Workshop Instructors

Yorgos Makris - Screenplay, Festival Director

Yorgos Makris is a scriptwriter and actor. He has studied in the Pelou Katseli School of Drama and the Athens Conservatoire and he has attended various seminars and workshops of Greek and foreign teachers focusing on acting and dramaturgy. He has collaborated with the director and screenwriter Irakli Kvirikadze and he has participated in Jan Fleischer’s team at the MFI.

As an actor he has participated in over 50 stagings of classic and modern plays, in cinema productions and TV shows. He has worked as a lighting technician in dance and theatre performances and as a radio host. He is a writer in the fields of cinema, television, theatre and advertising. He has taught screenwriting in workshops and private Ι.Ε.Κ. (Institutes of Vocational Training). He was president of the Scriptwriters Guild of Greece and he is a founding member of the Hellenic Film Academy.

Kleanthis Danopoulos - Film Direction

He was born in Athens, Greece in 1961 and he studied cinema and theatre in Paris, where he lived from 1979 to 1989 (Maitrise de Theatre/Licence de Cinema Universite de la Sorbonne Nouvelle). He has directed numerous short and full length films, plays, concerts and music performances and television documentaries. He has taught Film History and Acting in private colleges and in collaboration with European Programs. His short stories have been published by the Patakis Publishing House.

Akis Kersanidis - Photography

Akis Kersanidis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1963. He attended the E. Hatzikou school in Athens for his filmmaking studies. Since 1989, he has worked as a producer, director of photography and director of short and full-length films, documentaries and advertisements. Since 1994, he has been working as a director in the fields of creative documentary and experimental video. He has directed plays and various performances (music, dancing, painting, cinema etc.). For the last 25 years he teaches filmmaking in public and private colleges, in seminars and workshops, while from 2005 to 2007 he worked as a lecturer in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in the Film Studies department. He was also art director for the Strange Screen experimental film festival (2001-2010) and he is part of the anemiCinema production company.

Chryssa Tzelepi - Editing

Chryssa Tzelepi was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. Since 1993 she works in creative photography with individual and collaborative exhibitions in Greece and abroad.

She has studied film in the University of the Arts London. Since 2004 she has been working as a director and producer in documentary films and at the same time she is involved in cinema-related educational programmes. She participated in the organisation of the Strange Screen experimental film festival. She is also a member of the anemiCinema production company.

Irida Zhonga - Animation

Born in 1985, Irida Zhonga is an award-winning director and animator based in London. She specialises in stop motion animation and she has received awards for her work in international festivals in Greece and abroad. She has studied Film and Television at the University of the Arts in London and since 2012 she works in advertising and cinema. Currently, she is finishing her new film titled Man Wanted, a Greek, Estonian, Serbian and Albanian co-production.

Iakovos Panagopoulos - Filmmaker/Researcher

Iakovos is an award-winning Greek director, best known for his work A Still Sunrise (2017) and Flickering Souls Set Alight (2019). Iakovos’ pioneering work is a combination of practical filmmaking and academic research. His goal is to narrow the gap between the two.
His major project so far, Flickering Souls Set Alight, is the cinematographic depiction of his research on ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).
Iakovos’ first degree in Audio Visual Arts at the Ionian University, was followed by an MA in Cinematography at Bournemouth University. At the moment, he is completing his PhD on the work of Theo Angelopoulos at the University of Central Lancashire.
He is an active researcher, counting numerous international publications. He is an official researcher in StoryLab Film Development Research Network.

Erik Knudsen - Story Lab

Erik Knudsen, born in Ghana to a Danish father and Ghanaian mother in 1956, is Professor of Media Practice at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK. He was previously a Professor of Visual and Digital Culture at Bournemouth University. Prior to this, he was Professor of Film Practice at the University of Salford in Manchester, UK. He regularly conducts guest workshops at international film schools, such as the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television in Cuba, where he was Head of Editing between 2001 and 2009. He studied film production at York University in Toronto, Canada. Among his works there are the short documentary set in Cuba, Vainilla Chip (2009), the feature film The Silent Accomplice (2010), the documentary, Heart of Gold (2006), his fiction feature film Sea of Madness (2006), the film Brannigan’s March (2004) and the documentary film Bed of Flowers (2001). Currently, he is principal investigator on two recent Arts and Humanities Research Council grants: StoryLab International Film Development Research Network (2016 – 2018) and StoryLab Skills Training for Democratised Film Industries (2019 – 2020).