The Los Angeles Greek Film Announces Award Winners

The Greek Star

The Los Angeles Greek Film Festival announced its award winners with Cypriot Panikos Chrysanthou’s Akamas as the winner of the Orpheus Award for Best Narrative Feature and Valerie Kontakos’s Who’s On First selected as the Best Documentary. A Special Jury Award was awarded to Dimitris Koutsiabasakos for his feature The Guardian’s Son.

The E! Network’s Daily 10 show’s Debbie Matenopoulos served as hostess at the Closing Night Ceremony following a screening of Kimon Tsakiris’ Sugartown: The Bridegrooms.

Pictured above, from left, The E! Network's Daily show's Debbie
Matenopoulos, Olympia Dukakis and Melina Kanakaredes
The event, (which included such traditional Greek entertainment as a musical group featuring a bouzouki and a performance of the hassapiko dance), was highlighted by the presentation of the Orpheus Award for Lifetime Achievement to Olympia Dukakis, (presented by Alexander Payne) and an Honorary Orpheus Award given to Yani Begakis at the Writers Guild Theatre in Beverly Hills on Sunday, June 17th. Other presenters included Michael Constantine, Anne Jeffries, Penelope Spheeris, Jim Gianopulos and Melina Kanakaredes.

The Audience Award went to Stefan Haupt ’s documentary, A Song For Argyris. Best Director was presented to Alexander Voulgaris for his feature film, Pink. Best Short was Christos Nikoleris’ Mines.

The first year festival enjoyed full theatres and enthusiastic audiences throughout it’s four day debut outing, with screenings held at The Fine Arts Theatre, the Wilshire Screening Room and the Writers Guild Theatre, as well as panels held at Paramount Studios and the Beverly Hills Playhouse.

(Posting date 25 July 2007)

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