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Milano Design Film Festival Greece – Athens, 1st Edition
Milano Design Film Festival arrives in Greece, with the launch of the first Edition in Athens by Founder and MDFF Partner, Annie Markitanis, on March 2020. The Event is set to take place over the course of three days with a preview opening night (Location TBA), followed by a public inauguration at a screening venue (TBA), where the entire Event will be hosted.

MDFF Greece-Athens 2020 Theme
The first edition of MDFF Athens 2020 is devoted to the specific theme of LIGHT, intended not only in its literal and traditional sense but also as the universal and fundamental symbol of aesthetically and morally significant values and activities. Light as the realisation and vision of our ultimate reality and as an understanding of our contemporaneity. Light as a world of shapes shaping the world itself. Light as a beauty that calls for necessary darkness.
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 the mediator between our digital reality and the emotional and practical insights we need in order to respond to it. Light as a revival and a new beginning — Light as the Future.

Light as a metaphor tells us about the world around it while reflecting its constant transformations. It becomes a cultural backbone, a guide, urging us to reflect, to envision our world beyond what we consider possible or imaginable. Light, as an agent, assumes a vital role: that of conveying a message. Architecture, Design, Art, Food, Urbanism, Sustainability, Environmental Issues, Globalization, Technology, Landscape planning, and the Art of Thinking, all become carriers of the messages to be communicated. These critical tools act as educators, investigators, informants, creative forces. They are catalysts of change, innovation, tradition, experimentation, and a general cultural revival.
Annie Markitanis


Michael Anastassiades
Guest Curator MDFF Athens 2020

© Michael Anastassiades, Photography by Eirini Vourloumis

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).
Michael Anastassiades will give his original contribution and interpretation to the edition’s specific theme of “Light” through a selection of film titles, to present to the Greek and International audience.

June 2019
MDFF Greece Athens 2020, Pre-launch Event at Depot6 by Archisearch
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


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

Annie Markitanis
MDFF Partner for Greece-Cyprus, Founder MDFF Athens

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.

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