The LifeArt Media Festival 2017, a fresh multimedia Festival founded in L.A. and inspired by the lifework of  the late Director, Michael Cacoyannis, reached its finale with the Closing Ceremony which took place on Wednesday 12th of July at the Auditorium of the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation
A lively and glamorous event took place, hosted by George Satsides, who announced the winning films in each of the seven categories: 
Feature Film“Once there was a girl” by Natalie Kaplan, from Israel, who offers a thought provoking perspective on the way women are depicted in both film and society, and challenges the spectator to reach out to the unfamiliar.
TV series“The Embassy” , a Spanish production by the producers of the TV hits “Grand Hotel” and “Velvet”.
Documentary Film“Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?”  by Barak and Tomer Haymann, a British-Israeli co-production which previously won the Panorama Audience Award – 66th Berlin International Film Festival
Short Film“The Owls”, a Greek production by Natalia Bougadelli which takes a stark look at the harsh reality of the crisis and recession in Greece.
Web series“Hollywood”, by Clemy Clarke who perfectly depicts the cruel world of casting calls, behind all the glitz and glamour.
VR“Out of the Blue” the story of a revolutionary fishing ban to encourage marine life to return, incredibly depicted in Virtual Reality by Sophie Ansel from the U.S.
Michael Cacoyannis Humanitarian Award“Normal”, a film by Vadim Lasca depicting the political unrest in his country, Venezuela.
The exquisite ZOE AWARDS, designed by ZOLOTAS House of Jewels were presented to the winners by Georges Papalexis, CEO and Creative Director of ZOLOTAS, Ioanna Meli, representing the N.Y. Film Academy and Alexandra Tzvetkova, PR and Creative Director of Nu Boyana Film Studios, the largest Hollywood Studios in Europe, and sponsors of the generous first prize, the Danny Lerner Award, worth 55.000 Euros.
Over 300 guests attended the Closing Ceremony, amongst which representatives of the Greek and International Press.
 The Announcement of the Awards was followed by the Pan-Hellenic premiere screening of “The Circle” with Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, and the evening rounded off with a cocktail party at Clap the Restaurant on the roof top of the Foundation, with incredible views to the exquisitely lit Parthenon.
The Festival had run through the week at the Cinema Halls of the MCF, with all day screenings of the films in Competition, Q&As with Directors, Writers and Producers and various parallel events whilst the VR films in competition will be screened during the coming week at special VR booth hosted on site by PUBLIC, Syntagma,.
With over 300 submissions from around the world, covering the full range of filmmaking media, the LifeArt Festival, in its first year running has captured the interest  and support of creators, prominent personalities in the film industry and connected industries and institutions in Greece and around the World.
Following the success and dynamic reception during its pilot first year, the LifeArt Media Festival will be launching itself into 2018 establishing its unique place on the Festival Map and sharing Oliver Stone’s personal endorsement, to “Be a Part of it!”
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