The San Francisco Greek Film Festival is an annual event dedicated to recognizing, supporting, and promoting the best film work by Greek and Cypriot filmmakers from around the world. The audience votes for their favorites in the feature-length film and short film categories. With screenings of new, innovative, and highly acclaimed films and different events around the festival week, the SFGFF seeks to inspire, engage, and entertain its diverse audience.

The San Francisco Greek Film Festival is run entirely by a group of dedicated volunteers.


Founding Director

Peter J. Poulos

Director

Kleon Skourtis

Co-Directors

Maria Nicolacakis
Kyveli Short
Katerina Mavroudi-Steck

Team Members

Tatiana Drakaki
Aggeliki Karantzas
Alex Papalexopoulos


Advisory Board Members

Sid Ganis

Sid Ganis Headshot 300x300Following a distinguished career as an executive at major studios including Sony Pictures, Lucasfilm, Warner Bros. and Paramount, Sid Ganis is now the co-founder of Out of the Blue Entertainment with his wife Nancy Hult Ganis.

Over the past several years, Mr. Ganis has been working extensively with the Chinese government on various film projects. He is also a involved with leading U.S. entertainment technology companies Dolby Laboratories and The Void, a startup virtual reality company focusing on true immersive experiences involving top entertainment tech.

As a producer, Mr. Ganis found box office success with “Big Daddy,” “Deuce Bigalow,” “Mr. Deeds” and the critically acclaimed “Akeelah and the Bee,” which he co-produced with Ms. Hult Ganis. He was the Co-Executive Producer of the 2012 ABC series “Pan Am” on which Hult Ganis was the creator and Executive Producer. Recent projects include the highly acclaimed music documentary “BANG! The Bert Berns Story” and an award-winning short film titled “A Children’s Song,” focusing on China’s acceptance of emigrating Jews from Europe during WWII, one of the few countries on Earth to do so. The Ganises will develop and produce a feature-length version of the film backed by The H Collective. Coming out later this year is the supernatural thriller “Isabelle,” starring Adam Brody and Amanda Crew.

Mr. Ganis served four consecutive, year-long terms as the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He currently serves on the board of The Void. He has also served 10 years on the Board of Directors of Marvel Entertainment until its sale to Disney in 2009, as well as the boards of FIND (Film Independent), SFFILM and the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive at the University of California.

Christina Kounelias

Christina Kounelias 300x300Christina Kounelias is the executive vice president of Worldwide Marketing and Communications at Participant Media. She is responsible for leveraging the company’s content, shaping the company’s social change narrative, and elevating the Participant brand.

Prior to Participant, she served as the first-ever chief marketing officer at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). At the Academy, she oversaw all marketing, communications and digital media for the organization’s global initiatives including the Oscars, Academy Museum, and a year-round slate of programming and educational outreach. Kounelias also spearheaded a significant rebranding effort. Under her leadership, the organization grew its social media presence to over 9.2 million followers and dramatically transformed its online user experience.

Before joining the Academy, Kounelias held senior posts in marketing and communications at Warner Bros./New Line Cinema, Fox Broadcasting Company, and Miramax Films (now The Weinstein Company).

Kounelias serves on the board of directors of Camp del Corazon, a nonprofit summer camp for children with heart disease, and is a member of AMPAS.

Tom Skouras

Tom Skouras 300x300Tom Skouras currently serves as the Chairman of Random Media and is a voting member of the Executive Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. From 1983-1995, Mr. Skouras was founder and president of Skouras Pictures, Inc., an independent film distribution company responsible for releasing more than 200 independent films in the United States and international markets. Skouras Pictures garnered many awards and prizes, including Academy Award nominations, awards from Golden Globe, Sundance, New York Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics, and numerous mentions on annual top 10 film lists.

From 1981 to 1983, Mr. Skouras served as the president of Wescom Productions, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chronicle Publishing Company (San Francisco Chronicle). From 1972 to 1994, he served as a member of the Board of Directors of De Anza Land Co., a Skouras family-owned chain of drive-in theaters in California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada. From 1985 to 1992, he also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of San Francisco.

Mr. Skouras is the third generation of his family to be involved in the motion picture business; at various times members of his family have owned or controlled United Artists Theater Circuit, Skouras Theaters, Fox Westcoast Theaters, and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. He is the nephew of Spyros P. Skouras, famed movie industry giant, international cultural ambassador, and humanitarian. Tom Skouras is the creator and sponsor of the Spyros P. Skouras Lifetime Achievement Award to honor outstanding film industry professionals of Greek descent.

Todd Traina

Todd Traina 300x300Todd Traina is a Partner/Producer at Route One. Mr. Traina has been producing films since he moved to Los Angeles in the ’90′s. He just wrapped his most recent film “I Hate Kids,” starring Tom Everett Scott, Tituss Burgess and Marisa Tomei (which Traina created and co-wrote.). Mr Traina also is producing the TV/Digital series “Dope State” starring Gabriel Sunday.

Mr Traina’s producing credits include “Tallulah,” starring Ellen Page and Allison Janney; “Ten Thousand Saints,” starring Asa Butterfield, Ethan Hawke, Emile Hirsch and Hailee Steinfeld; “What Maisie Knew” with Julianne Moore and Alexander Skarsgård; “Another Happy Day” starring Ezra Miller, Demi Moore, Kate Bosworth, Ellen Barkin, Thomas Hayden Church and Ellen Burstyn; “The Romantics” starring Katie Holmes, Anna Paquin, Josh Duhamel, Malin Akerman, Candice Bergen, Adam Brody and Elijah Wood; and “Morning” starring Jeanne Tripplehorn, Laura Linney, Elliott Gould and Leland Orser. Traina also served as a producer on the feature films “Archie’s Final Project,” “Goats,” “What We Do Is Secret,” “Stanley’s Gig,” “Grace is Gone” and the popular documentary “Punk’s Not Dead.”

Many of Mr Traina’s films have played or garnered awards at top film festivals including Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Toronto and SXSW. In 2007, Traina was named a “Top Ten Producer to Watch” by Daily Variety.

In addition to film production, Mr. Traina is an entrepreneur, invests in and advises for various media-focused tech start-ups and develops real estate. He serves on several boards including SFFILM, where he has served as VP for many years and is a member of the Board of the International Tennis Hall of Fame as well as Vision of Hope, which serves and funds eight California inner city schools. Mr. Traina is a graduate of Connecticut College and was born and raised in San Francisco where he lives with his wife Katie and daughter Daisy.

Mario Diaz

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Peter J. Poulos

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