The University of Katherine’s Byzanfest held its Red Carpet Award Ceremony in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday 6th November 2022. Amongst the audience were His Grace Bishop Evmenios of Kerasounta and several priests.
The event included the screening of 13 short-films, followed by a Q&A with two special guests – Eirini Alligiannis (filmmaker of LOUIE (KR. ONE) GASPARRO 5POINTZ) and actor Nikita Chronis – along with the Festival Director, Chris Vlahonasios. Three exclusive trailers of upcoming Orthodox features – “Sacred Alaska”, “The Black” and “El Tonto por Cristo”.
After 10-days of cinema screenings across Melbourne it was with bitter-sweetness to announce the winners.
Byzanfest Award for Best Animation: ALEXANDER NEVSKY (Serbia)
Byzanfest Award for Best Documentary: BLESSINGS & VOWS (Greece)
College of St Constantine’s Award for Best Director: BLESSINGS & VOWS (Greece)
University of Saint Katherine’s Award for Best Short-Film: BLESSINGS & VOWS (Greece)
Byzanfest Award for Best Screenplay in Development: CONCRETE (Australia)
Byzanfest Award for Best Documentary: PARALLEL LOVE (USA)
Divine Lantern Podcast’s Award for Best Cinematography: A CROSS IN THE DESERT (Serbia)
College of St Constantine’s Award for Best Director: A CROSS IN THE DESERT (Serbia)
University of Saint Katherine’s Award for Best Film: A CROSS IN THE DESERT (Serbia)
The Festival is incredibly proud of all filmmakers who formed part of this year’s program.
Byzanfest also held several ZOOM networking session with filmmakers. The aim is to encourage and support Orthodox filmmakers’ efforts so the global Orthodox film industry continues to grow.
Films will be made available via streaming for a limited time. Release dates have not been decided, but to know when, search “Byzanfest” and follow us on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram and subscribe to mailing list on our website.
Watch the online award ceremony which was held via ZOOM for all filmmakers who could not attend the Melbourne event.