THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US AND THE SKY

Night, national road. Two strangers meet for the first time at an old gas station. One has stopped to gas up his bike, while the other is just stranded. Lacking the 22.50€ he needs to get home, he will try to sell him the distance that separates them from the sky.

  • 2020, Festival du court-métrage de Clermont -Ferrand | Compétition internationale 
  • 2020, Segreteria World Film Festival | Queer Wave Film Festival | 
  • 2019, AFI Fest Festival 
  • 2019, Festival de Cannes | Compétition Court Métrage – Palme d’Or – Queer Palm

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MILA

Mila likes to skate. Mila’s father is ill. Mila hasn’t seen her father in five years. “Mila” means “beloved” in Polish. Mila visits her father at the hospital. “Mila” means “speak” in Greek. Mila likes to skate.

Andreas Vakalios was born in Budapest where he spent half of his life’s summers. He studied Digital Arts (MFA) at the Athens School of Fine Arts. He is a Talents Sarajevo Alumnus and a Stavros Niarchos Foundation Artist Fellowship Award recipient. He made his first film when he was twelve. He plans to make his last film when he is ninety-two. He lives and works as a director and a screenwriter in Athens, Greece.

  • 2020, TISFF Thess Int’l Shorts Film Festival
  • 2020, Filmzeitkaufbeuren Film Festival
  • 2020, Paphos Int’l Film Festival 
  • 2019, Drama ISFF – Best Film (The Greek Film Critics Association),
  • The Federation Of Greek Film Clubs – Best Young Cinematographer, The Greek Society Of Cinematographers
  • 2019, Micro Μ Festival – Best Actress, Best Actor
  • 2019, Athens International Film Festival

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BIRDS WITH NO LEGS

In a 24/7 burger place, a man engages in a flirtatious conversation with a woman with no arms, as she uses him to get fed her burger. With each bite, the conversation turns deeper and darker as the woman digs deep into his subconscious with her questioning. 

  • 2020, Prato Film Festival – Best Direction
  • 2019, Aesthetica Short Film Festival
  • 2019, Drama International Short Film Festival
  • 2019, Micro M Festival
  • 2019, Elche International Fantastic Film Festival – FANTAELX Special Mention

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CHOPPER

Angie refuses to let her grandfather – an ex-biker who suffers from dementia – be taken to a nursing home for his last days. Just as he is about to go, she locks herself in his room and proceeds to a final act of love.

  • 2020, NDU International Film Festival – Special Jury Mention
  • 2019, Drama ISFF – Best Original Music Score
  • 2019, On the Road Film Festival – Best Short Film 
  • 2019, NYC Greek Film Festival – Jury Award
  • 2019, International Film Festival of Wales – Best Cinematography 
  • 2019, Movievalley Bazzacinema – Best Actress

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DARK SAND (Sable Noir)

Alice, a young woman living in Northern France, finds mysterious tapes with people narrating their nightmares. As she is looking for the sender, the limits between dreams and reality get obscured.

  • 2020, Hellas Film box Berlin
  • 2020, International Short Film Festival – Short to the Point (Best experimental film award)    
  • 2019, Thessaloniki International Film Festival    
  • 2019, International Short Film Festival – Film Front Novi Sad
  • 2019, Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival
  • 2019, Izmir International Short Film Festival  
  • 2019, Athens International Film Festival    
  • 2019, Drama International Film Festival (sound design honorary distinction)   
  • 2019, Cinemondes

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ALL THE FIRES THE FIRE (Oles oi foties i fotia)

Men set birds free in the mountains. Two grieving, estranged brothers try their marksmanship together with their sons. It’s the hunting season. Can a bird’s heart stop in the sky with no bullets coming through its body?

  • 2020, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, France – Special Jury Award
  • 2020, FEST — New Directors | New Films Festival, Portugal – Special Mention
  • 2020, Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival, Greece
  • 2019, Locarno Festival, Switzerland 
  • 2019, Athens International Film Festival, Greece – Best Performance by Male Actor
  • 2019, Reykjavík International Film Festival, Iceland 
  • 2019, Curta Cinema, Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival

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IN THE ROOM (Sto domatio)

When God is absent, someone has to take his place. In a modern-day urban environment, three characters come together: an old ill man, the young woman who looks after him, and his unemployed middle-aged daughter, all face the fine line that separates ethics and free will. 

  • 2020, Athens Marathon IFF – Best Cinematography, Best Actress – Honorable Mention:  Best Director, Supporting Actor,  Supporting Actress
  • 2020, Tirana International Film Festival
  • 2020, Ierapetra International Festival of Crete – Festival Award
  • 2019, Drama Short Film Fest – G.F.C. Motivation Award
  • 2019, Athens International Film Festival
  • 2019, TiSFF, Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival

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WINONA

It appears as if it is an ordinary outing to a remote beach: four young women enjoy the warmth of the sun and the coolness of the sea. None of them is ‘Winona’. The day gives way to silly games, girl talk, song, and dance. Laughter is punctuated by tears. The tears washed away by make-believe. Until the day comes to a close and our four heroines must say goodbye. Unassumingly mysterious and deeply moving, WINONA reveals itself with a language of intimacy, woven out of love and grief, and holds on to its heart-wrenching secret till the very end. 

  • 2020, Edinburgh International Film Festival (cancelled due to covid), 
  • 2020, Festival del Cinema Europeo
  • 2020, São Paulo International Film Festival
  • 2019, Warsaw International Film Festival
  • 2019, Thessaloniki International Film Festival
  • 2019, Goes To Cannes, Marche Du Film, Cannes Film Festival

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THE MIRACLE OF THE SARGASSO SEA (To thávma tis thálassas ton Sargassón)

In a small eel-farming town in the west of Greece, two women live solitary lives while dreaming of getting away. Elisabeth is a once-ambitious policewoman forced to relocate from Athens ten years ago and now living a joyless, hung-over life; Rita is the quiet, mysterious sister of a lounge singer in the local disco. When a sudden death upsets the town and turns the local community upside-down, the two women who had been ignoring each other’s existence begin drifting towards each other. As the secrets hidden in the swamps begin to surface, they will have a chance to become each other’s saviours. 

Born in Greece, Syllas Tzoumerkas writes, directs and acts for film and theatre. His first feature film, Homeland, premiered at the Venice Critics’ Week 2010. His second feature film, A Blast, premiered in the International Competition of the Locarno Film Festival 2014. Praised by the international press, his films released in 20 countries, and screened at over 80 festivals around the world. His other film credits include co-writing the script of Argyris Papadimitropoulos’ Suntan and Ahmad Ghossein’s All This Victory and participating as an actor in selected films. 

  • 2019,  Berlinale Panorama – World Premiere

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MY NAME IS EFTIHIA (Eftyhia)

Inspired by the life of the most prolific Greek female poet and lyricist, Eftihia Papagiannopoulou; an extraordinary woman and artist who has created a massive volume of timeless and popular songs. She traveled from Smyrna to Greece. She lived every day of her life as if it were her last. She wrote incessantly on any surface she could find.
Her name means Happiness but destiny made sure she knew very little of it. She challenged death every day of her life, hoping to ward off its cold, ruthless grip.

Angelos Frantzis was born in Athens and studied film direction at “INSAS” in Brussels. He has made 5 short and 6 feature films. His films have been screened and won awards at many international FF. Besides film directing, Angelos Frantzis has been involved in art projects and has worked as a film critic, and as a cinema teacher.

  • 2020, Greek Film Academy – 9 awards including Best Picture

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THE ROCKET (O Pyravlos)

After being called a liar for years, Stathis is forced to gather all his friends and take them to a “top-secret location,” to prove the existence of a supposed rocket (that only he knows about). If he doesn’t show the rocket, he will lose all his friends. Shot entirely with non-actors over four years, the Rocket tells the true story of the last night of summer 2015.

  • 2019 Thessaloniki International Film Festival

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EXILE (Exoria)

Aris, despairing and desperate, attempts to leave Greece on a barely sea-worthy boat. After being rescued from drowning by the Coast Guard, he now returns as a foreigner in his own ruined country. There he experiences every kind of transgression as an outcast of the system. He steals; he becomes a slave and kills. He tries to survive off the grid. Is this the story of a modern Ulysses or the nightmare of the 21st Century everyman?

Vassilis Mazomenos is a Greek director, writer and producer, as well as a member of both the European Film Academy and the Greek Film Academy. Founder and director of Horme pictures, he is the director of nine feature films and the producer of forty shorts. His films have been presented and awarded in many international festivals.

* 2019, Thessaloniki IFF (two nominations)

* 2019, Panorama of European Cinema IFF (award)

* 2020, Fantasporto IFF

* 2020, London Greek IFF (award)

* 2020, SEE IFF Paris

* 2020, ATHENS MARATHON IFF (award)

* 2020, Ierapetra IFF (awards)

* 2020, Cinefantasy IFF Brazil

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ENTWINED

City doctor Panos relocates to a remote village in order to offer his services to the community. It’s love at first sight when he sets eyes on Danae, who lives in isolation, with a mysterious skin condition. Determined to cure her, Panos will soon discover Danae is not the helpless princess he thought she was and time is of the essence for both of them.

Minos Nikolakakis, an MA in civil engineering, is an award winning producer/director since 2000, with focus on themes of cultural heritage, myth and magic realism. With features and documentaries, his work has been used as a teaching medium in seminars at the department of Film Studies in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. 

  • 2019, Toronto IFF

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COSMIC CANDY

Anna, an eccentric supermarket cashier, lives in Athens, alone in her parent’s big apartment. One day she will be forced to take in the 10-year old girl, from next door, after her father goes missing. At the same time, she will be confronted with her possible dismissal and the overwhelming scenario of a workplace romance. And all this, under the influence of excessive Cosmic Candy consumption.

Rinio Dragasaki was born in Athens, Greece, in 1980. She studied film and documentary. She has written & directed four short films, documentaries, and a feature. Cosmic Candy, her debut film was selected to participate in the Sundance IF, Istanbul Screenwriters Lab, and LAGFF International Project Development Forum.

  • 2020 Iris Awards – Best Newcomer Director, Best Special Effect
  • 2020 Fantasia Film Festival
  • 2019 Fantastic Fest
  • 2019 Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival
  • 2019 Thessaloniki International Film Festival – Best Newcomer Director, WIFT Award

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ZIZOTEK

After nine-year-old Jason is abandoned by his mother at a folk festival, he takes refuge in a cabin in the middle of the forest belonging to a mute loner named Minas. Although at first, the man won’t take him in, a series of circumstances eventually lead them to form a family – something both of them have lacked for a long time. A touching tale of harmony and the yearning for intimacy that will captivate audiences with its dreamlike atmosphere.

  • 2020, Leeds Film Festival
  • 2020, Iris Hellenic Film Academy Award for Best Cinematography – Christina Moumouri
  • 2020, Greek Society of Cinematographers Award – Christina Moumouri 
  • 2019, WP Karlovy Vary, East of the West competition
  • 2019, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, International Competition

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NOT TO BE UNPLEASANT BUT WE NEED TO HAVE A SERIOUS TALK (De thelo na gino disarestos alla prepei na milisoume gia kati poly sovaro)

Combining the elements of a road movie and a black comedy, Unpleasant tells the story of a very successful sales manager, Aris, who is going through the most crucial week of his life. Starting from a random blood donation, womanizer Aris finds out he’s carrying a rapidly spread sexually transmitted virus that is lethal for women. Trying to find out who the woman who gave him the virus is by meeting a different one each day of an entire week, Aris will have to face the consequences of his past choices and actions. 

Giorgos Georgopoulos studied directing at the School of Cinematography Lykourgos Stavrakos. He also studied Sociology at Universita Roma. While studying, he started his career as a film editor and soon thereafter as a director, mainly of documentary films. Tungsten, his first feature, traveled to many film festivals worldwide and claimed numerous awards.

  • 2020, Hellenic Film Academy Awards  Nominations: Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor
  • 2020, Taormina International Film Festival 
  • 2019, Austin Film Festival
  • 2019, Thessaloniki International Film Festival  – Meet the Neighbours Competition – J.F.Costopoulos Foundation Award for Best Greek Film

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DEFUNCT (Apostratos)

Following financial ruin, thirty-something bachelor Aris moves into his late grandfather’s house, Aristides, a Greek Army veteran. As Aris reunites with old friends, life in conservative Papagou, the suburb of Army Generals, turns into a wishful new beginning. While rebooting his business and settling in, he inadvertently steps into his grandfather’s “slippers” and old family secrets. Through remodeling the family hero, Aris eventually reinvents himself. 

Zacharias Mavroides studied Architecture in Thessaloniki, theater in RESAD, Madrid, filmmaking in NYC, Athens, and scriptwriting in EICTV, Cuba. He has participated in both the Berlinale and the Sarajevo Talent Campus. He has worked as director and scriptwriter for film and TV. His debut feature comedy THE GUIDE (2011) screened in more than 30 film festivals. His documentary ACROSS HER BODY (2018) premiered in the International Competition of Thessaloniki Doc FF and is currently in distribution. He teaches scriptwriting in SAE Athens.

  • 2019, Thessaloniki International Film Festival – Audience Award for the International Competitive sections & the Youth Jury Award for Feature Film

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