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Greek UCLA Student Receives Emmy

395609_359386787504623_555712784_nAlethea C. Avramis, a student at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, took home third place honors at the 2013 College Television Emmy Awards held Saturday, April 25.

Avramis won the Emmy in the comedy category for her film, “The Foreigner,” about a remote Greek village that must raise its population in order to avoid being cut off from the local government. When a foreigner, Eric, stumbles into town, the village mayor rallies the hostile townspeople to convince him to stay.

Entries for The College Television Awards are judged online in preliminary and secondary panels on a secure server by members of the Television Academy working in each respective discipline. The winners are honored in Los Angeles and receive cash awards, industry recognition and the opportunity to network with top television executives.

The talented filmmaker was also featured in the Greek edition of Cosmopolitan magazine as a “Fearless Female of 2012.” Her bio in the magazine read:

Born in America to Greek parents, she studied history at UCLA College, then realized that what 559277_253876814722288_386334759_nshe loved most was film directing, and began graduate studies at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. She traveled to Greece last year determined to make the short film “The Foreigner,” calling upon the love and admiration for the Greek spirit. She utilized the services of an internet crowd funding site and managed to raise over $20,000 in three months. The film was shot in Marmari, Laya and the Mani Peninsula, and was admitted to the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner and the 2012 Palm Springs International ShortFest.

For more information on “The Foreigner,” visit

And, check out the trailer:

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