Thanasis Neofotistos is an director and screewriter. Born and raised in Athens, he participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Sarajevo Talents prorams in 2016. He first studied architecture (MA) at the Democritus University of Thrace and he later graduated from the Queen Margaret University (QMU-AMC) with a degree in Film Directing (ΒΑ). He also holds a degree in Acting from AKMI graduate school in Athens. Set design was the capstone of his studies. His graduation film PROSEFHI: Greek School Prayer was screened in several important international film festivals all over the world (21st Encounters, 26thSaoPaulo, 23rdRaindance, 35thMunich, and 50 more). The received the Golden Dioynsus Award for Best Short film at the 37th Drama International Short Film Festival, among many distinctions (Best Sound Design Award, Best Cinematography, Golden Ulysses, EAK nomination). His documentary short Pogoniskos received the Best Documentary Award at the 38th Drama International Short Film Festival. His next documentary short Four Dimensions and a Lamb premiered in the 19th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival in 2017. He participated in the European Short Pitch NisiMasa ESP2016 with his latest script for a short with the provisional title Patision Avenue. Since 2016, he is a member of the Greek Art Schools’ Artistic Committe, the Greek Directors Guild, and the Greek Film Directors and Producers Association. With this experience and after his contribution as an assistant director in two feature films, he pursues the shooting of his own first feature film, which he envisions as a dark coming-of-age fairy tale. The project is provisionally entitled Peter and the Wolf.
In a Few Words:
“I learned how to love Architecture from an early age, and possibly this was the ground for me to grow my interest in directing. I knew the principles of space and lighting, both of these factors are relevant, as they are both subject to rules and market values, they are not that abstract. Set design resulted from the amalgamation of my studies. I am the production designer in all of my films. As a Greek filmmaker, I had to learn a little bit of everything, but now I want to take my distances from this one man show and focus on direction and set design. Expertise is very important, people cannot stand out if they’re just good in many things.”