Friday, May 26, 2023

LAGFF 2023


17th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival
June 3-11 - Regal L.A. Live!    June 12-18 - Virtual

The Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) showcases new films from Greece and Cyprus, and includes works by international filmmakers of Greek descent.

The Festival’s Orpheus Award is named for the legendary Greek poet and “father of songs” and is the annual prize honoring the best in Greek and Greek inspired cinema. Since the Festival’s inception in 2007, the awards night has become an integral event serving to highlight filmmakers who are changing the way we think about film.

  • All theatrical screenings and live Q&As at Regal LA Live, June 4-10, 2023
  • Opening Night Gala including the George Pelecanos Tribute at UCLA James Bridges Theater, June 3, 2023
  • Orpheus Awards and Closing Night Gala at Pacific Design Center, June 11, 2023
  • Filmmaker Brunch (exclusive) at the Consul General’s house, June 10, 2023
  • All panels and industry events, June 3-11, 2023
  • Discovery Days auditing (exclusive), June 11, 2023
  • All virtual screenings, June 12-18, 2023

Opening Night Gala including the George Pelecanos Tribute at UCLA James Bridges Theater


A documentary crew stumbles on Haroula, a desperate, overprotective Greek mother in search of her son, who is accused of fraud. Haroula, accompanied by her other son, who is disabled, and a Greek-African taxi driver, sets out to bring him back home where he belongs–even if this means Haroula will discover who her son really is.
  • 2022 Thessaloniki International Film Festival – Best Newcomer Director, 4 Audience Awards
  • 2023 Trieste Film Festival – Special Mention of the Jury Award, Audience Awards
  • 2023 The Greek Film Festival in Berlin – Emerging Greeks Award
  • 2023 Nominated for seven Iris Awards

Closing Night Gala and the Orpheus Awards at Pacific Design Center


Financial upheaval forces a sixteen-year-old deaf girl to leave her progressive Athens school and return to her father’s struggling island, where she is confronted by the danger of prejudice and intolerance—including, most shockingly, her own.
  • 2023 Dhaka International Film Festival – Women Filmmakers Section – Best Feature Film Award
  • 2023 Sofia Film Festival – SFF Teen Competition
  • 2023 The Greek Film Festival in Berlin
  • 2023 WOW Film Festival
  • 2022, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
  • 2022, Thessaloniki International Film Festival
  • 2022, Cairo International Film Festival
  • 2022 WIFT GR Film Festival


Theatrical screenings and live Q&As at Regal L.A. Live


During the Nazi invasion of Greece, a female resistance fighter embarks on a revenge operation to assassinate her own mother, in the name of God. Inspired by the tragedy Electra, by the ancient Greek playwright Euripides.


Three stories about characters whose actions may mean the difference between life and death: an Arab Muslim civil engineer has to come to terms with his responsibility in the collapse of a building in an Arab refugee settlement; two young radicalized Europeans of Arab origin are sent on a secret mission; a lonely 17-year old girl falls for a handsome, domineering young man.


In their luxurious villa near Athens, Mariella and Pavlos, a couple on the brink of financial ruin, are about to celebrate the long-awaited wedding of their daughter Sofia to a wealthy heir. Then, a dodo, a bird that became extinct 300 years ago, appears, dragging all the protagonists into a crazy situation that will soon be out of control.


The first CGI animation movie produced and created in Greece. The Commander decides to appoint a public secretary to serve the citizens in their need to communicate in writing. Hadjiavatis undertakes the task to find the right candidate for the job. He meets Karaghiozis, who shows off his grammatical knowledge and hilariously but paradoxically takes the job.


Having met by chance on the way to an island, a man and a woman wander around together in search of a good place to bury a metal box.


Α Greek filmmaker finds himself in Trieste, Italy where he plans to make a documentary film on the occasion of the bicentenary of the Greek Revolution (1821-2021), following the footsteps of the Greek revolutionary Rìgas Feràios. While visiting the Greek Orthodox cemetery, a group of ghosts from the 18th century decides to follow his path. A modern comedy based on real historic events.


Eleftherios Venizelos, one of Greece’s greatest statesmen, faces challenges that test his diplomatic and humanitarian skills during the critical decade from the Balkan Wars and World War I, up to the Asia Minor Catastrophe and the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne. His struggle is told through dramatized scenes, rare archival material, and expert interviews.


It’s Antonis Spetsiotis’ birthday. Antonis is a down-on-his luck attorney, but this day will be a turning point: all his relationships and commitments will be challenged and re-examined as this modern Ulysses travels from the courthouses to remote Athenian outskirts. When the new dawn breaks, he will be a changed man.


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