44th Drama International Short Film Festival
44th Drama International Short Film Festival
Menelaos Karamaghiolis is a filmmaker who works in Athens producing feature films, documentaries, video art, radio-movies and video installations starring real-life neglected heroes and transcending frontiers and stereotypes to serve as an essential tool for dialogue and social change. His films have been screened globally and won many awards like the feature documentary ROM, 1989, that was considered “a turning point for Greek documentary films” and “a masterpiece that must become a classic of the history of cinema” and fiction films BLACK OUT (p.s. RED OUT), 1998 considered as “the first post-modern Greek film” and J.A.C.E. – Just Another Confused Elephant, 2011, participated in 48 international festivals (including TIFF Toronto International Film Festival) and won 11 awards and the first Greek interactive documentaries, MEETING WITH REMARKABLE PEOPLE (12 feature films, 180 short films). His video installations have been shown at the National Museum of Contemporary. Art, Athens, the Venice Biennale, the Rodeo and the Geneva Contemporary Art Center (mini retrospective) etc.
Eleni Androutsopoulou is a Programmer, Head of the Greek Department of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival while she also coordinates the implementation of the EU programmes that the Festival undertakes. She has been with the Festival since 2005. As part of her current role she overviews all films which are eligible for the Greek programs of the two festivals, liaising with the local film community and supporting the film selection process. Eleni holds a B.A. in Business Management from University of Patras and an M.A. in Cultural Policy, Management and Communication from Panteion University.
Director and film producer, she was born in Athens. She studied Economics at the University of Athens and Directing at the Stavrakos Film School. Postgraduate studies in Film Aesthetics at the Sorbonne University, with a scholarship from I.K.Y. Doctoral dissertation on “The avant-garde in the cinema of the ’20s”. She has taught Film Aesthetics at the University of Rethymno, the Interdepartmental Postgraduate School of Audiovisual Studies of the Athens School of Fine Arts, and Directing at the Film Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Together with Thanos Anastopoulos, they are founders of the film production company Fantasia Audiovisual, with many participations and awards in domestic and major international festivals.
A Screenwriter, Associate Professor of Screenwriting at the Department of Cinema, School of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Coordinator and Professor Advisor at the Postgraduate course DGR 61 in the program “Creative Writing” of the University of Athens and of P.D.M., and Scientific Officer and Professor of the Institutional Postgraduate Program “Creative Writing” of P.D.M. and AUTh in the Screenplay course. He has written screenplays for feature and short films, TV series and documentaries that have been distinguished and awarded in Greece and abroad. Member of the Hellenic Film Academy and the Greek Screenwriters Association. He was the President of the Film Department of the SKT of AUTh and a member of the Senate (2018-2020).
Journalist, Film Critic. She was born in Athens. She studied Law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and holds an MA in Film Studies and European Cinema from the University of the West of England, Bristol. She has been in the media since 1989. She used to be a radio producer (KLIK FM, BEST 92.6), the press (Epsilon, Nea Mesimvrini, VIMA, Marie Claire etc.) and television (music for TV series). She lived in Paris for two years, where she collaborated, among others, with Unifrance, the National Agency for the Promotion of French Films Abroad, as well as with the popular film show On Aura Tout Vu. Since 2015 she has been a correspondent of COSMOTE TV at major international film festivals. She also has been a spokesperson for the Oscars and the European Film Awards (EFA). Since 2019 she is a member of the European Film Academy.
Actress and Director. Anna Mouglalis was born in Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, to a Greek father and French mother. Until 2001 she studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique de Paris (CNSAD) under the direction of Daniel Mesguich. She has been chosen as an ambassador of Maison Chanel.She is known for her work in Romanzo Criminale (2005), Anna (2015) and Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009).In 2000 she co-starred with Isabelle Huppert in Claude Chabrol’s Merci pour le Chocolat. In 2003, she participated in La Maladie de la Mort which prevmiered at the Venice Film Festival, a film in black and white by first-time director Asa Mader. The very same year, she also co-starred in the Greek film “Real Life” (Alithini Zoi) directed by Panos Koutras.
Afroditi Panagiotakou is Director of Culture at the Onassis Foundation. She is responsible for the strategic planning and development of Onassis Culture, and oversees the cultural initiatives and programming of the Foundation, including Onassis Stegi in Athens and the Onassis affiliates in New York and Los Angeles. The Onassis Culture program she has developed incorporates major commissioning and presentation programs of a cross-disciplinary nature, spanning contemporary time-based visual and performing arts, expanded cinema, digital art, new media, and urban development, as well as international and national residencies, fellowships, and hybrid educational programs. This program places an emphasis on contemporary Greek and international artistic expression and process, with commissioned projects that address the city as a site, highlighting current political and social issues, and triggering debate about human rights, democracy, social justice, and the climate crisis.
Venia is the director of the Hellenic Film Commission of the Greek Film Centre since March 2017 and since December 2019 she is a member of the Board of Directors of the European Film Commissions Network (EUFCN). She consults foreign producers on all aspects of the film productions in Greece and represents the country at the EUFCN and at the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI). Originally a film critic and a travel editor at Athinorama magazine (2001-2008), Venia produced KEIMENA, a weekly film program (40 episodes) broadcasted by the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) and produced by the acclaimed art exhibition Documenta 14. She has worked at the Greek Film Archive as the Head of Communication and Film Programmer (2013-2015) and her credits as a co-producer include three films: WILD DUCK (2013), GREAT EASTERN (2015), AMERICA SQUARE (2017). Venia studied Communication and Mass Media at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece) and holds an M.A. in Film Studies and European Cinema from the University of the West of England (Bristol, UK).
Lydia Georgana is a director, casting director and actor’s coach. Born and based in Athens, mother of 2 children, she studied 3D Animation and Filmmaking in Athens and Berlin (DFFB). She collaborated with Werner Schroeter at Bonn Theater. Amongst other projects in Greece she has worked as a director in one of Dimitra Galani’s music clips and has created the making of videos for the movies “A touch of spice” and “Quiet Hours”. In 2007 her short film “The Wok” was awarded and got distributed by Rosebud Distribution. In 2018 she directed the Greek Civilians voice actors and also did the Casting for the video game “Assassins Creed Odyssey”. She has worked as Casting Director in many international productions such as “Mamma Mia, here we go again” Universal, “Dengler” ZDF, “ A touch of spice” (casting for children), “A tout de suite” by Benoit Jacquot, “Bourek” by Vladan Nikolic“ Ein Sommer in Griechenland” ZDF and “The Durrells”, ITV. In 2020 she did the casting for the daily series by Ant1 Channel “Sun” and the new series by CosmoteTv “42c”(Tanweer). She is especially proud of the ingenuine casting for the awarded movie “Kalaazar” directed by Janis Rafa. Her last casting projects are currently in post-production: the movie “Voices in Deep” by Jason Raftopoulos about trafficking and the movie “Exodus” by Abbe Hassan, where she did a street casting of refugees and Arabic speaking amateur actors. Since 2011 she teaches and coaches actors in drama schools and workshops in Greece and Italy, alone or with her associates, like the director Bogdan Muresanu and the scriptwriter Alexandra Belegratis. She loves doing the casting for commercials and the past couple of years she has been organizing workshops with actors on “Understanding the inner procedure of directors”, with directors Alan J Pakula, Brian Depalma and Takeshi Kitano, among others.
Yannis Chalkiadakis, was born in Crete. He has an MA in film editing from the National Film & Television School in London. He has been an editor in advertising, short and feature films since 1993, and he has been awarded best editor in the Hellenic Film Academy and the Greek Advertising Awards and the Short Film Awards. Most of the films he has edit, have been nominated and awarded in highly acclaimed Film Festivals such us the Cannes Film Festival, Berlinale Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, the Locarno Film Festival, the international Film Festival Rotterdam etc.. Yannis Chalkiadakis collaborates on a regular basis and is the editor of Yannis Econimides, Babis Makridis, Kiros Papavasilliou and Giorgos Zois. All of them are notable European film directors, who have been awarded many times nationally and internationally.
Kyveli Short graduated from King’s College London in 2014. As a freelancer, she is the associate producer of the short fiction film A Summer Place (Tampere 2021) by Alexandra Matheou, and Patision Avenue (Venice 2018) by Thanasis Neofotistos, as well as the hybrid short film Bella (Visions du Réel 2020) by Thelyia Petraki. Since 2019, she has been collaborating with Maria Drandaki on the development of Homemade Film’s slate. In 2020, she co-founded the Paris-based company, Les Films de Juillet, with Marie-Gabrielle Peaucelle. Combining their experience of working in the French and Greek film industries, Marie and Kyveli bring their shared passion for cinema to the development and production of fiction films. They are currently developing Sara Verhagen’s debut feature film and are co-producing Konstantina Kotzamani’s upcoming medium-length film. She is a Sarajevo Talents alumnus and, in 2020, she was awarded by Artworks the SNF Artist Fellowship.
Born in Ankara, Turkey. She studied Film and TV in the Netherlands and got her master degree from University of Utrecht. She has written and directed three short films [Trust Me (2009), Later (2012), The Horse and the Nightingale (2013)] that were screened and awarded by various national and international film festivals. She worked as one of the screenwriters of the omnibus called Do Not Forget Me Istanbul, in which Hany Abu-Assad shot the story she wrote. Since then she has been working as a screenwriter for TV series and feature films for productions of Turkey and of the Netherlands. Her first feature film as a director Zuhal is in post production.
Thodoris Dimitropoulos is a film and TV critic with a background in festival programming. He worked as a developer of the 14th and 15th Athens International Film Festival and then was a founding member of the site OneMan.gr and later of PopCode.gr, as well as a curation consultant for the streaming platform Cinobo. His reviews, interviews, tributes and festival coverage (from Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Locarno, Thessaloniki, Drama, Toronto and others) have appeared previously in Cinema and Esquire magazines and later on OneMan.gr and News247.gr. TV critic for Flix.gr since 2012, and film critic for the newspaper Ethnos (2017-2018) and the news site News247.gr (from 2019 until today).
Vassilis was born in 1976 in Athens. He graduated from the Athens College Lyceum and from the Law Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He undertook postgraduate studies at the Universities of Rotterdam, Hamburg and Aix-Marseille III. He has been a lawyer in Athens since 2002. Since 2008 he has been the president of the Animasyros International Animation Festival, while since 2015 he has been elected president of ASIFA HELLAS – Hellenic Animation Association and since 2020 Vice President of the World Film Center for Children & Youth (CIFEJ). In 2018 he was named Knight of the Order of Letters of the Arts of the French Republic, while in the period 2018 – 2019 he served as Chairman of the Board of the National Opera.
Professor of Animation. Department of Graphic Design and Visual Communication http://gd.uniwa.gr/ University of West Attica. Degrees: BA, Graphic Design 1983, BA Animation 1987, MSc 2004, “Animation Teaching Method”, PhD 2009, “Animation in Advertising. Conditions – experience and production in Greece”. Professional Experience: 1979 – 1994 freelance animator, on TV animated spots (KOUNOYPI, BLITZ, ARTOON, KUAK). Academic Teaching: Since 1987 Eleni has taught TV Graphics, Storyboarding, Cartoon and Animation at the department of Graphic Design and Visual Communication. A selection of student films – www.youtube.com/teianima Eleni has taught Master programs in History of Animation, Motion Graphics, and Production of Audio-visual Content. She is the director of UNIWA master program ANIMATION (2D and 3D) https://animation.uniwa.gr/ and teaches Principles of Screenplay and Cinematic Narration and Two-Dimensional Animation. She has taught Animation in various European Universities with the ERASMUS+ program and summer schools.
Since 1996 he has starred in major TV series, movies and theatrical plays. He has performed in the most important theatres in Greece – like Epidaurus, Herodeion, K.Th.B.E., and from the small emblematic stages of the theatre Ebros and Technochoros to the stages of DI.PE.THE. With the play of Prometheus in which he participated, the Ancient theatre of Dodoni was reopened in 2015. He has acted in many theatre genres like comedies, boulevards and the ancient Greek drama. This varied acting career established him as an actor and gave him the opportunity to work with great directors. In recent years he has also been involved in production, creating four TV films on behalf of Educational Television, entitled Moments from the History of Theater, written and directed by Marlene Kaminsky, examining the evolution of theater through four theatre authors: Aeschylus, Shakespeare, Schiller and Chekhov who were milestones in the history of theatre. He has been honoured twice with awards for film acting and once for theatre for the play “History without a Name” for the role of Ionas Dragoumis in 2020. The first time was in 1996 where he was honored with the Award for Best Actor at the 37th Thessaloniki Film Festival for his participation in the film “Absent” by Nikos Grammatikos and the second was in 2008 when he was honored with the Award for Best Actor for the film small “The Passage” by Giannis Katsamboulas at the 16th Mediterranean Festival of Young Cinematographers (Larissa 2008).
Born in Poland and currently living in Germany, Izabela Plucińska has some thirty films to her credit. She studied art and film and now brilliantly combines her talents to create animated works. In 2005, her short Jam Session won a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Since then, this gifted filmmaker has enjoyed a steady stream of projects and successes. Her politically and philosophically oriented medium-length film Esterhazy was screened around the world in 2009, including in England, France, Finland, Hungary and Mexico, garner- ing a number of awards. At the moment, Plucińska, a Berliner by adoption, is busily working at her own production company, Clay Traces, along with her associates. Owing to her renown as an artist, she frequently leads workshops and teaches film animation at universities internationally. Several exhibitions have featured her work. Her last film Portrait of Suzanne, based on the novel by Roland Topor.
I was born in Athens in 1975 and lived there until 2007. I live in Zagorohoria of Epirus and I maintain a small hostel. I studied Sociology. I traveled and learned a lot about the world and myself near the indigenous communities of Mexico. When I lived in Athens I worked for an advertising company and so I “formalized” my love for cinema and its people forever. I had two children and settled in the countryside wishing for me and my children to live close to nature in different terms and stimuli. In 2017 we started our fight against Oil and Gas Extraction in Epirus (and everywhere else) and today it continues against all the environmental threats we receive. The realization that “We are not defending nature, we are nature that defends itself” guides my choices in recent years and gives me the strength and confidence to continue my struggles whenever and wherever needed against the plunder of nature and ultimately for the sake of life itself ”.
He was born, raised, lives and works in Drama. He is a teacher. He is a founding member and President of the Ecological Movement of Drama. He was in charge of publishing the newspaper “Good Morning Miss-Earth”, as well as in charge of organizing performances, concerts and summer cinema screenings that have been taking place for the last nine years in the courtyard of the “Kyriakos Domatzoglou” building. He has collaborated with DEKPOTA as a writer of various publications and as a curator of a series of books about the local refugee districts of the Municipality of Drama. He writes occasionally. His short stories have been published in the magazine “Diodos 66100”. For the last seventeen years he has been presenting annual cycles of meetings on the subject of “rebetiko and its world”. He has collaborated with the Drama International Short Film Festival in the past, writing texts in the newspaper “Subtitles” that presented the history and the sights of the place to the visitors of the festival.
José Manuel Abad Liñán (born in 1975 in Granada, Andalusia, Spain). Journalist. Reporter with EL PAÍS, world leading journal in Spanish-language. He publishes articles and features in the Politics, International and Culture sections. He graduated in journalism at the University of Seville, and later pursued further education in communication studies at the University of Roskilde (Denmark). He specialized in science journalism at the Spanish High Council for Scientific Research and achieved a Master of Advanced Studies in Humanities at the University of Lyon-2 (France). He has worked in the EFE Agency (Spanish-language leading news agency), and has acted as head of communication for the International Polar Year in Spain. He directed the popular science magazine ‘Popular Science’ (Spanish edition) before becoming the director of analysis and projects at the BBVA Foundation, where he coordinated science and cultural projects.
Panagos Joachim grew up in Kaisariani, Athens. He started working in sports journalism and then moved on to banking. He has lived and worked in Athens as an actor since 2010, where he graduated from the Karolos Koun Art Theater. His first cinematic experience was in the film “A ship to Palestine” by Nikos Koundouros. Since then he has participated in over 20 short and feature films as well as in 4 international productions. He has visited the Drama International Short Film Festival with participations in the competition program twice (2011, 2020). His theatrical and television career is also remarkable with participations in the Athens and Epidaurus Festival and in TV-series. He is interested in directing and has been an assistant director in the past. Nature for him is our soul and body and he claims that he has collected over 1 million cigarette butts from the beaches of Greece.