9th annual LONDON GREEK FILM FESTIVAL: 15-21 May 2016

Selected films 2016 - line up

Selected screenplays 2016 (script competition)

Selected poems - Video Poetica 2016 International Poetry Competition

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ODYSSEUS AWARDS 2016
Where Awards are divided, are divided equally, irrespective order.
Όπου τα Βραβεία είναι μοιρασμένα, είναι μοιρασμένα ισότιμα ανεξαρτήτως σειράς αναφοράς.
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Saturday 21st May saw the conclusion of the 9th London Greek Film Festival which took place at London’s Theatro Technis. The evening finished with the presentation of the ‘Odysseus’ Awards in the presence of the Greek Consul in London Mr Sotiris Demestichas and the Head of the Press and Communications Office of the Embassy of Greece Mr Alexis Georgiades. The awards ceremony, presented by journalist Thanasis Gavos, was attended among else by directors, screenwriters, producers and poets from Greece, Great Britain, the USA, Germany, Cyprus and other countries, and also journalists, friends and supporters of the Festival. The ceremony included performances featuring music and dancing, as well as poetry reciting.

The Festival presented high quality films, scripts and poems and managed for yet another year to highlight the exquisite level of work by Greek filmmakers in such an adverse environment for artistic creation. The Festival, as ever independent, alternative, progressive and creative, continues to support the creative side of Greece abroad and does not lose sight of its aim: to be the international meeting point for contemporary Greek film from around the world.

This year the Festival’s agency Filming in Greece (www.filmingingreece.com), a new initiative to attract foreign film production to Greece, was also presented.

In the midst of the continuing crisis, the London Greek Film Festival proved its resilience and vision; as did the Greek filmmakers with their films that continue to inspire, to pose questions, to touch the soul. It appears to be the case that a new generation of filmmakers has been created, evolving and dreaming and more importantly being able to stand abroad.

The London Greek Film Festival has been drawing intense interest in London even without any support from the state, and is considered the international meeting point for Greek film. It has been visited by many cinema lovers, both Greek and other nationalities, artists and journalists. Those who say that culture can be a means of diplomacy are correct. The screenings of these Greek and of Greek-themed films in the heart of London have been a platform to network with international filmmakers and effectively promote the creative face of today’s Greece, with the London Greek Film Festival acting as a substantive cultural ambassador.

This Festival gives emphasis on all types of cinematic art and especially on independent cinema, the soul of filmmakers who create their own cinematographic universe shunning stereotypes. They are the modern Greek cinema that surprises, creates, dreams, claims and has its own identity. It takes full advantage of the capabilities of the new era of technology and creates an extrovert network while promoting the positive face of the country.

The London Greek Film Festival has been loved and has initiated discussions among filmmakers, actors, directors, producers, artists, writers, technicians, cinema lovers and students who may agree or disagree but in the end they collaborate and share thoughts over the future of the Greek cinema.

This year the Festival along with Cosmocinema also organised for the first time the international poetry competition Video Poetica, showcasing the contemporary Greek poetry which mirrors a Greece that feels, thinks, reminisces, dreams and gets inspired.

The Odysseys Awards are dedicated to the Odyssey of the Greek filmmakers who realise their dreams with the poor means they usually have, despite the difficulties.

The Festival wishes to warmly thank all its supporters and of course the filmmakers and its friends all over the world, who continue to support it after nine years. And of course the Festival extends an invitation to everyone to celebrate the 10th London Greek Film Festival in May 2017.

Below you can find a list of all the awards of this year’s Festival. Where the winners are more than one, they are stated in no particular order, as the awards are equally divided between them.

As it has been the case over the last years, the Festival will repeat the presentation the Odysseus Awards in a special ceremony in Athens, Greece, hosted this year on 20 June at ‘Alkyonida’ cinema.

Artistic Director: Director Christos Prosylis

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PART 1: FILM AND SCREENPLAY COMPETITION



BEST DOCUMENTARY

Argo Navis. Directed by Stelios Eftathopoulos & Susanne Bausinger. Greece / Germany, 2016.

The light inside. Directed by Stavros Psillakis. Greece, 2015.

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BEST CREATIVE DOCUMENTARY

Shadow on the soul.
Directed by Marios Polyzogopoulos & Dimitris Pliagkos.  Greece, 2016.

On the edge of the Aegean, Castellorizo. Directed by Irini Sarioglou & Angelos KovotsosGreece, 2015.

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BEST CONCEPT FOR DOCUMENTARY

Mana.
Directed by Valerie Kontakos. 
Greece, 2015.

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BEST FEATURE FILM  

300 Spartans – The Real Story. Directed by Stanislaw (Stan) Karpinski
Australia, 2015.

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SPECIAL JURY AWARD

Good morning neighbor. Directed by Tania Chatzigeorgiou
Greece, 2016.


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BEST SHORT FICTION FILM

Bread.
Directed by N
ikolas Zogras Greece, 2015.

Pass. Directed by Lampros Georgopoulos.  Greece, 2014.


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BEST CONCEPT FOR SHORT FICTION FILM 

Downhill.
Directed by Stelios Kammitsis. 
Cyprus, 2015.

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BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM

Monica.
Directed by Dimitris Argyriou
. Greece / Bosnia / Germany, 2016.

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BEST VIDEO ART

Charybdis.
Directed by Aikaterini Koumakaki
Greece, 2016.

You! My Soul’s darkness. Directed by Thodoris PapadoulakisGreece, 2014.


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BEST FICTION FEATURE SCRIPT (script competition only)

Dresden porcelain dolls. Written by Alexis Tsafas & Alexia Beziki. Greece, 2016.

Desperandos. Written by Giorgos Iliopoulos, Katerina Vaimaki & Thodoris Vournas. Greece, 2016.

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BEST CONCEPT FOR FICTION FEATURE SCRIPT (script competition only)

Runners. Written by Stella Belessi. Greece, 2015.

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FICTION FEATURE SCRIPT (script competition only) -
GREEK FILM LOVERS CLUB CHOICE

Lost horse. Written by Minos Efstathiadis & Stella Alisanoglou. Greece, 2016.


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NEW SCREENWRITER AWARD

1995: The greatest summer ever. Written by Peter Manuselis. USA, 2016.

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BEST CONCEPT FOR SHORT FICTION SCRIPT (script competition only)

Walls. Written by Eleni Petsa. Greece, 2016.

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BEST SHORT SCRIPT (script competition only)

Imago. Written by Lina Soroga. Greece, 2016.

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BEST DIRECTING
#ThisIsACoup. Directed by Theopi SkarlatosUK / Greece, 2016.

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BEST ACTOR
Dimitris Piatas

Bus 43. Directed by Alexis Lazaridis. Greece, 2016.

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BEST ACTRESS
Stephanie Capetanides

Firefly. Directed by Georgios SoumelidisGreece, 2015.

 
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BEST PERFORMER
Angelo Tsarouchas
Back to Sparta. Directed by George Tsioutsioulas. Canada, 2015.

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BEST SCREENPLAY

The Story Of Edward Healing. Directed by Manos Gerogiannis UK, 2015.


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BEST MUSIC
Vangelis Fambas
The light inside. Directed by Stavros Psillakis. Greece, 2015.

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BEST PHOTOGRAPHY

Inner land. Directed by Vivian PapageorgiouGreece, 2015.


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NEW DIRECTOR AWARD  
Pet. Directed by Chris Moraitis. Greece, 2015.

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GREEK FILM LOVERS CLUB AWARD
Un Condor. Directed by Yiannis KolozisGreece, 2015.

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The 2016 LGFF Film & Script Competition Jury:
 
Christos Prosylis (Film/Theatre Director-Writer-Producer). UK/Greece.
Aris Vasiliadis (Journalist). Greece.
Katerina Dimakopoulou (Actress-Psychotherapist). UK.
Jim Zogas (Filmmaker-Video Artist). Greece.
 



PART 2: VIDEO POETICA POETRY COMPETITION


A’ AWARD


Vaggelis Chronis (Evangelos Chronis), Greece.

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B’ AWARD

Alkinoos Bounias, Greece.

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C’ AWARD


George Bourganos, USA.

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A’ DISTINCTION


Dimitra Dimitropoulou, Greece.

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B’ DISTINCTION


Efstratios Athanasakis, UK.

Christina Karyoti, Greece.

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C’ DISTINCTION


Georgios Stamatopoulos, UK.

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SPECIAL JURY AWARD

Stefanos Ganotis, Greece.

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GREEK FILM LOVERS CLUB AWARD

Marianna Katsimicha, UK. 

Foteini Balomenou, Greece.


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The 2016 LGFF Video Poetica Competition Jury:

Giorgis Drimoniatis (Publisher, Writer, Poet). Greece.
Christina Florou
(Lawyer, Poet). Greece.
Christos Prossylis (Film/Theatre Director, Writer, Poet). UK / Greece.
Aris Vasiliadis
(Jurnalist, Writer). Greece.


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Selected films 2016 - line up

Selected screenplays 2016 (script competition)

Selected poems - Video Poetica 2016 International Poetry Competition

The 9th annual London Greek Film Festival, a special edition, will take place from 15 to 21 May 2016. From 2016, the festival will be presented every April or May. Very close to the last year's edition (last October) the festival wants to thank all the supporters, and of course the filmmakers, producers, writers, artists and friends from across the world that support it all these years.

The London Greek Film Festival changes, adapting every positive element the new era has to offer, including new technologies, new film production and distribution methods and techniques, networking, and from the film industry both artistic and business opportunities and evolution. Among others, Cosmocinema offer us the opportunity to collaborate in a brand new Filming in Greece Agency. Greek Directors Guild and Greek Screenwriters Guild, started a collaboration with our festival this year. We welcome both organisations to our festival, in a very promising and effective collaboration.

The London Greek Film Festival, independent, alternative, progressive and creative as ever, remains loyal to its objective, despite the adversities: to act as the international meeting point for contemporary Greek film from across the world. The Festival, founded in 2008 by director Christos Prossylis and London’s Cosmocinema, continues to showcase the film productions of Greek interest in all its forms.

This year the Festival will take place from 15 to 21 May. During this week it will present a lot of selected films at Camden’s Theatro Technis (26 Crowndale Road, London, NW1 1TT); it will present  selected short and feature screenplays as well.

The Festival accepts films and scripts by Greek filmmakers from around the world, but also by non-Greeks whose work bears some Greek interest. It has established itself as one of the most prestigious events when it comes to showcasing contemporary Greek culture in the British metropolis and in Europe, projecting a positive and creative face of Greece. At the same time it creates networking and collaboration opportunities and it promotes new technologies which combine good old cinematography with the new possibilities offered by the modern film world.

On Saturday 21 May, Theatro Technis will host the ‘Odysseus Awards’ ceremony, during which the best films by category,  will be announced, as voted by the judging committee. Awards will also be presented to best actors, screenwriters, filmmakers and performers. This year, we are presenting modern Greek poetry from across the world, as well, as part of our Video Poetica International Poetry Competition. The awards ceremony will be presented by the London based Greek correspondent Thanasis Gavos.

Some very interesting workshops will also take place, and there will be continuous networking and information opportunities regarding the Filming in Greece Agency.

Welcome to the 9th annual London Greek Film Festival!
Meet Greeks, speak Greek with native speakers if you wish, enjoy Greek films from across the world!
Enjoy the positive face of Greece in London! :)
 
Christos Prossylis
London Greek Film Festival Director
Film/Theatre Director & Writer
 

 

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Talking about us:

“Whether those [recent Greek films] represent a dawn or twilight for the country's film-making, will be easier to judge after this event, which brings a handful of features, shorts and documentaries.” The Guardian

“In the face of adversity, Greek cinema battles on.” Time Out London

“It is an extremely important event which promotes Greece and its culture to London, a major cultural metropolis of Europe. (...) It presents one of Greece’s best-known showcases and meeting points for emerging talent, and seeks to promote the importance of film as a means to develop the next generation of filmmakers and moving image artists. (…) Definitely consists one of the most important initiatives of cultural diplomacy in the British capital.” Embassy of Greece in London, Press Office
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

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