Thessaloniki nixes cash prizes

Fest hit by Greek financial crisis

MOSCOW — In a sign of the depth of the Greek fiscal crisis, the Thessaloniki Film Festival announced Wednesday that this year’s 53rd edition would not make any cash awards.

The move was a “necessary and temporary action,” the fest said.

Runing Nov. 2-11, fest will award its Golden, Silver and Bronze Alexanders for best film, special jury award and special award for innovation and originality without the usual cash prizes totalling $44,000.

Lilly Papagianni, fest spokeswoman said: “As you all know, this is a very difficult time for Greece, not only financially and socially, but for the cultural and film sectors as well.

“We are proud to be able to organize the festival under these conditions.”

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