ENTWINED

City doctor Panos relocates to a remote village in order to offer his services to the community. It’s love at first sight when he sets eyes on Danae, who lives in isolation, with a mysterious skin condition. Determined to cure her, Panos will soon discover Danae is not the helpless princess he thought she was and time is of the essence for both of them.

Minos Nikolakakis, an MA in civil engineering, is an award winning producer/director since 2000, with focus on themes of cultural heritage, myth and magic realism. With features and documentaries, his work has been used as a teaching medium in seminars at the department of Film Studies in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. 

  • 2019, Toronto IFF

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COSMIC CANDY

Anna, an eccentric supermarket cashier, lives in Athens, alone in her parent’s big apartment. One day she will be forced to take in the 10-year old girl, from next door, after her father goes missing. At the same time, she will be confronted with her possible dismissal and the overwhelming scenario of a workplace romance. And all this, under the influence of excessive Cosmic Candy consumption.

Rinio Dragasaki was born in Athens, Greece, in 1980. She studied film and documentary. She has written & directed four short films, documentaries, and a feature. Cosmic Candy, her debut film was selected to participate in the Sundance IF, Istanbul Screenwriters Lab, and LAGFF International Project Development Forum.

  • 2020 Iris Awards – Best Newcomer Director, Best Special Effect
  • 2020 Fantasia Film Festival
  • 2019 Fantastic Fest
  • 2019 Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival
  • 2019 Thessaloniki International Film Festival – Best Newcomer Director, WIFT Award

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ZIZOTEK

After nine-year-old Jason is abandoned by his mother at a folk festival, he takes refuge in a cabin in the middle of the forest belonging to a mute loner named Minas. Although at first, the man won’t take him in, a series of circumstances eventually lead them to form a family – something both of them have lacked for a long time. A touching tale of harmony and the yearning for intimacy that will captivate audiences with its dreamlike atmosphere.

  • 2020, Leeds Film Festival
  • 2020, Iris Hellenic Film Academy Award for Best Cinematography – Christina Moumouri
  • 2020, Greek Society of Cinematographers Award – Christina Moumouri 
  • 2019, WP Karlovy Vary, East of the West competition
  • 2019, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, International Competition

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NOT TO BE UNPLEASANT BUT WE NEED TO HAVE A SERIOUS TALK (De thelo na gino disarestos alla prepei na milisoume gia kati poly sovaro)

Combining the elements of a road movie and a black comedy, Unpleasant tells the story of a very successful sales manager, Aris, who is going through the most crucial week of his life. Starting from a random blood donation, womanizer Aris finds out he’s carrying a rapidly spread sexually transmitted virus that is lethal for women. Trying to find out who the woman who gave him the virus is by meeting a different one each day of an entire week, Aris will have to face the consequences of his past choices and actions. 

Giorgos Georgopoulos studied directing at the School of Cinematography Lykourgos Stavrakos. He also studied Sociology at Universita Roma. While studying, he started his career as a film editor and soon thereafter as a director, mainly of documentary films. Tungsten, his first feature, traveled to many film festivals worldwide and claimed numerous awards.

  • 2020, Hellenic Film Academy Awards  Nominations: Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor
  • 2020, Taormina International Film Festival 
  • 2019, Austin Film Festival
  • 2019, Thessaloniki International Film Festival  – Meet the Neighbours Competition – J.F.Costopoulos Foundation Award for Best Greek Film

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DEFUNCT (Apostratos)

Following financial ruin, thirty-something bachelor Aris moves into his late grandfather’s house, Aristides, a Greek Army veteran. As Aris reunites with old friends, life in conservative Papagou, the suburb of Army Generals, turns into a wishful new beginning. While rebooting his business and settling in, he inadvertently steps into his grandfather’s “slippers” and old family secrets. Through remodeling the family hero, Aris eventually reinvents himself. 

Zacharias Mavroides studied Architecture in Thessaloniki, theater in RESAD, Madrid, filmmaking in NYC, Athens, and scriptwriting in EICTV, Cuba. He has participated in both the Berlinale and the Sarajevo Talent Campus. He has worked as director and scriptwriter for film and TV. His debut feature comedy THE GUIDE (2011) screened in more than 30 film festivals. His documentary ACROSS HER BODY (2018) premiered in the International Competition of Thessaloniki Doc FF and is currently in distribution. He teaches scriptwriting in SAE Athens.

  • 2019, Thessaloniki International Film Festival – Audience Award for the International Competitive sections & the Youth Jury Award for Feature Film

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TIED

TIED is the story of an unknown modern labor struggle from the innermost depths of the Greek maritime industry.

A country near bankruptcy. A maritime company in financial collapse. TIED captures the struggle of 320 unpaid seamen of the Lesvos Shipping Company in 2015. With many trapped in the company’s vessels in Drapetsona and away from the spotlight, it captures their hopeless efforts to receive their wages for 7 months during the most critical times in Greece’s modern history. From the docks of Drapetsona in Piraeus to the Prime Minister’s office downtown Athens.

  • 2020, Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival 
  • 2020, Athens International Film Festival

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LABYRYINTH (Lavyrinthos)

In the heart of Athens, there is another city. A hidden city. Α city living for almost a century and more under the artificial light of neon. It is the labyrinth of arcades.

Athanitis studied cinema and architecture and is a member of the European Film Academy. His film “Invisible”(2016) gained 15 awards in more than 40 festivals. His debut film “Addio Berlin”(1994) gained Jury’s Prize and Critics Mention at Thessaloniki IFF for “innovating Greek cinema”, while his second feature “No Sympathy for the Devil” was nominated for Golden Alexander and gained the Best Actress Award in TIFF. “2000+1 Shots” was selected by B. Mousoulis among the 10 best films for 2001 in cine bible’ Senses of Cinema’. “Three Days Happiness” gained 4 awards, showing at more than 20 festivals.

  • 2020, Peloponnese IDFF
  • 2020, Thessaloniki IDFF
  • 2020, Ierapetra IDFF – Third Award for Best Documentary, Best Photography
  • 2020, Athens IDFF
  • 2020, No Borders IDFF
  • 2019, Docfest Halkis, Premier Award

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AEGEAN MARINE LIFE SANCTUARY, LIPSI ISLAND

Info: https://aegeansanctuary.com/

The first-of-its-kind refuge with a gold-standard veterinary clinic and rehabilitation centre where dolphins, turtles and seals in need, including dolphins from closing marine parks, can receive long-term rehabilitative care in a natural environment. Archipelagos lnstitute of Marine Conservation presents an introduction to the Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary currently under construction on the Greek island of Lipsi.

Anton Leach and Jasmine Duthie, travel the world, capturing character-driven, animal-based stories of transformation. From sea-turtles hatching in Greece to tigers rescued from Gaza, in just 5 years, Clawed Hat Films has directed and produced content in over 20 countries. Their original footage has been broadcast by National Geographic, Discovery, BBC, Al Jazeera, iTV, ABC, ZD

  • 2020 World Whale Film Festival – Best Heroic Act of Environmental Stewardship

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Y1-SILENCE OF THE DEEP (Υ1-Sti siopi tou Vithou)

WW II,14.09.1943: The legendary Greek Submarine “Y1-L. Katsonis” sank north of the island of Skiathos by German submarine chaser. 75 years later we film for the first time the submarine at a depth of 253m, presenting the human stories that are woven around it

Philippos Vardakas has a degree in Media Studies and a Masters in Creative Documentary. He worked as an investigative journalist for the Greek National Television. He worked in Barcelona for 10 years in audiovisual productions. He is now a freelance director and producer in Athens

  • 2020, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
  • 2020, International Documentary Film Festival of Ierapetra – Best Greek Feature Documentary Award.
  • 2020, Beyond Borders Documentary Festival of Castellorizo- Odyssey Award

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AGORA II – CHAINED

After the euro and the refugee crises, the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic was, for Europe, the third crisis in a row.

Chained narrates the five-year story of three successive crises in Europe, having Greece in its epicenter.

Starting from 2015, acclaimed filmmaker Yorgos Avgeropoulos witnesses the euro crisis – having unprecedented and exclusive behind-the-scenes camera access to the negotiations of the then Greek government with the country’s lenders. Alongside, he observes the refugee crisis and the rise of fascism in Greece’s increasingly polarized society. The film ends with the coronavirus crisis, and how it challenges the dogma of “money first”, exposing the failures of harsh austerity and supposed “European solidarity”, allowing the emergence of selfish national policies and nationalism – for the elimination of which the EU was founded.

The result is a unique and multiple story-lined documentary, the cinematographic mosaic of a European dystopia.

  • 2020, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
  • 2020, CPH:DOX

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WAX AND FEATHERS

Even though dad passed away thirty years ago, the last time I saw him was one year ago, in a dream I had. This film is a metaphysical conversation with an apparition, a construct of dreams and memories that raises questions of identity, memory, and existence.

  • 2020, Paphos International Film Festival – Audience Award
  • 2019, Edinburgh International Film Festival
  • 2019, International Short Film Festival of Cyprus – Best Film, Best Director
  • 2019, THESS International Short Film Festival – Cinematic Achievement Award
  • 2019, Athens International Film Festival / Νύχτες Πρεμιέρας

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MY GREEK ODYSSEY

The most significant recent discoveries of marine archaeology-an astonishing find of 58 ancient shipwrecks in the archipelago of Fourni.

A landmark documentary series that sees host Peter Maneas unravelling the rich story of the planet’s most historic destinations, Greek Islands. Travelling aboard his boat “Mia Zoi” – ‘OneLife’, Peter explores the diverse history and culture in a way that only he can. 

My Greek Odyssey Is a non-profit, philanthropic endeavour with the sole purpose of promoting the national character of Greece, available also on Amazon Prime.

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I, TONY

Tony Moussoulides, once a famous fashion photographer in Swinging Sixties London, and now 85, dreams of creating a Hollywood-style movie based on his career. With the help of two female filmmakers, Tony reenacts—and directs—scenes from his life, including a photoshoot with Andy Warhol and a meeting with John Huston. Tensions mount as Tony’s artistic vision for the film clashes with that of its directors, and a seemingly normal biopic becomes a study of the human desire to be remembered.

Argyro Nicolaou is a writer and filmmaker from Cyprus based in New York City. Her work has been screened in many festivals and art exhibitions. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Critical Media Practice from Harvard University.

Margaux Fitoussi is an anthropologist, filmmaker, and translator based in Paris and New York City. Her work has been exhibited at festivals, universities, and galleries

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ROMANIOTES, THE GREEK JEWS OF IOANNINA (Romaniotes, Oi Ellines Evraioi Ton Ioanninon)

Romaniotes, the distinct Greek-Jewish community of the city of Ioannina, with customs and traditions different from the Sephardic and Ashkenazis. Even today, for more than 1.000 years, since the Byzantine era, they have been an integral part of the multicultural mosaic of the city of Ioannina, although it was in danger of extinction during World War II.

Agnes Sklavou studied French Literature at Kapodistrian University and Film Directing at Stavrakos Film School. Stelios Tatakis studied film lighting and cinematography at Stavrakos Film School. For over 25 years they work in movies, television, and advertising. Since 2004 they have produced and directed Hindi short-movies and documentaries. They have received several national and international awards for their documentaries.

  • 2020 Thessaloniki Doc Festival
  • 2019 New York Greek Film Festival – Best Documentary Award
  • 2019 Greek Documentary Festival of Chalkida – Best Editing, Best Cinematography

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AKRA

With his dream to put Kastellorizo, the easternmost island of Europe, back on the Greekmap, Spyros Chrysikopoulos, an ultra swimmer falls into the sea to swim140 kilometers, a distance that seems impossible to the common mind.

Dimitra Babadima was born in Athens, studied Film & Tv Directing and fell in love with it. Her student film, Blue Wagon was selected by 4 International Film Festivals and won the audience and script award of Athens International Digital FilmFestival. Her passion in storytelling and sports, led her in the area of commercial sport documentaries. Today she works as a director & producer of commercials and she’s ready to make the leap from documentary to feature films.

  • 2020 International Outdoor Documentary Film Festival of China(OUTDOCS) – Finalist
  • 2020 ECU The European Independent Film Festival
  • 2020 40o Sport Film Festival – Finalist
  • 2020 Lift-off Festival – Finalist
  • 2019 Thessaloniki International Film Festival
  • 2019 NY Greek Film Festival 2019 – Best New Director
  • 2019 Cardiff International Film Festival – Finalist

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HEATWAVE

In the midst of a searing heatwave, two little children find a way to cool everyone down!

  • 2019, Annecy International Animated Film Festival – Best of Annecy Kids
  • 2019, Shortlisted for best Student Short Animation, BAFTA LA / Los Angeles, USA
  • 2019, Best Postgraduate Short Animation 2019 Award, Best Sound Design Award, Royal Television Society / England, UK
  • 2019, Hellenic Film Academy – Best Short Animation IRIS award
  • 2019, Edinburgh Int. Film Festival – Mc Lauren Award for best short animation
  • 2019, Cinekid – Best Short Animation Award
  • 2019, AnimaSyros Animation Festival – Best Student Short Film
  • 2019, Athens Int. Film Festival – Special Mention
  • 2019, Most Popular Kids Film Audience Award, Primanima / Budaörs, Hungary
  • 2019, ASIFA Hellas – Stratos Stasinos Award for Best Student Short
  • 2019, Outstanding Achievement in sound Editing Award, Motion Pictures Sound Editors USA
  • 2019, Barnes Film Festival – Best Short Animation Film Award
  • 2019, Florida Animation Festival – Best In Show, Best Stop Motion, Audience favourite Awards
  • 2019, Greek Design Awards – Edge Award for best non – commercial AnimationBest British Film,  2019, Animfest / Cantenbury – Best Student film
  • 2019, Kinoproba Animation Festival – Best of Jury Award
  • 2019, Picolo Festival Animazione – Animayoung Competition Award
  • 2019, KDIAF –  Honorable Mention
  • 2019, Trickfilm Festival – Best of International Animation “New Talents” Award
  • 2019, Tofuzi Animation Festival – Best Directing Award
  • 2019, ODA Tetova International Film Festival – Best Short Animation
  • 2019, Thessaloniki Animation Festival – Best Greek Animation Short

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VIOLENT EQUATION (Viei Eksisosi)

Dare not to be different.

A totalitarian society forces unequal things to become equal.

Ignorance creates fear and envy brings violence.

Average person’s feeble mentality rules by any means.

Inspired by the art of Costis Georgiou.

  • 2019, Annecy international animation festival
  • 2019, In the Palace short film festival – Special Mention, 
  • 2019, Courant 3D short film festival – Best film, 
  • 2019, Moscow 3D film festival – Best experimental film, 
  • 2019, Drama short film festival – best Animation, 
  • 2019, ASIFA Hellas – Best Greek professional animation for the year

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OBSCURO BARROCO & FORD V FERRARI, January 23 at UTA Plaza

Screening of OBSCURO BARROCO and a FORD V FERRARI clip at the UTA screening room, for the ASC nominations of Papamichael and Kranioti.

Thu, January 23, 2020
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM PST

UTA – United Talent Agency
9336 Civic Center Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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We are very proud to invite you to a special and exclusive screening in Beverly Hills, of the documentary OBSCURO BARROCO (60 min) by Evangelia Kranioti along with an extended clip of FORD V FERRARI by cinematographer Phedon Papamichael. Both Phedon and Evangelia are going to be present for this celebration of our very own artists.

Phedon Papamichael, LAGFF Advisory Board member, received an Academy Award ® nomination in 2014 for his work in NEBRASKA by Alexander Payne, and is counting 10 international awards, including our 2010 Honorary Orpheus Award. Phedon is now shortlisted at the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) for his work in FORD V FERRARI in Cinematography for Feature Film. Phedon is also responsible for Evangelia’s Kranioti nomination at ASC for Cinematography in non-fiction filmmaking OBSCURO BARROCO, as he was the one who submitted the nomination for Kranioti after seeing the film at LAGFF this past June. Evangelia is now also shortlisted in the documentary category. She received two Orpheus Awards at the recent LAGFF among many other international awards.

We hope to see you so we can wish together Phedon and Evangelia the best of luck at the ASC awards.