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Milano Design Film Festival Greece – Athens 2020 – 1st Edition
Milano Design Film Festival arrives in Greece, with the launch of the first Edition founded and directed by Annie Markitanis. The Event is meant to establish an annual appointment with Cinema and Design in Athens, expanding MDFF’s successful concept and format through a series of future stopovers around Greece and Cyprus.

MDFF Athens is set to take place over the course of three days with a preview opening night at Benaki Museum, 138 Pireos St, followed by the official Festival Launching at the Greek Film Archive / Tainiothiki tis Ellados, 48 Iera Odos St. & 134–136 Megalou Alexandrou St.

MDFF Greece-Athens 2020 Selected Title: Lights On: Projecting Our Contemporary Future

The MDFF Greece – Athens 2020 carries the title Lights On: Projecting Our Contemporary Future. Light intended not only in its literal and traditional sense but mostly as the universal and fundamental symbol of aesthetically and morally significant values and activities. At the crossroads of different pasts, presents, and futures, Light emerges as a language amongst the languages of the digital era: Light as the realisation of our ultimate reality. Light as an understanding of our contemporaneity. Light as our origins and cultural heritage. Light as an “archive” of facts and personalities, trials and hopes, technological and creative revolutions, changes of style, and lifestyle. Light as a source of visual accounts of a stream of events and transformations that lead to our present. Light, as a compass, helping us navigate the mad rush towards the future. Light as a cultural backbone, a mediator between our digital reality and the emotional and practical tools we need in order to respond to it. Light as the symbol of the good intentions that we quietly release, and whose outcomes we encounter in the future. Light as a revival and a new beginning — Light as the Future.

Lights On: Projecting Our Contemporary Future is inspired by the thematic structure of the seventh edition of MDFF 2019 titled – Mind The Gap – a literal physical space, as well as a mental space, symbolic of the time of transition, of change, and research that we are living today. MDFF Greece – Athens 2020, invites the public to reflect on how we, as humans, communicate with one another, with our cities, with the world at large, and ultimately with ourselves. An inspection of the relationship between project and innovation, memory and future, similarities and diversities, that require us to enforce our human grasp on reality, slow down and pay attention to how today presents itself to us. An invitation to listen to the visionary ability and joined participation of all sciences and work towards a generational overlap, as well as an overlapping of perspectives on our reality, from which categories break down and definitions or distinctions become blurred. A gentle push to connect with time, space, and nature, inevitable elements of our shared future, and to tackle any points of distortion and disruption, the points we can work on, shape, evolve and improve. 

Betting on the potential of every human to be a prime mover of change the audience is encouraged to reflect upon a future characterised by a new purpose and meaning, calling for new forms of balance to face complexity — a future where the decisions we make, actions we take and choices we may or may not have, are revisited with a critical mind. A future where we can ultimately live “better.” 

Annie Markitanis

More about MDFF Wold Tour Greece & Cyprus here: www.mdffgreece.com 

The final programme with screenings, guest appearances and talks will be online in February 2020.

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Michael Anastassiades
Guest Curator MDFF Athens 2020
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© Michael Anastassiades, Photography by Eirini Vourloumis

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For the first time, the MDFF special curatorship “formula” until now bound to the Milanese Event, arrives in Greece, during the MDFF Athens 2020, with the presence of a prestigious name in the Design sector: The internationally known and awarded Cypriot-born, London-based designer Michael Anastassiades (read bio). He will give his original contribution and independent interpretation to the Edition’s programming, through the selection of nine film titles and curation of talks, to present to the Greek and International audience. The dedicated Guest Curator section by Michael Anastassiades carries the title “Arecibo Message”

’Arecibo Message’ was the most powerful broadcast ever deliberately beamed into space. The transmission consisted of a simple, pictorial message, delivered to prospective cosmic companions in the globular star cluster M13. It was sent with the unlikely possibility that it would ever prompt a reply.

As a designer, Michael Anastassiades shares the same concern when releasing an object into our inhabited space. How this will be received and communicated, how it will continue to interact and what is its meaning?

The selection of films under the subtitle ‘Arecibo Message’ is an attempt to decode the abstraction of things traveling into time and future. It is based on artists who try to capture and construct a trace of human activity using archives, fragments, layers, objects, real and fictional spaces, documents, abstract ideas and archaeology.

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June 2019
MDFF Greece Athens 2020, Pre-launch Event at Depot6 by Archisearch
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Video From MDFF Greece-Athens 2020, Prelaunch Event, on 19 June, on the occasion of Design Month organized by Archisearch.
Video by Stavros Symeonidis for Design Ambassador


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Do you have a film that we should screen at MDFF Athens?
For Film Suggestions and Film Submissions please contact Annie Markitanis at:
am.mdffgr@gmail.com
+39 339670 8369
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Annie Markitanis
MDFF Partner for Greece-Cyprus, Founder MDFF Athens
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At the age of 17, I left my Greek-Cypriot homeland to embark on an educational and self-growth journey that took me to California, London, and finally Milan, where I landed eight years ago. In Milan, I discovered the essence of daily balance and stability within a city that knows how to change and adapt while respecting its nature and identity. My educational background encompasses Fashion, Performing Arts, and Eating Disorders Coaching. My professional trajectory spans from Project Coordinator at creative production company Circus Studios, and Content Manager of digital agency Socialrise, to working as the Managing Editor of independent magazine unFLOP paper, and becoming a Certified Eating Disorder Coach, helping clients reach their treatment goals in real life situations, serving as both a role model and a guide. I have always admired strong women who own their path; upon meeting Antonella and Silvia, I immediately knew that I wanted to contribute to their dynamic vision. In 2018, I joined the Milano Design Film Festival realm as a contributor, and have been the MDFF Partner for Greece-Cyprus since January 2019. I see this new chapter of my MDFF journey as a challenge to keep reinventing myself, both on a personal and professional level, while actively participating in the Event’s mission to promote cultural innovation and social progression.[/su_column]
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