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The Awards of Los Angeles Greek Film Festival 2016
13 June 2016
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The 10th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival came to a close on Sunday, June 5 with a screening and N. American Premiere of  Worlds Apart and the star studded 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.

Aris Katopodis, Christopher Papakaliatis, J. K Simmons and Dorothea Paschalidou

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 them they would not last four years emphasizing how wrong they were.

Kelly Vlahakis Hanks 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- Blancowith honors and scholarship going to Turkish born Nazli Elif Durlufor 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 bitter-sweet  Mythopathy  introduced with a live performance by world renowned 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.

  Exotica, Erotica, Etc.
  Golden Dawn: A Personal Affair
  Worlds Apart
  Tassos Boulmetis
  Ersi Danou
  Giorgos Karamichos
  Maria Kavoyianni
  Panos Karkanevatos
  Christoforos Papakaliatis
  Alexia Vassiliou
  Evangelia Kranioti
  J.K. Simmons
  Los Angeles Greek Film Festival 2015, June 3-7
  10th edition of Los Angeles Greek Film Festival
  Los Angeles Greek Film Festival Official Facebook Page
  Los Angeles Greek Film Festival Official Webpage
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