Sunday, June 8 2014

8th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

As Greece is still grappling with the aftermath of an unprecedented crisis, the upheaval of Greek society is represented in much of the current Greek Cinema, leading its artists beyond the known and the safe. This year’s films reflect the continued search for answers and solutions while pointing out the absurdity of the status quo. Social, personal, identities, borders, morals, values, are all entities to be discussed, questioned and rediscovered. What makes this year’s programming even more special are two key trends that make their presence felt: The strong participation of female filmmakers whose works we are proud to include this year, and the many submissions of first time-directors; almost half of our films are by first-time-at-the-helm efforts of young filmmakers, illuminating the way to a brighter future.

Sunday, June 8, 1:00 pm

(Kalavryta – Anthropoi kai skies)
Greece, 2014, 111 min, US Premiere, Documentary

Director/Writer/Producer: Elias Giannakakis
Production Designer: Apostolia Papaioannou
Cinematographer: Claudio Bolivar
Editor: Dora Masklavanou
Print Source: Elias Giannakakis,

Unfortunately horror does not happen only in the movies. At Kalavryta, in Greece, the entire male population over 14 was sternly killed by the Nazis during a terrible December in the year 1943. The survivors have not been happy people from thus on. They’ve been struggling for 70 years to figure out why that horror happened to them.

Elias Giannakakis is a film director, a screenwriter, and a producer. He has directed more than 100 documentaries and regularly works on the docu-series Paraskinio.

* 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Fipresci Award (2014)

Greece, 2012, 4 min, US Premiere

Director/Writer/Producer: Elias Papastamatiou
Print Source: Elias Papastamatiou,

It arises half man-shaped from a piece of clay, but then needs to figure out how to leave its prison of clay and fully embrace life.

* 32nd Munich International Short Film Festival
* 36th Drama International Short Film Festival
* 19th Athens International Film Festival

Cyprus, 2013, 22 min, LA Premiere

Director/Writer/Producer: Marios Piperides
Cast: Yiannis Kokkinos, Numan Acar, Katerina Misichroni, Nedi Antoniades, Eliana Kakoura
Print Source: AMP Filmworks, Marios Piperides,

Cyprus 1878. A desperate man whose daughter is dying knocks on the door of another man who, in people’s eyes, can keep her alive.

* 2013 International Short Film Festival of Cyprus (Best Short Film, Best Actor, Best Sound Design)
* 2014 Kansas City International Film Festival

Sunday, June 8, 6:00 pm

(O ehthros mou)
Greece, 2013, 107 min, LA Premiere
Closing Night Presentation
Presented by Pabst Brewing Company,
Hostess Brands & the Metropoulos Family

Director: Yorgos Tsemberopoulos
Writer: Yiannis Tsiros
Producer: Eleni Kossyfidou
Production Companies: Blackbird production, Greek Film Centre, ERT, NOVA, STEFI Productions, FILMIKI Productions, TRIOprods
Production Designer: Spyros Laskaris
Cinematographer: Vangelis Katridzidakis
Editor: Yorgos Mavropsaridis
Music: Akis Daoutis
Cast: Manolis Mavromatakis, Maria Zorba, Yorgos Gallos, Ariadni Kavalierou, Elias Moulas, Thanassis Papageorgiou, Tudor Cirilla, Vesela Kazakova
Print Source: Film Marketing & Consulting, Patra Spanou,

Kostas doesn’t want to live in his small mountain village so he leaves for Athens, where attends university, then works, and finally has his own family. Now he’s 48 and all of a sudden, realizes that he lives in a jungle. Violence invades his home. A gang breaks in. There is only one way to survive for Kostas – He needs to embrace again his rough origin. Violence and revenge become his inseparable obsessions. He can’t help committing the ultimate hubris.

Yorgos Tsemberopoulos studied Economics in Greece and Film at AFI in Los Angeles. Back in Greece, he’s produced commercials and directed features, obtaining many national awards.

* 2013 Montreal World Film Festival
* 57th BFI London FF 2013
* 26th AFI EU Film Showcase 2013
* 2013 Luxor IFF (won Silver Djed Pillar)
* 9th L’Europe Autour de l’ Europe – Special Mention
* ÉCU 2014 (won Best European Independent Dramatic Feature)
* 45th Nashville IFF (won Best Actor)

Orpheus Awards

Presented by Pabst Brewing Company,
Hostess Brands & the Metropoulos Family

Celebrate the best films in competition, our honorees, and the winner of the 2nd International Project Discovery Forum (Aegean Award).

Our Honorees


Anthony Katagas is one of the most prolific producers working in American independent film. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture for his role in producing 12 YEARS A SLAVE (2013), he has produced over 30 films in the last twelve years and worked with a variety of innovative and award-winning filmmakers, including John Hillcoat, Steve McQueen, Andrew Dominik, Paul Haggis, Brad Pitt, John Singleton, Wes Craven, James Gray, Vadim Perelman, Lasse Hallstrom, Ben Younger, Nanette Burstein, Deny Arcand, and Sofia Coppola.

Steve Nicolaides (Producer) is known for his early work with director Rob Reiner on films such as THE SURE THING, STAND BY ME, THE PRINCESS BRIDE, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, MISERY, and A FEW GOOD MEN. In 1991 he produced John Singleton’s Academy Award-nominated BOYZ IN THE HOOD, and went on to work with Singleton on POETIC JUSTICE and SHAFT. Throughout the nineties and the 2000s he produced a number of box-office and critical successes, including THE FORGOTTEN, THE SCHOOL OF ROCK, NACHO LIBRE, BUDDY, LITTLE BIG LEAGUE, THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN, and BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA.

Our Presenters

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Jim Gianopulos Tracy Spyridakos
(Chairman/CEO, 20th Century Fox)
Honorary Orpheus Award
(Revolution, NBC)
Best feature Orpheus Award

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Simon Kassianides Gia Carides Angelo Tsarouchas
Best Documentary Orpheus Award
Best Short
Film Orpheus Award
Audience Choice
Orpheus Award


Our Hosts

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Christos Vasilopoulos Chrissa Loukas
Host Host

After-party Entertainment
with Gus Sverkos and Goodtime Events

Gus Sverkos will be spinning his tunes as LAGFF’s DJ-in-Residence on the Festival’s Opening and Closing Night parties for all to dance under the stars in the beautiful courtyard of the Egyptian Theater.

Gus Sverkos is a DJ, concert producer, and promoter. His unique style of blending various styles and genres of music has made him a sought after DJ throughout Southern California, the United States and abroad. Spinning at his own Greek Club Nights and special events, Sverkos has built his reputation on creativity, professionalism and bridging the American and Greek pop scene with jazz, ambient, and house music. Starting with his widely popular Greek Nights in the late-1990s, Sverkos has contributed to the return of the Greek concert to Los Angeles’ top venues such as the Nokia Theater. Artists he has staged concerts for include Dionisiou Brothers, Nikos Vertis, Glykeria, Thanos Petrelis and Antonis Remos. Gus is based in Long Beach, CA where he also runs his popular eatery, Kafe Neo in the heart of downtown Long Beach.

Preceded by live performance by the Tripping Souls

The brainchild of New England native Paul Makris, The Tripping Souls’ sound clearly reflects Brit-rock influences – The Beatles, Paul Weller, and Oasis, among others. Although these influences cover several decades, there is a surprising modernity about The Tripping Souls that blends well with its familiar feel. Paul began recording songs with the legendary Brian Charles (The Sheila Divine, Tanya Donelly, The Figgs) in the summer of 2012 with Wayne Whittaker on bass, and Ben Marino and Steve Chaggaris splitting the drum duties. [READ MORE]