MELBOURNE | The Delphi Bank 22nd Greek Film Festival wrapped up on Sunday 1 November with the beloved classic Zorba the Greek. Directed by Michael Cacoyiannis and set to one of the most recognisable film scores by Mikis Theodorakis, it is a film that continues to move audiences more than 50 years since its release in 1964.
The sold out Closing Night screening (sponsored by Procal Authentic Greek Yoghurt) at Palace Cinema Como saw Greek cinephiles lapping up the Cacoyiannis classic and then revelling in the after party where the dancing came easy thanks to the lively entertainment from Anthea’s Rubies.
The Festival kicked off with a bang 3 weeks ago with one of the more successful openings at the iconic Astor Theatre. Over 900 people were overjoyed to see the world premiere of the hit Australian play-turned motion picture, Alex and Eve, and went on to party with the film’s cast in the party that followed.
A wide variety of genres featured in this year’s Film Festival, from romantic comedies to hard-hitting documentaries and a nostalgic Aliki Vougiouklaki retrospective, screening five of the actress’ most popular films.
The 6th Greek-Australian Short Film Festival expanded its program this year to include three separate strands; documentary, international and Australian shorts. A cash prize of $1000 was awarded for Best International Short Film and Best Australian Short Film, with respective winners Straw Dolls (Jon Milano) and Hit (Daniel and Jared Daperis) taking out the top prizes.
Our future filmmakers were celebrated during 5th Greek Student Film Competition, an event which has found a very happy home within the broader Greek Film Festival program. This year’s competition attracted 18 entries from schools in Victoria and NSW, all creatively interpreting the theme ‘We are the World, Same but Different’.
2015 Winning Films
Primary School Category
1st Place: Greek Community of Melbourne, Malvern Campus. Teacher in charge: Kostas Taoulas.
2nd Place: Alphington Grammar School. Teacher in charge: Voula Alimonos
3rd Place: Ahepa Greek School. Teachers in charge: Katerina Poutachidou, Helen Christidou
Secondary School Category
1st Place: Greek Community of Melbourne, City Campus
Teacher in charge: Irene Kodoudakis
2nd Place (2 winners): St Dimitrios Parish. Teacher in charge: Paraskevi Tsingas-Dentas and Northcote High School. Teacher in charge: Effie Sgardelis
3rd Place: Greek Community of Melbourne, Balwyn Campus. Teacher in charge: Fernanto Kristian Raspa
Cash prizes of $400 (1st Prize), $200 (2nd Prize) and $100 (3rd Prize) in each category will be given to students, which we hope will be used towards their next project.
The Delphi Bank 22nd Greek Film Festival took place from 14 October – 1 November in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra, and heads to Adelaide on November 26.
The Melbourne season of the Greek Film Festival is a Greek Community of Melbourne event.