Panagiotis Fafoutis was born in Patras. He studied law and film direction in Athens. He has directed two feature films, The Heir and Paradise and 6 short films. His short films have participated and won awards in many international festivals. Panagiotis has directed several episodes for TV series, documentaries, news reports and commercials. He teaches acting and directing in Drama and Cinema Schools.
Mahdi Fleifel is a Danish-Palestinian film director who graduated in 2009 from the UK National Film & TV School. In 2010 he set up the London-based production company Nakba FilmWorks with Irish producer Patrick Campbell. His debut feature documentary, A World Not Ours (2012), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and picked up over 30 awards, including the Peace Film Prize and the Panorama Audience Award at the 2013 Berlinale and the Edinburgh, Yamagata and DOC:NYC Grand Jury Prizes. Mahdi’s 2016 short film, A Man Returned, won the Silver Bear and the European Film Nomination at the Berlinale and his latest film, A Drowning Man, formed part of the Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival 2017.
Nicolas Kolovos is a swedish film director, playwright and screenwriter. He studied directing at IHTV in Gothenburg and Interactive Media at the Dramatic Institute in Stockholm. He has written and directed several award-winning short films screened at numerous film festivals around the world (Fig, 2015 Porsche, 2013; End of the road, 2013; Special day, 2012; Thomas’ room, 2011; Peter’s room, 2010; I am gay, 2008). .
Born in Komotini, Konstantina Kotzamani is a graduate student of the Film Department of Fine Arts of Thessaloniki. Her short movies have participated in numerous International Festivals and have gained several awards. Her film Washingtonia premiered in Berlinale 2014 in the Berlinale Shorts Competition program. Washingtonia was awarded by the Hellenic Film Academy as the best Short Film of 2014 and nominated for the best short film by the European Film Academy 2015. Konstantina Kotzamani was selected to present her work in Future Frames at the 50th Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2015. Her short film Yellow Fieber premiered in Locarno Film Festival 2015 in the international competition Pardi di Domani. Her latest short, Limbo, had its world premiere at the Semaine de la Critique of the Cannes Film Festival 2016 and was awarded at the Palm Springs Shortfest and the Curtas Vila do Conde ISFF.
Born in Greece in 1986, he received his MFA in Film Directing with Honours. He has lived and worked in Berlin, Athens, Vietnam and China, teaching Film, Media and Communication and directing short films and commercials. He has worked as video artist for several Greek companies and organisations, including the National Theatre Company of Northern Greece. He took part in Berlinale Talents (2013) and Sarajevo Talents (2014). His first short drama KING KONG premiered at Rotterdam IFF 2014 and continued in QueerLisboa, Split, Sguardi Altrove, Pink Screens and Queersicht. Seventeen is his feature debut, being developed with the support of the Greek Film Fund, while it has won the YapimLab award in Sarajevo’s Pack&Pitch 2014.
Nikos Labôt studied film direction in Athens, Greece. He has worked in feature and short films in Greece and France, TV series and TV shows. He has directed 3 short films, a creative documentary, music videos and theater plays. His last short film The Dog participated in numerous international film festivals and won many awards. He has co-directed the theater play REPULSION_6 for the experimental music performance group Erasers. His feature documentary The Immortals at the southern point of Europe premiered at the 15th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival and made its international premiere at the 5th Annual Atlanta Philosophy Film Festival 2013. .
Christos Passalis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. He graduated from the Drama School of the National Theatre of Northern Greece. In cinema, he participated in Yorgos Lanthimos’s Dogtooth, which won the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2009 Cannes IFF and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards. For his performance he was awarded with the Best Supporting Actor Award of the Hellenic Film Academy in 2010. He also took part in Syllas Tzoumerkas’ Homeland, Vardis Marinakis’ Black Field and Fiona Tan’s History’s Future. In theatre, he worked with various directors before founding the Blitz Theatre Group in 2004. To date, he has written, directed and acted in all the group’s performances. The group has presented its work in Theatre de la Ville, the Schabuehne, in Festival d’ Avignon and in various festivals in Europe and the world. blitztheatregroup has created 15 performances so far, a large part of which has been presented in various festivals around Europe.
Syllas Tzoumerkas was born in 1978 in Thessaloniki. He grew-up in Thessaloniki, Kilkis and Nissyros. He studied theatre, film-direction and acting in Athens, Utrecht and New York. Ηe directed the ‘dogma’-like b&w short film The Devouring Eyes, which participated in competition at the Cinéfondation of the 2001 Cannes film festival and won the Jury Prize of the 2001 Karlovy Vary film festival. He directed another short film, Rain, and collaborated with various tv-documentary shows on episodes related to contemporary politics, 20th century history and literature. As an actor, he participated in stage and live-cinema performances, feature and short films. His first feature film, Homeland, had its world premiere at the International Critics’ Week of the 2010 Venice Film Festival; it was released in October 2010 and participated in many international festivals. His second feature, A Blast, a Greek-German-Dutch-Italian co-production, had its world premiere at the International Competition of the Locarno Film Festival 2014, and went on to participate in over 70 international film festivals (BFI London, Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary – Variety‘s 10 directors to watch, Seattle, A.F.I.’s European Film Showcase, Sarajevo, Hong-Kong, Jeonju, etc.) and to be theatrically released in over 15 territories around the world, His third film, The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea is currently in production (Rotterdam-Berlinale Express 2015, Special Mention of the Jury at the Berlinale Co-production Market 2015, Nipkow Programm 2015, Media Programme 2016).
Born in Izmir, Turkey, in 1981. Started his career in film as a scriptwriting assistant. After obtaining his BA and MA in Film Studies from Mimar Sinan University and The University of Paris – La Sorbonne, he worked as a freelance producer in Paris for commercials and music videos. He collaborated with Forecast Films and concentrated on producing and financing feature films until he moved back to Istanbul, in 2007. Since then, he has worked as producer with directors such as Semih Kaplanoglu (Milk, 2008), Kamen Kalev (Eastern Plays, 2009; The Island, 2011) and Hüseyin Karabey (Do Not Forget Me Istanbul, 2010; Come to My Voice, World Premiere in Berlinale 2014). He directed a short film called Aziz. He collaborated with Ahmet Büke on two scripts, There Outside and The Gulf, which are works in progress. The Gulf will be his first feature as a director.
Yorgos Zois was born in Athens. He studied applied Math and Nuclear Physics in N.T.U.A. and film direction at Stavrakou Film School, Athens and at U.d.K, Berlin. His debut short film, Casus Belli, premiered at the 67th Venice Film Festival in 2010 and participated in the official competition of numerous international film festivals (Rotterdam, Clermont Ferrand, Tokyo Short Shorts, Palm Springs, LA Short Fest etc) winning multiple awards and distinctions. His second short film, Out of Frame, premiered at the 69th Venice Film Festival in 2012 and won the EFA award for the Best European short film and was nominated for Best Short film of the European Film Academy Awards 2012. His first feature, Interruption, premiered at the Orizzonti Competition of the 72nd Venice Film Festival.