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The 2012 Athens International Film Festival (AIFF) will be held from September 19 to September 30 in Athens, Greece.

Athens is the capital of Greece and one of the world’s oldest cities with a history of 3.400 years. It is located around the Acropolis of Athens (one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites) and is also the capital of Attica region. Athens is the largest city in Greece with about  3.075.000 citizens and is the birthplace of many notable artists like Theodoros Angelopoulos (director of “Eternity and a Day” (1998) which won Palme d’Or award in Cannes Film Festival), Melina Mercouri (an actress who was nominated for an Oscar for the 1960 movie “Never on Sunday”) and Giorgos Lanthimos (director of “Dogtooth” (2009) which won Un Certain Regard award in Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film) (more from Athens-wikipedia).

The Athens International Film Festival (AIFF) launched in September 1995 and was founded by the Athens Film Society (a non-profit organization) with the intention of highlighting lesser-known genres of independent cinema, as well as introducing audiences to some of the best productions of the year. AIFF is held every September and the highest prize of the competition is the Golden Athena Award for best film.

For more info about the festival you can visit its official website.

See also:

Athens Film Festival 2012: The Winners