12th Festival 21-25 October 2015
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The Judging Comittees of the 12th Festival

Judging Committee of fiction films


Dimitris Theodoropoulos, director of photography. Greece

Παντελής Βούλγαρης


Director of photography, associate professor in Aristoteleio University in Fine Arts, Cinema Department in Thessaloniki. He studied Political Science in Kapodistriako University and Cinema of Athens (Fulbright scholarship) and at Center for Advanced Film & TV Studies of American Film Institute(MFACinematography). He worked in feature films, short films and documentaries which were screened in many festivals with distinctions. He also worked in theatrical plays as lighting designer. He was director of photography in television series and commercials. He is the author of the book “The light in Greek cinema”.




Dr Jan Broberg Carter, composer. U.S.A.

Dr Jan Broberg Carter

She composes for over 20 years. She has written, orchestrated and edited/produced ten original film scores for movies from Europe and the USA. She was elected to ASCAP in 1977, she has won 18 ASCAP Composer Awards and received others for Best Original Film Score. She has been an executive producer, producer, music supervisor trained at Harvard, Dartmouth and Oxford University. Her recent filmscore, "Nocturnal Agony," premiered at The American Film Institute in March. She has conducted and played in several symphonies. She is a 14th year member of The Sundance Patron Circle.

Garry Walsh, script writer. Irland

Levon Minasian


Garry worked in the Irish exhibition/distribution industry for fifteen years. In 2012 he set up Snackbox Films where he heads the company’s production and distribution projects. Garry is also the writer of the Irish sit-com, Salt ’N’ Vinegar which was optioned by a leading UK/Irish production company and is currently in development. In 2015, Garry produced the landmark documentary Older Than Ireland which won Best Documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh.


Alexandra Georgopoulou, international relations manager of the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation. Greece

Αλεξάνδρα Γεωργοπούλου

Born in Athens, Greece. Graduate of the Department of Theater Studies, Faculty of Philosophy, National Kapodestrian University of Athens. She obtained an MA in Performance Arts (pathway Theater Directing) at the  University of Leeds (UK). She has worked as assistant director in several theater productions. In 2009 she staged her own production of a greek play titled “Meet Market”. In 2011 she had the directing supervision of the performance Xenakis On Stage, in collaboration with Ergon Ensemble that was part of a threefold tribute to the composer Yannis Xenakis, on the occasion of the 10 year anniversary since his death (Athens Festival). From 2009 until today she is the International Relations Manager of the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation.


Koulouzakis Konstantinos, co-founder and creative director of the company Parenthesis. Greece

Levon Minasian

Kostantinos was born in Thessaloniki. After his studies in Cultural Technology and Communication, went to Barcelona and studied Cultural Administration. He participated in the production of Darklight Festival of Independent Creactivity (Dublin), L 'Alternatva Independent Film Festival of Barcelona and Poble Espanyol (sonar festival). He is co-founder and creative director of the company Parenthesis which introduced for the first time in Greece the Global Documentary Music Festival IN EDIT. Parenthesis also designed and realize the last 4 years the Pic Nik Urban Festival in the ancient Roman Agora of Thessaloniki.






Animation Judging Committee:




Steve Woods, commercial animator, Director and Interactive designer, specialist in Animation Direction Concept and production design. England

Over the years Steve has worked on a wide range of projects including commercials/animated features, pop videos and television series work with major British and international companies such as La Porte Industries, Lego, Glaxo, British Airways, BT the BBC and others. He has been working with advertising agencies, Electronic Media production companies and government departments in the UK, and abroad on commercials and public education based projects, utilizing traditional 2D and 3D animation and computer aided design for multimedia products. Steve collected a personal BAFTA in 2003 for his work on Bing and Bongs “Tinypanets”. He lives now in Greece and he teaches animation and illustration at Comik school of art in Thessaloniki. 


Stefanos Potamidis, graphic designer, Greece

He was born in Thessaloniki in 1967.Having completed the Dimitrelis Graphic Design School in 1989, he studied illustrtion under the guidance of Maria Tereza Marrel. During the first years of his carrer, he founded his own company. In 1995 a partnership was formed with another graphic designer, until 1999 when he decided to join the Colibri Creative Team. where he still works. He has been awarded for his work in Greece and in Europe. Engaged in photography and illustration, he watches cartoons as every child, but in recent years a bit more.



Thodoris Karamanolis, director, program director in AnimaSyros. Greece

Antia AngelidouAndia Angelidou is a designer. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design from Applied Art Studies College in Thessaloniki, Greece. In addition to her education, she was particularly keen on the History of Arts and Design, typography and photography. She draws her inspiration from the unexpected messages hidden in shapes and words. For ten full years she created exclusively for Colibri Branding and Design, undertaking the design and supervision of all possible projects that may come along in the creative life of a graphic designer, for a broad clientele involving equally professionals, organizations and institutions. She now works solo creating for her clients, as well as undertaking her own projectsIn her spare time she finds peace in the summer by the sea, in wintertime in the mountains and whatever the season in the arms of her beloved.




Judging Comittee of Experimental Films:


Ioannis Kolaxizis, fine artist and cinematographer. Greece


Giannis Kolaxizis is a fine artist and cinematographer. He studied graphic design, pedagogy, painting, graphic arts-multimedia and image and sound technology. He participated in several exhibitions in Greece and abroad receiving many distinctions. He is a professor at the Cinema department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and at the past he worked at the plastic arts department and several art schools.




Maria Papadopoulou, fine artist. Greece

Maria Papadopoulou has studied at the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Universidad de Barcelona. Her field of expertise is new technology and video art. She participated in over 40 exhibitions in Greece and abroad.





George Melidonis, cinema critic. Greece

He works with experimental cinema and animation. He teaches animation, motion graphics and applications for digital means in private schools.




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