After working for several years as a producer and a communication and development manager in film and television, Maria Drandaki founded her own production label Homemade Films in 2009.

With a taste for sharp, cutting edge, innovative cinema, Maria has produced and co-produced several successful short and feature films, which participated and won awards in many major international film festivals and film events (Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Locarno, Toronto, Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary, IDFA, Palm Springs, EFA, BAFTA, etc.) and got distributed in movie theatres, streaming platforms and TV-channels around the world.

Her credits include Syllas Tzoumerkas’ HomelandA Blast and The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea, Sofia Exarchou’s Animal, Yorgos Zois’ Interruption and Arcadia, Emre Yeksan’s The Gulf, Nikos Labôt’s Her Job, Nely Reguera’s The Volunteer, Christos Passalis’ and Syllas Tzoumerkas’ co-direction The City and the City, Christos Passalis’ Silence 6-9, Mladen Djordjevic’s Working Class Goes to Hell, as well as the multi-awarded short films Limbo and Electric Swan by Konstantina Kotzamani and A Drowning Man by Mahdi Fleifel.

Her in-development and in-production projects include the upcoming feature films by Mahdi Fleifel (Men in the Sun), Christos Karakepelis (Future Tenses and Death Plan for a Dog and a Man), Nikolas Kolovos (The Hermit), Konstantina Kotzamani (Titanic Ocean), Nikos Kyritsis (Baby), Boris Petkovič (FC Freedom), Elina Psykou (Patrimonial Fears and Other Symptoms) and Syllas Tzoumerkas (My Soul Startled).

She is a member of the EAVE and ACE producers’ networks, the Greek Producers’ Alliance, the European and the Hellenic Film Academies.

 

 

Kyveli Short graduated from King’s College London in 2014.

As a freelancer, she is the Associate Producer of the short fiction films 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.

Her latest production is the hybrid short film Under the Lake (Oberhausen ISFF 2022) by Thanasis Trouboukis.

Before taking over as Head of Development for all the company’s projects, Kyveli had already been collaborating with Homemade Films since 2019, in the development of Titanic Ocean by Konstantina Kotzamani, Arcadia by Yorgos Zois, Animal by Sofia Exarchou and My Soul Startled by Syllas Tzoumerkas.

In 2020, she was awarded by Artworks the SNF Artist Fellowship. Kyveli is an alumna of Sarajevo Talents 2020 and Berlinale Talents 2023, where she was selected to participate in the Talent Project Market with Nikos Kyritsis’ debut feature film, Baby.

Ar Apost was born in Thessaloniki in 1997. They are currently studying at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki to obtain their integrated Master’s degree in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Film. Since 2015, they have participated in at least 20 film projects in various fields such as: director, assistant director, script supervisor, production assistant, video editor, sound editor, and sound recordist. They have worked as an editor for the municipal channel of Thessaloniki (TV100) and have taught a Film Course for primary school students.

They currently live in Athens. Since becoming a member of the Homemade Films family, they have worked as a production secretary and production coordinator on several projects, gaining great experience in Film Production.