Greek Film Festival Awards:

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)
    The winner of the competition is the Iranian short film The Castle (37:33 min) written, directed and produced by Saba Ghasemi.
    The Castle will be screened at the festival on Tuesday October 22 at 6 pm.


  • Best Greek-Related International Short/Fiction or Documentary) (Jury Award)
  • Best Greek-Related International Feature/Fiction or Documentary (Jury Award)

(check the schedule for screening dates)

Judges for 13th NYC GRFF


DAN GEORGAKAS – president

Author, educator, historian, and film expert, Dan Georgakas is one of the founders of the New York Greek Film Festival. For decades, since the 90s, he has played a key role in the promotion of Greek film in America. He has written extensively about Greek films in newspapers, magazines, film anthologies, film guides, and academic journals. He is on the editorial board of the acclaimed Cineaste film quarterly. He has served for many years as Director of the Greek American Studies Project at the Center for Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies at Queens College and has taught at Columbia, N.Y.U. and UMass Amherst.


Nikos Perakis

One of the leading comedy auteurs in contemporary Greek cinema, Nikos Perakis was born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1944 of Greek parents. He studied costume and stage design at the Munich Fine Arts Academy (1962-66) and worked as set designer in minor theatrical and TV productions. After his military service (1966-69) in the “Armed Forces Television” unit, he re-emigrated and worked as set, costume, and production designer for many notable productions in Germany and later in Greece. In 1971 he started writing, directing and producing his own films, first in Germany and then in Greece, where he decided to settle in 2000.



Chancellor’s Lecturer of Sociology at Queens College and recently received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has established the first Oral History Archive for the Greeks of New York and he is the Director of the Hellenic American Project, at Queens College, CUNY. A contemporary poet and artist as well, he is the author of five books of poetry.



Marilena Christodoulou is the Director of Finance & Administration/Chief Financial and Operating Officer of the Rubin Museum of Art, a Himalayan Asian art museum in Chelsea. She was part of the founding team that created the Museum 15 years ago.
Marilena has served on many non-profit boards including 9/11 Environmental Action; was past Vice President of the board of trustees of the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holly Trinity and president of the Cathedral School board. She is currently a director of the Hellenic-American Cultural Foundation and the American Friends of the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum. Marilena has had a life long passion for international cinema.



Pantelis Gkoudis specializes in Marketing & Sales strategy, digital distribution, brands & music engagement.


Zafeiris Haitidis –

Zafeiris Haitidis is a visual storyteller whose diverse directing experience includes: innovative (multimedia) theater performances; fashion, dance and music videos; TV cultural shows and educational programs; web-series and documentaries; as well as award-winning short films, which participated in international film festivals and have been screened theatrically. His collaborations include media companies such as NetflixNational Geographic StudiosBBCArteNational Film Board of Canada and VICE. Currently, he has many captivating audiovisual projects in the works.


Anthoula Katsimatides is an actor, writer, producer and voice-over artist. She has performed recurring and co-star roles on many network and cable tv shows and films.  She is very proud to be an executive producer of the official documentary on Oscar award winning actress Olympia Dukakis.

Anthoula has written an autobiographical award-winning solo show, “What Will People Think” and is proud to have performed it off-Broadway. Look our for future performances and more info at



Paul Krisikos made his Broadway debut at the Roundabout Theater in Arthur Miller’s ‘A View from the Bridge,’ (Tony for best revival) which he also went on to perform at the Neil Simon Theatre. He has appeared on CBS and NBC television shows and was last seen on the big screen in Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’ starring Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan, and Oscar nominee Annette Bening, directed by Michael Mayer. He has also been involved in writing, directing and producing his own films. Currently, he is co-producing and co-writing a miniseries based on the extraordinary life of Maria Callas.


Vicki James Journalist, Newspaper editor, artist

Vicki James Yiannias is an editor of the Greek News and has contributed to many Greek publications.  She has worked as an editor, writer, and illustrator for the New York Times

Magazine, Esquire magazine, Simon & Schuster publishing, MS magazine and many other publications.  Her passion for films began early as her father owned a chain of movie theaters in the Midwest.


Costas Picadas cel 3475893845,

Costas Picadas was born in Ioannina Greece. He studied art at the Ecole Des Beaux-Arts and art history at the Louvre School in Paris. Picadas’ work has been exhibited, among other places, at Queens Museum- Bulova NY, Budman Gallery NY, Denise Bibro Gallery NY, The Blender Gallery Athens Greece, Gallery Gransart Paris, Mykonos Biennale Greece, The Young Art Fair in Switzerland, Gallery J&J Donguy Paris, Some Young New Yorkers III at PS1 NY, Kappatos Gallery, Athens, Greece, Gallery de Buci Paris, Gallery Anatole Chartres, France, Gallery de Nest Paris, Salon de Montrouge, Paris, W.G. Amsterdam, Holland, and the Festival of Avignon, France. Articles, reviews and critical analysis of Picadas’ work appear in solo and group show catalogues in addition to newspapers and magazines in France, Greece and New York, such as Zing Magazine, Absolute Arts, New York Spaces Magazine and Flash Art. Since 1994 he has been living and working in New York City.