Angelo Venetis, Iraklis Mavroides, Nikos Smpirilis, Teta Apostolaki — an active team of Greek producers — will discuss the new landscape of film production in Greece, opportunities and challenges that arise along with the country’s evolvement into a Southern European film hub offering unique and diverse features. Boo Productions has produced several successful films, including the latest Oscar entry APPLES and is now in development of two major television series.
To be moderated by film director Dennis Iliadis.
A free live online panel discussion – 60 minutes
Thursday, May 20, 11 am PST (9 pm/Greece)
ABOUT BOO PRODUCTIONS
Teta Apostolaki finished her Theatrical Studies and got her Master’s Degree in Cultural Management in Athens. She has been working as a Production Manager and Line Producer in TV and film productions since 2007. Apart from the several TV commercials and short films that she has worked on, she has also participated in the feature films: BANK BANG (2008), THE ENEMY WITHIN (2013), KISSING? (2016), APPLES (2020). She is currently working in the pre-production of an internationally co-produced feature and a feature documentary for PLAESION Film + Vision, both to be shot in Greece in 2021.
DENNIS ILIADIS (Moderator)
Dennis Iliadis was born in Athens, Greece and also grew up in Paris and Rio de Janeiro. He studied Political Science and Semiotics at Brown University in the US and Film at the Royal College of Art in the UK. His debut feature film HARDCORE, shot in Greece, was released to critical and commercial success and was sold to many territories worldwide. This led to his sophomore feature, THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT for Universal, which reached number 2 at the US Box Office. He has directed three more American films and splits his time between Los Angeles and Athens, also writing and directing for the theatre as well as directing commercials that have won many international awards.
Iraklis Mavroides is one of the founding producers of Boo Productions. In his 30-year career in the film industry, Mavroides has produced and co-produced numerous films for the Greek market as well as international projects. He was one of the main producers for Lanthimos’ breakthrough DOGTOOTH and also has production credits in ATTENBERG by Athina Rachel Tsangari (Coppa Volpi for Best Actress, Venice 2010), HARDCORE by Dennis Iliadis (2004), MODRIS by Juris Kursietis (Special Mention San Sebastian New Director’s 2014), THE CAT’S MEOW by Peter Bogdanovich (2001), SCREAMIN’ JAY HAWKINS: I PUT A SPELL ON ME by N. Triantafyllidis (2001), THELMA by P.A. Meier (2000) and SIGNS AND WONDERS by Jonathan Nossiter (1999). He last produced APPLES by Christos Nikou which was the opening film in Venice-Orizzonti 2020 and was selected in Telluride and Toronto film festivals.
Nikos Smpiliris has been working in the film business for more than 20 years. Post his graduating from the NTU in Athens, he got a BA in Cinematography and an MBA in Film Production in 2002. He began working as an art-house distributor planning and implementing the theatrical release for many awarded films. In 2012 worked for the Thessaloniki IFF as a Director of Communications in the 14th Thessaloniki DF and as a Coordinator during the 53rd edition of the Thessaloniki IFF. In 2012 he joined Athina Tsangari’s Haos Film (ATTENBERG, KINETTA, CHEVALIER) where he was involved in all stages of film production, from script development to line producing, for Greek projects that travelled to international film festivals. He worked as an evaluator for the MEDIA program Creative Europe (2017-2020), and from 2017 he is also Head of Film production at Boo Productions. He was one of the producers of the film APPLES by newcomer Christos Nikou, drafting and implementing its international co-production structure with the Polish LAVA films and Slovenian PERFO.
Angelo Venetis is the managing director and founding member of Boo Productions. He has worked as a producer for Aronis Productions and for his previous company Stars Unlimited, producing numerous award winning TV and internet campaigns for major clients and international brands. His film credits include APPLES (Opening Film – Venice Orizzonti, Telluride, Toronto 2020), DOGTOOTH by Yorgos Lanthimos (Oscar Nominee for Foreign Language Film/Prix Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2009), ATTENBERG by Athina Tsangari (Coppa Volpi for Best Actress, Venice 2010), 4 BLACK SUITS by Renos Haralambidis (Preselection for the European Film Awards 2010) and MODRIS by Juris Kursietis (Special Mention San Sebastian New Director’s 2014) as co-producer.