The program of the 9th Chania Film Festival ATHENS 9.84


The detailed program for the 9th Chania Film Festival has been announced, which will take place from Wednesday 20 to Saturday 30 October 2021, at the Chania Cultural Center and online via

In the special situation we share, the 9th Chania Film Festival invites its friends, for another year, to share unique experiences. A program rich in fictions and documentaries, short and feature films and animation are part of it. Exhibitions, masterclasses, publications, parties and many other activities.

Special screenings, tributes and a rich catalog of films and workshops for the educational community.

A rich program which Festival friends can attend in Chania’s favorite cultural center, every day from early afternoon until late at night. With the actors of the films to be with us to share thoughts and impressions.

At the same time, unique workshops and masterclasses will be set up in a natural environment for friends of Cinema, Culture and Education.

In its 9th edition, the Chania Film Festival awards “Audience Awards” which are adopted and supported by Fisher.

The 9th Chania Film Festival is designed and redefined based on current health protocols to protect against the spread of covid19.

The Chania Cultural Center has been characterized as a “mixed space”, so the relevant measures and restrictions apply.

The actions of the Festival have no financial obligation for the participants.

For all activities (screenings and workshops) it is MANDATORY to reserve a place -FREE- via the electronic form system existing on the site.

The use of a mask is mandatory, while at the entrance of the participants to the premises of the Festival, the relevant certificates of vaccination, disease, rapid self / test must be demonstrated as provided in each case. Thermometry will likely also be performed.


The 9th Chania Film Festival, honoring the memory of Mikis Theodorakis, chooses to create with an iconic collaboration, which has created one of the most important films of Greek cinema. The G by Costas Gavras, based on the book of the same title by Vassilis Vasilikos and music by Mikis Theodorakis.
The screening is being done in collaboration with the Hellenic Film Academy and is part of the synergy of the two institutions, as part of the “COUNTRY, I SEE YOU” program, which will host the Chania Film Festival in Crete.

“CHORA, I SEE YOU” is a program to rescue, digitize, show and study films from the rich heritage of 20th century Greek cinema, as part of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution.

The screening is supported by the Pancretan Friends Association Mikis Theodorakis.

At the 9th Chania Film Festival, you can see dozens of films in the main and side programs.

Fiction films and documentaries that captivate short films such as
Music and musical films for children and young people and for those close to young people

Midnight view

Continuing the tradition of recent years, the 9th Chania Film Festival invites its friends to experience the midnight screening.

Our meeting is at midnight Saturday 23 October 2021, at the Cultural Center of Chania. This year the film is Krzysztof Kislowski’s masterpiece, “The double life of Véronique” / The double life of Véronique.

The screening starts at 11:59 p.m. A unique experience always with the support of the fisherman.

Special screenings

“Playing with fire”, by Anneta Papathanassiou. Afghan actresses who have the courage to engage in theater are treated with harsh criticism, social disapproval and even receive threats to their lives and families.

“Unroll the tangle. 47 years later ”

The primary school of Pazinos, Chania and the primary school of Deryneia BD, in a joint cinematographic and educational action, present a short documentary on the invasion of Cyprus, with unique testimonies from people who lived the events.

“The next day – 10 years KETHEA ARIADNI in Chania” / The next day – 10 years KETHEA ARIADNI in Chania.
“Historical memory” section

History – in its various forms – is at the heart of the Festival’s programming. In the section concerned, among others, the films will be screened at # CFF9:

“Spetses ΄21: At the crossroads of history” / Spetses ΄21: At the crossroads of history, by Panos Thomaidis.
“The History of the People’s Sanatorium of Asvestochori” / The story of the people’s hospital, Asvestohori Sanatorioum, by Andreas Tsatsaias.
“Macedonian skies are on fire – In the wings of World War I” / Macedonian Skies Ablaze – The Wings of the Great War, by Dimitris Hatzimallis. Stories about the first belligerent pilots.
“The Doctor and the Prince” / The Doctor and the Prince, by Michael Krause. German red under the Third Reich.
/ Rigors, by Giannis Bletas. Testimonials from major events in Rethymno.
“Marika, why be afraid!”, by Matthew Franzeskakis.
“Early wilted flowers. Kakopetros August 28, 1944 », by Matthew Franzeskakis and Viki Arvelakis.

Collaborative projections

The Chania Film Festival, firmly believing in collaborations and synergies, welcomes in its program of the last years five sections of films from other festivals and organizations:

Selection of student films from the Czech Famu School, in collaboration with the Czech Center in Athens.
Student films from recent years, from the zizanio camera of the Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Youth.
Student competition films, cinema have you read?
A selection of films from the Very Short Film Festival, Très Court.

And of course, many other films …

Discussions and conversations

Experiential workshops for the educational community, in collaboration with the Network of Collaborative Schools of Chania for Frene pedagogy.
Plus – We talk about the Arts and Society. An experimental action organized for the third year by the Chania Film Festival, against the backdrop of music, photography, cinema and dance.
Presentation of the book “The olive tree and the lime tree”, by Démosthène Kurtovic.
Discussion on the topic “Speech and radio. The Radio Speech “.

Action “Outside the walls”

Festival guests and collaborators visit schools in the interior of Chania for activities …

Seven exhibitions and installations are organized by the 9th Chania Film Festival

For another year, we meet the Greek Cartoonists Club. This year, the Exhibition entitled “I BELIEVE IN YOU”. Outline report against gender-based violence and patriarchy.
Special installation, minimum price and memory for Mikis Theodorakis. Edited by Lefteris Lambrakis.

Forms of freedom. Interactive exhibition of augmented reality, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Greek revolution. Collaboration with the University of Western Attica.
12 worlds. Illustrators of contemporary Czech children’s books. Cooperation with the Czech Center in Athens.

“Chania on the roads of centuries”. Exhibition of works in augmented reality by students of the 2nd high school in Chania.
80 years since the Battle of Crete. Digital exhibition, in collaboration with the municipality of Platanias. Edited by Lefteris Lambrakis.
Tell me a story. Stories with cassettes! Audiovisual installation with favorite stories. Reason… a tape!

Continuing its publishing program, the Chania Film Festival presents its new books.

“Z / Vasilikos, Gavras, Théodorakis”. Special edition on the occasion of the Festival preview, edited by Lefteris Lambrakis.
“With the crown of amaranth of victory. From the dusty chest of Irini Kalfaki…”. Letters from the 1940s Front. Edited by Lefteris Lambrakis.
“A soldier’s diary. From Rodopi to the front ”. The march from Crete to the Albanian front and the return to the island of soldier Emmanuel Mylonakis, as he himself recorded. Edited by Lefteris Lambrakis.
Film education. Art, Culture and Pedagogy, by Dimitris Papadopoulos.

– Workshops – Publications – Events

Ten specially designed masterclasses and workshops await the friends of the Festival. Also the Festival program includes book presentations, discussions, special editions, parties, flavors …

The educational activities of the Chania Film Festival

For students and teachers of schools in Crete, the Festival offers a rich program of screenings and workshops adapted to particular epidemiological conditions.
The program includes 13 special screenings, as well as special workshops on audiovisual issues.
Also animation workshops, film making, radio, play, etc.

These and many more make up
the Crete Film Festival,
the experience offered by the 9th Chania Film Festival.

The 9th Chania Film Festival and its educational programs

under the auspices of the Ministries:
Culture and sport
Education and religions
Hellenic Tourism Organization

Supported by:
the Greek parliament

Supported by:
The Delegation of the European Commission to Greece
Hellenic Tourism Organization
The National Center for Audiovisual Media and Communication
The Hellenic Cinema Center

are designed and implemented:
of the Cultural Society of Crete,

are a co-organization:
the Region of Crete, the Regional Unit of Chania,
of the Cultural Center of Chania,
of the municipalities of Chania and Platanias

They are produced with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports

The CFF9 Audience Awards are sponsored by Fisher
Sponsor # CFF9 COSMOTE
have the synergy of the most important actors
cinema, culture and education.

All activities of the Chania Film Festival are free entry and disabled access is guaranteed.

9th Chania Film Festival (CFF)
20 – 30 October 2021, at the Cultural Center of Chania
and online on


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