Syros film fest takes cinema to unlikely locations

The antithesis of business-driven events, the Syros International Film Festival (SIFF) invites the public to discover restyled venues and get lost in moving pictures in the cool of the evening after hot summer days between July 16 and 21 in the capital of the Cyclades, and to explore the connections between nature and film.

Launched in 2013, SIFF was a plucky venture in the world of film festivals. Hosted out of the historic port town of Ermoupoli in its inaugural year, the self-financed, nonprofit festival was not expected to thrive as it has done - seven years later, founders Cassandra Celestin and Jacob Moe, along with their organizing team and sponsors, have transformed Syros into something of a global film destination.

"It does something quite different from every other festival that takes place here, which is that it brings these cultural events and this...

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