Professor in Film Direction
Studies Born in Athens in 1955, he simultaneously studied Mathematics at the University of Athens and Direction at the Lykourgos Stavrakos School . He has attended scriptwriting and production workshops and various seminars. He took part in the EU Media Programme “Sources” workshop with the script of his second feature, The man in grey. The script was analyzed on this occasion by Jan Fleischer. He also took part in the Mediterranean Film Institute script workshop with the scripts of two films, Eyes of Night and The Building Manager. Jan Fleischer acted as the script analyst on both occasions. He speaks English and French.
Creative Work Assistant Director: As an assistant director, 1976-1992, he worked with Giorgos Panousopoulos, Andreas Thomopoulos, Alexis Damianos, Takis Papagiannis and, above all, with Pantelis Voulgaris.
Documentaries Direction: He directed television documentaries for “There’s more to Greece than Athens”, “ERT (Greek State Television) in Northern Greece”, “ERT throughout Greece”, “Miniature portraits” and “Behind the Scenes”. In 2011, he wrote and directed a 13-episode documentary series for ERT entitled “I have met happy craftsmen”. In 2013, the centenary of the liberation of Kavala, he wrote and directed “Kavala: reflections of yesterday, metamorphoses of today”.
- The cuff links (1980)
- Touch Typing (1983)
- Style (TV movie) (1987).
- Lefteris Dimakopoulos (1994)
- The Man in Grey (1998)
- Eyes of Night (2004)
- The Building Manager (2009).
- Light Year (work in progress).
His shorts and feature-length films have won numerous awards at festivals in Greece and abroad, as well as Hellenic Ministry of Culture prizes.
Theatre Direction: He has directed for the theatre on two occasions:
- Michael Fais’ monologue Androgynous with Gerasimos Skiadaresis.
- Loula Anagnostakis’ monologue Blood red sky with Vaggelio Andreadaki.
Educational work He has taught in the Film Department at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki since the department was founded in 2004: He taught classes in Direction and Coaching Actors between 2004 and 2008 under the provisions of Presidential Decree 407/80, which permits individuals with a professional rather than an academic involvement with their subject to teach in a university context. He was also responsible for numerous workshops during this period. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Film Direction in November 2008. He was given tenure in December 2012. He has taught the same classes and workshops since 2008. He has supervised graduation films and research projects along with a Ph.D. thesis.
He taught “The actor in front of the camera” for 4 years at the State Theatre of Northern Greece Drama School. He acted as a script analyst for many years in short film workshops held as part of ERT’s Microfilm programme. He has taught at the public College of Further Education in Haidari and in numerous private film and drama schools. He has participated in seminars, lecture series, international presentations of Greek cinema, and conferences. He has compiled notes on the subjects he teaches, and is preparing his first book for publication.
Administrative work He has sat—and sits—on: Various committees within the Film Department, Selection bodies and Diploma examination committees.
He was responsible for nominating Pantelis Voulgaris for the award of an honorary doctorate from the Department.
He was responsible for:
- The collaboration between the Department and the Greek Film Centre The Department’s participation in the Drama International Short Film Festival
- The meeting with the British author David Nicholls at the Thessaloniki International Book Fair 2013.
- The Mentors programme.
- Various events aimed at bringing work by students to a wider audience.
He accompanied students from the Department on the MFI script workshop.He has represented the Department on the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Senate.He sat on the Board of the “Centre for the Fine Arts and Letters”, 1994-1996, in which capacity he organized two script workshops and a film theory event.