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2016 FILM LINE-UP

10th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

June 1 – 5, 2016

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Over 55 films and special events spanning 5 days and nights in Hollywood, including the exclusive Filmmakers Brunch at the home of the Consul General of Greece.

 

FICTION FEATURE FILMS

 
MYTHOPATHY (Notias)
Greece, 2016, 100 min, North American Premiere

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Director/Writer: Tassos Boulmetis
Producer: Tassos Boulmetis
Cast: Yiannis Niarros, Maria Kallimani, Themis Panou, Taxiarhis Hanos, Zozo Sapountzaki


MYTHOPATHY is a bitter-sweet comedy, about the coming of age of a young man who encounters his first emotional and sexual experiences with women, during the seventies in Greece. Changing the Myths and creating his own version of the stories to serve his wants is what makes him special among his classmates, family and girls.

 
WORLDS APART (Enas Allos Kosmos)
Greece, 2015, 114 min, North American Premiere

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Director: Christopher Papakaliatis
Writer: Christopher Papakaliatis
Producer: Kostas Sousoulas, Christopher Papakaliatis, Chris Papavasiliou, Dorothea Paschalidou
Cast: J.K. Simmons, Christopher Papakaliatis, Andrea Osvart, Maria Kavogianni, Tawfeek Barhom, Niki Vakali, Minas Hatzisavvas


Set in modern day Greece, Worlds Apart is comprised of three separate narratives each following a love story between a foreigner and a Greek. Each story represents a different generation falling in love during a time of socioeconomic turmoil that dominates Southern Europe overall, only to connect as a single story in the end. Almost like a triptych work of art where each painting stands alone, yet its true impact lies when viewed as a whole.

 
EVDOKIA
Greece, 1971, 92 min, LA Premiere

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Director/Writer: Alexis Damianos
Producer: Artemis Kapasakali
Cast: Maria Vasiliou, Giorgos Koutouzis, Koula Agagiotou, Christos Zorbas


A prostitute (Evdokia) meets a sergeant (Yorgos). They fall in love and get married after a short love affair. Her profession, however, is a barrier for their relationship. They try to stay together and overcome their inner conflicts, but the social environment crushes them.

*1971, Thessaloniki International Film Festival – Best Actress Award

 
ALEX & EVE
Australia/New Zealand, 2015, 92 min

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Director: Peter Andrikidis
Writer: Alex Lykos
Producer: Murray Fahey
Cast: Richard Brancatisano, Andrea Demetriades


What will happen when school teacher Alex brings home Lebanese Muslim lawyer Eve – the
love of his life – to meet his Greek Orthodox parents?

*2015 Santa Barbara Film Festival

 
CHEVALIER
Greece, 2015, 105 min

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Director/Writer: Athina Rachel Tsangari
Writers: Efthymis Filipou, Athina Rachel Tsangari
Producers: Maria Hatzakou, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos
Cast: Giannis Drakopoulos, Kostas Filipoglou, Yiorgos Kendros, Panos Koronis, Vangelis Mourikis, Nikos Orphanos, Makis Papadimitriou, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Sakis Rouvas


Six men play a game during a sailing trip on the Aegean Sea. At the end of the journey, when the game is over, the man who wins will be the best man. And he will wear on his smallest finger the victory ring: the Chevalier

* 2016 International Film Festival Rotterdam
* 2016 Goteborg International Film Festival
* 2016 South by Southwest Film Festival
* 2015 Locarno Film Festival
* 2015 Sarajevo Film Festival
* 2015 Toronto Film Festival
* 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival
* 2015 Hamburg Film Festival
* 2015 New York Film Festival

 
FAMILY MEMBER (Melos Ikogenias)
Cyprus, 2015, 104 min, US Premiere

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Director/Writer/Producer: Marinos Kartikkis
Cast: Yiola Klitou, Christopher Greco, Fivos Georgiades, Ntora Makrigianni, Ioannis Melekis, Giulio Filippo D’Errico


Giorgos and Sofia can hardly manage their financial situation, when suddenly the grandfather dies in his sleep. They decide, that they should tell no one and continue to collect his money from his pension. If it was so simple…

* 13th Cyprus Film Days
* 22nd Greek Film Festival Australia
* 8th London Greek Film Festival (Best Cinematography Award)
* 56th Thessaloniki International Film Festival
* 4th Luxor Arab and European Film Festival
* 19th Chicago European Union Film Festival

 
INTERRUPTION
Greece/France/Croatia, 2015, 110 min, LA Premiere

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Director/Writer: Yorgos Zois
Writers: Yorgos Zois, Vasilis Kyriakopoulos
Producers: Maria Drandaki, Elie Meirovitz, Sinisa Juricic
Cast: Alexandros Vardaxoglou, Maria Kallimani, Alexia Kaltsiki, Christos Stergioglou, Maria Filini


A postmodern theater adaptation of a classic Greek tragedy takes place in a central theater in Athens. Every night, the audience are seated and the play begins. The main difference is; life imitates art and not the opposite, by letting the people from the audience participate on stage.

* 2016 Palm Springs International Film Festival
* 2015 Venice Film Festival
* 2015 Thessaloniki International Film Festival
* 2015 Torino Film Festival
* 2015 Mumbai International Film Festival
* 2015 Istanbul International Film Festival
* 2015 Vilnius International Film Festival
* 2016 Cyprus Film Days

 
INVISIBLE
Greece, 2015, 84 min, North American Premiere

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Director/Writer: Dimitri Athanitis
Writer: Yorgos Makris
Producers: Dimitri Athanitis, Panos Papadopoulos
Cast: Yannis Stankoglou, Kora Karvouni, Kostas Xikominos, Menelaos Hazarakis, Eva Stylander, Nikolitsa Drizi, Virginia Tamparopoulou, Christos Benetsis


Aris, 35, worker in a factory is fired without warning. Shocked, feeling a victim, unable to react rationally, Aris decides to take justice into his own hands. He is ready to proceed with his goal, when his ex-wife appears unexpectedly and abandons their little son to him.

* 2015 London Greek Film Festival – Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor
* 2015 Thessaloniki International Film Festival – Special Actor Award
* 2015 Barcelona Human Rights Film Festival, International Competition
* 2016 Greek Film Academy – Best Film Nomination, Best Director Nomination, Best Writer Nomination, Best Actor Nomination, Best Cinematography Nomination, Supporting Actress Nomination

 
THE REPUBLIC
Greece, 2015, 112 min, North America Premiere

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Director: Dimitris Tzetzas
Writers: Giannis Georgiou, Dimitris Tzetzas
Producers: Ioannis Tzetzas
Cast: Prometheus Aleifer, Alexandros Logothetis, Yannis Stankoglou, Takis Spiridakis, Errikos Litsis, Vicky Papadopoulou, Zoe Laskari, Giorgos Kimoulis, Kostas Nikouli, Alexandra Hasani, Dimitris Liolios.


Politicians who sell off the country for kickbacks, women who fall victims to trafficking and cops who exploit immigrants make up the backdrop for a story of vengeance that is about to bring it all down.

* 2015 Athens International Film Festival

 
RIVERBANKS (Ochtes)
Greece/Germany/Turkey, 2015, 96 min

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Director: Panos Karkanevatos
Writer: Panos Karkanevatos, Isidoros Sgouros
Producers: Panos Karkanevatos, Peter Bardehle, Mahmut Ozden
Cast: Elena Mavridou, Andreas Constantino, Levent Uzumcu


Two drifters meet in a border post between Greece and Turkey – one a sapper tasked with clearing a deadly minefield; the other a lonely, disillusioned single mother. Both challenge death daily. Chryssa smuggles illegal immigrants across the border, and Yannis tests his lucky streak on the minefield. They are drawn to each other with the blossoming of a fragile yet powerful love which, like their other obsessions, is a way to cheat another death, that of the soul. The chemistry between the two young actors burns across the no man’s land like a wildfire.

* 2015 Hamburg Film Festival – Germany Cinemed
* 2015 Montpellier, France
* 2015 Thessaloniki International Film Festival
* 2015 ExGround Wiesbaden Film Festival
* 2016 Festival International du Cinéma Méditerranéen de Tétouan – Prix de Jur

 
SHORT FUSE
Greece, 2016, 86 min, North American Premiere

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Director: Andreas Lampropoulos, Kostas Skyftas
Writer: Kostas Skyftas, Andreas Moutsinas
Producers: Terry Dougas, Paris Kassidokostas-Latsis & Konstantinos Moutsinas
Cast: Apostolis Totsikas, Evgenia Dimitropoulou, Tassos Nousias, Konstantinos Markoulakis,
Theodore Atherides, Manos Gavras, Nikos Orphanos, Nikos Kouris, Irene Balta and Yorgos Karamihos


In this ticking clock action-thriller, a courier’s last delivery of the day may also be
the last day of his life. Strapped with explosives, he must fight for his life while
trying to solve a mystery involving both his family and a criminal empire.

* 2015 Athens International Film Festival
* 2015 Argo Film Festival

 
SUNTAN
Greece, 2016, 104 min

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Director: Argyris Papadimitropoulos
Writer: Argyris Papadimitropoulos, Syllas Tzoumerkas
Producer: Phaedra Vokali, Argyris Papadimitropoulos, Ernst Fassbender, Theodora Valenti, Konstantina Stavrianou, Petros Pappas, Stelios Kotionis, Lasse Scharpen and Christos V. Konstantakopoulos
Cast: Makis Papadimitriou, Elli Tringou, Milou Van Groessen, Dimi Hart, Hara Kotsali, Marcus Collen


On a hedonistic Greek island, a middle-aged doctor becomes obsessed with a young tourist when she lets him tag along with her group of hard partying friends.

* 2016 International Film Festival Rotterdam
* 2016 SXSW Film Festival

 
SYMPTOM (Symptoma)
Greece, 2016, 90 min, North American Premiere

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Director/Writer: Angelos Frantzis
Writer: Konstantinos Antonopoulos, Angelos Frantzis
Producer: The Gardens Filmiki Productions
Cast: Katia Gouloni, Constantine Markoulakis, Michele Valley, Eleni Vergeti, Yiannis Nikolaidis


A peculiar creature appears on a remote, rainy island, wearing a leather jacket and staring with eyes that glow in the darkness. Whoever encounters it, loses their mind. The island’s residents seek help from the only person who seems to possess the strength to confront the creature, the woman will put her faith on test and reveal her hidden relationship with the creature.

* 2016 Istanbul Film Festival
* 2015 56th Thessaloniki Film Festival
* 2015 21st Athens International Film Festival
* 2015 Torino Film Festival

 

DOCUMENTARY FILMS

 
AROUND THE WORLD IN 55 DAYS…WITH MUM..AND THE CAMERA
Greece, 2015, 55 min, World Premiere

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Director: Simoni Zafeiropoulou
Writer: Katerina Zafeiropoulou
Producer:Simoni Zafeiropoulou
Cast: Katerina Zafeiropoulou


Following Fileas Fogg on his Voyage Around the World, with the main purpose to see how a teenager perceives the world, what interests or challenges her. A perception of the world, without a strict travel plan but trying more to catch the magic of the unexpected.

 
EXOTICA, EROTICA, ETC.
France, 2015, 71 min, LA Premiere

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Director/Writer: Evangelia Kranioti
Producer: Charlotte Vincent


Sailors are like terrorists. They arrive in ports with a bomb called love and throw it. And do you know what happens? The bomb explodes when they go away and they never come back, destroying the hearts of all the girls in the neighborhood. How strange… To love somebody who pays you..

*2015 Berlinale Forum
*2015 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
*2015 Hot Docs, Toronto
*2015 Munich Docs Against Gravity Film Festival
*2015 Karlovy Vary Film Festival
*2015 Melbourne Film Festival
*2016 Palm Springs International Film Festival
*2016 Sarasota Film Festival
*2016 Minneapolis Film Festival

 
GOLDEN DAWN: A PERSONAL AFFAIR (Hrisi Avgi: Prosopiki Ypothesi)
Greece, 2015, 90 min, North American Premiere

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Director: Angelique Kourounis
Writer: Angelique Kourounis, Thomas Iacobi
Producers: Omina TV, Arte, Yemaya Productions
Cast: English narration: Alexia Eastwood


The financial collapse, the political instability, and the family relations are placed into the spotlight as the documentary is trying to discover “what’s in the head of Golden Dawners, who pose as victims of the system?”

* 2015 Lyon International Film Festival
* 2016 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
* 2016 Festival de Cine y Derechos Humanos

 
HAIL ARCADIA (Arcadia Haire)
Greece, 2015, 89 min, North American Premiere

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Director/Writer: Filippos Koutsafis
Producer: Filippos Koutsaftis


Tegea, Arcadia. A small plain surrounded by mountains on the road leading to Sparta. Far from the sea, which always lies ahead of us. A poetic journey through the past and present of the myth-filled, bucolic province of this holy place.

* 2015 Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival-Fipresci Award for Best Greek Film
* 2015 Halkida Greek Documentary Film Festival
* 2015 Athens International Film festival – Best Film Award Athens
* 2016 Hellas Filmbox Berlin

 
LUDLOW
Greece/ US, 2016, 72 min, North American Premiere

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Director/Writer: Leonidas Vardaros
Producer: Apostolis Berdebes Non Profit Company


The Colorado Coal War of 1913-14, the deadliest class confrontation in US labor history. A war between miners, led by the United Mine Workers of America, and mine-owners led by Rockefeller, and the unexpected contribution of Greek immigrants

* 2016 Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival – “Human Values Award” of the Hellenic Parliament

 
MY FRIEND LARRY GUS
Greece, 2016, 72 min, North American Premiere

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Director/Writer: Vasilis Katsoupis
Producers: Giorgos Karnavas


Larry Gus, an ambitious and passionate musician leaves everything behind to pursue his career in the States. Will he reach his goal? Will he prove his father wrong? In the course of three years Larry will be endlessly shooting his journey and experiences along the way.

* 2015 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
* 2015 Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
* 2015 Athens International Film Festival

 
THE ARCHAEOLOGIST (I Archeologos)
Greece, 2015, 90 min, North American Premiere

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Director/Writer: Kimon Tsakiris
Producer: Christos V. Konstantakopoulos


In the final ‘battle’ of her career, a determined archaeologist – who has dedicated all her life to protecting the cultural and natural environment of the land – has 2 months to salvage as much as possible from an archaeological dig which is planned to be flooded during the construction process of a new dam by the Greek National Power Company.

* 2015 Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
* 2015 London Greek Film Festival – Best Documentary

 
THE LONGEST RUN (O Pio Makris Dromos)
Greece, 2015, 77 min, North American Premiere

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Director/Writer: Marianna Economou
Producer: Spiros Mavrogenis, Marianna Economou


Jasim and Alsaleh are underage refugees who came from Syria and Iraq and ended up in a Greek prison accused of smuggling illegal immigrants. With unique access in the juvenile prison and court room, the film follows the two friends closely while in custody, during the trial and after the verdict through a narrative of suspense which reveals how youngsters are forced to transport migrants across the border to Greece while the smugglers stay behind and continue their job uninterrupted.

* 2015 Dok Leipzig – Honorable Mention International Competition
* 2016 Docpoint IDF Helsinki
* 2016 One World Human Rights Film Festival Prague
* 2016 Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival
* 2016 DocsBarcelona International Documentary Festival

 
THE TOUCH (To Aggigma)
Greece, 2015, 27 min, North American Premiere

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Director: Frosini Koutsouti
Writer: Maria Bareli
Producer: Documentation Research & Action Center of Ikaria

“The Touch” is a short documentary/oral history documentation project on refugee memories from the island of Ikaria during 1941-1946, shared by eight people who were children when World War II broke out. The film combines oral history and visual art to tell a story about the past in the present. Drawing from the cultural and linguistic context of Ikaria, the film invites us «to see» («για δες ») in order to listen, that is, to actively engage in the narration.

*2015 Arteis Fest

 

FICTION SHORT FILMS

 
3000
Australia, Greece, 2016, 20 min

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Director/Writer: Antonis Tsonis
Producers: Tia Spanos Tsonis, Panagiotis Fafoutis, Wayne Blair
Cast: Panos Natsis, Yannis Papadopoulous, Daphne Ioakimidou-Patakia


When his best friend Ari shares tragic news about his battle with cancer, unemployed and desperate to help, Leon secretly decides to become a criminal to pay for the treatments. Against the backdrop of contemporary Athens, Leon’s actions to save his best friend have irreversible consequences.

*2016 IndieFest Film Awards – Award of Excellence
*58th Rochester International Film Festival – Shoestring Trophy
*49th World Fest-Houston International Film Festival – Remi Award
*2016 Accolade Global Film Competition – Award of Excellence Special Mention
*2016 The Magnolia Independent Film Festival – Ron Tibbett Award for Excellence in Film
*2016 London International Film Festival of World Cinema
*2016 Los Angeles Indie Festival
*2016 New York City Independent Film Festival
*2016 Ferrara Film Festival


 
ALBERT
United Kingdom, 2015, 12 min, North American Premiere

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Director: Miranda Howard-Williams
Writer: Drew Mclean
Producer: Anu Figgis Anderson, Mando Stathi, Myrto Stathi
Cast: Jason Flemyng, Jo Joyner, Beatrice Playfoot-Orme, Leo Donnelly


A heartfelt tale about the innocence of childhood, the fear of the unknown and the power of one little girl’s imagination.

* 2016 London Independent Film Festival
* 2016 Oxford International Film Festival


 
ALEXANDRA’S LETTERS
USA, 2016, 6 min, World Premiere

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Director/Writer: Dimitris Tzoytzoyrakos
Producers: Dimitris and Yorgo Tzoytzoyrakos
Cast: Katherine Derflinger, Anastassia Tzoytzoyrakos (narrator)


A girl struggles to find the purpose behind letters she writes to strangers who may never read them.

 
BETWEEN BLACK AND WHITE
Greece, 2015, 15 min, L.A. Premiere

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Director/Writer: Socrates Alafouzos
Producers: Alex Takis, Socrates Alafouzos, Kostis Gikas, Alexandra Siafkou, Aristotelis Karananos, Vaso Sideri, Michael Nivolianitis, Alexandros Christaras
Cast: Tasos Nousias, Markella Giannatou, Kostas Kazanas, Vana Pefani, Socrates Alafouzos, Jason fokaefs, Iason Fokaefs,Valia Papakonstantinou


The hero embarks on an inner journey in search of his childhood self, hoping to find the courage to face his fears and come back to life.

*2015 Tangier Mediterranean Short Film Festival – Grand Jury Prize
*2015 Salento International Film Festival – Best International Short
*2016 Kinofilm International Short Film Festival Manchester – Best Script
*2015 Baghdad International Film Festival – The Jury Prize
*2016 Canada International Film Festival – Rising Star Award
*2016 Cannes Film Festival – Short Film Corner


 
CHRISTOS AND DIMITRA
Greece, 2016, 13 min, North American Premiere

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Director: Amerissa Basta
Writers: Amerissa Basta, Dimitris Nakos
Producer: Angelos Argiroulis
Cast: Alexandra Aidini, Dimitris Gennimatas, Konstantinos Palikaras, Renisa Zogou, Kostas Koroneos, Athanasia Kousoula

Christos, an eight year old boy, aims to go with his girlfriend of the same age, Dimitra to watch a theater play of ‘Romeo and Juliet” at night, as a touring theater troupe has visited their village. But things will not turn out to be that easy for Christos, who will have to overcome obstacles and take brave decisions! A film about art, love, magic and dream!.

*2016 A Fest-Film Gjirocastra

 
DOWNHILL
Cyprus, 2015, 13 min, North American Premiere

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Director/Writer: Stelios Kammitsis
Producers: Stelios Kammitsis, Theo Michopoulos, Alkisti Mamali,
Yannis Chalkiadakis, Starvos Makris
Cast: Lydia Fotopoulou, Loykianos Moschonas


On one sunny day in September, as they drive downhill, the missing pieces of the story unravel and the news that has so much upset her is revealed. One thing is for sure, whatever happened must remain a secret.

*2015 Cannes Short Film Corner
*2015 Drama International Film Festival – Best Screen Play and Best Film with Social Context
*2015 Athens International Film Festival
*2015 Cyprus International Short Film Festival – Best Cinematography
*2015 Leeds Film Festival – Louis Le Prince International Short Film Competition
*2015 Thessaloniki International Film Festival


 
EASTERN DREAM
Greece, 2016, 5 min, World Premiere

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Director/Writer/Producer: Nektarios Kalogridis

Eastern Dream unspools a visual narrative of refugees leaving a place destroyed by war, and braving an ocean crossing towards a foreign shore, making real the dream of survival and the chance for a better life.

 
EKDYSIS
Greece, 2015, 18 min, LA Premiere

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Director: Faidra Tsolina
Writer: Nikolai Hamel
Producer: Nikolai Hamel, Prometheus Aleifer, Faidra Tsolina
Cast: Prometheus Aleifer, Sissy Toumasi


A man’s car breaks down next to a bus stop in the middle of nowhere. While trying to decide his next move he is helped along by a mystifying phone conversation and a girl named Dog.

*2015 Cinequest Film Festival
*2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival
*2015 Drama International Film Festival – Best Debut Director
*2015 Athens International Film Festival – 3rd place Best Film
*2015 Thessaloniki International Film Festival


 
EUROMAN
Denmark-Greece, 2015, 22 min, North American Premiere

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Director: Gabriel Tzafka
Writer: Gabriel Tzafka, Laura Madsen
Producer: Kirstine Barfod


Euroman is happy. His wealthy father and kind mother are proud of him. The bank loves him. His lifestyle is stylish, he likes fancy restaurants and runs and an environmentally sustainable company that he is quite happy with. Europe is not happy though.

*2015 Drama International Film Festival – Best Eastern and Southern European Film, Silver Dionysus , Special Mention for the Soundtrack
*2015 Athens International Film Festival – Best Screenplay
*2015 Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival – Cinematic Achievement
*2015 Cairo International Film Festival – Best Sort


 
FIG (FIKON)
Sweden, 2015, 13 min, LA Premiere

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Director/Writer: Nicolas Kolovos
Producer: Olle Wirenhed
Cast: Kostas Laskos, Vivi Petralidou, Katerina Misichroni


Eleni asks for a fig on her deathbed. Her husband, Kostas goes to the nearest tree to get one, but falls down and breaks his foot. Time is short, and Kostas is old. With one fig in his hand he struggles through the harsh nature to get home in time to fulfill his wife’s last wish.

*2015 Drama International Short Film Festival – Golden Dionysus Best Short Film
*2015 Hellenic Film Academy – “Iris” Best Short Film
*2015 Athens International Film Festival
*2015 Cinequest Film Festival
*2016 Lanzarote Film Festival


 
HEAR ME OUT (Akouse Me)
Greece, 2014, 20 min, North American Premiere

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Director: Andronikos–Konstantinos Dimopoulos
Writer: Katerina Pipergia
Producers: Andronikos-Konstantinos Dimopoulos, Dragan Nikolic, Ira Klapadaki, Kyriakos Gikas
Cast: Konstantinos Giannakopoulos, Syrmo Keke, Girogos Dotsios


He does not express his feelings when psychological violence and pressure are exerted on him. Inevitably, he ends up causing more violence to his immediate environment.

*2014 Drama International Short Film Festival
*2014 Athens International Film Festival
*2015 Mykonos Biennale – Best Short Film


 
MELPOMENE
Greece, 2015, 6 min

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Director/Writer: Michael Felanis
Producer: Dreampix Productions, Thespina Music
Cast: Thespina Patrona-Danezi, Marios Drossos

Melpomene was forced to leave behind the dreams of her youth and embark into uncharted lands, where she discovers an illustration of God’s redemptive declaration. When we see our world falling apart, at the end of a prayer is a new beginning. God’s grace redeems and restores what was once lost.

*2016 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival
*2016 California International Film Festival
*2016 Christian Film Festival – Best Music Video, Best Musician


 
MY STUFFED GRANNY
United Kingdom, 2014, 10 min, LA Premiere

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Director/Writer: Effie Pappa
Writer: Nina Kouletakis, Miranda Ballesteros, Melissa Iqbal
Producer: Miranda Ballesteros
Cast: Effie Pappa, Jo Ann Kaplan


Little Sofía loves her grumpy granny: even though she is always hungry and eats what little food they can buy. Her pension is the only thing keeping her and her father alive. To what extremes will they go to once granny is no more?

* 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival – Best British Animation Award
* 2014 Festival Internacional de Cine Gastronómico Ciudad de La Laguna – Best International Short Film
* 2014 Tokyo Anime Awards – Jury’s Special Award
* 2015 London Independent Film Festival – Best Short Animated Film


 
PACINO’S WAY
Greece, 2015, 18 min, North American Premiere

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Director/Writer: Haris Pantelidakis
Producer: Haris Pantelidakis
Cast: Haris Pantelidakis, Kimon Kouris, Elsa Siskou, Argiris Gkagkanis


Following an unsuccessful attempt to kidnap a psychiatrist, two kidnappers are forced to deal with the problems of their own relationship.

*2015 Drama International Short Film Festival
*2015 Athens International Film Festival


 
PET
Greece, 2016, 12 min, LA Premiere

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Director: Chris Moraitis
Writers: Chris Moraitis, Katerina Filiotou
Producer: Christos Liakouris
Cast: Roberto Grosu, Maria Mandalinou, Vasilis Risvas


Dimitris, the only son of a wealthy family, finds companionship is his pet guinea pig. But when his parents decide to send him to boarding school; the young child is forced to leave compassion behind.

*2016 Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival – Best Short
*2016 Festival De Cannes, Short Film Corner


 
SEMELE
Cyprus, 2015, 13 min

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Director/Writer: Myrsini Aristidou
Producer: Reinaldo Green, Christina Drakos, Paris Aristides
Cast: Yiannis Stankoglou, Vasiliki Kokkoliadi


Semele will do anything to spend some time with her long absent father. A school note becomes just the excuse for her to visit him at his workplace, where her presence highlights their fragile relationship.

* 2015 Toronto International Film Festival
* 2016 Berlinale Generation Kplus – Best Short Film (Jury Prize)
* 2016 Tribeca Film Festival
* 2016 Aspen Shortsfest


 
SIMON SAYS
Greece/UK, 2015, 13 min, North American Premiere

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Director/Writer: Nikos Tsemberopoulos
Producer: Nikos Tsemberopoulos
Cast: Steven Mortimer, Vasiliki Vlachou (Billie Vee), Keith Eyles


Simon lives a lonely life in London, alienated from his environment. Some nights of the month he pays visits to his internet friends.

*2015 Drama International Short Film Festival – Greeks of the World Award
*2015 Athens International Film Festival- Best Short


 
STAGNATION
Norway, 2015, 15 min, North American Premiere

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Director: Alexander Zwart
Writers: Alexander Zwart, Valia Phyllis Zwart
Producer: Valia Phyllis Zwart
Cast: Alexandros Logothetis, Viktoras Sklavounos, Giorgos Bakolas, Sofia Fanisimaki


Vangelis, a shopkeeper in Athens struggles to keep head above water in a country suffering from secular stagnation. Consequently, on his son’s birthday, his desperation leads him to regret.

*2016 London Short Film Festival
*2015 Internazionale O’ Curt
*2015 Kino Kino Stavanger
*2015 Athens International Film Festival
*2015 Norwegian Short Film Festival


 
STUTTERER
UK/Ireland, 2015, 13 min

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Director/Writer: Benjamin Cleary
Producer: Serena Armitage, Sean Christopher Ogilvie
Cinematographer: Michael Paleodimos
Cast: Matthew Needham, Chloe Pirrie, Eric Richard


A lonely typographer with a cruel speech impediment but an eloquent inner voice must face his greatest fear.A roller-coaster ride of joy, doubt and romance in the digital age.

*2016 88th Academy Awards- Best Live Action Short Film
*2016 London Critics Circle Awards – Best Short Film
*2016 Irish Film and Television Award -Best Short Film
*2015 Los Angeles Shorts Film Fest – Best Foreign Film
*2015 Kinofilm Manchester International Film Festival – Best Short Film


 
SUCH A SHAME (Ti Krima)
Greece, 2015, 20 min, North American Premiere

Director: Takis Papanastasiou
Writer: Takis Papanastasiou
Producer: Alexandra Boussiou
Cast: Eleni Boukli, Nikolas Hanakoulas, Haris Fragoulis, Hara Ioannou

In black and white Athens, Nikos falls in love with Louise. However, love is a hard thing. Love doesnʼt forgive anyone innocent.

 
THE CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANT
USA, 2015, 21 min

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Director: Stephen Kinigopoulos
Writer: George Pelecanos
Producer: Kyle David Crosby and Matthew Stephen Crosby
Cast: Thaddeus Street, Steven Maurice, Anwan Glover

Verdon Coats is not motivated by money or glory, he’s trying to become the man his father has always envisioned him to be.

*2015 DC Shorts Film Festival – Outstanding Local Film
*2015 Rosebud Film Festival – Audience Choice Award
*2015 Maryland Film Festival


 
THE SEED (O Sporos)
Greece, 2015, 14 min, LA Premiere

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Director/Writer: Ifigeneia Kotsoni
Writer: Ifigeneia Kotsoni
Producer: Panos Bisdas, Ioanna Soultani
Cast: Yulika Skafida


In a not far future where corporations seize all natural resources, Nala a lonely rebel is trying to
break the rules.

*2015 Drama International Short Film Festival – Best Sets, Best Costumes, Best Visual Effects
*2015 Athens International Film Festival
*2015 Hellenic Film Academy – “Iris” Best Short Film nomination
*2016 Festival De Cannes, Short Film Corner


 
TWIN FLAME
USA, 2015, 15 min, World Premiere

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Director/Writer: Alexi Papalexopoulos
Producer: Alexi Papalexopoulos, Jen Coccimiglio, Mark Sandhoff
Cast: Rob Healy, Diana Gettinger, Arianna Papalexopoulos, William Armando


Twin Flame is a story about brief encounters. Told through the scope of an Uber driver in San Francisco, the piece highlights an intimate night between two strangers who come together unexpectedly.

 
WHITE SHEET (Lefko Sentoni)
Greece, 2014, 19 min, North American Premiere

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Director/Writer: Sonia Liza Kenterman
Producers: Fenia Cossovitsa, Greek Film Center, Graal S.A.
Cast: Konstantina Takalou, Yvoni Maltezou, David Malteze


In the blistering heat of August, cars pass small, lonely towns. In this deserted landscape is a woman with no destination other than her past.

*2014 Athens International Film Festival
*2015 Syros International Film Festival – Best Short Film
*2015 Hellas FilmBox Berlin
*2016 Dresden Film Fest


 
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ATHENS INTERNATIONAL CULINARY FILM FESTIVAL presents:

 
A TOUCH OF SPICE (Politiki Kouzina)
Greece, 2003, 108 min

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Director: Tassos Boulmetis
Writer: Tassos Boulmetis
Producer: Tassos Boulmetis
Cast: Georges Corraface, Ieroklis Michaelidis, Renia Louizidou, Themis Panou


“A Touch of Spice” is a story about a young Greek boy (Fanis) growing up in Istanbul, whose grandfather, a culinary philosopher and mentor, teaches him that both food and life require a little salt to give them flavor; they both require… A Touch of Spice.

* 2003 Thessaloniki International Film Festival – Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Music, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Set Design, Best Sound

 
MUSTAFA’S SWEET DREAMS (Ta Glyka Oneira Tou Moustafa)
Greece/UK, 2012, 83 min

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Director: Angelos Abazoglou
Writer: Angelos Abazoglou
Producer: Olga Abazoglou
Cast: Mustafa Karkoyun, Basri Altin,YagmurDeniz Kisa


In the small Turkish town of Gaziantep, 16-year-old Mustafa wants to become a master in the art of making baklava. Amidst the strict training regime, Mustafa dreams of a life beyond the confines of the expectations of his friends and family in a documentary that is both moving and innovative.

*2012 Berlinale Film Festival
*2012 Thessaloniki Documentary International Film Festival
*2012 SX Global -SXSW, Austin
*2012 Stockholm International Film Festival
*2012 Beijing International Film Festival
*2012 Sarajevo International Film Festival
*2012 Tiburon International Film Festival – Best Documentary

 
A HUNGER ARTIST SOLO
Greece, 2014, 3 min, North American Premiere

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Director/Writer/Producer: Olga Tzimou


Inspired by Franz Kafka’s “A Hunger Artist”, the film explores the agony of existence, the space we live, the dissatisfaction of the individual and the vain search for perfection which leads to the rejection of the self.

* 2014 Athens International Culinary Film Festival
* 2016 Hellas Film Box Festival Berlin

 
BUTLER’S CHOICE
Greece, 2014, 5 min, North American Premiere

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Director/Animator: Padelis Paradisis

Two hungry customers find themselves at a restaurant. The meal served there as well as the following events will go far beyond their expectations

*2014 Animasyros, Syros
*2014 Festimation, Montana
*2014 Istanbul Animation Festival
*2014 Libélula Animation Festival, Barcelona
*2015 Artfool, International cinematography festival, Larissa
*2015 Athens Anifest
*2015 Balkan Food and Film Festival – Best Animation

 
BUTTER BUNNY AND HIS GRAPE MUST COOKIES (Ta Moustokouloura tou Agisilaou)
Greece, 2014, 23 min, North American Premiere

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Director: Giorgos Nikopoulos
Writer: Dimitris Baslam
Producer: Dimitris Baslam, Ktima Gerovasiliou


Mr Butter Bunny was a famous chef. The most famous one in the hole forest. One day he decides to cook his girlfriend’s favorite, grape must cookies! He goes into his kitchen and collects the ingredients … Water, cinnamon, sugar, olive oil, flour, must … Must …. Must?

* 2015 AnimaSyros
* 2015 BeThere! Corfu Animation Festival

 
DUST
Greece, 2013, 8 min , North American Premiere

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Director/Writer: Thanasis Tsimpinis
Produced: George Chorevas, Despoina Sifniadou, FeelMe Productions
Cast: Nancy Boukli, Michele Valley, Thanos Tsakalidis


A girl, locked in a room, creates a magical portal to escape reality using her imagination, a stuffed rabbit and a diamond. Back to reality, her domineering mother makes a birthday cake for her.

* Athens International Film Festival – Honorable Mention
* France Video Art Festival Strangloscope
* Brazil Videoforma Film Festival
* Russia Aesthetica Short Film Festival
* UK Shnit International Short Film Festival
* Switzerland European Short Film Festival
* FILME, Greece Festival miden – Best Video Art, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design
* Greece VIS Vienna Independent Shorts
* Austria Athens International Film Festival
* Gastronomy Days

 
FARMING ON CRISIS? (Georgia Stin Krisi;)
Greece, 2013, 20 min

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Director: Haris Donias
Writer: Pavlos Georgiadis
Producers: Pavlos Georgiadis
Cast: Pavlos Georgiadis


The untold story; of the Greek countryside. A journey across the crisis-stricken country of the European south, uncovering the stories of young farmers and the prospects for revamping the economy through sustainable rural development

* 2012 ArcLight Film Festival – Best Short Doc
* 2013 Corte e Fieno
* 2013 Rural Film Festival – Selected Audience Award

 
KONTOGIANNIS FAMILY
Greece, 2014, 6 min, North American Premiere

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Director: Elpida Kontogianni
Writer: Elpida Kontogianni
Producer: Elpida Kontogianni

The Corinthian land, blessed by nature, has given to us its seeds full of life and bliss. Through this short film are shown the steps of cultivation, love and care that Kontogiannis Family applies for its products. Family and tradition are the values that stand in front of natural habitat. The details of nature along with the details of human being, are the secret of all the creative process that is needed to fulfill the values of creating in nature.

* 2014 Gastronomy Days

 
PROSOPON: A FACE TOWARDS A FACE (Prosopon)
Greece, 2015, 5 min, LA Premiere

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Director/Writer: Thomas Thoma
Producer: Juiting Fan
Cast: Effie & Elaine Karatassos, Tommy Sarioglou


A riot policeman encounters a demented old woman who attempts to spoon-feed him from an empty pot.

* 38th Drama Short Film Festival – Best Student Film Award
* 2015 Atlanta Film Festival Mostly Independent – Best Cinematography Award
* 2015 Misfit Film Festival
* 2015 NYC Independent Film Fest
* 2015 The Soul 4 Reel Film Festival

 
THE BELLIES (Les Ventres)
France, 2009, 17 min, LA premiere

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Director/Writer: Philippe Grammaticopoulos
Producer: Jean-Jacques Benhamou


In a very industrialized world, where humans only eat transgenic food, some plates make for surprising dishes…

*2009 The Hyde Tube Festival : Mr.Hyde Best Short Film Prize ;•
*2009 Animatu – International Digital Animation Festival : RTP2 – Onda Curta Award
*2009 Villeurbanne Short Film Festival : Best 2D/3D Creation Prize “128 Meg@ d’Art”
*2009 Cinanima – Espinho International Animated Film Festival : RTP2 – Onda Curta Award
*2009 Vendôme Film Festival : Young People Prize
*2010 Brooklyn International Film Festival : Audience Award
*2010 CICDAF – China International Animation and Digital Arts Festival : Jury Special Prize
*2010 AnimAnima International Animation Festival : Festival Grand Prix
*2010 RICA – Rencontres Internationales du Cinéma d’Animation : Best Scenario Prize
*2011 La Fila Short Film Festival : Best Animation Prize
*2012 The World Festival of Animated Film : Varna Award
*2014 Le Dédé fait son ciné : Special Mention « Coup de Coeur »