Greek Film Expo Announces First-Ever Awards

A scene from the award-winning film, Jamaica.

The Hellenic Film Society USA is getting ready for its first-ever Greek film awards night in New York after a week of sold-out screenings at the 2018 Greek Film Expo.

The May 10 event will take place at a reception supporting Greeks in the Arts celebrating the Greek Film Expo and the upcoming Carnegie Hall performance of legendary Greek singer Maria Farantouri.

The 2018 Alexis Mouyiaris Memorial Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film goes to Katia Goulioni (Polyxeni). Goulioni is also the recipient of the 2018 Hellenic Film Academy Award for Best Actress for her role.

Jamaica, directed by Andreas Morfonios, won the 2018 Greek Film Expo Audience Award for most popular film in the Expo.

Many of the actors and filmmakers whose films were presented at the Greek Film Expo flew in from Greece to attend screenings, participate in audience Q&A sessions, and take photographs with their fans.

Actors Spiros Papadopoulos and Nikoleta Kotsailidou (Jamaica), directors Dora Masklavanou (Polyxeni), Vasilis Christofilakis (Too Much Info Clouding Over my My Head), Alex Sipsidis (Blue Queen), and producer George Stephanopoulos (Swing Away) appeared in person at screenings and at a special premiere reception.

Hellenic Film Society president Jimmy DeMetro said: “We are passionate about our mission to present and support high-quality, well-crafted films and we’re looking forward to presenting our loyal audiences with engaging films at the Greek Film Expo.

“Film has a very a special way of revealing culture, so we don’t just project Greek films, we project Greece. What we do brings Greece closer to all of us.”