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
    Co-Founder and President Emeritus
  • Dr. Alex Papadopoulos
  • Kostas Daskalopoulos

Officers/Board of Directors

  • Art Andros, Chair
    Architect/Project Manager, City Of Chicago
    TV Host/Radio Host
  • Stacy Katsibaros, Secretary
    Educational Consultant
  • Panos Fiorentinos, Treasurer
    Architectural model-builder / Engraver
  • Terry Jacobs, Co-Founder
    Retired Hospitality Controller /
    Associate EmberFrames

Head of Volunteers

  • Aristea Geroulis
    Assistant Director of Operations, Non-profit agency
  • Stephanie Fintikis
    Media Director, FILmHELLENES

Advisors & Associates

  • Stefanos Katsikas
    Director, Modern Greek Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Mimis Cohen, MD
    Plastic Surgeon
  • Valerie Gobos
    Producer, Gobos Film & Entertainment
  • Vickie Kamberos
    Educator, University of Chicago Laboratory School
  • Dimitris Kostopoulos
    Teacher, Hellenic American Academy
    Founder, The Greek Bookstore
  • Lefteris Fintikis
    Owner, La Sweets



Kisses to the Children trailer


Greek Film Fest Chicago teaser trailer


Without Borders



Join us for the 2014 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: Christina Anastasiou, Tana Bamidis, Vicky Bamidis, Angelo Dalageorgas, Despina Damianides, Alexander Facklis, Spiro Frentzas, Athena Goehl, Ioanna Hadjiharalambous, Alison Ho, Bill Iskos, Georgia Kiriakakis-Wilkinson, Joanne Linas Paris, Maria Makris, Marika Pappas, Anna Salsman-Xeros, Kostas Vasilopoulos, Mary-Tina Vrehas, Patricia Vrehas & Sophia Zuganelis.

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.


2012 Sponsors & Benefactors

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