The first ever Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, a new initiative to promote Greek cinema and celebrate Greek film-makers, will take place in Beverly Hills from June 14-17.

The event, which plans to screen over 20 films from Greek film-makers, will also present the first Orpheus Awards named after the musician and poet of Greek myth. The awards will be given to films for best dramatic feature, best documentary, best short film, best direction, best cinematography and audience choice.

Actress Olympia Dukakis will be honoured with the first Lifetime Achievement Award while veteran journalist Yani Begakis will be presented with an honorary Orpheus Award during the closing night awards ceremony on June 17. Alexander Payne will attend to present Dukakis with her award

Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis and veteran Hollywood Foreign Press Association journalist Yani Begakis will be honored with the first Lifetime Achievement and Honorary Orpheus Awards respectively (with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne on hand to present to Dukakis) during the Closing Night Awards Ceremony on Sunday, June 17th.

Directors of the festival Angeliki Giannakopoulos and Ersi Danou have enlisted an impressive advisory board including Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos, AMPAS president Sid Ganis, actress Nia Vardalos, cinematographer Phedon Papamichael and Payne among others.

Sponsors include the Greek governmental agency Secretariat General Of Information, Greek brandy company Metaxa and Greek cable TV network Antenna Satellite.