Mladen Djordjevic’s debut feature fiction film The Life and Death of a Porno Gang (2009) was presented at over 50 international festivals, winning 14 awards. Mitch Davis, a selector of the Festival Fantasia in Montreal, compared Djordjevic with authors such as Gaspar Noe, Lars von Trier and Michael Haneke, writing that The Life and Death of a Porno Gang did for Serbia what Clockwork Orange did for Great Britain. He was born in 1978 in Belgrade. He graduated Film & TV Directing at Faculty of Drama Arts in Belgrade with the feature documentary film Made in Serbia, which later premiered at Belgrade Film Festival FEST and went into cinema and DVD distribution in Serbia. He directed several short films (Living Dead, Hunger, Shaving Foam) and documentaries (Ali Hamad’s Story, Straight Through the Wind). Djordjevic wrote and directed one of the stories in the omnibus film Equals (2014), which premiered at Sarajevo Film Festival. Since 2014, he is programming FEST, Belgrade Film Festival.
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 and was nominated for a BAFTA award.
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, won awards in many international film festivals (Best Film – Palm Springs, Curtas Vila do Conde, etc.) and was nominated by the European Film Academy.
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. Baby 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 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. His debut feature film Her Job had its world premiere at the Discovery Section of the Toronto IFF 2018.
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 | www.theblitz.gr
Born in Greece in 1977, Elina studied filmmaking and sociology in Athens. She continued her studies in cultural history in Paris and participated in the 2007 Berlinale Talent Campus. Her first feature, The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas, won the Works in Progress Award at the Karlovy Vary IFF in 2012, premiered at the Berlinale Forum in 2013 and participated in more than 40 international film festivals. During that same year, trade publication Variety singled her out as one of the “10 European Directors to Watch” and in 2014, she won the first-time director award from the Hellenic Film Academy. Her second feature, Son of Sofia, was selected to participate in the 2013 Berlinale Residency program, as well as the 2014 Berlinale co-production market, won the Works in Progress Award at the Les Arcs EFF in 2015, premiered in competition at the Tribeca FF in 2017 and won the Best International Narrative Feature Award. Son of Sofia also won 5 awards from the Hellenic Film Academy, including the best feature film, best director and best screenplay. Both her films were part of European Film Awards’ selection list in 2013 and 2017 accordingly. Currently Elina is researching her first documentary, supported by Creative Europe and EAVE, and is writing her third feature.
Margot Schaap (1986, the Netherlands) graduated in 2008 from the Netherlands Film Academy with the short film Gaandeweg, for which she won the Tuschinski Award. She wrote and directed various short and mid-length films and the youth documentary School vol vissen. Her feature debut 12 Months in 1 Day was made on a low budget with friends. The film has its world premiere in IFFR 2015.
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 will have its world premiere at the 69th Berlinale Panorama 2019. | www.syllastzoumerkas.com
Ian Waugh is a film director and writer. Raised in North East England, he studied photography and film at Edinburgh Napier University, graduating with an MFA in Advanced Film Practice from Screen Academy Scotland. His graduation film Leaves was nominated for Best UK First Feature at London’s East End Film Festival. An alumnus of Berlinale Talents, Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab, and Reykjavik International Film Festival Transatlantic Talent Lab, his work has screened at festivals in many festivals worldwide. His short drama As He Lay Falling premiered in competition for the Best Short Film Award at the 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival, received Special Mentions at the 11th Reykjavik International Film Festival and the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, and won the Directors Jury Award at the 16th International Short Film Festival of Soria. As He Lay Falling is being developed into a feature film of the same name by Nakba FilmWorks, Homemade Films and Only Son | https://www.ianwaugh.net
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. The Gulf had its world premiere at the Critics’ Week of the Venice IFF 2017.
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 | yorgoszois.com