13th annual LA Greek Film Festival closing night and Orpheus Awards

Α Decrease font Enlarge font
13th annual LA Greek Film Festival closing night and Orpheus AwardsThe red carpet Closing Night was held June 9 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES – The red carpet Closing Night of the 13th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) was held June 9 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. The West Coast premiere of Nikos Labot’s Her Job was followed by the Orpheus Awards Ceremony and an elegant reception in the outdoor courtyard of the Egyptian. Guests enjoyed delights from Good Greek Grill, Georgos Wine, Pietris Bakery, Bakersland, and Sugarista, and danced to live music performed by Dimitris Mann & The Greek Rebetiko Trio.

Festival Director Aris Katopodis opened the ceremony with a warm welcome to guests including the filmmakers, industry professionals, Greek VIPs, and dignitaries. The Awards were co-hosted by popular actresses Patricia Kara and Elena Evangelo.

Emmy-nominated casting director and producer Valorie Massalas was the 2019 Orpheus Award Honoree and received a standing ovation and cheers from the audience. She is a longtime LAGFF Advisory Board member and co-produced and cast the acclaimed Gods and Monsters, which was nominated for three Academy Awards. Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actor-dancer and 2018 Orpheus honoree George Chakiris presented the Orpheus to Massalas.

A special tribute video for Massalas included heartfelt messages from A-list entertainers and friends such as Thaao Penghlis, award-winning casting director- producer Ronnie Yeskel, and prominent director Randal Kleiser. The tribute video was directed by Constantinos Isaias.

“There were so many incredible films and talent this year,” said Festival Director Katopodis. “Our distinguished jury panel looked at the films very closely. The awards, especially the audience ones, were very close.”

Awards presenters were Kelly Vlahakis Hanks, Sunil Sadarangani, Bobby Roth, James Axiotis, David Streit, Panos Vlahos, Ioanna Triantafyllidou, Soudabeh Moradian, and George Chakiris. Several of the presenters also served on the LAGFF Jury.

The list of the winners follows:

  • Academy Award-winning actor George Chakiris presented the Orpheus Award to honoree Valorie Massalas at the 13th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival. Photo by Steve Sasaki/Urbanite Media
  • Best Feature Film: Pause by Tonia Mishiali
  • Special Feature Jury Award: Still River by Angelos Frantzis
  • Best Documentary Film: Olympia by Harry Mavromichalis
  • Special Documentary Jury Award: Obscuro Barroco by Evangelia Kranioti
  • Van Vlahakis Best Short Film: I Am Mackenzie by Artemis Anastassiadou
  • Best Director: Maria Lafi for Holy Boom
  • Best Performance: Marisha Triantafyllidou for Her Job
  • Audience Award for Feature Film: 1/2 New Year directed by Tom Morash
  • Audience Award for Documentary: Obscuro Barroco by Evangelia Kranioti
  • Audience Award for Short Film: Flickering Souls Set Alight by Iakovos Panagopoulos
  • International Project Discovery Forum (IPDF) Winners:
  • IPDF Award: Elina Psykou, Patrimonial Fears and other symptoms
  • Honorable Mention – Telemachos Alexiou, The Voice of an Angel
  • MFI Scholarship – Cat Papadimitriou, Zagorohorror

LAGFF is a 501c(3) non-profit organization and open to all filmgoers and patrons of the arts. More information is available online: www.lagff.org.

Social Media: @lagff #LAGFF2019

Read more at thenationalherald.com

RELATED TOPICS: GreeceGreek tourism newsTourism in GreeceGreek islandsHotels in GreeceTravel to GreeceGreek destinations Greek travel marketGreek tourism statisticsGreek tourism report

 

Tornos
  1. 20/07 19:53

    Media report: FaceApp craze sweeps across Greece despite privacy warnings

  2. 20/07 19:28

    Newly elected Greek PM Mitsotakis to announce immediate tax cuts

  3. 20/07 17:24

    New Minister to support farmers and protect the environment in Greece

  4. 20/07 15:06

    Civil protection chief: Attica quake activity subsides, 'no need for concern'

  5. 20/07 11:37

    Cutlural Tourism: New biography of Eva Palmer Sikelianos

  6. 20/07 09:47

    New government spokesman: Life in Athens back to normal after tremor

  7. 19/07 22:17

    Greek Tourism Ministry issues instructions for visitors to follow in event of earthquake

  8. 19/07 20:54

    120-installment debt repayment scheme set for boost by new Greek government

  9. 19/07 18:33

    New Archbishop of Australia makes first pastoral visit to Perth church

  10. 19/07 18:27

    25th Kalamata International Dance Festival opens in Greece on Friday

  11. 19/07 18:08

    ΙΑΤΑ: Poor air traffic control means summer of wasted emissions and delays

  12. 19/07 17:59

    Minister: Research and innovation a 'central strategic priority' now in Greece

  13. 19/07 16:50

    Tourists at the Athens Acropolis react calmly to earthquake

  14. 19/07 14:47

    5.1 R tremor felt in Greek capital of Athens with no major damages reported

  15. 19/07 14:24

    Greek banks to begin charging non-customers more for ATM cash withdrawals

  16. 19/07 13:08

    Cyprus to establish full diplomatic relations with North Macedonia

  17. 19/07 11:08

    New Greek Prime Minister meets with chief of Fairfax investment group

  18. 18/07 22:08

    New Minister greenlights Cosco investments in Greek port of Piraeus with hotels and mall

  19. 18/07 21:54

    Heavily-armed police to monitor tourist spots in Athens

  20. 18/07 21:43

    Guide to ouzo from the Greek island of Chios

  21. 18/07 20:41

    New record in container traffic at Greek port of Piraeus

  22. 18/07 20:29

    Film Tourism: Tom Hanks cast as Elvis’ manager Tom Parker in new movie

  23. 18/07 19:58

    4th EU-Arab World Summit to be held in Athens at the end of October

  24. 18/07 19:43

    New Athens mosque not expected to operate prior to end of 2019

  25. 18/07 19:30

    New parliament president elected in Greece by vast majority

  26. 18/07 18:57

    BoG report: Greek state budget records primary deficit during H1 2019

  27. 18/07 18:52

    New Investments Minister meets with Israeli Ambassador in Greece

  28. 18/07 18:12

    Greek firms promote strategic investment in social responsibility

  29. 18/07 16:50

    Athens to propose Margaritis Schinas as its new EU Commissioner

  30. 18/07 12:10

    Health Tourism: Ministry to sign pacts with medical care partners in Greece

  31. 17/07 22:54

    Greek Orthodox Archbishop Elpidophoros meets with US President

  32. 17/07 22:33

    Greek airports record 5.3% rise in traffic during H1 2019

  33. 17/07 22:08

    US Ambassador to Athens Pyatt: Greece is now a source of solutions

  34. 17/07 21:28

    Kostas Loulis new Secretary-General of Tourism in Greece

  35. 17/07 19:59

    North Macedonia FM: Positive climate in Greece benefits whole region

  36. 17/07 19:15

    Minoan Theater: A reinvestment in excellence and spirit in Greek

  37. 17/07 16:59

    New Greek Prime Minister says Greek bond sale will attract investors

  38. 17/07 15:35

    Friday the last day of traffic restrictions in downtown Athens this summer

  39. 17/07 12:19

    Tourist arrivals to Cyprus drop in June and during first six months of 2019

  40. 17/07 11:53

    Greece's newly elected parliament sworn in on Wednesday (video)

  41. 17/07 10:43

    Newly appointed Greek Foreign Minister Dendias visits the United States

  42. 16/07 22:51

    Parga: The gem of Epirus and the Ionian Sea in Western Greece

  43. 16/07 22:50

    New York Euripides Summer Festival presenting two classic masterpieces

  44. 16/07 22:47

    Grand Resort Lagonissi opens new Grand Hall conference center in Athens

  45. 16/07 22:30

    Tax authorities: Over 20,000 Airbnb Greek properties still not registered

  46. 16/07 22:21

    Classical music festival returns to Greek islands of Koufonisia for 4th year

  47. 16/07 22:15

    E-real estate network chief: AirBnB effect in Athens focuses on inner city district

  48. 16/07 22:08

    Greek-American TV persona Maria Menounos wins on Celebrity Family Feud

  49. 16/07 21:07

    ANIMART festival on Greek island of Hydra from July 22 until July 31

  50. 16/07 20:47

    Jewish communities in Greece welcome Minister's denunciation of neo-Nazi past

  51. 16/07 20:19

    Study: ‘Athens triangle’ becoming Greek capital’s new place to be

  52. 16/07 19:42

    New exhibition titled “Art: Response to Conflict” opens in Athens

  53. 16/07 18:33

    Moody's upgrades outlook for three systemic Greek banks

  54. 16/07 16:15

    Algean Property Ionian Sea Report 2019: "Everlasting Experience"

  55. 16/07 15:56

    3200 hotel CEOs reveal top hospitality and leisure trends for 2019

  56. 16/07 15:18

    Kimisis tis Theotokou Hamptons Greek Festival a great success (video)

  57. 16/07 14:52

    ESM chief: Reform drive of new Greek government to stimulate investments welcome

  58. 16/07 12:37

    Sheraton’s new logo appears on hotels worldwide for first time in over 40 years

  59. 16/07 12:29

    Minister: Seven-year bond yield records return of Greek economy to normality

  60. 16/07 10:20

    TripAdvisor: Online reviews still a trusted source of information when booking trips

  61. 16/07 00:54

    Canal d'Amour: the famous beach of lovers on the Greek island of Corfu

  62. 16/07 00:27

    Greek Public Debt Management Organisation to launch seven-year bond

  63. 15/07 22:25

    EU announces measures against Turkey's illegal drilling in Cyprus' EEZ

  64. 15/07 22:00

    Greek state budget shows primary surplus of €382 million in January-June

  65. 15/07 21:07

    New Greek government to cut ENFIA property tax 30% within two years

  66. 15/07 21:06

    Legendary yacht of Onassis ‘Christina O’ sails into Greek island of Poros

  67. 15/07 18:02

    New Greek Finance Minister Staikouras meets with ESM Director Regling

  68. 15/07 13:07

    Athens Airport awardsTurkish Airlines for remarkable growth rate in last 5 years

  69. 15/07 11:56

    Culinary Tourism: Greek beer thrives from Antiquity to modern microbrews

  70. 14/07 23:28

    Travel & Leisure: Four Greek islands among Europe's top-5 for 2019

  71. 14/07 19:00

    Sports Tourism: Pakistan's street cricketers bring game to life in Greece

  72. 14/07 14:37

    New Greek Development Minister: Hellinikon project will move "very, very quickly"

  73. 14/07 14:29

    Well-known squat of closed Athens hotel abruptly ended after new government elected

  74. 14/07 13:51

    Initiative to invite new Greek PM to address joint session of U.S. Congress

  75. 13/07 20:18

    Opening of “Cyprus: 45 years of occupation” show in Athens

  76. 13/07 19:45

    French Ambassador: France will continue to help Greece in its economic take-off

  77. 13/07 14:50

    Chalkidiki power and water networks to be fully restored by nightfall in northern Greece

  78. 13/07 14:22

    Foods that protect the human skin from the sun

  79. 13/07 13:59

    Meteo services: Weather in Greece to worsen from Saturday evening

  80. 13/07 13:47

    Shops open in Greece on Sunday for first week of summer sales

  81. 12/07 23:48

    Film festival on Greek island of Syros takes cinema to unlikely locations

  82. 12/07 20:13

    Private sector arrears to the Greek state ease slightly down in March

  83. 12/07 17:57

    Acropolis in Athens gains its first permanent doctor

  84. 12/07 17:20

    "Greek Freak" Giannis Antetokounmpo voted Best Male Athlete in the U.S. (video)

  85. 12/07 16:44

    Greek-Swedish Antique special anniversary reunion concert for one night only

  86. 12/07 16:28

    AP: New Greek government recognizes Guaido, not Maduro, as Venezuela’s president

  87. 12/07 15:54

    Paris Hilton spotted on a yacht in Greek island of Mykonos for second year

  88. 12/07 14:17

    New energy minister in Greece to jump-start delayed Helleniko and Skouries projects

  89. 12/07 13:36

    Surf Art Festival Vol. 6 returning to Athens suburb of Faliro on July 12-14

  90. 12/07 00:41

    Greece loses battle over lower taxes for traditional Tsipouro and Tsikoudia drinks

  91. 11/07 21:40

    Festival by "The Friends of the Greek Islands and the Sea" on Sifnos

  92. 11/07 21:36

    Sky News Australia show marks Greek election by dancing and throwing plates (video)

  93. 11/07 21:09

    Greek island of Kastellorizo: from the Dodecanese at the Athens airport

  94. 11/07 20:54

    Leading IT Chinese firm "DeepBlue Technology" expands in Greek market

  95. 11/07 20:34

    European Commission to assist Greece following severe storm

  96. 11/07 20:30

    Production value up 9% in accommodation and food service activities in Cyprus

  97. 11/07 20:24

    AP: Mobile phone link now working on both sides of split island of Cyprus

  98. 11/07 20:13

    Wedding Tourism: Co-founder of sabo skirt marries in Greece

  99. 11/07 19:59

    Watercolors of the Acropolis: Emile Gillieron in Athens show at the Met

  100. 11/07 19:52

    AirHelp: Thousands of passengers who flew to Greece in 2018 can claim compensation