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5th annual
LONDON GREEK FILM FESTIVAL
8-18 October 2012
 

The 5th annual London Greek Film Festival drew to a successful end on the evening of 18th October, at west London’s Westbourne Studios. The ‘Odysseus’ Awards ceremony that concluded the festival brought together cinematography artists, directors and festival participants, as well as Greek dignitaries based in London (heads of the Greek Consulate and the Greek embassy’s Press Office among else). The end of the film festival also marked the conclusion of the photography exhibition “Olympic Flame: the Flame of Peace’, which was presented in collaboration with the ERT Archives.

The London Greek Film Festival, independent, creative, extrovert and optimistic, has one essential aim: to become the international meeting point for Greek film from around the world and to promote modern Greek cinema in all its facets.

Through its presence in London the festival states: “we are here, we are creative, we are efficient and optimistic and we believe in a better tomorrow. Today’s Greece cannot be disregarded as just a country of financial, political and social crisis. This is proved by the positive and substantial presence of Greek creators in a festival such as this. We also need to highlight the smooth and creative cooperation with ERT (Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation), the national broadcaster, as well as the Press Office of the Embassy of Greece in London.

Highlighting the significance of the festival Guardian commented (6 October): “Whether those [recent Greek films] represent a dawn or twilight for the country's film-making will be easier to judge after this event, which brings a handful of features, shorts and documentaries.” Whereas Time Out London wrote of the festival (9-15 October): “In the face of adversity, Greek cinema battles on.”

In its comment the Embassy of Greece Press Office mentioned (26 September) that “It is an extremely important event which promotes Greece and its culture to London, a major cultural metropolis of Europe. (...) It presents one of Greece’s best-known showcases and meeting points for emerging talent, and seeks to promote the importance of film as a means to develop the next generation of filmmakers and moving image artists. (…) Definitely consists one of the most important initiatives of cultural diplomacy in the British capital.”

Due to the high artistic and creative quality of all this year’s entries, the jury of the festival decided to split the awards in some categories between two or even three winners.

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Screenings & Events 2012 (8-18 October)
 
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Events
 
Photo Exhibition
“Olympic Flame: the Flame of Peace”, photo exhibition in collaboration with ERT (Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation), from the ERT Archives: a first ever presentation in exhibition, of 18 rare photos (1967 – 1996) by photojournalist Aristotelis Sarrikostas, related with the Olympic Flame. The exhibition was open all days during the festival (8-18 October).
 
 
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5 Years London Greek Film Festival
 
The Best of the Best @
Michael Cacoyannis Foundation
                
11-21 NOVEMBER 2012, ATHENS, GREECE

Special Screenings

The Best of the Best
The most of the award winning films of the London Greek Film Festival
at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, Athens, Greece, from 11 to 21 November 2012.

Michael Cacoyannis Foundation inaugurates its collaboration with the London Greek Film Festival with a tribute to the most of the award winning, the best of the best, films screened in the Festival during these five consecutive years of its presence in the UK.

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Script Presentation (online only)
 
Fiction Feature Scripts
Christos Kanlis: The bridge
George Karadimos: Holiday is the mother of all evil
Nickolas Marentes: Melina
Vasilis Spiliopopulos, Elena Solomou, Manoussos Manoussakis: Bring him Back
Anna Spyrou
William S. Thomas (Bill Thomas): A Letter for Zorba
 
Short Scripts
Marina Koulouri: The clay shoes
Paraskevi Papageorgiou: Hansel
Andriana Sapriki: Shadows
Sotiris Tsellos: The Consideration
Pavlos Valsamidis: Descent
Irida Zhonga: Man wanted
 
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Films in screening order

Special Screening – Documentary
Paraskinio: George N. Papanikolaou Pap Test, Directed by Lefteris Xanthopoulos. 51:39’. Greece, 2008. UK Premiere.
 
Special Screening – Documentary
Monogramma: Nikiforos Vrettakos, Directed by Christos Paligiannopoulos. 29:20’. Greece, 1982. UK Premiere.
 
Special Screening – Documentary
The Olympic Games in Antiquity, Directed by Markos Holevas. 83’. Greece, 2004. UK Premiere.
 
Documentary
Greece I am facing taxing times!, Directed by Serafeim Ntousias. 93’. Greece, 2012.
 
Documentary
Back in the Swing of Things, Directed by Danae Mikelli. 10:35’. UK, 2011. World Premiere.
 
Documentary
Letters Never Received, Directed by Ilias Dimitriou. 42’. Greece, 2008. UK Premiere.
 
Fiction Feature
Fish N’ Chips, Directed by Elias Demetriou. 102’. Cyprus, Greece, 2011.
 
Documentary
Raw Material, Directed by Christos Karakepelis. 78’. Greece, 2012.
 
Fiction Feature
Jerks, Directed by Stelios Kammitsis. 76’. Cyprus, Greece, 2012.
 
Fiction Feature
Burning Heads, Directed by George Siougas. 100’. Greece, 2011.
 
Documentary
Survivors, Directed by Maria Giannouli. 33’. Greece, 2012. UK Premiere.
 
Documentary
The Silent School, Directed by Irini Sarioglou & Marina Leontari. 48’. Greece, 2011. UK Premiere.
 
Documentary
Our Strangers - Our Own Foreigners, Directed by Kostas Argyros. 45’. Greece, 2012. UK Premiere.
 
Special Screening – Short
Probabilities, Directed by Rania Preveza. 14:31’. Greece, 1987. UK Premiere.
 
Fiction Feature
A Matter of Luck, Directed by Vasilis Nemeas. 95’. Greece, 2009. UK Premiere.
 
Documentary
Kisses to the Children, Directed by Vassilis Loules. 106’. Greece, 2011. UK Premiere.
 
Fiction Feature
Super Demetrios, Directed by George Papaioannou. 110’. Greece, 2012. UK Premiere.
 
Documentary
Heroes of the Flicks, Directed by Panagiotis Kountouras. 65’. Greece, 2012. UK Premiere.
 
Video Art / Experimental
Audio Reactor, Directed by Demetra Englezou. 3:35’. Cyprus, 2011. UK Premiere.
 
Video Art
Near Nowhere, Directed by Gm Touliatou. 2:30’. Greece, 2011. World Premiere.
 
Experimental / Video Art (Dance)
Think Erase Move, Directed by Maria Katsipataki. 4’. Greece, 2011. UK Premiere.
 
Experimental
Saligia-1, Directed by Irida Zhoga. 3:30’. Greece, 2009.
 
Experimental
Pigs, Directed by Konstantina Kotzamani. 13:12’. Greece, 2011. UK Premiere.
 
Experimental
Horos Yia Dio, Directed by Nondas Poulos. 2:37’. Australia, 2012. World Premiere.
 
Experimental
City, Directed by Vasilios Papaioannu. 2:54’. USA, 2011. World Premiere.
 
Experimental / Video Art
Insights: a Cinepoem About Vision, Directed by Zaklin (Jacqueline) Lentzou. 10:18’. UK, 2011. World Premiere.
 
Experimental
Goldfish Dreaming, Directed by Kostas Fourkiotis. 8:20'. Greece, 2012. UK Premiere.
 
Fiction Feature
Three Days Happiness, Directed by Dimitri Athanitis. 80’. Greece, 2012. UK Premiere.
 
Fiction Feature
Guilt, Directed by Vassilis Mazomenos. 93’. Greece, Cyprus, 2010. UK Premiere.
 
Documentary
The Exiled, Directed by Kalliopi Legaki. 37’. Greece, 2009. UK Premiere.
 
Fiction Feature
4ever, Directed by Giorgos Pyrpasopoulos. 73’. Greece 2011. UK Premiere.
 
Short / Medium Length Film
The Designer, Directed by George Skoumas Papanikolaou. 32’. Greece, 2012. UK Premiere.
 
Fiction Feature
Fred and Vinnie, Directed by Steve Skrovan. 89:11’. USA, 2011. UK Premiere.
 
Short
Friktoria (Fire-Beacon), Directed by Vasilis Tsikaras. 16:56’. Greece, 2011. UK Premiere.
 
Short
Little King, Directed by Socrates Alafouzos. 14:59’. Greece, 2012. UK Premiere.
 
Short
The Gift, Directed by Dimitris Angelidis. 14.24’. Greece, 2012. UK Premiere.
 
Short
Stella and I, Directed by Amerissa Basta. 4:30’. Greece, 2012. World Premiere.
 
Short
Breath, Directed by Dimitra Giannouka. 9:51’. Greece, 2012. World Premiere.
 
Short
The Clowns, Directed by Dimitris Nakos. 5:30’. Greece, 2012. World Premiere.
 
Short
Sound, Directed by George Nouris. 13’. Greece, 2011. UK Premiere.
 
Short
The Date, Directed by Giota Zissi. 9:20’. Greece, 2011. UK Premiere.
 
Short / Animation
The Meaning of Life, Directed by irida Zhonga. 15’. Greece, 2009.
 
Short
Inventory, Directed by Vangelis Kalambakas. 15’. Greece, 2009. UK Premiere.
 
Short
Returns Bureau, Directed by Katerina Koliaraki. 11:10’. Greece, 2011. UK Premiere.
 
Short
Vault of Ideas, Directed by Katerina Konstantopoulou. 13:02’. Greece, 2012.  World Premiere.
 
Short
Friendshop, Directed by Magda Gkouma. 14.23’. Greece, 2012. World Premiere.
 
Short
Under Pressure, Directed by Nikos Skoulas. 13:28’. Greece, 2012. World Premiere.
 
Short
Handset Type, Directed by Andreas Siadimas. 17:03’. Greece, 2011. UK Premiere.
 
Short
Sun Don’t Shine For Us, Directed by Pete Stamatelatos & Scott Ackerlund. 17:36’. USA, 2012. UK Premiere.
 
Short
The Great Racket, Directed by Thodoris Vournas. 10:40’. Greece 2012. UK Premiere.
 
Short
Penguins, Directed by Dimitris Zahos. 19’. Greece, 2012. UK Premiere.
 
Documentary
Schoinousa the Island of the Risen Sun, Directed by Isabella Mavraki. 57:50'. Greece, 2011. UK Premiere.
 
Documentary - Special Screening
Olympic Flame: the Flame of Peace, Directed by Alexandros Papailios. 19:10'. Greece, 2012. UK Premiere.
 
 
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