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The ‘Odysseus’ Awards of the 9th annual London Greek Film Festival (2016)

Thanasis Gavos   Thu, 26 May 2016; 18:48

Saturday 21st May saw the conclusion of the 9th London Greek Film Festival which took place at London’s Theatro Technis. The evening finished with the presentation of the ‘Odysseus’ Awards in the presence of the Greek Consul in London Mr Sotiris Demestichas and the Head of the Press and Communications Office of the Embassy of Greece Mr Alexis Georgiades. The awards ceremony, presented by journalist Thanasis Gavos, was attended among else by directors, screenwriters, producers and poets from Greece, Great Britain, the USA, Germany, Cyprus and other countries, and also journalists, friends and supporters of the Festival. The ceremony included performances featuring music and dancing, as well as poetry reciting.

The Festival presented high quality films, scripts and poems and managed for yet another year to highlight the exquisite level of work by Greek filmmakers in such an adverse environment for artistic creation. The Festival, as ever independent, alternative, progressive and creative, continues to support the creative side of Greece abroad and does not lose sight of its aim: to be the international meeting point for contemporary Greek film from around the world.

This year the Festival’s agency Filming in Greece (www.filmingingreece.com), a new initiative to attract foreign film production to Greece, was also presented.

In the midst of the continuing crisis, the London Greek Film Festival proved its resilience and vision; as did the Greek filmmakers with their films that continue to inspire, to pose questions, to touch the soul. It appears to be the case that a new generation of filmmakers has been created, evolving and dreaming and more importantly being able to stand abroad.

The London Greek Film Festival has been drawing intense interest in London even without any support from the state, and is considered the international meeting point for Greek film. It has been visited by many cinema lovers, both Greek and other nationalities, artists and journalists. Those who say that culture can be a means of diplomacy are correct. The screenings of these Greek and of Greek-themed films in the heart of London have been a platform to network with international filmmakers and effectively promote the creative face of today’s Greece, with the London Greek Film Festival acting as a substantive cultural ambassador.

This Festival gives emphasis on all types of cinematic art and especially on independent cinema, the soul of filmmakers who create their own cinematographic universe shunning stereotypes. They are the modern Greek cinema that surprises, creates, dreams, claims and has its own identity. It takes full advantage of the capabilities of the new era of technology and creates an extrovert network while promoting the positive face of the country.

The London Greek Film Festival has been loved and has initiated discussions among filmmakers, actors, directors, producers, artists, writers, technicians, cinema lovers and students who may agree or disagree but in the end they collaborate and share thoughts over the future of the Greek cinema.

This year the Festival along with Cosmocinema also organised for the first time the international poetry competition Video Poetica, showcasing the contemporary Greek poetry which mirrors a Greece that feels, thinks, reminisces, dreams and gets inspired.

The Odysseys Awards are dedicated to the Odyssey of the Greek filmmakers who realise their dreams with the poor means they usually have, despite the difficulties.

The Festival wishes to warmly thank all its supporters and of course the filmmakers and its friends all over the world, who continue to support it after nine years. And of course the Festival extends an invitation to everyone to celebrate the 10th London Greek Film Festival in May 2017.

Below you can find a list of all the awards of this year’s Festival. Where the winners are more than one, they are stated in no particular order, as the awards are equally divided between them.

As it has been the case over the last years, the Festival will repeat the presentation the Odysseys Awards in a special ceremony in Athens, Greece, hosted this year on 20 June at ‘Alkyonida’ cinema.

All the information regarding each competing film and script, along with photographic material, is included in the festival’s websites.

 

Artistic Director: Director Christos Prosylis

 

Website: www.londongreekfilmfestival.com

Email: [email protected]

 

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 9th annual London Greek Film Festival

                                                        15-21 May 2016

 

Odysseus Awards

Where the winners are more than one, they are stated in no particular order.

 

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PART 1: FILM AND SCREENPLAY COMPETITION


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BEST DOCUMENTARY
Argo Navis. Directed by Stelios Eftathopoulos & Susanne Bausinger. Greece / Germany, 2016.

The light inside. Directed by Stavros Psillakis. Greece, 2015.

 

BEST CREATIVE DOCUMENTARY
Shadow on the soul. Directed by Marios Polyzogopoulos & Dimitris Pliagkos.  Greece, 2016.

On the edge of the Aegean, Castellorizo. Directed by Irini Sarioglou & Angelos Kovotsos. Greece, 2015.

 

BEST CONCEPT FOR DOCUMENTARY
Mana. Directed by Valerie Kontakos. Greece, 2015.

 

BEST FEATURE FILM  
300 Spartans – The Real Story. Directed by Stanislaw (Stan) Karpinski. Australia, 2015.

 

SPECIAL JURY AWARD
Good morning neighbor. Directed by Tania Chatzigeorgiou. Greece, 2016.
BEST SHORT FICTION FILM
Bread. Directed by Nikolas Zogras.  Greece, 2015.

Pass. Directed by Lampros Georgopoulos.  Greece, 2014.

 

BEST CONCEPT FOR SHORT FICTION FILM 
Downhill. Directed by Stelios Kammitsis. Cyprus, 2015.

 

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
Monica. Directed by Dimitris Argyriou. Greece / Bosnia / Germany, 2016.

 

BEST VIDEO ART
Charybdis. Directed by Aikaterini Koumakaki. Greece, 2016.

You! My Soul’s darkness. Directed by Thodoris Papadoulakis. Greece, 2014.

 

BEST FICTION FEATURE SCRIPT (script competition only)

Dresden porcelain dolls. Written by Alexis Tsafas & Alexia Beziki. Greece, 2016.

Desperandos. Written by Giorgos Iliopoulos, Katerina Vaimaki & Thodoris Vournas. Greece, 2016.

 

BEST CONCEPT FOR FICTION FEATURE SCRIPT (script competition only)

Runners. Written by Stella Belessi. Greece, 2015.

 

FICTION FEATURE SCRIPT (script competition only) –

GREEK FILM LOVERS CLUB CHOICE

Lost horse. Written by Minos Efstathiadis & Stella Alisanoglou. Greece, 2016.

 

NEW SCREENWRITER AWARD

1995: The greatest summer ever. Written by Peter Manuselis. USA, 2016.

 

BEST CONCEPT FOR SHORT FICTION SCRIPT (script competition only)

Walls. Written by Eleni Petsa. Greece, 2016.

 

BEST SHORT SCRIPT (script competition only)

Imago. Written by Lina Soroga. Greece, 2016.

 

BEST DIRECTING

#ThisIsACoup. Directed by Theopi Skarlatos. UK / Greece, 2016.
BEST ACTOR

Dimitris Piatas

Bus 43. Directed by Alexis Lazaridis. Greece, 2016.

 

BEST ACTRESS

Stephanie Capetanides

Firefly. Directed by Georgios Soumelidis. Greece, 2015.
BEST PERFORMER

Angelo Tsarouchas

Back to Sparta. Directed by George Tsioutsioulas. Canada, 2015.

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

The Story Of Edward Healing. Directed by Manos Gerogiannis.  UK, 2015.

 

BEST MUSIC

Vangelis Fambas

The light inside. Directed by Stavros Psillakis. Greece, 2015.

 

BEST PHOTOGRAPHY

Inner land. Directed by Vivian Papageorgiou. Greece, 2015.

 

NEW DIRECTOR AWARD

Pet. Directed by Chris Moraitis. Greece, 2015.

 

GREEK FILM LOVERS CLUB AWARD

Un Condor. Directed by Yiannis Kolozis. Greece, 2015.

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PART 2: VIDEO POETICA POETRY COMPETITION

 

A’ AWARD
Vaggelis Chronis (Evangelos Chronis), Greece.
B’ AWARD

Alkinoos Bounias, Greece.

 

C’ AWARD
George Bourganos, USA.

 

A’ DISTINCTION
Dimitra Dimitropoulou, Greece.

 

B’ DISTINCTION
Efstratios Athanasakis, UK.
Christina Karyoti, Greece.

 

C’ DISTINCTION
Georgios Stamatopoulos, UK.

 

SPECIAL JURY AWARD

Stefanos Ganotis, Greece.

 

GREEK FILM LOVERS CLUB AWARD

Marianna Katsimicha, UK. 

Foteini Balomenou, Greece.

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