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The 18th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival Announces Program with 80+ Films

LOS ANGELES, CA – The 18th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) returns with an expanded program and over 80 films in competition. Artistic and Festival Director Aristotle Katopodis announced the 2024 Festival lineup of premieres, screenings, events, and masterclass, June 1-9, followed by a virtual film program of screenings and industry webinars June 9-16.

“We’re thrilled and honored to feature some of the most exciting films and filmmakers available today,” explains Katopodis. “Showcasing over 80 films in nine days, including feature films, short films, documentaries, animation, and retrospectives, illustrates our intent to highlight the breadth and depth of the Greek Film Industry that continues to surprise us with top awards in all major film festivals and innovative international co-productions.”

‘Murderess’, based on the classic novel by Alexandros Papadiamantis, will be screened on June 9 at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival. Photo: Courtesy of LAGFF

Red Carpet Opening Night on June 1 features Sofia Exarchou’s multiple award-winning ‘Animal’, which also received the Golden Alexander, Thessaloniki International Film Festival’s top prize last fall. The Opening Night Reception is generously presented by European Languages & Movies in America: www.ELMA.org and will be catered by Nick The Greek with wines offered by Avra, liquor and crafted cocktails by Dulce Vida Tequila and Empress Gin, water provided by Smartwater, and non-alcoholic beverages offered by Optima Foods. The event will take place at the Harmony Gold Theater in West Hollywood.

The Red Carpet Closing Night and Orpheus Awards Celebration on June 9 features ‘Murderess’, based on the classic novel by Alexandros Papadiamantis. The screening will be preceded by the red carpet and appetizers and followed by the Orpheus Awards honoring renowned Greek actress and ‘Murderess’ star Karyofyllia Karabeti. The Closing Night Reception is generously presented by the Kolovos Family and features catering by Nick The Greek, wines offered by Avra, mastiha drinks by Kleos, liquor and craft cocktails by Dulce Vida Tequila and Empress Gin, water provided by Smartwater, non-alcoholic beverages offered by Optima Foods. The event will take place at Pacific Design Center – Silver Screen Theater in West Hollywood.

Sofia Exarchou’s multiple award-winning ‘Animal’ will be screened on June 1 at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival’s Red Carpet Opening Night. Photo: Courtesy of LAGFF

Now in its 10th edition, the Discovery Days story and screenplay lab continues to serve as an industry leader in developing artistic international feature film projects as well as fostering ties between filmmakers from Southern Europe/the Balkans and the Los Angeles community of cinema. Many films that have participated in the lab go on to successful paths, including ‘Medium’ directed by Christina Ioakeimidi, screening at this year’s LAGFF. Under the leadership of director Araceli Lemos, Discovery Days received a record number of submissions and ultimately selected seven projects. The team includes Joel Garber (Producer), Karina Logothetis (Producer), and Nasos Gatzoulis (Programmer).

Festivities also include the Hollywood Scene & Be Seen Bash, co-produced by the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, Global Greek Film Initiative, and The Hellenic Initiative. The event will feature live entertainment by Greek-American singer Angelina Alexon on June 6 on the rooftop of The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood, which is also one of LAGFF 2024 sponsors.

Karyofyllia Karabeti. Photo: Courtesy of LAGFF

LAGFF 2024 Gold and Platinum Passes are available online: https://lagff24.eventive.org/passes/buy

This year, there are two levels of passes which offer all theatrical screenings, all virtual screenings, webinars and workshops, Opening Night, Preferred Seating for Closing Night & Orpheus Awards, Hollywood Scene & Be Seen Bash, Filmmaker Brunch, and Presentations from Discovery Days.

Individual tickets may also be purchased online: www.lagff.org.

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