Crowds flock to Greek Film Festival premiere in Melbourne and Sydney [PHOTOS]


Hundreds of Greek Australians attended the first screenings and other films of the 2022 Greek Film Festival in Melbourne and Sydney last week.

In Melbourne, more than 700 moviegoers attended the premiere of the multi-award winning film Efthihia – about the life and times of lyricist Efthihia Papagiannopoulou.

It has largely contributed to the development of modernity laiko Greek musical movement, having written some of the greatest hits in Greek music from the 1930s to the 1960s. She often went unrecognized for her contributions. Moviegoers received a tote bag full of treats.

Melbourne Greek Community board members, (L-R) Leo Vlahakis, Jeana Vithoulkas and Dr Spiridoula Demetriou at the launch of the 2022 Greek Film Festival, Astor Palace Cinema. Photo: Con Deves

At the Astor Theater in Melbourne, audiences were greeted by the Sounds of Renaissance, an ensemble that performed songs from the film.

Opening of the 2022 Melbourne Greek Film Festival, Astor Theater Photo: Supplied

Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) Cultural Programs Director Leonidas Vlahakis welcomed the Film Festival audience and spoke of the Festival’s “rich line-up” (13 films and four documentaries) and thanked the sponsors for their support. He then invited the Consul General of Greece in Melbourne, Mr. Emmanuel Kakavelakis, to the podium.

Some of the audience at The Astor in Melbourne. Photo: Con Deves

Greek Community President Bill Papastergiadis expressed his gratitude for the atmosphere at the premiere, “It’s really something special after a two-year hiatus. I am grateful that the Festival has so many supporters and long-term partners such as Bendigo Bank”.

The GFF audience in Melbourne. Photo: Con Deves

On behalf of the board, before the start of the film, Jeana Vithoulkas said that the award-winning film Efthihia – was important in highlighting the role that women have played in the Greek music scene.

Volunteers at the premiere of the Melbourne Greek Film Festival at the Astor. Photo: Con Deves

The Sydney premiere at Palace Cinemas Leichhardt was equally impressive. Among the many guests were: Harry Danalis (President of the Greek Community), Ioannis Mallikourtis (Consul General of Sydney), Mark Coure (Minister of State for Multiculturalism), Konstantinos Yiannakodimos (Press Office), Katerina Bountouri (Press Office ) Tom Christopoulos (Bendigo Bank) advisers Alexandra Luxford (Randwick City Council), Steve Christou (Cumberland Counci) Bill Saravinovski (Bayside Council) representatives of expatriate organizations and sponsors.

Artemis Theodoris Papoutsis, read a message from NSW State Premier Dominic Perrottet.

Appetizers and drinks were provided while the by Thanasis Pylarinos and Sotiriou Procopiou referenced some of the greatest hits written by Efthihia Papagiannopoulou.

Euphoria Photography photographers captured the moments on camera.

The 2022 Greek Film Festival continues until October 30. New projections have been added. For tickets and full program visit

At the Sydney Greek Film Festival. Photo: Supplied
Attendees at the Sydney premiere. Photo: Supplied
Crowds in Sydney enjoying catch-ups before the movie. Photo: Supplied
Musicians Thanasis Pylarinos and Sotiris Procopiou at the opening of the 2022 Greek Film Festival in Sydney. Photo: Supplied
Attendees at the opening of the Greek Film Festival in Sydney enjoy a drink. Photo: Supplied
The public is delighted to rediscover Greek cinema. Photo: Supplied
Ioannis Mallikourtis, Consul General of Greece in Sydney. Photo: Supplied

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