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Grand Opening of Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

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The opening of the LA Greek film festival was a great success. Standing from Left: Aris Katopodis, Zina Wilde, Lia Bozonelis, Georgia Tripodes, Katerina Hoyo-Fredrickson, Dimitra Kasdagli, Nasos Gatzoulis, Eleni Kafetzi, Fay Lellios, Katerina Zacharia Kneeling from Left: Athena Daniil, Urbanite Media
The 17th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) opened on June 3 and it will run through June 11 featuring world premieres and other events.

Artistic & Festival Director, Aristotle Katopodis has announced an impressive lineup including West Coast Premieres, screenings, panels, a Masterclass and a virtual program of screenings following the Festival.

“Over the past 16 years, LAGFF has screened over 580 films and hosted over 530 filmmakers supporting their films,” states Katopodis.

“Beyond films and filmmakers, this year we are collaborating with Drama International Short Film Festival, a premiere European Short Film Festival in the program “Drama Comes To Hollywood”, and establishing the first Fellowship of student filmmakers.

“The first two filmmakers, Mavridou and Arabatzi, with the award-winning short film HUSSIES will be in Los Angeles this June.”

Key Dates and Venues of the LA Greek Film Festival

• June 3 Opening Night Reception, Film & George Pelecanos Tribute, hosted by UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture, James Bridges Theater

• June 4 George Pelecanos presented a Masterclass hosted by Los Angeles City College for aspiring filmmakers and film students.

• June 4-10 Theatrical Screenings & Q & As at Regal LA Live DTLA

• June 8 Hollywood Scene & Be Seen Bash presented by Power Muse + LAGFF

• June 10 Filmmaker Brunch (exclusive) at the Consul General’s Residence

• June 11 Discovery Days auditing (exclusive)

• June 11 Closing Night Film, Orpheus Awards & Gala, Pacific Design Center

• June 12-18 Virtual Screenings

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LAGFF Red Carpet Opening Night on June 3rd, kicked off with a Tribute to a Greek-American master who has contributed greatly to the American literature and film industry. Novelist, screenwriter, producer, and showrunner George Pelecanos was presented with the 2023 Honorary Orpheus Award by industry executive, director and producer Kary Antholis.

A screening of BLACK STONE, a new film by Spiros Jacovides followed the Tribute. With comedic undertones, the film examines the changing Greek urban society. Director Spiros Jacovides and actor/rapper Kevin Zans Ansong (Black Morris) were in attendance.

The event included a red-carpet event and reception outside the James Bridges Theatre at UCLA, followed by a Tribute and Screening.

The Festival Closing Night gala will be held at the state-of-the-art Silver Screen Theater of the Pacific Design Center and includes a red carpet event, screening of LISTEN with filmmakers and actors in attendance, break with appetizers and drinks, followed by the Orpheus Awards Show and Reception.

An inaugural “Patron of the Arts” Orpheus Award will be presented to a member of the LAGFF community.

LISTEN (Ákousé Mé) directed by Maria Douza deals with issues of prejudice against disability and of xenophobia, and how these are countered by the power of pure and unconditional love.

Financial upheaval forces a sixteen-year-old deaf girl to leave her progressive Athens school and return to her father’s struggling island, where she is confronted with prejudice and intolerance—including, most shockingly, her own.

Lead actors Efthalia Papacosta and Dimitris Kitsos, and director Maria Douza are expected to attend.

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