6th Festival Jury

Artistic Director

Koufonikos Yannis

He is a multi-skilled professional with more than 20 years’ experience in the field of media. As a freelance filmmaker he have been involved in a wide variety of projects and have worked on a large number of documentaries, TV entertainment programmes, shorts and feature films, music videos, commercial spots and educational videos.

He has worked at Aristotle University Thessaloniki, Macedonia University, Southampton Solent University where he had organised and delivered modules in creative production and editing.

MSc. Technologies of Information and Communication of Sound and Image Processing for Education and Media Production, 2009
BA (Hons) Film Studies, 1994


Kostas Korres

Kostas Korres is a Cultural Administrator and Responsible for Educational Programms for “Neaniko Plano”, a founding member of the organisation “Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People”.

He has a degree on “Studies on European Culture” and a postgraduate on “Education with New Technologies” in Greece, while he has completed his postgraduate studies in the “Institute for Art Theories and Media Studies” at the ELTE University in Hungary and he is a PhD student in the Aegean University.

He has a big professional experience in the non formal education as well as in the cultural management in Greece as well as in other countries (Portugal and Germany), especially in the film education and historical education. In 2016 through the scholarship of cultural management “START-Create Cultural Change”  from Goethe Institut in Thessaloniki he received postgraduate training in Germany and created the educational program “Ani-Mate & Meet the Other” for refugee children in the islands of North Aegean.

Dimitris Mystakidis

Dimitris Mystakidis was born in Thessaloniki in March 1970.
He has studied theory of music in the Modern Conservatory in Thessaloniki.
He is a professional musician since 1986.
He teaches guitar, flute and musical ensembles in the department of Musical Studies in the University of Ioannina since 2001.
He has published two books. The first one is a learning method for flute and the second one a learning method for guitar.
His personal discography includes «16 rebetica with guitar» (music corner 2006), «Apsilies» (Princess 2009), «whispering rebetiko» (Princess 2012), «Esperanto» (Fishbowl 2016), «AMERIKA» (Fishbowl 2017) and «Here and there» (Fishbowl 2019)

Alexia Tziona

Alexia Tziona is a journalist working as a communication manager in Thessaloniki’s leading startup hub and catalyst for the growth of the local innovation ecosystem OK!Thess. As a journalist she has worked for many years in ERT3 TV and «Πρακτορείο FM», for the radio of Athens News Agency & Macedonian News Agency as well as a communication manager & social media for several companies and institutions. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Documentary Production from Salford University as well as for Journalism and New Media from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki. She loves watching films and documentaries while she has participated in the Documentary Festival in Thessaloniki with two of her productions for ERT3 TV.

Patty Papadimou

Patty Papadimou born in Thessaloniki in Creece. She studied at the Pedagogical Academy of Florina and at the School of Primary Education of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She carried out her postgraduate studies, in General Education at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She also received the Master Degree of “Psycho-pedagogy of inclusion: a school for all” of S.OF E. C. E. (School of Early Childhood Education) at the Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Study Programme. She began working at State schools since 1987, initially as a music teacher, because of her music studies, and was appointed as a teacher in 1996. She organized literacy programs, in cooperation with municipalities and Imathia΄s Primary Education, to combat the problems minorities face in the region. She made presentations in several scientific workshops and conferences and also in training programs at the Pedagogical Institute as a teacher΄s trainer. Since 2000 she has implemented EU and cultural programs in classroom. She was a volunteer in Association for the Psychosocial Health of Children and Adolescents (A.P.H.C.A.) participating in workshops in Greece and abroad (Diaspora Hellenism schools) as a workshops facilitator and has also served as a board member of the Alexandria’s Municipal Library. In 2012 she was awarded as “The Greek teacher” from the Greek IBBY. For many years, she was a columnist in the electronic newspaper “Magic world of children’s book”. In her column she presented many book reviews. Now, she is instructor and coordinator at the Greek Social University of active citizens.   

Owen Evans

Owen Evans is Professor of Film in the Media Department at Edge Hill University, having previously taught German at Bangor University, and German and Film at Swansea University. He has published on GDR literature, German film and European Cinema inter alia. His monographs have looked at GDR author Günter de Bruyn, and German literary autobiography, and his articles and chapters comprise studies of The Lives of Others, Sophie Scholl: The Last Days, Kontroll, the work of Humphrey Jennings, and Fatih Akin’s cinema of intercultural dialogue. He is co-founding editor of the international journals Studies in European Cinema (Taylor & Francis) and the Journal of European Popular Culture (Intellect), and co-founding director of the European Cinema Research Forum (ECRF). Alongside his ongoing interest in intercultural dialogue in European cinema, his current research also includes explorations of the field of arts, health and wellbeing and has just published (with Tristi Brownett) on the role of community arts festivals as sites for wellbeing and community cohesion.