival.
Last but not least, I am pleased to announce that for the 10th anniversary of the Festival next year, we have a new project underway. Stay posted !