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Los Angeles Greek Film Festival Returns June 3-11

17th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival poster.
The 17th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival will run June 3-11. Credit: Facebook / Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

The 17th edition of the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF), an organization that has a record of spotlighting major Greek-American artists and industry professionals, will run June 3-11, 2023.

The full lineup of the Festival was announced last week and includes screenings of feature-length films, documentaries and short films, alongside events, workshops, awards, and a masterclass.
On June 11, LAGFF’s Orpheus Awards will name this year’s Best Feature, Documentary, Short, Animation Film, as well as the Best Direction and Performance. Audience Choice Orpheus Awards will be also presented in each category.
The Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held at the Pacific Design Center.
Virtual screenings will be available on-demand for online streaming on the Festival’s website June 12-18.

Los Angeles Greek Film Festival honors George Pelecanos

Novelist, screenwriter, film and television producer, George Pelecanos, will receive the 2023 Honorary Orpheus Award at the Festival’s Opening Night Ceremony on June 3 in the James Bridges Theater, organised in collaboration with the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture.

The following day, the Greek-American master will present a masterclass hosted by Los Angeles City College for the benefit of aspiring filmmakers and film students.

George Pelecanos.
Greek-American novelist, screenwriter, film and television producer, George Pelecanos. Credit: Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

Pelecanos has authored twenty-one novels set in and around Washington, D.C., and was a producer and writer on the HBO series The Wire, Treme, and The Pacific, and co-creator and showrunner of HBO’s The Deuce, and We Own This City. He has been honored with numerous international writing awards in his career.

Previous editions of LAGFF have honored more Greek-American major contributors to the film industry, such as Jim Gianopulos, Alexander Payne, Phedon Papamichael, George Chakiris, Valory Massalas, and Gena Rowlands.

A Festival spotlighting Greek film production in the USA

LAGFF, a non-profit organization that focuses its attention on bringing films and filmmakers from Greece, Cyprus, and the rest of the world to the United States, is held under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad and Public Diplomacy of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate General of Greece in Los Angeles.
Based in Los Angeles, at the heart of the American film industry, with access to studios, production companies and professional experts, LAGFF has screened over 600 Greek films since its inception in 2007 and engages 60-100 filmmakers every year.
The Festival recently established the Global Greek Film Initiative (GGFI), strategically designed to establish an array of new annual programs to promote cultural exchange between Greece, the US and the Hellenic Diaspora, service opportunities for employment and economic growth within Greece, and be the North American hub and global one-stop collective for Greek film programs and initiatives.

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