The Psarokokalo International Short Film Festival is a celebration of cinema and its talents which focus widens on new discoveries. As of 2022, juries of professionals and artists recognized internationally attribute award prizes to the films in competition.
The Jury of the International
Guillaume Viry I Actor I France
Guillaume Viry is a french actor, director and writer.
In cinema, he has played in fifty feature and short films. He is notably directed by Alain Guiraudie, Bertrand Tavernier, Sylvain Desclous, Ariel Zeitoun…
On television he was for six seasons one of the recurring roles in series Blood on the docks.
He recently performed in theatre, in Louise with an umbrella, as the son of Myriam Boyer.
He shot his latest documentary Flotation, on a ferry on the aegean sea.
As an author, his first play When I was your father has just been published.
Olympia Mytilinaiou GSC I Greece
Olympia Mytilinaio based in Athens, Cinematographer Member of GSC ,IMAGO and Theicfc association. She is a member of European and Hellenic Film Academy She was born and raised in Litochoro, mount Olympus, and North Greece. 1987 she studied photography of cinema at the Hellenic Cinema and Television School Stavrakos and started working while a student in the Greek film industry. Till 1998 she has worked as Assistant Camera, Focus Puller and Camera Operator in films (fiction and documentary) and TV spots.
1999 Olympia filmed her first feature with director Mimis Kougioumtzis 17 to 18 as a Cinematographer 2001 she filmed Lagia Giourgou’s (Avrio tha’nai arga) Tomorrow will be to late. 2009 Her work became most known to a wider audience with Panos Koutras’ acclaimed feature A Woman’s Way (Strella), a festival favorite, selected and screened, among many in Berlin International Film Festival 2009 Panorama section. 2011 she filmed Stephen Lloyd Jackson’s David Is Dying, Awarded with Grand Jury Price, Best Director, and Best Actor in American Black Film Festival. 2012 she has achieved the shooting for the documentary Dollars For A Saint, by Avra Georgiou a Films Transit INC Production for ARTE TV. 2013 she collaborated with director Alexandros Avranas on his acclaimed feature film Miss Violence, winner of Venice Silver Lion Award, Fedora Award , Young Cinema Award and Best Actor award at Venice Film Festival, winner of Best Screenplay Award at Stockholm Film Festival, winner of Innovation Award. For the same film her work has been awarded in 2013 with the Gianni Di Venanzo International Prize for Cinematography In Italy. The same year she worked with artist Stefanos Tsivopoulos for the film History Zero, which was presented at the Greek Pavilion 55 Biennale di Venezia. In 2015, I collaborated with Algerian director Rayhana on the feature film A mon âge, Je me cache encore pour fumer, starring Hiam Abbas, a co-production of Michele Ray-Gavras and Fenia Kossovitsa. In 2016, I shot Talal Derki's short documentary Ode to Lesvos, commissioned by Johnnie Walker. In 2017 and 2018 I collaborated with Stavros Tsiolis in the film Women Who Passed by Do and with Nikos Kornilios in the film Back Held Hands. In 2018 she collaborated with the artist Pantelis Makkas in the art film Antistoli. In 2020 she also collaborated with George Drivas at the video art film Aeonium. In 2022 collaborate again with Panos Koutras at his film DODO.
Stylianos Pangalos I Film writer & Director I France
Born in Athens, Greece, Stylianos Pangalos moved to Paris, France to study philosophy at La Sorbonne and film direction at the prestigious La Fémis Film School. Stylianos Pangalos directed nine short-fiction and several documentary films while writing short and feature film screenplays for other directors. His films have been selected by film festivals around the world.
Stylianos Pangalos has directed numerous editorials, commercials and visual films for several major Haute Couture and Prêt-à-porter brands such as Dior, Elie Saab, Hermès, Loro Piana, Iris Van Herpen. His fashion films have been showcased in such prestigious institutions as: The Metropolitan Museum of Art NY, the Hasselt fashion Museum, the ASVOFF festival at the Centre Pompidou, the Royal Ontario Museum of Toronto.
For the past 8 years, Stylianos gives regular lectures, masterclasses and workshops on directing and screenwriting at several major French Universities and schools such as Sorbonne-Nouvelle, University PARIS 8 and the University of Poitiers where he became co-director of the MBA program there. On 2022 he becomes a permanent member of the CNC comity for the funding of short films
Koji Yamamura I Animator I Japan
Born in 1964. Nominated for an Oscar, "Mt. Head". His films were awarded more than 150 prizes including the grand prizes of Annecy, Zagreb, Ottawa and Hiroshima.
A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a professor of Tokyo University of the Arts.
Guillaume Lorin I Animator I Caribbean
Born in Guadeloupe in 1985, Guillaume Lorin grew up surrounded by Caribbean nature and its folklore. Nourished by these two giants, he leaves them and goes to Paris and Luxembourg to study Animation. Tired of working on films that were not so meaningful to him, he goes back to study at La Poudrière school where he develops his Caribbean imagination. Guillaume gets used to working in animation and directs his first short film Vanille, a contemporary tale in beautiful Caribbean colors.
Evelyne Robiette I Programmer I Belgium
After finishing my studies in graphic, visual and spatial arts, I started a master in cultural management at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. During this master I did a 3-month internship in 2013 for the Anima Festival, The Brussels International Animation Film Festival. This was my first experience in the world of animation. I then officially joined the Festival team in 2015 where I started by taking care of the accreditations. I also joined the programming committee 4 years ago.
Mario Manríquez I Producer I Argentina
Born in Iquique, Chile and based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Producer, distributor and film curator. Image and Sound Designer (FADU UBA). In 2015, he founded the production and distribution company CANTATAFILMS. In 2018 he was selected at the Berlinale Talents BA as producer. In 2020 he was Executive Producer and editor of the documentary Mamapara (42nd Clermont Ferrand, 36th Chicago Latino, 31st Kinoforum, 20th Kaohsiung) with which he won several awards at various festivals around the world.
He is a documentary jury member of the CILECT Prize (UBA), co-director of the film collective RABIA where he programs at the RABIA Latin American Film Festival. He is currently developing Oasis Mental (Winner of the FNA Creation Grant 2021), his first feature documentary as a director, and is also producing Todas mis Madres by Agustina Grillo (ABC BAFICI) and Afronteras by Felipe Camargo (DocMontevideo 2021).
Mathilde Brunet I Distribution I Belgium
Mathilde Brunet (she/her) holds a master degree in European cultural studies. She has worked for several European projects (artist residency space, cultural and political mediation). After a traineeship at the Council of the European Union in EYCS unit (Education, Youth, Culture, Audiovisual and Sport), she takes the position of coordinator of the Belgian Short Film Agency. She currently is in charge of the supervision of festival distribution, international sales and theatrical distribution of Belgian short films.
Rea Wallden I Film Theorist I Greece
Rea Walldén is a film theorist and filmmaker, and President of WIFT GR. She holds a degree in architecture and a Ph.D. in philosophy. Her research interests include avant-garde and experimental cinema, film education and the modernisation of education, and gender issues. Her approach is semiotic and epistemological. She has taught in the Department of Digital Art and Cinema of National Kapodistrian University of Athens, the Film School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Athens School of Fine Arts, Hellenic Open University, University of Thessaly, Cardiff University and Cardiff Metropolitan University. She has worked as postdoctoral researcher at the Aristotle University and as scientific consultant at the Greek Ministry of Education. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Greek Film Centre (2017); the European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies (since 2015); and Women in Film and Television Greece (two terms: 2018-20 as member, and since June 2020 as President). She has participated in the Working Group on Audiovisual Education in the National Dialogue for Education (2016). She represented Greece in the EC “ET2020 Working Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education” (two terms, 2016-19). She is a member of the Hellenic Semiotic Society, the International Association for Semiotic Studies, the Society for European Philosophy, European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies, Hellenic Film Academy, and WIFT GR (founding). She has co-written the script for the feature film “Thief or Reality” (2001) by Antoinetta Angelidi, which has been screened at international film festivals and museums. She has shot short experimental films and exhibited artwork. She has just completed, in collaboration with Angelidi, the feature-length experimental documentary “Obsessive Hours at the Topos of Reality”.
Focus In Belgium Competition
Zhichao Zhu I Filmmaker I China
Zhichao Zhu is a filmmaker and visual artist based in Shanghai and Hamburg. After graduated from UMPRUM with M.A in Prague, he became a registered university lecturer in Shanghai. His works was exhibited internationally over the recent years, festival selection including Reel Asian in Toronto, Psarokokalo in Athens, Macau Short Filmfest and Beijing Independent Film Festival, and he was awarded DAAD Prize in Hamburg and audience choice in Short Film week in Shanghai.
Asimina Proedrou I Screenwriter - Director
Asimina was born in 1982, in Athens, Greece. She studied music (piano degree in 2001), International Economics (BA in 2005 and MSc in 2007) and Film Directing (BA in 2013, MA in 2016).
Her short film, RED HULK (2013), which was produced, written and directed by herself, won the Golden Dionysus (Best Film) at the Drama IFF (2013) and the Best Short Film Award at the Athens IFF (2013). It was officially selected for more than sixty international film festivals, including Clermont-Ferrand (International Competition 2014), and won seven international awards.
Her debut feature film, Behind the Haystacks, which will be released in 2022, is a Greek-German-North Macedonian co-production, developed through Berlinale Script Station and First Film First, and supported, among others, by MEDIA, ZDF-Arte and Eurimages.
Apostolos Kitsos I Film critic I Greece
Founder, owner, leader of magazine and movie portal ΜΟVE IT MAGAZINE, one of the most exciting cinemating voices in Greece, since 2009. Independent film critic for more than 20 years, but most of all, incurable film lover, certified cinephile, movie enthusiast and never ending spectator of hundreds of films and tv series every year.
Environment and Architecture Competition
Jan Bekkering I Curator - programmer I Netherlands
I am trained as a construction engineer. Still at university I started to make movies, for fun. Long ago I won prizes at festivals. A couple of years I made side programmes for the French film festival One Country One Film.
These days I am organizing short outdoor film events; we call it Film in de Buurt (Movies in the Hood). I have all the necessary equipment and I like surprising people with short movies. Just like a dj I create a programme that contains a storyline. In organizing a movie night I prefer working together with social partners. We like to choose a theme for the event, Right now I am making programmes for the Suikerzoet Filmfestival ( ‘Sugarly Sweet Film Festival’ ) in Schiedam (NL) – a competition of films shorter than four minutes. The challenge lies in showing a short film before a long movie starts. It’s a unique way of introducing short films to a broader audience.
Long ago I won prizes at festivals. I have worked for a long time in architecture, among others at Mecanoo architecten and Claus en Kaan Rotterdam. Later I started working for a contractor. Because of the different jobs, I can easily relate to all kinds of social layers of the population.vA couple of years..
Carolos Galanos I Dr. Architect D.P.L.G. I Greece
Born in Paris , he studied architecture at
Ecole d 'Architecture Paris-Malaquais , with postgraduate studies in Proyectos Arquitectinicos, ETSAB, U.P.C. Barcelona (Doctoral Degree, UPC, ). His research focuses on the critical interdisciplinary approach to urban design through cinema (WP CIMES-UIA, [2004-]). He has curated, taught and participated in research programs and workshops, (between others: "CHANGING LANDSCAPES", UTH , "URBAN TRANSCRIPTS", UTH, , "INTERMEDIATE CITY_ CONSTELATION CITIES, UIA and UTH,  "," Re-activated SPACE ", UOI, ). In 2009, he founded in collaboration with Demi Maniaki “Man.Ga. Achitects office”, their architectural work is published in Greece and abroad. His recent research work focuses on Urban Sets Transformation Vs "Urban Process" [2018-]. His texts, articles and online publications on how the cultural context of each era influences the urban landscape through urban design, architectural design, theoretical approaches and cinema have been published in Greece, France and Spain.
Ebrahim Mirmalek I Photographer I Iran
Freelance Documentary Photographer and also a cinematographer and video editor of numerous award-winning documentaries, based between Iran and USA with more than 18 years of experience. He has traveled extensively in search for stories that add nuance and complexity to public discourse. His work has been featured and published in Pulitzer Center, UNHCR, Huffington Post, Getty reportage, Financial Times, Science Magazine and many other media outlets.
Davide Tisato I Director I Swiss & Italian
Davide Tisato first came into contact with the world of cinema at the age of 18, working as a projectionist in a small provincial cinema. This encounter with 35mm film material awakened his interest in cinema and led him to create video-art pieces. During his sociology studies, carried out in Spain, Portugal and France, he creates several interdisciplinary projects between social sciences and audiovisual forms of expression. His passion for filmmaking led him to study for a Master's degree in Creative Documentary Filmmaking at the EICTV in San Antonio de los Baños (Cuba) in 2018. After the studies he realises his first professionally produced documentary "Carbón" which won several awards at international festivals, such as the Award for the best Swiss film at the Winterthur Short Film Festival 2020 or the Award for the best documentary short film at Festival Internacional de La Habana 2021. He is currently co-directing the project "Ulysses. Uncharted Journeys. A Collective Atlas of the Modern Migration“ with Samuel Granados and writing his new short film "Oltre il ponte della zancona“.
The Jury of the National
Erenik Beqiri I Director I Albania
Erenik studied at the Academy of Arts, Tirana where he graduated with a Master degree in Film Directing. His last short film The Van, was part of the official competition in 72’s editions of Cannes Film Festival and was Oscar shortlisted in 2021. He’s currently developing his first feature film projects, which was part of Cinefondation and Torino Film Lab.
Anna Bourozikas I Festival Director I Australia
Anna Bourozikas has worked in the media for over 20 years.. She is a published writer and teacher and has judged in many festivals. She is the founder and festival director of the Setting Sun Film Festival.
Zhao Jin I Producer I China
ZHAO Jin, studied philosophy in Beijing and Pairs. He is a film critics, Co-founder and form editor-in-chief of DEEP FOCUS. He is also a producer and partner from MIDNIGHT BLUR FILMS and PARALLAX FILMS international sales. His production projects include Yanagawa (ZHANG Lu, Busan & Tallinn 2021), The Neo-New Adventures （QIU Jiongjiong，Locarno 2021），All About ING (HUANG Zi, FIRST 2019), Vanishing Days (ZHU Xin, Berlinale 2019) etc.