Closing Ceremony

Join us for the Closing Ceremony of the 13th Annual NYC Greek Film Festival

Grand Benefactor 

Presented by Eirini Mo
Wednesday, October 23 attendance at 6:30PM
(Florence Gould Hall at FIAF, 55 East 59th Street , Between Park & Madison, New York, NY 10022)

Special honoree Ernie Anastos

@Piano the notable jazz pianist and composer, Glafkos Kontemeniotis
Eleni Andreou
leana Exaras
Christiana Kantilioti
Yanna Katsageorgi
Natassa Pantelidi
Chrysi Sylaidi
Maria Tzompanaki

introduction to musical presentation by Chrysi Sylaidi
Directed by Paul Krisikos

Reception / Party with Greek music to follow the ceremony 8:30 PM
(wine and buffet)

Ernie Anastos of Fox 5 News NYC - Special honoree

Ernie Anastos

Glafkos Kontemeniotis is an active New York based, pianist and composer. He has performed in well-known jazz clubs such as Blue Note, Iridium, Birdland, Kitano, and venues including Alice Tully Hall and Schomburg Theatre, as well as universities across the country including Yale and Princeton. His compositions, arrangements and piano playing are featured in various recordings including his own trio recording “Progress” released in 2010.

Critics have praised his work with quotes like …”an under-recognized force of jazz to be reckoned with”… and “…absolutely stunning on piano…”

He was born in Cyprus, where he started his musical studies at an early age and was in love “at first sound” with jazz in his early teens. Since migrating to New York in 1988 he studied classical piano with Paul Sheftel and jazz piano with Harold Danko at the Manhattan School of Music. He later studied with well-known jazz educator Mike  Longo and composer Anthony Branker. He holds a graduate degree in composition from Hunter College.

His work has been described as “unmistakably personal”, a sound that incorporates elements and echoes from various musical and emotional experiences.

 His second release as a leader “Yugen” featuring a program of all original compositions and a few of new York’s finest musicians, Joel Frahm, Marcus

McLaurin and Dave Meade was released in September 2019.

Eleni Andreou has a long and warm relationship with the “Omogeneia” in New York through her captivating voice. Her musical journey began at an early age when she first appeared in Lazos’ Boite in Astoria, although she was only a high school student at the time.

Her love for Greek music and singing brought her back to Greece, under the shadow of the Acropolis, in Plaka at the legendary Boite “Esperides”. Her talent and singing abilities caught the attention of various Greek composers and for two years she traveled throughout Greece with the composer Thomas Bakalakos performing his work with Haris Alexiou, Vasilis Papakonstantinou and Aphrodite Manou.

In the mid-80s, Eleni returned to New York to complete her studies. She never stopped singing. While in college she appeared in Boite Acroama with Vangelis Fampas and Julie Ziavras and later at Microcosmos Boite with Gregoris Maninakis.

Eleni took a break from performing while pursuing a career in Clinincal Nutrition and in 2013 she once again entered the Greek music scene in New York. During this time, Eleni participated in various concerts and music events.

In November 2018 Eleni published her first album “Ekdromi” which was recorded in Athens and included lyrics and music by various well known artists (Polys Kyriacou, Andreas Katsigiannis, Nikos Zervas, Vasilis Giannopoulos and others).

leana Exaras

is a lyricist, composer, actress, dancer, and recent graduate of Lehigh University. She began writing songs at the age of 11, and is now a versatile music artist splitting her time between New York City, and Athens, Greece. She is currently writing for Emre Yilmaz, Nikos Platyrachos, and Spiros Exaras,  among others.

Christiana has studied Photography and Visual Arts at the Technological Institute of Athens and acting at the drama school “Athinaiki Skini”. She has worked as an actress with glorified directors at theatre, cinema and tv. She has attended seminars and workshops for acting, singing, yoga and acrobatics. She lives in NY the last three years.

Yanna Katsageorgi studied Law and Political Science in Athens, Greece. She worked as a lawyer, while simultaneously becoming the protagonist of Manos Hatzidakis’ album “Pornografia” and collaborating with D. Savopoulos, Katsimihas Brothers, Lina Nikolakopoulou, and many more renowned artists . Today she lives in New York City and is a journalist and Editor- in- Chief of the National Herald Magazine.

Actress, singer, director & founder of «Greek Theater NYC». Graduate of: Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts (RADA), LCA Academy & Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD). Composer of the soundtrack of the play “Mama, I am coming”. Lead in: «Sunset Boulevard», «Dinner at Iocastis’», «And the wife shall revere her husband». Diploma in REIKI & in Quantum Physics Therapy.

Chrysi Sylaidi is a Greek actress based in NYC. She is a graduate from the 3-year Professional Conservatory at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Greek credits include: Hecuba-Hecuba(Euripides), Elizabeth Proctor-The Crucible. NYC credits include: Pope Joan-Top Girls(Stella Adler), Dogberry-Much Ado About Nothing(Stella Adler) Hermione-The Winter’s Tale(Stella Adler). Chrysi is also, the co-founder of the theater group: ”The Team” that has staged award winning shows such as “The sun tries dating”. Furthermore, she has a degree in Economics from the Athens University of Economics and Business.

Born in Crete, Greece.


Former vice-mayor of the municipality of Athens.

Founder and chairwoman of the Cultural Center of Green Tourism “ORFEUS”.

Managing and artistic Director of NYCGRFF.

Cultural Ambassador of Crete.

Awards List

Audience Award
– Best Feature Film (Audience Award, accompanied by a cash prize)
– Best Documentary Feature (Audience Award, accompanied by a cash prize)
– Best Short Film (Audience Award, accompanied by a cash prize)

Jury Award
– Best New Director (Jury Award, accompanied by a cash prize)

Online International Film Festival Awards:

  • Best International Short/Fiction or Documentary (Jury Award)
    (winner film will be screened on the festival)
  • Best Greek-Related International Short/Fiction or Documentary) (Jury Award)
  • Best Greek-Related International Feature/Fiction or Documentary (Jury Award)