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BIOGRAPHY

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I have received my MA in Film and Television Production from the University of Bristol, UK and my BA (with High Honors) in Communication and Cinema Studies with an emphasis on Experimental Filmmaking from the University of Iowa, USA. I have been very fortunate to have studied and mentored under the guidance of the experimental filmmaker Leighton Pierce (currently the Dean of the School of Film/Video at CalArts). I have acted as the Head of MEDIA Cyprus (Creative Europe Programme) for over ten years but my true passion for filmmaking and directing forced me to make challenging decisions in following my dreams. My short films have been screened at many important International Film Festivals such as Rotterdam International Film Festival, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, and have received prestigious awards from Hamburg IFF, Drama IFF, and Cyprus International Short Film Festival.

My short film titled Lullaby received the prestigious award Tonia Marketaki for Best Directing in Drama International Short Film Festival in 2009 while it was taken by STOP International in Geneva and Anti Human Trafficking Organizations in Cyprus in order to promote anti-trafficking legislation throughout the island and awareness through various screenings and discussions while it was screened in all major military camps in Cyprus.

My debut feature film .dog has received funding for Script Development and Production by the Cyprus Cinema Advisory Committee, ERT, the Greek Film Center, and SEE Cinema Network and International Distribution by URBAN FRANCE. 

I am a member of the Cyprus Directors Union, a member of the European Women’s Audiovisual Network and President of the Committee of the International Motion Film Festival, Cyprus. 

I am currently working on the script development of my second feature film, My Name Is Lily and the TV Series ReCLAIMED aimed at the International Market and Platforms (Video On Demand).

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FILMOGRAPHY

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Release 2021
Director/Writer/co-producer
Fiction: Feature Film 95min
Funded: Cypriot Cinema Advisory Committee, ERT, Greek Film Center, SEE Cinema Network
International Distribution:  URBAN FRANCE
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Script Development
Director/co-writer
Fiction: Feature Film 90min
Script Writing Funding by the Cypriot Cinema National Fund

Young Dimitris, on the verge of manhood yet very much a child, has romanticized his soon-to-be-released from prison father to mythic proportions. But when his father’s true nature is on display, Dimitris' longings for a real family are suddenly in danger. Now, Dimitris must fight to grasp the reality of his dreams in time to escape the violence.

“I don’t know what you were doing at age 10, but I was dealing with a different kind of superpower; learning to be intersex.”

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September 2009
Director/Writer/Producer
Fiction: Short Film 15min
Funded: Cypriot Cinema Advisory Committee, Greek Film Center, SEE Cinema Network
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September 2005
Director/Writer/Producer
Fiction: Short Film 19min
Funded: Cypriot Cinema Advisory Committee, ERT, Greek Film Center, SEE Cinema Network
 

Inessa will lock herself in the toilet so she can say goodnight to her little daughter in Russia, a few minutes later her ordeal will begin. If she is lucky, she will not be raped or beaten up. If she even luckier, she might be saved.

Pestered by a couple of kids, the 10-year-old girl Eleni flees to the only friend who understands her: an old olive tree. The tree seems to welcome Eleni into her own world. We follow Eleni's unique relationship with her mother, her classmates and a local boy named Petrakis. But it is 1974, and when an invasion threatens, a lot is at stake for Eleni.

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December 2002
Director/Writer
Fiction: Short Film 15min
Funded: British Screen, UK Regional Film Fund, HTV UK

An elderly Greek-Cypriot man lies dying in a hospital bed, attended by a nurse and his daughter. As he drifts in and out of consciousness, we follow him into his memories of 1955 and a secret.

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ReCLAIMED
Script Development 
Director/co-writer
Drama: Mini Series 

TV Series aimed at the International Market

DRAMA ISFF, GR

2009

"LULLABY"
BEST DIRECTOR

The 'Tonia Marketaki' Award for Best Directing

DRAMA ISFF, GR 2009

"LULLABY"
BEST SHORT FILM

Best SouthEast Film Award

HAMBURG ISFF, 2006

"ELENI'S OLIVES"
BEST SORT FILM

Best Short Film in the category      MO & FRIESE 

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