The 15th Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival-Images of the 21st Century will take place from March 15 - 24, 2013. One of the festival’s main features, in cooperation with the Greek National Television (ERT S.A.), and with the support of Media Program of the European Union, is the Thessaloniki International Doc Market, which is to be held from March 17th to 23rd, 2013 in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The Doc Market includes a wide variety of recent produced documentaries, which represent all the new tendencies in this domain, and offers professionals involved in the programming and acquisitions sectors of the television and cinema industry an invaluable opportunity for trade related activities in this part of the world.  The six days scheduled will be devoted to intensive screenings, participation in the festival activities and facilitation of meetings and negotiations.

30 private screenings booths will be operating for the use of participant buyers and other visitors wishing to preview documentaries. Last year we went digital and it was a big success. Participants are able to choose programs easily without the use of a DVD through the fast streaming secured close circuit server. Participants will have access to all festival related activities and public screenings. The Doc Market issues its own catalogue and a catalogue with all participant professionals.

The Thessaloniki International Doc Market gives you the opportunity to present documentaries produced within the last 2 years (not previously submitted) with a nominal participation fee of 70 Euros (for up to 6 entries).

If you are interested in participating please fill Market Form (http://www.filmfestival.gr/forms/tdf15docmarket/form.html) intended for the Market catalogue and return it to us before January 14th (attention: Yianna Sarri, Thessaloniki International DocMarket, 7, Dion. Areopagitou, 117 42 Athens, Greece, tel: 30 210 8706010, fax: 30 210 6448143, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The Doc Market of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century is announcing its Call for Entries for the new coming Docs in Progress session.  The Works in Progress are opening up to documentaries (over 50 minutes) in post or under production from the Mediterranean, Central and Southeastern European regions.

The countries that are eligible to participate are: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia – Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, FYROM, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey.

The Docs in Progress are closed sessions for Thessaloniki’s invited industry professionals only, and are presented to invited buyers, sales agents, distributors, producers and/or their representatives.

If you are in the process of shooting or in post-production please fill in the Docs in Progress Entry Form and send it to us accompanied by a selected 20 minutes excerpt or scenes of your film in DVD format.

A selection committee will preview the applications and select the films under production that are going to be presented during the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century to high level industry professionals.
 
Application deadline, February 4 2013

For applications and more information please contact Yianna Sarri at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Angeliki Vergou at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please send your DVDs to:
Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Doc Market - Works in Progress
Ms. Yianna Sarri
7, Dion. Areopagitou 117 42
Athens – Greece

The 7th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival is set to take place June 6-9, 2013, in Los Angeles.  LAGFF showcases new films from Greek filmmakers worldwide. Our foremost goal is to promote Greek Cinema and cultural exchange while bridging the gap between Greek filmmakers and Hollywood. Orpheus Awards are given to the most outstanding new films in the dramatic, documentary and short film categories. 

LAGFF accepts films by Greek filmmakers from Greece, Cyprus and the world; films about Greece or with a prevalent Greek theme; and films with an important contributor of Greek descent (writer, producer, lead actor). 

 

The more than 2,700 members of the European Film Academy - filmmakers from across Europe - have voted for this year’s European Film Awards. At the awards ceremony in Berlin the following awards were presented:

EUROPEAN FILM 2012:
AMOUR
France / Germany / Austria, 127 min
written & directed by Michael Haneke
produced by Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka & Michael Katz

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2012:
Michael Haneke for AMOUR

EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2012:
Emmanuelle Riva in AMOUR

EUROPEAN ACTOR 2012:
Jean-Louis Trintignant in AMOUR

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER 2012:
Tobias Lindholm & Thomas Vinterberg for JAGTEN (The Hunt)

CARLO DI PALMA EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHER AWARD 2012:
Sean Bobbitt for SHAME

EUROPEAN EDITOR 2012:
Joe Walker for SHAME

EUROPEAN PRODUCTION DESIGNER 2012:
Maria Djurkovic for TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

EUROPEAN COMPOSER 2012:
Alberto Iglesias for TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2012 – Prix FIPRESCI:
KAUWBOY by Boudewijn Koole (The Netherlands)

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY DOCUMENTARY 2012:
HIVER NOMADE (Winter Nomads) by Manuel von Stürler (Switzerland)

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY ANIMATED FEATURE FILM 2012:
ALOIS NEBEL by Tomáš Luňák (Czech Republic / Germany / Slovakia)

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY SHORT FILM 2012:
SUPERMAN, SPIDERMAN OR BATMAN by Tudor Giurgiu, Romania

EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD 2012 - Prix EURIMAGES:
Helena Danielsson, Sweden

EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA 2012:
Dame Helen Mirren, UK

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy

THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD 2012:
HASTA LA VISTA (Come As You Are)
directed by da Geoffrey Enthoven


The European Film Awards 2012 are presented by the European Film Academy e.V. and EFA Productions gGmbH with the support of the Maltese Ministry of Finance, Economy and Investment, the Malta Film Commission, FFA German Federal Film Board, the German State Lottery Berlin, the German State Minister for Culture and the Media, the MEDIA Programme of the EU, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Air Malta p.l.c., ARTE, CinePostproduction, EGEDA - filmotech.com, Film Corporation, GLS, MFCC, Panalight Nexos Mediterranea and ZDF.


The filmmaker José Luis Borau passed away on Friday November 23rd at the age of 83. An enormously important figure in the history of Spanish film, Borau (Zaragoza, 1929) took his first steps at the helm with a number of shorts, until making his feature directorial debut with the western Brandy (1963) and the thriller Crimen de doble filo (Double Edged Crime, 1964). These were followed by very personal films that would define his style and his incorruptible conception of cinema: Hay que matar a B. (1975), Furtivos (1975), La Sabina (1979), Río abajo (On the Line, 1984), Tata mía (1986), Niño nadie (1996) and Leo (2000), his last major work for the big screen. He also made numerous documentaries and fictional pieces for television, in addition to the series Celia (1993). As a producer, he backed remarkable Spanish films like Iván Zulueta’s Un, dos, tres, al escondite inglés (Hide and Seek,1969), Jaime de Armiñán’s Mi querida señorita (My Dearest Señorita, 1972) and Camada negra (Black Litter, 1977) by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón. Also an author of several books, Borau won the Premio Nacional de Cinematografía, and held the titles of Académico de Bellas Artes and member of the Real Academia Española de la Lengua.
José Luis Borau had a special connection with the San Sebastian Festival: Furtivos carried off the Golden Shell at the 23rd edition of the event, thanks to which the film was able to enjoy commercial release after its problems with censorship under Franco. In 1990 he returned to the Festival as a member of the Official Jury at the 38th edition. Borau, who was also Chair of the Academia de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas and of the Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (SGAE), always demonstrated his support of the San Sebastian Festival, whether in his actions as holder of these important positions or at personal level.

The sixth annual New York City Greek Film Festival, which ran from October 6 through 17, broke all  previousattendance records with 3,804 admissions.“Most of the  films this year played at or near capacity,” said festival manager StamatisGhikas. “We also noticed an increase in young and non-Greek viewers, all of which is tremendously gratifying.” “We are very pleased by the turnout this year,” added James DeMetro, festival director. “The films were high quality, and people wanted to see them. So many told me how much they enjoyed the films and how grateful they were for the opportunity to see Greek movies. For the most part, people  were happy with what they had seen.”
This year’s festival presented twelve films from Greece, some of them shown for the first time in the U.S. Included among the selections were: ALPS, directed by YorgosLanthimos; Burning Heads (To Gala), Giorgos Siougas; Christmas Tango (To Tango Ton Christougennon), Nikos Koutelidakis; City of Children (I Poli Ton Paidion), Yorgos Gkikapeppas; God Loves Caviar (O Theos Agapaei To Haviari), IannisSmaragdis; Magic Hour, Kostas Kapakas; Smyrna: The Destruction of A Cosmopolitan City, 1900-1922, Maria Iliou; Two Men And A Baby (Mia For a Kai Ena Moro), Nikos Zapatinas;Unfair World (Adikos Kosmos), FilipposTsitsos, Wasted Youth, Argyris Papadimitropoulos and Jan Vogel, 100, Gerasimos Rigas;  and The Fiend of Athens (O Drakos), the 1956 classic directed by Nikos Koundouros.  Also shown was the American film Fred Won’t Move Out, by Greek American director Richard Ledes.
The festival also paid tribute to the late Theo Angelopoulos with a lecture with film excerpts by Prof. Andrew Horton of the University of Oklahoma. Prof. Horton, who was a personal friend of Angelopoulos, has written extensively on the director’s work.
Screenings were held at the Museum of the Moving Image, the legendary Paris Theater, the  NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, and Cinema Village,  New York City’s great indie theater. The festival was presented under the auspices of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce,the  Hellenic American Cultural Foundation,  and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.“We are grateful to the filmmakers of Greece for their efforts to make movies under the especially difficult conditions they face today,” DeMetro added. “They remain undaunted and continue to make quality films worthy of attention.”
    

The Thessaloniki International Film Festival wishes to express its fervent support to Kurdish Iranian film director Bahman Ghobadi and his brother, Behrouz Ghobadi, who was recently arrested and is currently detained by the Iranian authorities.

Bahman Ghobadi, one of the honored directors during the 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival, which was concluded 10 days ago,
has made a public appeal to the Iranian government for the immediate release of his brother, who he believes is detained illegally. In his protest letter, the award-winning filmmaker, who has been a self-exile since 2009, states:

"My younger brother, Behrouz Ghobadi, disappeared more than two weeks ago, and I have learned that he has been detained by Iranian authorities and accused of acting against national security...He has never been involved in any political or opposition activities.  He was interested in film, served as a production manager in some of my movies and directed a few short films. We are extremely worried about Behrouz, especially because of his chronic health issues. We ask that the Iranian authorities release him without delay".

The Thessaloniki International Film Festival condemns any form of violation of human rights and declares its full solidarity to Bahman and Behrouz Ghobadi, hoping for the quickest and most successful resolution of the case.

Don't miss the extended deadline for EAVE's well known Film Marketing Workshop for audiovisual professionals - an intensive and comprehensive exploration of the marketing process from script to screen. Join experts and colleagues to work on market trends and new marketing methods. Discuss your project with top level marketing specialists.
The workshop consists of plenary sessions in a small group (max 30 participants), as well as private tutorials with the experts.The Film Marketing Workshop 2012 includes the following sessions (to be updated):
 
Introduction to Marketing
by Pim Hermeling (Wild Bunch Benelux Distribution, Head of Studies of EAVE Film Marketing Workshop) & Frans van Gestel (TOPKAPI FILMS)
 
Producers and Moviegoers
by Sarah Calderon (The Film Agency) 
 
Producers point of view
by Frans van Gestel (TOPKAPI FILMS)
 
Acquisition and international markets
by Pim Hermeling (Wild Bunch Benelux Distribution, Head of Studies of EAVE Film Marketing Workshop)
 
Sales Agency & Distribution Agreements
by Joris Van Wijk (JC Van Wijk)
 
International Sales Process
by Susan Wendt (TrustNordisk)
 
Distribution and Marketing
by Pim Hermeling (Wild Bunch Benelux Distribution, Head of Studies of EAVE Film Marketing Workshop)
 
Festivals and Publicity
by Barbara van Lombeek (The PR Factory)
 
Trailers & Showreels
by Fraser Bensted (Picture Production Company)
 
Online Marketing
by Dan Light (Glass Eye) 
Private tutorials with the experts
Extended application deadline: October 25, 2012.

Application requirements and the application form can be downloaded on our website
http://eave.org/programmes/information/application-fmw-2012/
For further information, please visit www.eave.org or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

EAVE is supported by the MEDIA Programme of the EU, Film Fund Luxembourg, MEDIA Mundus, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, MFG-Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Berlinale Co-Production Market and the partners who have hosted the workshops since 1988.

 

The European Film Academy proudly announces the nominations in the category EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY DOCUMENTARY 2012. A committee consisting of Nik Powell, director of the NFTS and deputy chairman of the EFA Board (UK), EFA Members Francine Brücher (Switzerland) and Despina Mouzaki (Greece), and the documentary experts Claas Danielsen (Germany), Ally Derks (the Netherlands), and Jacques Laurent (Belgium) has chosen the following three films for a nomination:
 
HIVER NOMADE (Winter Nomads)
Switzerland, 90 min
DIRECTED BY: Manuel von Stürler
WRITTEN BY: Claude Muret & Manuel von Stürler
PRODUCED BY: Elisabeth Garbar & Heinz Dill
 
LONDON – THE MODERN BABYLON
UK, 128 min
DIRECTED BY: Julien Temple
PRODUCED BY: Amanda Temple & Stephen Malit
 
LE THÉ OU L‘ELECTRICITÉ
(Tea or Electricity)
Belgium / France / Morocco, 93 min
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Jérôme le Maire
PRODUCED BY: Isabelle Truc, Isabelle Mathy & Khadija Alami
The nominated documentary films will be made available to the 2,700 members of the European Film Academy. They will vote for the winner who will be presented at the 25th European Film Awards on 1 December in Malta.

PATRONS: CENTRE DU CINEMA OF THE FEDERATION WALLONIA BRUSSELS * DANISH FILM INSTITUTE * EURIMAGES * EUROPEAN FILM BONDS (EFB) * FILM FUND LUXEMBOURG * FLANDERS AUDIOVISUAL FUND (VAF) * GERMAN FILMS * ISTITUTO LUCE - CINECITTÀ * MACEDONIAN FILM FUND * MFG FILMFÖRDERUNG BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG * MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND CULTURE OF CYPRUS (CULTURAL SERVICES) * NETHERLANDS FILM FUND * POLISH FILM INSTITUTE * AB SVENSK FILMINDUSTRI * SWEDISH FILM INSTITUTE * SWISS FILMS * TELEWIZJA POLSKA S.A. (TVP) * 
 

 

 

Altcine.com hosts its first annual Festival for Balkan filmmakers. The Festival will be conducted online and is open to anyone up to the age of 35 years old who is from  Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, The Former Republic of Macedonia and Turkey.
Submissions are limited to 360 minutes and they will be accepted on “a first-come, first-served” basis until a total of 360 minutes of film has been submitted.
Films must have English subtitles and should not exceed 15 minutes.
Prizes will be awarded based on the public voting conducted through the Festival website, www.altcineaction.com
The audience will have the opportunity to choose the winners by voting online. Put your best critique forward as the best all-around critic will receive “The Jury’s Best Critique Award”.
Prizes range from full-tuition for a three-year film-making degree, courtesy of AMC Metropolitan College to production equipment and a range of film-making services.
The Festival will close with an awards ceremony at Greek Film Archive and will be presented online with English subtitles.
Submissions will be open until September 7th and is online only! Full details and rules are posted online at the Festival website. Watch this space for more information.
altcineAction! could open the door to Balkan co-productions for short films. All services are available to filmmakers from any Balkan state.
Like us at www.facebook.altcineaction  Follow us twitter.com/altCine

Twenty-two feature and short narrative and documentary films, a screenwriting master class, and a tribute to the late director Theo Angelopoulos—as well as gala opening and closing nights and the annual Orpheus Awards ceremony—aimed at “Defeating the Crisis Through The Viewfinder” May 31 – June 3rd, 2012. “There is no more timely reflection of Greece’s struggles than the one offered by its burgeoning cinema,” stated Ersi Danou, Co-Founder/Artistic Director, when announcing the theme for this the 2012 event:  “Defeating the Crisis Through the Viewfinder.”  “A new generation of filmmakers has begun to question the current state of things as well as to express an urge to evolve as artists and human beings.  These filmmakers make films out of nothing, powered by their passion to make their stories – however small – known.”

Opening Night, May 31st, Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood

LAGFF will kick-off May 31st at Hollywood’s historic Egyptian Theatre with the gala red carpet world premiere of A Green Story, the triumphant true tale of Van Vlahakis—a Greek immigrant who arrived in America with only $22 in his pocket but eventually founded the multimillion dollar Green company, Earth Friendly Products.  After the screening, filmgoers will party with the stars under the stars as they look forward to three more action packed days and nights.  A Green Story stars Ed O’Ross, Shannon Elizabeth, Annabella Sciorra, George Finn, Malcolm McDowell, Billy Zane, Louis Mandylor, Debbie Matenopoulos and Alessandra Toressani.

“It is truly an honor that Los Angeles Greek Film Festival has chosen our movie for their gala red carpet opening night,” said A Green Story writer/director Nika Agiashvili.  “We felt that if we were going to tell the story of Van Vlahakis, we needed to tell it in the most authentic way possible.  When we started in pre-production, we were committed to not only shooting in Greece, but also casting Greek actors.  To be able to shoot in such an historic location like Athens is a dream for me as a filmmaker, and provides authenticity about the beginnings of Mr. Vlahakis’s amazing and inspirational life, a life that is truly having a transformational effect on the planet.”

Friday, June 1st, Linwood Dunn Theater, Hollywood

Friday, June 1st, LAGFF moves to its main venue, the Linwood Dunn Theater (with free off-street parking) on the campus of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study, also in the heart of Hollywood.  From 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. Professor Michael Economou will present an intense, structured overview geared towards screenwriters of the advanced level course he teaches at the USC School of Cinema. This class is specifically designed for writers who have basic knowledge of screenwriting who have written or in the process of writing at least one screenplay.

At 5:45 p.m., two short films will precede the documentary Raw Material (Proti Yli) from director Hristos Karakepelis, which examines a group of illegal gypsy immigrants who don’t live by the norms or speak the Greek language, and gather garbage and recycle Athens’ material in an attempt to improve their lives.  In the U.S. premiere of Dad, Lenin and Freddy (O Babas mou, o Lenin, and Freddy) (set in the 1980’s) from director Rinio Dragasaki, a nine-year-old girl in Athens gradually loses touch with her workaholic communist father.  In Yorgos Zois’s  Casus Belli, urban life is seen through the lonesome journey of a loaded shopping cart.

At 8:30 p.m. on June 1st, writer/director Anthony Maras takes us to 1974 Cyprus in his short film The Palace, in which a conscript soldier comes face to face with a family in hiding and must confront the brutal reality of war and his role in it.  Next, the feature film Tungsten from writer/director Giorgos Georgopoulos tells the stories of three men living in crisis-ridden Athens within a single day, revealing a world in havoc where victims become villains and vice versa.

Saturday, June 2nd, Linwood Dunn Theater, Hollywood

On Saturday, June 2nd, industry insiders will convene a panel discussion entitled Representation in Hollywood for want-to-be insiders.  As in past years, the panel discussion should prove to be most popular. The event will be followed by a networking opportunity over light brunch.

The afternoon screenings begin at 12:00 p.m. with the Los Angeles premiere of the short film from writer/director/producer Yiorgos Fourtounis, entitled Face Down (Pistoma), in which we learn that in a dog-eat-dog world, there is no place for affection; paired with director/producer Ruggero Dipaola’s feature Apartment in Athens (Appartamento ad Atene). Set against a backdrop of the German occupation of Greece in 1943, this drama introduces us to an Athenian family who undergoes a profound change when their apartment is commandeered by an exacting German officer with an inscrutable attitude.

The U.S. premiere of director Evris Papanikolas’s short film Just a Perfect Day—in which the world goes awry on a serene day —will kick off the 2:45 p.m. program.  Next, the U.S. premiere of the drama Wasted Youth from director Argyris Papadimitropoulos takes us to Athens on a blazing hot day on which a teenage skateboarder sets out for an aimless day with his friends; a middle-aged policeman struggles to make ends meet; and a simple twist of fate disrupts the course of their actions.

The 5:15 p.m. program lightens up a bit with Abariza, the short film from director Elena Dimitrakopoulou, in which an elderly couple plans their grand escape from a senior home. This is followed by the U.S. premiere of director Georgios Papaionnaou’s comedy Super Demetrios.  Posing as a journalist for the Golden Jerusalem magazine, Thessaloniki’s very own superhero, Super Demetrios, is the only person who can save the city from its worst nightmare, Captain F. ROM.

F**k, R.E. Rodgers’s short film starring Sam Rockwell, Christopher Meloni, Bob Balaban, Mariska Hargitay and Bobby Cannavale opens the 8:30 p.m. program.  In the film, characters will do anything to find “the location.” Next, the L.A. premiere of director Filippos Tsitos feature Unfair World, which begins with a disenchanted policeman’s decision to follow his own sense of justice.  A series of unlike events, fluctuating from tragedy to comedy, culminate in an equally surprising outcome.

Saturday, June 2nd, Egyptian Theatre, Spielberg

Providing an option for festival goers, the 5:30 p.m. program kicks off with the world premiere of director Yeesum Lo and writer/producer Dorothea Paschalidou’s short film Intersection, in which a father and son walk different paths, but life brings them back together. The U.S. premiere of writer/producer/director Dimitri Athanitis’ Three Days of Happiness (Tris Meres Eftihias) follows, in which a Russian immigrant sells her body hoping to earn money to leave Greece, a university student struggles to overcome personal tragedy, and a woman doubting her decision to get married, cross paths while pursuing happiness.

Kicking off the 7:30 p.m. program, the world premiere of writer/director Constantinos Isaias’s short film Sacred Whispers, in which, suppressed by his religious mother, a young man strives for salvation from his demons in a racist 1940’s society.  Next, the U.S. premiere of Riders of Pylos (Ippeis tis Pylou) from writer/director Nikos Kalogeropoulos, in which a middle-aged, poverty stricken actor flees Athens to escape his creditors and travels to the heart of historic Messinia, finding refuge in Polypylon, a decrepit castle. While exploring the wild countryside, he meets Democracy, and becomes desperate to win the heart.

Sunday, June 3rd, Linwood Dunn Theater

The final day, Sunday, June 3rd kicks off at 10:00 a.m. with a tribute to the late, great, Greek film director Theo Angelopoulos featuring a panel discussion moderated by Fred Linch, Arizona State University film professor, who will present a variety of film clips to demonstrate the famed filmmakers unique visual and musical style. At 11:30 a.m., there will be a retrospective screening of Angelopoulos’s classic film, Ulysses’ Gaze.

Pete Stamatelatos’ short film Sun Don’t Shine for Us will launch the 3:30 p.m. program with its world premiere in which a Greek immigrant mother’s hopes and dreams for her family collapse when her son enters the world of drug addiction. The moving, bitter-sweet documentary feature from director Tony Asimakopoulos comes after the short. The only son of Greek-Canadian immigrants who faces his complicated relationship with his overbearing mother and ailing father, and the patterns of dysfunction they share, in Fortunate Son.

Closing night festivities launch with a VIP reception at 5:30 p.m., during which film buffs will undoubtedly be buzzing about the festival lineup.  Kicking off the closing night program with a very strong Japanese connection, at 6:30 p.m., is the U.S. premiere of the animated short film from director Panagiotis Rappas, Fountain of Youth, a tale of an elderly woodcutter who stumbles upon the fountain of youth in a mountain forest of Japan.  Next, the L.A. premiere of Nikos Dayandas’s powerful documentary, Sayome.  After 35 years of living in Crete, happily married to a Greek sailor and raising her two sons, Sayome hears news of her mother’s death and returns to her native Japan to reunite with her estranged family.

For the grand finale of the 2012 Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, Consul General of Greece Elisabeth Fotiadou is opening her home exclusively for LAGFF Gold Pass holders for the presentation of the prestigious Orpheus Awards, and gala closing night party. Guests will enjoy a pleasant atmosphere under the stars while tasting Greek delicacies.

“As every year, I am looking forward to those wonderful days in the beginning of summer when we all take our seats in front of the big screen and we get transported to the Greece we love and care about,” expressed Consul General Fotiadou.  “As our country is going through one of the most difficult times of its recent history, the new Greek films are more intriguing and inspirational.  We look forward to welcoming you to opening night on May 31st.” 

The 2012 LAGFF Gold Pass includes tickets and advance entrance to all films, panels and programs; the opening gala red carpet premiere of A Green Story, with after party; closing night champagne receptions; a deluxe program book; free parking at the Linwood Dunn Theater; and, of course, the must-have ticket to the exclusive Orpheus Awards party at the Consul General’s home.  In the face of the global economic crisis hitting Greece, the cost of the 2012 LAGFF Gold Pass has been reduced by $100 (33%) to only $200, but must be purchased online in advance.  To purchase a Gold Pass or individual tickets, and for more information, visit www.lagff.org

Friends and fans worldwide are encouraged to follow the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival at www.Facebook.com/lagff, www.Twitter.com/lagff and at www.youtube.com/LAGreekFilmFestival.  

 

Last night, the director Theo Angelopoulos was killed in a tragic accident, while he was shooting his new film entitled “The Other Sea”. The director was run down by a motorbike in the regional road of Keratsini, Piraeus. His wife was to his side from the first moment. The unlucky director fought for this life in the intensive care unit of the Metropolitan Hospital, having suffered serious head injuries. As announced by the director of the clinical surgery, Mr. Evangelos Chatzigiannakis, the team of doctors did everything within their powers to keep Theodoros Angelopoulos alive.  We continued our efforts nevertheless though it was trauma patient. " Early in the evening, at the hospital arrived the Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Dollis and the chairman of Port of Piraious George Anomeritis.