HONORARY ORPHEUS AWARDS
Jim Gianopulos, Chairman & CEO 20th Century Fox
Academy Award ® Winner J.K. Simmons
Best Fiction Feature Film: “Riverbanks”
Best Documentary Film: “Exotica, Erotica, Etc.”
Best Documentary Film – Honorable Mention:
“Golden Dawn: A Personal Affair”
Best Short Fiction Film – Van Vlahakis Award: “Stagnation”
Best Performance Award: Maria Kavogianni (“Worlds Apart”)
FOURTH INTERNATIONAL PROJECT DISCOVERY AWARDS
MFI Scholarship and Aegean Award Nazli Elif Durlu for “Zuhal”
Honorable Mention Harris Raftogiannis for “The River”
The 10th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (lagff.org) came to a close Sunday, June 5 with a screening and N. American Premiere of “ Worlds Apart ” and the starstudded Orpheus Awards produced by Dorothea Paschalidou and directed by Yorgos Karamihos and hosted by Mena Suvari. In his opening remarks, Festival creative topper Aris Katopodis remarked “This 10th LAGFF is almost history, but it is also one that made history. Most films than ever, 56, most filmmakers present, 58, most North American Premieres 24, largest attendance and the belief that the future LAGFF will continue to shine, full of hope for Greek film, filmmakers and Greek culture, here in Los Angeles.”
The sold out Egyptian theatre was peppered throughout with 40 students from the Stella Adler Acting Academy dressed to honor the various eras since cinema began.
Katopodis introduced festival cofounders Ersi Danou and Angeliki Giannakopoulos . Danou thanked the many professionals including Executive Producer Alex Kalognomos and coproducer Eleni Arvaniti , the 50 volunteers and sponsors who have grown the festival to one of the premier summer events in Los Angeles. Giannakopoulos spoke to the filmmakers and the fact that when they conceived the idea for LAGFF all the festival directors in town told the they would not last four years emphasizing how wrong they were.
Kelly VlahakisHanks took the stage to give out the night’s first Jury prize the Van Vlahakis Short Film Award to Alexander Swart’s “Stagnation.” LAGFF’s director of development Paschalidou thanked all the sponsors for making the 10th special. She then gave out the second Jury Prize – Best Documentary to Evangelia Kranioti’s “ Exotica, Erotica, Etc.” with a special mention going to Loukas Stamellos ‘ “ Golden Dawn: A Personal Affair”.
Anastas Michos ASC, juror, on behalf of all the jury, gave the Best Fiction Feature Orpheus honors to Panos Karkanevatos’ “ Riverbanks .”Next up, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” star Louis Mandylor announced the final Jury Prize for Best Performance to actress Maria Kavogianni for her portrayal of the older love interest to J.K. Simmons in “Worlds Apart.”
The Orpheus for Audience Choice was then awarded to Christopher Papakaliatis for his touching triptych to love affairs and closing night film “ Worlds Apart.” The International Project Discovery Awards were handed out by IPDF alumnus Paolo Marinou Blanco with honors and scholarship going to Turkishborn Nazli Elif Durlu for her project “Zuhal.” An honorable mention went to Haris Raftogiannis for his pitch “The River”. HBO/Cinemax’s Kary Antholis introduced the first honoree of the evening 20th Century Fox Chairman & CEO Jim Gianopulos.
Papakaliatis then presented his film’s star J.K. Simmons , recipient of the night’s second honorary Orpheus. The Orpheus Awards concluded five days of screenings and master classes and events for the patrons and participants of the festival. The fest began with raves from the crowd for the North American premiere of Tassos Boulmetis bittersweet “Mythopathy” introduced with a live performance by worldrenowned singing sensation Alexia Vassiliou accompanied by guitarist George Karpasitis. The opening night party which kicked off the five days of screenings, master classes, and culinary events was DJ’d by KCRW’s Chris Douridas.
The Festival will reconvene in June of 2017 to begin its second decade providing Los Angeles with the best that Greek filmmakers have to offer.
The 2016 Los Angeles Greek Film Festival is grateful for the support of numerous key sponsors. LAGFF is copresented by : The Greek National Tourism Organization . Visitgreece.gr is the official tourism web site for Greece, run by the Greek National Tourism Organization, where you’ll find information on the main tourist destinations, such as cities, beaches, as well as activities, events and much more! (Link:http://www.visitgreece.gr/ )
The Onassis Foundation (USA) is committed to the promotion of Greek culture. By cooperating with educational and cultural institutions in Greece and the Americas, it promotes cultural relations. The Onassis Cultural Center NY , founded in 2000, explores Greek culture, from antiquity to today, through a diverse program of exhibitions, events and online engagement. Located in midtown Manhattan, the renovated space offers experiences that inspire and support interaction between audiences and artists in all cultural fields from visual arts, dance, film, music and theater to the humanities. Programs—for novices and scholars—are presented free of charge.
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ANT 1,Campus Circle, Cosmos 91.5 FM, EPKTV, Greek Reporter, Immigrant Magazine, Los Angeles Hellenic Radio, Mignatio.com ,Tolucan Times
Special thanks go to ELMA , an organization dedicated to the promotion of European Cinema in America.
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