8th International Project Discovery Forum @ Regal LA Live

October 1-15, 2020

Araceli Lemos (IPDF Director) has been a programmer for LAGFF since the festival’s 3rd edition. She is a filmmaker based in Athens, Greece and Los Angeles, California. In Los Angeles, she works as a director with Nonetheless Productions. She founded the International Project Discovery Forum in 2013. Lemos has also worked as an editor for documentaries and as a production designer for films that have won awards in prestigious international festivals. She graduated with an MFA in film directing from CalArts.

Karina Logothetis (IPDF Production Coordinator) is a filmmaker and photographer based in Los Angeles, California and Athens, Greece. After working in the film industry in Greece mostly as an assistant director and script supervisor, she moved to LA where she is currently working as a fashion photographer while simultaneously is preparing several projects she will be directing. Her first short film VOURVOUROU, which she wrote and directed, is currently in festivals and has been awarded several times. Karina studied Photography & Audiovisual Arts and later on Digital Filmmaking in Athens.

Nasos Gatzoulis is a Greek Film Director based in Los Angeles. Born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in Athens, Greece. He earned a degree in Political Science and Public Administration at the Kapodistrian University of Athens and and Directing MFA at the American Film Institute. His AFI thesis project called “Tim of the Jungle” has screened in many festivals including Camerimage International Film Festival, LA SHORTS International Film Festival and was an official pick in Short of the Week. He received an honorary mention for his feature project called “TWO RACCOONS” at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival as part of the IPDF Project of 2018.

Giulia Caruso (Consulting Producer) is an LA- based Italian award-winning producer and founder of Nonetheless Productions. At the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards, she won the John Cassavetes Award for Andrew Ahn’s debut feature SPA NIGHT. Her latest feature, COLUMBUS, starring John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson and Parker Posey, premiered at Sundance and Rotterdam in 2017. COLUMBUS is self-distributed through the first Sundance Creative Distribution Fellowship and went on to gross over one million dollars at the box office. Giulia is an alumnus of the Sundance Creative Producing Summit, Film Independent Project Involve, Rotterdam Producers Lab, and Berlinale Talent Campus. She holds an MFA in Film Directing from Calarts.

Thouly Dosios (Advisor) holds a B.A. in Visual Studies from Harvard University and an M.F.A. in Film Directing from UCLA. She is a visual storyteller working in the mediums of still photography and film. Her short films have screened in festivals worldwide receiving many distinctions, including a nomination for a Student Academy Award®. Dosios is currently completing The Rituals of Waiting, a short documentary about the aspirations of women refugees living in camps on the Greek island of Lesvos, and developing her first narrative feature. She is also a Senior Programmer for the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.

Joel Garber (Advisor) is a Milwaukee born filmmaker based in Los Angeles. He received his M.F.A. in Cinema from San Francisco State University. His films have screened at festivals around the world including the Palm Springs International ShortFest, the Miami Short Film Festival, the Wisconsin Film Festival, NewFilmmakers LA & NY, and the Canadian Film Centre. Joel makes a living as a Director, Writer, and Editor for clients such as CBS, HGTV, Animal Planet, and the L.A. Greek Film Festival. He is also the co-founder of the Interfaith Institute for Vulnerability and Family Darkness, a storytelling workshop and performance series.