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2018 Hellenic Film Academy Awards
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The 9th Iris Awards ceremony of the Hellenic Film Academy presented on Monday April 23rd 2018 at the Onassis Cultural Centre.

The ceremony opened by the president of the Academy, Vasilis Katsoufis who welcomed the attendants, thanked the Onassis Cultural Centre for the hospitality and talked about the positive signs of the year like the cash rebate initiative and emphasized that there is  the need for an overall plan for Greek cinema by the Ministry of Culture.

Consequently, the hosts of the night, Makis Papadimitriou and Yorgos Pirpassopoulos picked up the torch and commentated with sarcasm, humor and love, the intricasies of the greek cinematic world. Alongside, Spyros Grammenos and his band accompanied them with their music.

Six films out of eighteen that competed in the final nominations earned awards: two co-productions (The Son Of Sofia, Dolphin Man) and four national productions (Polyxeni, The Last Note, Do It Yourself, Copa Loca). 

Elina Psykou΄s drama Son of Sofia,  produced by Heretic (Greece), Kinoelectron (France) and Chouchkov Brothers (Bulgaria), was the big winner at the Iris Hellenic Film Academy Awards, winning five prizes from 13 nominations, including Best Feature Film, Best Film Director, Best Screenplay for Psykou, best supporting actor for Thanassis Papageorgiou and Best Production Design for Penelope Valti.

Dora΄s Masklavanou΄s Polyxeni, produced by Blonde Audiovisual Productions won four prizes. Best Actress for Katia Goulioni, Best Supporting Actress for Lydia Fotopoulou, Best Supporting Actor for Thanasis Papageorgiou and Best Cinematography for Claudio Bolivar.

The Last Note from the legendary director Pandelis Voulgaris, produced by Black Orange Productions, won four awards. Best Actor for Andreas Konstantinou, Best Costume Design for Youla Zoiopoulou, Best Sound for Stefanos Efthymiou and Best Makeup for Evi Zafiropoulou.

Lefteris Haritos’ Dolphin Man, a documentary about the legendary French free diver Jacques Mayol. Produced by Anemon Productions in co-production with France, Canada and Japan, it won best first film and best feature documentary.

Do it Yourself by another newcomer, Dimitris Tsilifonis, produced by View Master Films, won the Best Editing Award and the Special Effects Award.

Christos Massalas΄ Copa Loca, produced by Christos Massalas and Heretic (Greece), won the Best Short Film Award.

This year’s honorary prize was given to the composer of greek descent, Alexander Desplat. The two times Academy Awards Winner began his speech in greek saying “I am half a Greek”. “Greece is always inside me and her music. I would not be a good composer if I did not listen to Greek music or if I did not see Greek films,” he said and noted that he felt that people should see Greek films and that is why he encouraged greek directors to bring their films to the world.

The Awards Full List

Honorary Award
Alexnadre Desplat, Composer.

Best Feature Film
Son Of Sofia, Elina Psykou, Giorgos Karnavas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis

Best Film Director
Son Of Sofia, Elina Psykou

Best Newcomer
Dolphin Man, Lefteris Charitos

Best Actress
Polyxeni, Katia Goulioni 

Best Actor
The Last Note, Andreas Konstantinou 

Best Supporting Actress
Polyxeni, Lydia Fotopoulou

Best Supporting Actor
Son Of Sofia, Thanasis Papageorgiou 

Best Screenplay
Son Of Sofia, Elina Psykou

Best Cinematography
Polyxeni, Claudio Bolivar

Best Film Editing
Do It Yourself, Lambis Haralambidis.

Best Original Music Score
Polyxeni, Nikos Kypourgos

Best Costume Design
The Last Note, Youla Zoiopoulou

Best Production Design
Son Of Sofia, Pinelopi Valti

Best Sound
The Last Note, Stefanos Efthymiou, Kostas Varympopiotis, Alexandros Sidiropoulos, Aris Louziotis

Best Makeup
The Last Note, Evi Zafiropoulou

Best Special Effects
Do It Yourself, Stathis Nafpliotis, Charis Karakoulidi, Andreas Chelmis, Alexis Mitadopoulos, Themis Katakalos

Best Documentary
Dolphin Man, Lefteris Charitos, Yuri Averof, Rea Apostolides

Best Short Film
Copa-Loca, Christos Massalas

  The Last Note
  Dolphin Man
  Son of Sofia
  Do It Yourself
  Katia Goulioni
  Lydia Fotopoulou
  Yuri Averof
  Yannis Iakovidis
  Aris Louziotis
  Andreas Konstantinou
  Claudio Bolivar
  Pantelis Voulgaris
  Rea Apostolides
  Evi Zafiropoulou
  Lefteris Haritos
  Penelope Valti
  Nikos Kypourgos
  Thanassis Papageorgiou
  Costas Varibopiotis
  Youla Zoiopoulou
  Dora Masklavanou
  Stefanos Efthimiou
  Borislav Chouchkov
  Lambis Haralambidis
  Alexandros Sidiropoulos
  George Karnavas
  Konstantinos Kontovrakis
  Elina Psykou
  Dimitris Tsilifonis
  Christos Massalas
  Anemon Productions
  Blonde Audiovisual Productions
  Chouchkov Brothers LTD
  Black Orange Productions S.A.
  View Master Films
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