Christine Crokos’ romantic comedy, Bang Bang Wedding, starring Alex Dimitriades will launch the 2009 Greek Film Festival at Palace Cinema Como from September 2.

Now in its 16th year the festival brings a selection of Greek films to Australia, as well as celebrating Australian Greek filmmakers.

Over 11 days, the Como will screen a curated program of feature films, documentaries and short films.

Festival highlights include the Winner of the Audience Award and FIPRESCI Prize at the International Thessaloniki Film Festival PVC-1,Spiros Stathoulopoulos’ directorial debut  inspired by a true story about a pipe bomb improvised explosive device secured around the neck of an extortion victim; Strella: A Womans Way, a drama about an extraordinary relationship set in the seedy nights of Athens;  Panos Karkanevatos’ Well Kept Secrets, a story about the unraveeling of lies;and  Athanasia, which won the critics’ FIPRESCI Prize at last year’s Thessaloniki Film Festival.

First-time feature film directors include opening night film director Christine Crokos, Vassilis Mirianthopoulos with Just Broken Up, Corinna Avraamidou with The Last Homecoming, Alexis Alexiou Tale 52 and Spiros Stathoulopoulos PVC-1.

Australia provides a great mix of short films including Bombshell, directed by Kim Farrant and starring Tony Nikolakopoulos and Zoe Carides; AFI Award winning Spike Up, directed by Anthony Maras; Pontos by Peter Stefanidis; while Sotiris Dounoukos presents with two shorts Mona Lisa and Paper & Sand.

Tickets are now on sale through Palace Cinema Como and