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Tornos news | Awards presented at the Hellenic Film Society New York Greek Film Expo 2022

The curtain has fallen on a successful edition of the New York Greek Film Expo 2022, presented by the Hellenic Film Society USA (HFS). The Festival’s Best Film Audience Award went to My People, an inspiring documentary about the untold story of Greek Jews during the Holocaust. The film was directed by Anna Rezan, co-produced by Oscar winners Mitchell Block and Kim Magnusson, and with photography by Zafeiris Haitidis, a talented filmmaker in his own right and former National Herald photographer.

The Alexis Mouyiaris Memorial Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film went to Andreas Konstantinou for his gripping performance as an ex-con who exploits the teenage son who idolizes him in Dog. The film was directed by Yianna Americanou.

The People’s Choice Award for Best Picture at the New York Greek Film Expo went to My People, directed by Anna Rezan and co-produced by Oscar winners Mitchell Block and Kim Magnusson. (Photo: Courtesy of Hellenic Film Society USA)
“It has been an exceptionally good year for Greek cinema, and we have been delighted with the audience response to these excellent films,” said Jimmy DeMetro, President of the Hellenic Film Society. “It is encouraging to see an increasingly diverse audience, which demonstrates that there is interest in Greek cinema beyond the Greek community.”

It was the largest exhibition in HFS history, with 15 screenings at four theaters – at the Village East Cinema in Manhattan; Moving Image Museum in Astoria; Brooklyn’s Alpine Cinemas; and Pelham Picture House in Westchester. Twelve films, including dramas, comedies and two documentaries were presented in 15 screenings from September 29 to October 9. Four of the films were directed by women.

The New York Greek Film Expo 2022 has been made possible with the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), the Kallinikeion Foundation, the Greek National Tourism Organization, the New York City Council and the President of the Queens Borough.

About the Hellenic Film Society USA

The Hellenic Film Society USA (HFS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization rooted in the belief that Greek cinema should be part of the American cultural landscape. Based in Astoria, NY, the organization promotes feature films, documentaries and short films made by Greek and Greek-born filmmakers, as well as films that promote the cultures of Greece and Cyprus.

In addition to presenting its annual film festival, HFS collaborates with the prestigious Museum of the Moving Image on Always on Sunday, a series of monthly screenings of Greek films.

More information about the Hellenic Film Society USA is available online: https://hellenicfilmusa.org.

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