LA Greek Film Festival: Orpheus Award Winners and Red Carpet Interviews

Orpheus Awards Hosts Christos Vasilopoulos and Chryssa Loucas
Orpheus Awards Hosts Christos Vasilopoulos and Chryssa Loucas. Photography by Alex Vacca

The 8th annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) announced the 2014 Orpheus Award winners at its star-studded closing-night ceremony produced by Dorothea Paschalidou and directed by Greek actor Giorgos Karamihos on Sunday, June 8.

Many important Greeks and Greek-Americans of the entertainment industry walked the red carpet, among them actors: Angelo Tsarouchas, Sofia Milos, Thaao Penghlis, Gia Carides, Simon Kassianides, Tracy Spiridakos; singers Vassy and Ariana Savalas; filmmakers Phedon Papamichael, Konstantinos Mousoulis, Charles and Vlas Parlpanides;and TV Host Patricia Kara.

Watch our interviews from the red carpet of the 2014 LAGFF closing-night ceremony:

Following the screening of Yorgos Tsemberopoulos’ award-winning “The Enemy Within,” hosts Banshee’s Christos Vasilopoulos and actress Chrissa Loukas took center stage to begin the closing night awards ceremony.

Festival Co-Founder Ersi Danou and Director Aris Katopodis announced that this year has been the most successful in the history of the festival with a record 23 filmmakers attending the 5 days of films, forums and fun.

Fox head Jim Gianopulos and director James Gray presented one of the two special honors to “12 Years a Slave” Oscar-winning producer Anthony Katagas. The second Honorary Award was presented to “When Harry Met Sally” producer Steve Nicolaides by Koula Kazista.

Here is the list with the 2014 Orpheus-Award Winners:

BEST FEATURE
MISS VIOLENCE (Directed by Alexandros Avranas)

BEST DOCUMENTARY
CROSSED LIVES (Directed by Spyros Teskos)

BEST SHORT FILM
RED HULK (Directed by Asimina Proedrou)

SPECIAL JURY ORPHEUS AWARD – OPERA PRIMA –
THE ETERNAL RETURN OF ANTONIS PARASKEVAS (Directed by Elina Psykou)

AUDIENCE CHOICE ORPHEUS AWARD
CROSSED LIVES (Directed by Spyros Teskos)

SPECIAL JURY MENTION
TRAVEL EXPRESS (Directed by Natassa Xydi)

The awards were followed by a dinner reception in the Egyptian Courtyard with performances by Boston’s The Tripping Souls.

The 8th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival was sponsored by many esteemed brands, including the world’s leader in the development and production of green cleaning supplies, Earth Friendly Products, Real Estate Firm G.P. Kolovos & Associates, and Pabst Brewing Company. The festival’s mission is to promote Greek Cinema and cultural exchange while bridging the gap between Greek filmmakers and Hollywood.