A FilmHellene is someone who has a passion for Greek cinema.

The FilmHellenes is an non-for-profit alliance of media people, filmmakers, educators, businessmen, diplomats and others of different backgrounds dedicated to identifying, promoting and celebrating Greek filmmaking talent from wherever it comes.


Read: Hellenic Current: Greek Cinema persists against all odds

Greek filmmakers, building upon one of the most esteemed cinematic traditions in Europe, are currently producing many of the most dynamic, innovative and provocative films in the world.

FilmHellenes is dedicated to bringing these works to our audience—the Greek diaspora community and the wider American public—in order to foster the humanistic ideals of Hellenism and to advance the universal values of freedom of expression and thought. We are also committed to promoting new talent and providing opportunities for the next generation of Greek filmmakers.

Our core event is the annual Greek Film Fest Chicago!, held in the fall, featuring a juried selection of the finest contemporary Greek films. We also sponsor other events throughout the year, including retrospectives, tributes and training workshops, to fulfill our mission of preserving and strengthening our Greek heritage, building bridges to other communities, and advancing Greek cinema in the modern world.

FilmHellenes - Greek Film Fest Chicago! welcomes all filmmakers of Hellenic descent worldwide as well as films about Greece or Hellenism by non-Greek filmmakers.



  • Niko Franghias
  • Dr. Alex Papadopoulos
  • Kostas Daskalopoulos


  • Niko Franghias, Chair
    Writer/Director EmberFrames
  • Stacy Katsibaros, Secretary
    Educational Consultant
  • Terry Jacobs, Treasurer
    Retired Hospitality Controller /
    Associate EmberFrames

Board of Directors

  • Art Andros
    Project Manager / City Of Chicago
  • Panos Fiorentinos
    Architectural model-builder / Engravery

Head of Volunteers

  • Aristea Geroulis
    Assistant Director of Operations at a non-for-profit agency

Advisors & Associates

  • Stefanos Katsikas
    Director of the Modern Greek Studies Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Dr. Mimis Cohen
    Plastic Surgeon
  • Amelia Estelle Dellos
    Writer/Producer Corn Bred Films
  • Valerie Gobos
    Producer / Gobos Film & Entertainment
  • Demetra Markopoulos
    Automotive Facilitator & Consultant
  • Vickie Kamberos
    Educator / University of Chicago Laboratory School
  • Dimitris Kostopoulos
    Teacher / Hellenic American Academy Founder / The Greek Bookstore

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Kisses to the Children trailer

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Greek Film Fest Chicago teaser trailer

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Without Borders

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Join us for the 2013 Greek Film Fest Chicago! we welcome your help to make it all possible. We look for energetic, creative and enthusiastic individuals to join us in the promotion and execution of the Festival. Assistance is needed in pre-festival general support, operations, box office, special events, concessions, ushering, and audience balloting. If you are a FilmHellene and have an interest in Hellenic culture and would like to meet a group of new and fun people, then come join our team!

Special thanks to our volunteers: Alison Ho, Ioanna Hadjiharalambous, Christina Anastasiou , Maria Makris, Spiro Frentzas, Bill Iskos, Despina Damianides, Sophia Zuganelis , Marika Pappas, Vicky Bamidis, Tana Bamidis, Athena Goehl, Anna Salsman-Xeros, Alexander Facklis, Mary-Tina Vrehas, Patricia Vrehas, Georgia Kiriakakis-Wilkinson, Kostas Vasilopoulos, Joanne Linas Paris, & Angelo Dalageorgas.

Some of the benefits you can receive from joining our team include:

Please email your interest to volunteer@greekfilmfestchicago.org. Our Head of Volunteers will be happy to answer your questions.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has given his endorsement to the Greek Film Fest Chicago. Read more.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has also commended FilmHellenes for their commitment to the arts. Read more.


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A heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to the successful 2013 FilmHellene Honorary Award to our National Treasure, Author Harry Mark Petrakis. The event was only possible because of the generosity of our sponsors, donors and friends who believe in our Mission. Please, give support to their organizations.

The event was co-sponsored by the National Hellenic Museum and featured a screening of A DREAM OF KINGS (1969) directed by Daniel Mann based on “A Dream of Kings” by Harry Mark Petrakis. The Q&A with Mr. Petrakis was moderated by John Petrakis, professor of screenwriting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago, former film critic for the Chicago Tribune. View the Event Gallery.


FilmHellenes - Greek Film Fest Chicago! and other Greek organizations and vendors enjoyed a vivid Community 'Panigyri', part of the "Neighborhoods of the World" series presented in a City of Chicago partnership with the Consulate General of Greece in Chicago. FilmHellenes also celebrated their 2nd Birthday! To those of you who visited our area: a heartfelt Thank You for contributing to another FilmHellene success! Event Gallery here.

For those of our friends who had their photo taken at the Navy Pier event: the photos are going out shortly. If you haven't received your photo by April 22-23rd, please send an email to info@greekfilmfestchicago.org with the subject line PHOTOS. We may not have been able to read your email address. Thank you.

2013 Sponsors & Benefactors



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