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First of all, the Jury wishes to congratulate the Seventh Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival for its brightness and accuracy. The curating choices done by the Direction and the team of the Festival, lead by Maria Komninos, testified a deep analysis of the innovative roles of cinema and art in an historical context of crisis.
A palmares reflects the richness of a selection, ours will be a reflecting prisma for the excellent choices made by Nina Veligradi in the 2Narrate or Not section. Considering the very high quality and diversity of the selection, we had to give no less than 3 mentions besides the Award.

for it’s elegance and subtelty, for the promise of a great stylist to come,
a Mention goes to:
You Make Me Feel So Young, by Zach Weintraub

for the monumentality of its pictures, its heroic treatment of Nature and its daring Pasolinian musical editing,
a Mention goes to:
Lacrau, by João Vladimiro

for its major invention of a new way to describe the world and offering it to us much more exploding, rich and magic than we have ever dream it,
a Mention goes to:
Leviathan, by Véréna Paravel & Lucien Castaing-Taylor

And finally,
for the overwhelming example of life it provides about never fear anything, even abandonment or death, for it’s invention of a fairy nightmare shot in daylight and delicate colors,
the Great Award of the Seventh Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival goes to:
Nana, by Valérie Massadian.


Nicole Brenez
She teaches Cinema Studies at the University of Paris-3 Sorbonne nouvelle and curates the Cinémathèque Française’s avant-garde film series. She has organized many film events and retrospectives and is the author of several books.

Stella Theodoraki
She has directed short, feature-length and documentary films, and she has written and edited many articles and books on film. Her film Amnesia Diaries won the Best Documentary Award at the Greek Film Academy Awards 2013.

Dimitris Theodoropoulos
Α cinematographer, he is also an Assistant Professor at the Department of Film at Aristotle University’s School of Fine Arts. He has worked as DOP on numerous feature and documentary films.

Christos Mitsis
A film critic, he was the editor of Cinema magazine until 2007. One of the founders of the Athens International Film Festival, he is the film critic for Athinorama magazine.

Penny Panayotopoulou
Her debut feature film, Hard Goodbyes: My Father, won the Golden Leopard for Best Actor at the 55th Locarno IFF and several other prizes worldwide. September, her second feature film, premiered at the 48th Karlovy Vary IFF.

The award is sponsored by Authorwave.

Όλες οι δράσεις πραγματοποιούνται υπό την αιγίδα του Υπουργείου Πολιτισμού και Αθλητισμού. To 7o Φεστιβάλ Πρωτοποριακού Κινηματογράφου της Αθήνας διοργανώνεται από τη Ταινιοθήκη της Ελλάδος με τη συγχρηματοδότηση του Ευρωπαϊκού Ταμείου Περιφερειακής Ανάπτυξης & εντάσσεται στο ΠΕΠ ΑΤΤΙΚΗ του ΕΣΠΑ 2007-2013.