LAGFF welcomes Eleni Arvaniti and Thespina Patronas to its Development Team! Together, they lead the festival's sponsorship efforts for they 11th edition of the festival.
Eleni Arvaniti joined LAGFF nine years ago and has been an integral part of the team ever since. As Filmmaker Liaison, her fluency in both English and Greek, professional acumen in Event Planning and Project Management, and hospitable nature allowed filmmakers and special guests under her care to feel at home. Eleni has always acted as a bridge for the film festival - first to filmmakers and guests coming from Greece and other countries; and now to sponsors. Outside of the festival, Eleni is very active in the Greek Community. She also volunteers and supports a number of organizations that resonate her love of her culture and passion for the arts. These skills have lent very well to her quadruple role as Filmmaker Liaison, Hospitality Coordinator, Festival Producer and now Development Executive. Eleni can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campaigning to raise money for the arts is nothing new for LAGFF's most recent addition, Development Coordinator, Thespina Patronas. She was born in Athens, Greece and raised in Redondo Beach, California where she developed into a passionate recording artist and a creative storyteller. Thespina studied Theology in Europe and continued her education by studying Music Performance Vocals in California. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education with minors in Christian Counseling and Biblical Studies at Liberty University, Virginia. As a songwriter, singer and composer, she has participated in numerous musicals, concerts and conducted children's choirs. She now resides in California with her two sons and is currently working on her debut album after the release of her two singles and short films, "Breath of Heaven" (2014) and "Melpomene" (2015) while also serving as the Development Coordinator for LAGFF. Thespina can be contacted for sponsorship
Thank you Eleni and Thespina for representing artists and helping to make the festival a success!