Los Angeles Greek Film Festival ends on a high
The Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) took place for the 11th time from June 7th-11th. LAGFF showcases new films from Greek filmmakers worldwide, promoting Greek Cinema. Orpheus Awards are given to the most outstanding new films in the dramatic, documentary and short film categories.
The best feature film went to ‘Amerika Square', directed by Yiannis Sakaridis. ‘Amerika Square’, produced by UK-based Marblemen Productions, has won various awards at European festivals including best feature film at The Thessaloniki Film Festival. Best documentary went to ‘The Patriarch’s Room’, directed by Danae Elon and best short film went to ‘Play’ directed by Vangelis Liberopoulos. The Greek-American director, Alexander Payne, was also honoured for his contribution to filmmaking over the years.
LAGFF highlights the talent that continues to emerge from Greece which continues to be recognised. "Now in our eleventh year, Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) is witnessing a new wave of Greek Cinema emerging from an irreverent generation of young filmmakers who insist on breaking ties with past trends and seeing things in their own unique way. The results are impressive and include recognition in global film circles such as the Cannes, Venice and Sundance film festivals. Our place as a center for Greek filmmakers from around the world is taking on new significance as we assume an active role not only in reflecting the blossoming of Greek Cinema but also in promoting modern Greek culture by highlighting its hidden treasures and root."