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 international film festivals (Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Locarno, Toronto, Rotterdam, IDFA, EFA, BAFTA, Karlovy Vary, Palm Springs, etc.) and got distributed in movie theaters, tv-channels and platforms around the world.
Her credits include internationally acclaimed feature films by Syllas Tzoumerkas (Homeland, A Blast, The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea) and Yorgos Zois (Interruption), multi-awarded short films Limbo and Electric Swan by Konstantina Kotzamani and A Drowning Man by Mahdi Fleifel, and debut feature films The Gulf by Emre Yeksan, Her Job by Nikos Labôt and Quicksand by Margot Schaap. Her latest productions and co-productions, 2022 feature films The City and the City by Christos Passalis and Syllas Tzoumerkas, The Volunteer by Nely Reguera and Silence 6-9 by Christos Passalis had their world premieres at the Berlinale Encounters competition, the Malaga IFF and the Karlovy Vary International Competition, respectively.
Her in-development and in-production projects include the upcoming feature films by Danielle Arbid (Suzanne & Osman), Mladen Djordjevic (Labour Day), Sofia Exarchou (Animal), Mahdi Fleifel (Xenos), Christos Karakepelis (Future Tenses), Elina Psykou (Patrimonial Fears and Other Symptoms), Syllas Tzoumerkas (My Soul Startled) and Yorgos Zois (Arcadia), and debut feature films by Konstantina Kotzamani (Titanic Ocean) and Nikos Kyritsis (Baby).
She is a member of the EAVE and ACE producers’ networks and the Greek Producers’ Alliance.