Future filmmakers awarded at the 5th Greek Student Film Festival

by on 07/11/2015

MELBOURNE | Our future filmmakers were celebrated yesterday during the 5th Greek Student Film Competition at Palace Cinema Como in Melbourne. The event 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’.

The Greek Student Film Festival is made possible with the generous support of the Victorian Department of Education and Training, the Greek Community of Melbourne, the Education Office of the Greek Consulate General in Melbourne, the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW and the Modern Greek Teachers Association of Victoria.

“There are many benefits to using film-making in languages education. Through the Greek Student Film Festival, learners of Greek experience increased engagement, motivation and enjoyment in Greek language study through their involvement in the film-making process. It’s great to see that the event has grown in popularity over the years and in 2015 all student films were of high quality, employing engaging film-making techniques. Congratulations to all involved on another successful Greek student film festival where all learners of Greek were winners,” said Vicky Marinelis, Senior Project Officer for Languages at the Department of Education and Training.

“This Festival provides students with the opportunity to showcase their creative talents and we must continue providing students with such opportunities because our students have amazed us again. Congratulations also to all involved. The MGTAV looks forward to next year’s Student Film Festival,” said Maria Dikaiou, President Modern Greek Teachers Association of Victoria.

The 5 minute films made by students studying the Greek language were judged according to set criteria that included Creativity, the use of Language and Technical Quality.

We are pleased to announce this year’s winners:

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 & 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 Greek Community of Melbourne’s education convenor Theo Markos encouraged students to embrace Greek language and culture and for all educators to ‘band together and continue to think of enticing way of making Greek enticing for our children’.

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.