Los Angeles Greek Film Festival 2024 Opens with Glitz and Glamour

Opening Night Photo by Kinga Sarabia/Urbanite LA - (L to R) Aristotle Katopodis, Flomaria Papadaki, Sofia Exarchou, George and Tina Kolovos and Maria Korinthiou

The Los Angeles Greek Film Festival 2024 commenced with a vibrant red carpet opening night at the Harmony Gold Theatre on Saturday, June 1. The highlight of the evening was the screening of "ANIMAL," Sofia Exarchou's acclaimed film that won the Golden Alexander at the 2023 Thessaloniki International Film Festival. Following the screening, festival-goers engaged in a Q&A session with Exarchou and the film’s star, Flomaria Papadaki.

The opening night reception, hosted by European Languages & Movies in America (ELMA), was a testament to Greek hospitality. It featured culinary delights from NICK THE GREEK, exquisite wines by AVRA, and craft cocktails by DULCE VIDA TEQUILA and EMPRESS GIN. SMARTWATER and OPTIMA FOODS provided refreshing beverages to complement the festivities.

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Los Angeles Greek Film Festival 2024 Opens with Glitz and Glamour

The event was graced by dignitaries, VIPs, and filmmakers, including actress-producer Maria Korinthiou, George and Tina Kolovos, and other prominent figures from the entertainment industry.

Over the course of nine days, the festival will showcase more than 80 films, including features, shorts, documentaries, animation, and retrospectives, offering a comprehensive overview of the Greek film industry's current landscape.

Among the upcoming highlights are the HOLLYWOOD SCENE & BE SEEN BASH on June 6, featuring entertainment by Greek American singer Angelina Alexon and DJ Peter Loukatos, and the GREEK TELEVISION PRODUCTION ROUNDTABLE on June 8, sponsored by ERTFLIX International.

Opening Night Photo by Kinga Sarabia/Urbanite LA - (L to R) Aristotle Katopodis, Flomaria Papadaki, Sofia Exarchou, George and Tina Kolovos and Maria Korinthiou
Opening Night Photo by Kinga Sarabia/Urbanite LA - (L to R) Aristotle Katopodis, Flomaria Papadaki, Sofia Exarchou, George and Tina Kolovos and Maria Korinthiou

The festival will culminate with the RED CARPET CLOSING NIGHT and ORPHEUS AWARDS & RECEPTION on June 9. The event will feature the film MURDERESS, directed by Eva Nathena and starring renowned Greek actress Karyofyllia Karabeti.

Attendees can purchase festival passes or individual tickets online. LAGFF 2024 is supported by a diverse array of sponsors, including AT&T, Gibson Dunn, and the Greek Film Centre.

Under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad and Public Diplomacy of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, LAGFF continues to serve as a platform for cultural exchange and collaboration between Greece, Cyprus, and the United States.

June 6 - HOLLYWOOD SCENE & BE SEEN BASH

  • Co-produced by L.A. Greek Film Festival, Global Greek Film Initiative, and The Hellenic Initiative.
  • Entertainment was provided by Greek American singer Angelina Alexon and DJ Peter Loukatos.
  • Lite bites by NICK THE GREEK, mastiha drinks by KLEOS, and sweet bites by Sweet Greek.
  • Location: Rooftop of The Godfrey Hotel (An LAGFF Sponsor).

June 8 - GREEK TELEVISION PRODUCTION ROUNDTABLE

  • Sponsored by ERTFLIX International.
  • Presentation by ERTFLIX Head of Distribution John Grigoras.
  • Roundtable discussion bringing Greek and American television producers and creatives together.
  • Roundtable Panel: Charles Parlapanides, Glenn Lund, Lia Bozonelis, Mando Stathi, Peter Chakos, and Victoria Bousis.
  • Location: Regal LA LIVE.

June 9 - RED CARPET CLOSING NIGHT, ORPHEUS AWARDS & RECEPTION

  • Featuring the film "MURDERESS" directed by Eva Nathena and starring renowned Greek Actress Karyofyllia Karabeti.
  • The 2024 Orpheus Awards will be hosted by Arianna Papalexopoulos and honour Karyofyllia Karabeti.
  • Reception presented by The Kolovos Family, catered by NICK THE GREEK and wines by AVRA.
  • Location: Pacific Design Center, Silver Screen Theater.

Ticket Information:

LAGFF 2024 Sponsors: See sponsors

Other Supporting Sponsors: AT&T, Gibson Dunn, Theane Evangelis, Dr. Stephen & Dr. Anna Yallourakis, Greek Film Centre, Greek National Tourism Organization, Elios Charitable Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts & Culture, Dept. of Cultural Affairs-City of LA, West Coast Investors, Jim Gianopulos, UCLA, Aegialis, Simpson Travel, Delphi Greek, Aris Anagnos Charitable Trust.

Under the auspices of: General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad and Public Diplomacy of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Gratitude to: Honorable Christina Valassopoulou, Consul General of Greece in Los Angeles.

About LAGFF: LAGFF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focusing on bringing films and filmmakers from Greece, Cyprus, and around the world to the United States.

About Global Greek Film Initiative: A strategic initiative promoting cultural exchange between Greece, the US, and the Hellenic Diaspora.

For more details, visit LAGFF website.

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