The 10th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival had its best and most star-studded night yet at the closing night Orpheus Award ceremony on June 5th, at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.
Before the awards ceremony – that included two honorary awards for 20th Century Fox CEO & Chairman Jim Gianopulos and Oscar-winning actor J.K. Simmons – the Greek box office hit “Worlds Apart”, directed by Christopher Papakaliatis, had its US premiere.
Greek sponsors and businesses were also present at the closing ceremonies, as Earth Friendly Products CEO Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks presented the “Van Vlahakis Award for Innovation in Film” in honor of her late father and green pioneer Dr. Van Vlahakis, founder of Earth Friendly Products.
The night was hosted by actress Mena Suvari, who is Greek-Estonian, and was followed by a catered after party for all the event’s guests.
Other Greek names in Hollywood who made it to this year’s festival include Christos Vasilopoulos, Evan Spiliotopoulos, and Yorgos Karamihos. The festival has been growing in size and importance since its beginning in 2007, and this year the organizers celebrated 10 years of Greek cinema and filmmakers in Hollywood.
Watch our red carpet interviews with “Worlds Apart” director and star Christopher Papakaliatis, J.K. Simmons, as well as various festival organizers and sponsors.