Dear partners, collaborators, participants, guests, volunteers, and friends,
First of all, we would like to thank you for your commitment and support to the festival’s concept and format. Despite the amount of attention that the Milano Design Film Festival Greece–Athens | First Edition has been receiving, and the high number of attendance already confirmed, after careful consideration of the aggravation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, and especially the recent outbreak in Italy and Greece, the direction and administration team of the Milano Design Film Festival Greece, in accordance with the Italian Embassy in Athens, Tempo Forte 2020, the Italian Cultural Institute in Athens, the Italian Design Day 2020, and our Guest Curator, Michael Anastassiades, decided to postpone the Athenian launch planned in March 20-22, 2020 | Opening Night Ceremony March 19, 2020
The new dates are:
Opening Night Ceremony at Benaki Museum:
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Official Festival Launching at the Greek Film Archive:
Friday, November 6, 2020 – Sunday, November 8, 2020
* New invites for the opening night ceremony at Benaki Museum will go out soon.
The responsibility of the Milano Design Film Festival Greece–Athens is to guarantee the safety and the health of the general public, the guests, and participants. This decision, taken with prudence and common sense, takes into account the latest announcements by the World Health Organization, and the competent Greek authorities, of the coronavirus spread assessment.
Milano Design Film Festival World Tour Greece aims to create a bridge between Greece and Italy, as well as promote cultural exchange between the two countries. More than twenty Greek, Italian, and international guests have been invited to participate in this first edition. With the traveling regulations, and the constricted precautionary measures in place, it would be counterproductive to launch the Event, without the attendance of the Italian audience, and without the peace of mind from the general Greek audience itself.
Given the circumstances, MDFF Greece–Athens is forced to change the dates of its first edition, but this doesn’t correspond to a change of its core base, nor the month that the Event is correlated to—which is in March, within the frame of the Italian Design Day, organized by the Italian Embassy in Athens.
In other words, the memory that persists is the original one, and the current events are an invitation to surf the change in the smoother way possible by sticking to the precious variables that are part of it.
If we choose to bring this whole situation from the darkness to the light and look at it as an opportunity to revisit, reconnect, and respond to what is happening, then we can confirm that the Event’s programme for November 6-8, 2020 will be richer in content and stronger in spirit.
Thank you once again for the understanding, support, and belief in us.
See you on and off the big screen.