The Thessaloniki International Film Festival works not only as a presentation platform for the year's Greek productions, but also for the creations of emerging film makers from all over the world. Founded in 1960 as the Week of Greek Cinema, it became international in 1992, including a Competition Section for feature length films by emerging directors presenting their first or second film.
This list includes each year's winner of the festival's top prize "The Golden Alexander" from 1992, when it became international, until today.
In 2002 'Mizu no onna' and 'Sud sanaeha' were tied and shared the award.
Also in 1992 'Orlando' tied with 'Gamis tsekva'.
It is laid out as a realistic film, with a screenplay based on the stories of hundreds of women that are forced to choose between their children and their mate in order to sustain their families. (110 mins.)
The Golden Dream
A road movie about teenage immigrants and their journey to the U.S. (108 mins.)
The crew of a Danish cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates who proceed to engage in escalating negotiations with authorities in Copenhagen. (103 mins.)
Marina, an upper-class social worker with a doting husband and an enviable downtown apartment, is suddenly transformed into a bizarre twilight version of herself after having been raped by three policemen. (105 mins.)
A drama about a woman who seems able to overcome everything for freedom, except for her past mistakes. (87 mins.)
Ajami is the religiously mixed community of Muslims and Christians in Tel Aviv. These are five stories about the everyday life in Ajami. (124 mins.)
A young married couple's disagreement over money delays the husband from traveling from Iran to the U.S. where he need to renew his green card. (75 mins.)
The Red Awn
A father and son meet after five years of the father's absence and they go on a trip to rebuild their relationship. (101 mins.)
For forty years, Esfandiar has been unconcernedly preparing corpses for the journey to their final resting place. One day, whilst preparing a burial service, he's taken ill. Might he too be mortal ? (87 mins.)
The story of a love affair that begins during a picnic on the Thai-Burmese border. (125 mins.)
Tirana Year Zero
A 2002 Albanian film that tells the story of a young couple in post-communist Albania, at a time when... (89 mins.)
When a young Russian woman and her son leave Moscow to meet her fiancé, who fails to show up, she declares political asylum. (73 mins.)
Shenzhen businessman, Da Ming, goes home to Beijing when he thinks his father has died. He finds his... (92 mins.)
Road to Nhill
One of three cars carrying lady bowls players is overdue. Unsure about which car, who the occupants might have been... (95 mins.)
Brothers in Trouble
Amir is an illegal Pakistani immigrant smuggled into England in the 1960's to work, to send money to... (102 mins.)
From the Snow
This film follows a few men from Albania as they travel to Greece looking for a better life in Athens. (90 mins.)
Young nobleman Orlando is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to stay forever young. Miraculously, he does just that... (94 mins.)