United States, 2018, 103 min, LA Premiere, Documentary
Director: Harry Mavromichalis Writers: Harry Mavromichalis, Sam Eggers Producers: Sid Ganis, Anthoula Katsimatides, Muriel Moraes, Harry Mavromichalis, Andrew Ford, Keren Seol, Pamela Spyrs Cinematographers: John Ryan Johnson, Federico Cesca Editors: Sam Eggers, Andrew Ford Music: Paul Cantelon, Alexia Vassiliou Cast: Olympia Dukakis, Lynn Cohen, Whoopi Goldberg, Laura Linney, Austin Pendleton, Ed Asner, Lainie Kazan, Louie Zorich, Apollo Dukakis
This revealing and unfiltered documentary follows the life and career of Academy Award-winning actress, Olympia Dukakis. This film deals with the struggles and pains surrounding identity and the roles. A deeply moving narrative explores not only Olympia’s rich and storied career but also her struggle to find a sense of belonging between her American values and the values of her immigrant parents.
* 2019 Hunter Mountain Film Festival – Best Documentary Award
Leonidas, a 33-year old punk rock paraplegic and his friends plan to climb on the highest peak of Mount Olympus. For whom is it going to be more difficult?
Stratis Chatzielenoudas was born in Athens and studied drawing, painting and Electrical Engineering in Technological Institute of Larissa. He has been working in the film industry since 2006 as Assistant Director and Casting Director. He has directed commercials, short films, documentaries, and TV shows. His films have been nominated in many international film festivals.
* 2018 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Audience Award, ERT Award
* 2018 International Documentary Festival of Ierapetra
Director: Nikos Pilos Writer: Natasha Blatsiou Producer: Goethe Institute of Athens, Nikos Pilos Editor: Pantelis Liakopoulos Music: Orestis Kamperidis
The largest migratory flow recorded in history since World War II is revealed through fragments of personal stories. The heartrending trilogy focuses on the strength and hope of those who dare to dream a better life in Europe and are willing to even give their lives for a ‘new’ life.
Nikos Pilos is an award-winning photojournalist currently based in Athens and Belgrade, and one of Europe’s noted feature photographers.
* 2018 Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
* 2018 International Festival of Mediterranean Documentary and Reportage – Public Award.
Lena Platonos, a Greek artist ahead of her time in terms of her groundbreaking work in electronica, is now receiving a surge of international attention. With the help of collaborators and international musicians of the electronic music scene such as Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip and the Red Axes, the film goes back to the time her revolutionary records were made.
Christos Petrou was born in Athens, Greece, where he studied cinema. Works as a director for commercials, music videos, TV, short films. He is currently is in pre-production of his first feature film, a musical.
Director/Writer/Producer/Cinematographer/Editor: Evi Karampatsou
Who becomes a mother? Anyone… Anyone ….I could have been her mother… And Aurora could have been my daughter… I didn’t receive her alive but dead… But it’s the same…
Born in Athens, Evi directs short and feature fiction and documentary films, around the world (Cuba, Chile, Japan, Rwanda, Greece). Her film works have received many awards in local and international festivals.
* 2019 5th Merida Film Festival Mexico – Best Short Documentary Award
* 2018 Drama Short Film Festival – Best Short Documentary Award
* 2018 Docfest Film Festival – Best Short Documentary Award
Something magical is happening in a small uncharted island, somewhere in the Aegean Sea: Two unsuspecting foreigners, a French member of the European Parliament and a young economist, arrive in idyllic Armenaki with a fishing boat and become acquainted with the bizarre lifestyle and subversive moral values of its people and let themselves get carried away by the vortex of love and this charming place that has the power to change people’s lives.
Giorgos Panousopoulos lives and works in Athens. He was the leading director of photography, working with various well known Greek directors. He directed his first film in 1967, which was subsequently censored by the Greek junta. Τill today he has directed 7 more feature films. Being a cinematographer, he has been director, producer, scriptwriter, D.o.P. and editor of some of his films.
Director: Angelos Frantzis Writers: Angelos Frantzis, Spyros Kribalis Producers: Giorgos Karnavas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis Cinematographer: Simon Beaufils Editor: Nelly Ollivault Music: Coti K. Cast: Katia Goulioni, Andreas Konstantinou
Anna and Petros, a Greek couple living in Siberia, are shocked to learn that Anna is pregnant with no prior intercourse. With Petros looking for a logical explanation and Anna turning to the spiritual for answers, their previously unshakeable bond starts to falter and cracks begin to show. Set against the striking frozen landscapes of Siberia, “Still River” is a haunting, touching suspense drama about love, trust, and faith struggling in the face of doubt.
Angelos Frantzis wasborn inAthensand studied film direction at “INSAS”in Brussels. He hasmade 5 shorts and 5 feature films. His films have been screened and wonawards at many international FF. Besides film directing, Angelos Frantzis has been involved in artprojects and has worked as a film critic, and as a cinema teacher.
A lonely monk tries to manage the unbearable sadness and loneliness that suddenly and unexpectedly “return” when he loses his only companion. His dog. Extreme emotions will make him “converse” with his past, and due to this “humble”, for some, trigger, he will reposition his course and his life.
Born in Athens in 1958, Lapatas attended the School of Fine Arts and, at the same time, he attended History of Art, Theatre and Film seminars in Venice and in Bologna, Italy In 1980, he graduated from the Doxiadis School (Interior Design). In 1983, he graduated from the Directing department of The Hellenic Cinema and Television School Stavrakos.
* 2018 Thessaloniki TIFF – Youth Jury Awards, Best Feature Film Greece
Directors/Writers: Koula Sossiadis Kazista, Katina Sossiadis Producers: Koula Sossiadis Kazista, Jane Kelly Kosek, Penny Edmiston Cinematographer: Alice Gu Editors: Ryan Murphy, Soojin Chung Music: Nuno Malo Cast: Alex Dimitriades, Caitlin Carmichael, George Georgiou, Scottie Thompson, Burt Young
Epiphany follows the story of Luka desperate to connect with her negligent father in a Greek sponge diving town in Florida. While also struggling in her relationship to her pill-addicted uncle, Luka befriends an older man and slowly uncovers her family’s mysterious past.
Koula Sossiadis Kazista worked in New York film production on many projects. She co-owns Monster Remotes, a specialized film equipment rental company. With Katina Sossiadis wrote and co-directed the short film Lynn’s Wake. Katina also completed a documentary Virgins of New York. A college film professor, Katina directed her first play in 2016 and was an Associate Producer on a feature film.
* 2019 London Greek Film Festival – Best Feature Film, Best Director
Greece, 2018, 99 min, West Coast Premiere Director: Maria Lafi Writers: Maria Lafi , Elena Dimitrakopoulou Producers: Lilette Botassi, Tefta Bejko Cinematographer: Ilias Adamis Editors: Yorgos Paterakis, Kenan Akkawi Music: Lakis Halkiopoulos Cast: Nena Menti, Luli Bitri, Anastasia Rafaela Konidi, Samuel Akinola Print Source: Maria Lafi firstname.lastname@example.org
Multiple storylines take place in a multicultural area of Athens during Orthodox Easter. The lives of four strangers, who live in the same neighborhood, change dramatically when, on Palm Sunday, the neighborhood’s postbox is blasted just for laughs. The consequences are relentless while Thalia watches everyone in the neighborhood, having lost her only chance to find happiness.
Maria Lafi studied Photography and Audiovisual Arts at Technological Educational Institute of Athens and Film Direction at Hellenic Cinema and Television School of STAVRAKOS in Athens. Now she studies Master of Arts in Video Production, Audiovisual Media and Motion Graphics at West Attica University. “Holy Boom” is her first feature film.
* 2019 Festival International Du Film De Fes Morocco – Grand Prix
* 2019 Aswan International Women Film Festival – Best Screenplay Award & 1st Actress Award
* 2019 II Festival de cine Chipriota y Griego en Barcelona, Spain – Best Film & Audience Award
* 2018 Thessaloniki International Film Festival – Greek Films Greece
* 2018 Tirana International Film Festival – Best Balkan Film
* 2018 Festival de Cine de Zaragoza Spain – Best Feature Film
Panayiota, a 37-year-old illiterate housewife, leads a quiet life with her family in a modest neighborhood in Athens, Greece. To cope with the recession, Panayiota for the first time in her life finds a job as a cleaner and breaks free from domestic monotony. Gradually gains the respect she never had from her family and face again her personal dead ends. But Panayiota cannot be the same anymore.
Nikos Labôt studied film direction in Athens, Greece. He has worked as an assistant director in feature and short films in Greece and France. He has shot music videos, 3 short films, and a creative documentary. Her Job is his first feature film as a director.
* 2019 Athens Iris Award for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best First Film Director
July 2015. Elena, a young French woman of Greek origin returns to Lesbos with her friends Nassim and Sekou to inherit her mother’s house one year after her death. But the holiday takes a totally new course when Elena and her friends encounter Elyas, a Syrian migrant of their age.
Basile Doganis is a Greek-French director-screenwriter. After studying philosophy in Paris and Tokyo, he started making fiction films and documentaries. Meltem (2018) is his first feature film.
United States, 2018, 75 min, West Coast Premiere Director/Editor: Tom Morash Writer: Georgia Menides, Drew McAnany Producer: Zachary Block Cinematographer: Pierce Cook Music: Eric Hirsch Cast: Drew McAnany, Shanley Caswell, Rome Flynn, Bo Youngblood, Brooke Lewis, John Ierardi, Matt Schulte, Jeff Dye, Rebecca Vinagro
An ensemble dramedy, about a group of friends who celebrate 6 months into a year with a big party. Last year, relationships were tested and truths were revealed that would forever change the way this fun-loving group sees the world and each other. This year, pieces are still being picked up as the group bands together to wish one of their own a farewell, as he prepares to move cross-country.
Tom has been involved in film, television, and theater for over a decade. His career began at Clark University earning a B.A. in Film and Technical Theater. He’s designed lighting for dozens of plays including an entry in the Dublin Fringe Festival.
In a desperate attempt to escape from the misery of a loveless marriage, Elpida finds refuge in a fantasy world of vindictive violence. Soon, reality and fantasy start to blur. Tonia is a Cypriot filmmaker and producer who loves making films that deal with social and women’s issues. Member of the European Film Academy and the European Women’s Audiovisual Network, Berlinale Talents alumna, artistic director of Cyprus Film Days International Festival, served as vice president of the Directors Guild of Cyprus board
* 2018 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
* 2018 Panorama of European Cinema – Best Film award by the Union of Film Critics of Greece
* 2019 Germany Emerging Filmmakers – Best Film Award
* 2018 Thessaloniki International Film Festival – FIPRESCI award for Best film and ERT award