San Francisco Greek Film Festival Astron Award

Astron Award

The San Francisco Greek Film Festival introduced the Astron Award in 2012 to honor and encourage achievements in Greek filmmaking and to enhance the movie experience of the film festival’s moviegoers. Inspired by the ancient Greek word “astir” which means scattered or spread in the sky, astron carries more than its celestial meaning of star. It is used to describe an individual distinguished for his/her talent, abilities, and personality in the field of arts, politics and professional arenas. Our audience votes for the best movie in the feature length films and shorts categories.

Past Winners


Memories of a Doll
Directed by Michail Charalampidis
Drama, 2017, 9 minutes, 7 seconds

Roza of Smyrna
Directed by George Kordellas
Drama, 2017, 97 minutes


Cloudy Sunday – Ouzeri Tsitsanis
Directed by Manousos Manousakis
Drama, 2016, 116 minutes

Bread & Olives
Directed by Alexander Jaschik and Iordanis Orfanidis
Drama, 2016, 30 minutes


Forever Young
Directed by Spiros Charalambous
Drama, 2015, 20 minutes

Written by Panos Koutras
Drama, 2015 2 hours, 14 minutes


Directed by Sonia Liza Kenterman
Written by Tracy Sunderland
Drama, 2012, 19 minutes

A Place Called Home
(The Tree and The Swing)
Written/Directed by Maria Douza
Social, Drama, 2013 105 minutes


The Foreigner (Φόρεϊνερ)
Written and Directed by Alethea Avramis
Short, Social, 2011, 16 min

Directed by Menelaos Karamaghiolis
Drama, 2011, 145 min

Life Time Achievement Award (2012)

Awarded to actor Thanasis Veggos (1926–2011) in recognition of his lifelong creative contributions and outstanding artistic significance in the Greek film industry. Thanasis Veggos performed in around 130 films, predominantly comedies starring in more than 50 among them. He is considered one of the best Greek comedy actors of all time. His son received the award on his behalf.