“Red Lion” Rocks New York City, Cannes, and London!!!
Red Lion Wins Three Best Music Video Awards! Three awards in a row in one week! As honored as I was to represent Greece in these film festivals. It was even more thrilling that a progressive metal music video was recognized in Cannes, New York, and London!
Winner of Best Music Video award in the inaugural French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) in Cannes, France. A two-day festival held during the time period of the annual Festival de Cannes which included screenings, VIP receptions, an awards ceremony, and closing gala party. Greek Composer and Filmmaker Olivia Hadjiioannou Wins Best Music Video Award at French Riviera Film Festival in Cannes Event Photos can be viewed here: https://olitunes.com/filmfestival-cannes
Winner of the BEST MUSIC VIDEO SHORT award for the music video “Red Lion” from the album, “Metallia” in The Psychedelic and Transpersonal Film and Music Festival that took place on May 25, 2019, at The Producer’s Club in New York City.
And winner Best Music Video at the Cosmomcinema Film Festival in London. (to be announced in June after a special ceremony in Greece) The short is presently a winner and official selection in 10 film festivals worldwide.
Many believe progressive rock or metal is retro. Sounds from the 70s, for collectors or an eccentric niche..but the truth is that prog, even back then was just pushing the boundaries of rock. That is what progressive music is. It is music that progresses, takes the best of all genres and pushes it to discover something never heard before.
I am very grateful to these film festivals for welcoming and celebrating a progressive music video, and I want to thank all of you Proggers for never giving up listening to and loving Prog. Official Websitehttps://olitunes.com
The Greek progressive rock and metal artist Oh. (Olivia Hadjiioannou) was honored by a prestigious international jury in Cannes for her music video “Red Lion” from the album, “Metallia.”
ATHENS, Greece — May 21, 2019 – Greek multi-instrumentalist and composer Olivia Hadjiioannou won the Best Music Video award for “Red Lion” in the inaugural French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) in Cannes, France this week. The two-day festival held during the time period of the annual Festival de Cannes included screenings, VIP receptions, an awards ceremony and closing gala party. The award was presented by Gotham Chandna, founder of Cloud 21 International and Nicole Muj, founder of Kultura PR International.
In accepting the award, Olivia stated, “I am truly honored to receive this award and to have represented Greece at the French Riviera Film festival in Cannes. Today’s commercial music and film industries present difficult challenges to indie composers, musicians and directors if they are to succeed and be profitable. I am grateful to film festivals like FRFF, which welcome new works, celebrate originality and promote creative freedom.”
The prestigious advisory board and jury panel of the festival included Michael Benoraya, Founder, International Film Trust; Larry Namer, president/CEO, Metan Global Entertainment Group; Ana B. Remos, founder, Azure Azure; Daphna Edwards Ziman, president, Cinémoi USA; Monica Baca, CEO at B Team Media Group Corp.; Lena Basse, journalist, Hollywood Foreign Press; Claude Brickell filmmaker, Bruno Chatelin, founder of FilmFestivals.com; Paul Cruz director, Palm Springs Int. Comedy Festival; Anna Marie de la Fuente, journalist, Variety; Mick Garris, filmmake; Laura Powers producer, Healing Powers; Ana Remos co-founder, Azure Azure; Eileen Tasca founder, Alien Pictures; Sue Vicory Award Winning Filmmaker, Heartland Films; and Dr. Laura Wilhelm, journalist, The Hollywood Times.
Director Olivia Hadjiioannou as the artist Oh. has been honored for her ingenuity, innovation and creativity in music and video with multiple international awards. She made her debut as Oh. on the international music scene with the award-winning music video, “Trials” in 2013 – cited as one of the 50 top events to mark Greece during the economic crisis. With the advances of immersive video, she released her single “Love of Avalanches”, mentioned in Huffington Post as one of first 360-degree immersive VR videos released by a Greek artist on YouTube in 2016.
Besides winning Best Music Video in the French Riviera Film festival in Cannes, “Red Lion” is presently a winner and official selection in 10 film festivals worldwide including the Psychedelic and Transpersonal Film Festival in New York, the Cosmocinema Film Festival in the UK, the Lost World Film Festival in Greece and winner of the Independent Talents International Film Festival in the US. The EP “Metallia” has received over 32 reviews from 13 countries worldwide, is in top 10 progressive rock and metal charts and listed as one of the best albums of the year for 2018 on Metal Nation Radio.
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