The 2019 Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) ended its run on Sunday, June 9, with the Orpheus Awards ceremony.
“Her Job”, directed by Nikos Labot, was the film selected to close out the festival. The screening was followed by a short Q&A with director Labot, who was on hand to talk about the inspiration for his film and the process of casting and developing it.
Shortly after, the Orpheus Awards ceremony commenced. Casting director Valorie Massalas received an honorary Orpheus Award for her excellent work in the world of casting for the last few decades.
The hosts for the night were Patricia Kara and Elena Evangelo. Presenters included Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, Panos Vlahos, Ioanna Triantafyllidou, George Chakiris, James Axiotis, Bobby Roth, Sunil Sadarangani, and David Streit.
See the full list of Orpehus Awards winners below:
Best Feature Film: “Pause” by Tonia Mishiali
Best Documentary Film: “Olympia” by Harry Mavromichalis
Best Short Film: “I Am Mackenzie” by Artemis Anastassiadou
Special Feature Jury Award: “Still River” by Angelos Frantzis
Special Jury Documentary Award: “Obscurro Barroco” by Evangelia Kranioti
Best Director: Maria Lafi (for “Holy Boom”)
Best Performance: Marisha Triantafyllidou for “Her Job”
Audience Award for Feature Film: “1/2 New Year” by Tom Morash
Audience Award for Documentary: “Obscurro Barroco” by Evangelia Kranioti
Audience Award for Short Film: “Flickering Souls Set Alight” by Iakovos Panagopoulos
The awards ceremony was followed by a wonderful reception with traditional Greek dishes, wine from the Greek islands, and a musical trio playing classic Greek hits.
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