Athens 2016. The complexities of immigration are exposed when four lives collide within the backdrop of Amerika square.
Two Greek friends, along with a Syrian ex-Military doctor, an African singer and a human trafficker each navigate the refugees crisis in Athens. When one of their actions becomes the unthinkable, the others are forced to work together to escape the consequences. Mixing a kinetic visual style with ripped-from-the-headlines storytelling, Amerika Square is an unflinching look at the mass migration economy—where “borders are business.”
World premiere in BUSAN International Film Festival, Flash Forward section (2016)
American premiere in Chicago IFF, New Directors Competition
Audience Award in Beijing IFF at Forward Future section, Audience Award in Burgas IFF, FIPRESCI Award, Best Greek Film, Thessaloniki IFF, Special Youth Jury Award, Thessaloniki IFF, Special Mention to the actor VASSILIS KOUKALANI, Thessaloniki IFF, Erasmus Youth Jury Award, TRIESTE IFF, Best Feature Film Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, Best Editing Hellenic Film Academy, Best Film in Open Frontiers Contest, Distribution: Greece (Feelgood), USA (Corinth films), Spain (CADA), Turkey (FABULA), HBO Europe
His second film AMERIKA SQUARE (2016) a UK-GREEK-GERMAN co-production was world premiered in Busan IFF and won many international awards: Audience Award in Beijing IFF and in Burgas IFF, FIPRESCI Award, Special Youth Jury Award, Special Mention to the actor VASSILIS KOUKALANI in Thessaloniki IFF, Erasmus Youth Jury Award in TRIESTE IFF, Best Feature Film in Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, Best Editing in Hellenic Film Academy Awards, Best Film in Open Frontiers Contest. The film got distribution in many countries and still has a line of festivals and screenings.
At the age of 19, he moved to London to study Photography and History of Art at the London College of Printing and Film, at the University of Westminster wher he wrote his thesis on Edgar Reitz’ s Heimat and became member of the legendary London Film Makers Co-Op where he started directing experimental short films. A veteran film editor has worked mainly in London, on seventeen award winning feature films and on many documentaries for British TV.
After eighteen years in London, came back to Athens where he wrote and directed the award-winning short film TRUTH (2006).
He is based in Athens now where he also co produces shorts, documentaries and features along with developing his next film.