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Film festival defies Greek debt crisis with packed cinemas

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Film festival defies Greek debt crisis with packed cinemas

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The 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival was held as Greece was hitting the headlines because of the country’s debt crisis and turmoil in the government.

Stringent economies affected the festival but in spite of heavy budget cuts it staged a rich and eclectic programme, screening 150 feature films and documentaries from 53 countries during 10 days.

Fifteen films were up for prizes in the main section of the festival with the winners from across Europe. And the organisers were also winners with audience figures up around 20 percent from last year.