10 Greek Filmmakers to Watch

By Yannis Sakaridis 

A new generation of filmmakers whose films have either made a huge impression on the audience and critics in film festivals around the world or are much awaited within next year.


Athina Rachel Tsangari

Athina Rachel Tsangari

writer/director of Attenberg 2010 (Venice Film Festival 2010 official competition, Volpi Award for Best Actress Ariane Labed, Sundance Film Festival 2011), associate producer ALPS 2011 directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (in post production) and DOGTOOTH 2009, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.

She received a B.A. in Literature from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and an MFA in Film Directing from the University of Texas at Austin. Her introduction to cinema was a small role in Richard Linklater’s seminal film Slacker. Her first short film FIT was a finalist at the Student Academy Awards. Her debut feature The Slow Business of Going, a lo-fi-sci-fi road movie shot in nine cities across the world, was voted one of the best debut films in the 2002 Village Voice Critics’ Poll. She co-founded and was artistic director of the Austin-based Cinematexas International Short Film Festival (1997-2007). She was the projections designer and video director for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games Opening & Closing Ceremonies. In 2005, she founded Haos Film, a production office that develops and produces work by and with fellow filmmakers. Amongst her producer credits are Yorgos Lanthimos’ films Kinetta, Dogtooth as an associate producer, and his upcoming Alps. In 2009, she directed the large scale, site-specific animation projections for the opening of the new Acropolis Museum. Her sophomore feature Attenberg premiered at the 2010 Venice Film Festival official competition, and received the Volpi Award for Best Actress for its protagonist, Ariane Labed.



Yorgos Lanthimos

Yorgos Lanthimos

Writer/director DOGTOOTH 2009 (Festival de Cannes Un Certain Regard Prize Prix de la Jeunesse), co-producer of Attenberg 2010 (Venice Film Festival 2010 official competition, Volpi Award for Best Actress Ariane Labed), writer/director ALPS 2011 (filming)

Yorgos Lanthimos was born in Athens. He studied directing for Film and Television at the Stavrakos Film School.
Through the 90’s he directed a series of videos for Greek dance-theater companies. Since 1995 he has directed numerous Tv commercials, in addition to music videos, short films and experimental theater plays.
His two features Kinetta (2005) premiered in Toronto Film Festival and screened in many festivals,
and Dogtooth (2009) premiered in Cannes Festival (Un Certain Regard)  and awarded with the Prix de la Jeunesse. Also won a lot of awards in festivals around the world. 


Syllas Tzoumerkas

Syllas Tzoumerkas

Writer director Homeland (2010) premiered in Critics' Week of the Venice IFF 2010

Syllas Tzoumerkas was born in 1978. He studied film-direction, theatre and acting in Athens, Utrecht and New York.
He directed the awarded short films The Devouring Eyes (Official selection - Cinefondation - Cannes IFF 2001; Jury Prize - Karlovy Vary IFF 2001) and Rain (Best short film - Greek Film Awards 2002), and worked as a director for the prime-time TV-documentary shows Fakelοi and Paraskinio.
As an actor, he collaborated with the acclaimed devised theatre groups Blitz Ensemble and The Erasers.
His first feature film Homeland (2010), had its world premiere at the Critics' Week of the Venice IFF 2010, and is currently on theatrical release in Greece. 



Thanos Anastopoulos

Thanos Anastopoulos

Producer of Homeland (2010) Critics' Week of the Venice IFF 2010 and Amnesty Directed by Bujar Alimani (in post-production)

Director / Producer. Born in Athens. He has directed short films, documentaries and two theatre plays. His first feature film: All The Weight Of The World (2004) was selected at the Rotterdam Film Festival. His second feature film Correction (2007) made its international premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. In 1996 he co founded Fantasia Ltd, an independent production company devoted to art house cinema. Since then it has produced 7 feature films, 4 feature documentaries and several short films. The company’s productions have been presented in various international film festivals such as Venice, Berlin, Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary, Buenos Aires, New York, Palm Springs, Sarajevo and many more. In 2003 he represented Greece at the Producers On The Move at the Cannes International Film Festival. From 2004 till 2006 he has been collaborating as the head of the Greek Films department at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival.  

Maria Hatzakou

Maria Hatzakou

Producer of Attenberg 2010 (Venice Film Festival 2010 official competition, Volpi Award for Best Actress Ariane Labed) and ALPS directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (in post-production).

Maria Hatzakou studied Film and Video at the London College of Printing.  She worked as a film programmer at the Athens International Film Festival  and then as a film programmer and co-ordinator of the INDEPENDENCE DAYS section of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival until 2008.

She joined HAOS FILM in 2007, and works as a line producer on all HAOS projects.


Maria Drandaki

Maria Dandraki

Producer of Homeland (2010) Critics' Week of the Venice IFF 2010, Casus Belli (short) 2010 Venice Film Festival, Orizzonti Competition, Paradise by Panayiotis Fafoutis (in post-production)

She studied Communication and Cultural Management and completed her studies in Cultural Studies & Cinema.
As a producer she’s involved in the production of feature and short films by Greek emerging directors. She was executive prod

ucer in Alexis Alexiou's feature debut Tale 52, which was invited in the official selection of Rotterdam International Film Festival's Tiger Awards Competition, Toronto International Film Festival (Discovery Section), Sitges, Catalonian Int. Film Festival - Best Screenplay Award in 2008 and a series of other film festivals. In 2008 she was the Greek ‘’Producer on the move’’ during the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2010, she produced Homeland by Syllas Tzoumerkas and the short Casus Belli by Yorgos Zois, which were both selected in Venice Film Festival (25th International Film Critics’ Week and Orizzonti Competition respectively).




Constandine Giannaris

Constandine Giannaris

Writer/director Man on the sea 2010 (in post-production)

Studied History and Economics in England. He made his first independent short films in London in the late 1980's and early 1990's. His movies have showcased in many international film festivals. His first feature film in English "3 steps to Heaven" premiered in Director's Fortnight/Camera D' Or Cannes 1995. His second feature "From the Edge of the city" was shot in Athens and premiered in the Berlinale Panorama section in 1999. His third film "One day in August" premiered in Competition in the Berlinale in 2002. His fourth feature "Hostage" premiered in the Berlinale Panorama in 2005.


Fenia Cossovitsa

Fenia Cossovitsa

Producer of  J.A.C.E. 2010 directed by Menelaos Karamaghiolis (in post-production).

Fenia Cossovitsa is co-founder of BLONDE audiovisual productions, an Athens based independent film production company. She is the company’s managing director, responsible also for the strategy, development and coordination of the feature films, documentaries, TV programs and other audiovisual projects.

She is the producer and co-producer of several Greek and international feature films, including Backdoor, directed by acclaimed Greek director George Tsemberopoulos; Athens Blues directed by George Panoussopoulos; feature documentary on legend Screamin’ Jay Hawkins:  I put a spell on me, directed by Nikos Triandafyllidis; Waiting for the clouds, directed by award winning Turkish director Yesim Ustaoglou;
She is also executive producer of distinguished international feature films shooting in Greece, like The cat's meow, directed by Peter Bogdanovich, Signs and wonders, directed by Jonathan Nossiter, and Thelma, directed by Pierre-Alain Meier.
Prior to founding B

londe, Fenia has been Producer and Executive Producer of several TV series for the Greek National Broadcast Channel, feature films, corporate videos, and coordinator of events and forums.


Argyris Papadimitropoulos

Argyris Papadimitropoulos

Writer/co-director Wasted Youth 2010 (in post-production)

Born in Athens in 1976. Studied Media Production in Oxford College and Film making in Athens Film School.
He directed and produced his award winning short films “Pendulum”, "Tender" and "Blue Tape", screened in festivals around the world.

In 2008 he directed his first feature “Bank Bang” distributed by Village Roadshow which was a big box office hit. He won Best New director award from the Hellenic Film Academy and Best New comer award in Athens International Film Festival.

His new feature “Wasted Youth” (co-directed with Jan Vogel) has quick reflexes on the social issues that caused social turmoil in Greece. A day in the life of two very different people in contemporary Athens. One who tries to understand the world from a safe distance, and the other, who is part of the system, collide head on.

Parallel to his directorial projects, he runs the production company “Oxymoron Films” that produces shorts and documentaries that got screened and awarded in festivals around the world with some of Greece’s best new talent. With “Oxymoron Films” he also line-produced the German feature “Elli Makra, Wupertal” with Una Films and ZDF, and the English documentary “Hostage” with Firefly Productions and Channel 4.

He also directed numerous commercials for the Greek and international market.

www. argyrisreel.com


Babis Makridis

Babis Makridis

writer/director L (2011) (in pre-production).

Babis Makridis is 40 years old. One wife and one kid. One short movie “The Last fakir” 2005. Best  New director at the short film festival of Drama.Large number of TV commercials.Babis Makridis likes Robert Bresson and Samuel Beckett. In preperation of his first movie titled “L”. Shooting at February 2011.



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About The Author

Yannis Sakaridis studied and worked in London for 18 years. Member of the London Film Makers Co-Op where he directed experimental shorts. Worked as a film editor on ten feature films, film trailers for Warner Bros (“Eyes Wide Shut”, “The General”) and documentaries for BBC and Channel 4. He wrote and directed 10 short films. “Mausoleum” premiered in Raindance Film Festival 2004 (Orange Best Shorts, Drama Film Festival,) and “Truth” 2006 which is shot in Athens premiered in Raindance Film Festival 2006 (Honorary Prize from the National awards, Tiscali Best Shorts Selection, Special Jury Prize and award for Best Music in Drama Film Festival ). His debut feature "America Square" is scheduled to be filmed in May 2011. He started writing the script in Elliot Grove’s scriptwriting class and also attended Truby’s master class in Raindance. America Square has won the Best project award in the Crossroads Co-production Forum, Thessaloniki International Film Festival.


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