Meet The Programmers
Maya Sfakianaki is a film curator with a focus on short content. She is a graduate of the University of Kent holding a degree in film studies and currently studying her Masters in Film Curation at EQZE. Since 2020 she has worked as a film programmer for the BFI Film Academy, London Short Film Festival, Drama International Short Film Festival and AegeanFF. She also works as a moderator and Q&A host for Thessaloniki Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam. With her curatorial and filmmaking work she focuses on themes of sexuality, intimacy and representation of eroticism in film.
Born in Chania, Greece in 1994, Stavros Markoulakis is a writer/director and film programmer. He is a Locarno Industry Academy & Sarajevo Talents Alumnus and has worked in various positions in the Programme department of film festivals such as International Film Festival of Rotterdam, Thessaloniki FF, Leiden Shorts etc. His films are balancing between the real and the imaginary and have been presented in film festivals around the world like Sarajevo FF, Clermont-Ferrand etc.
With several years of experience in film festivals and especially in major co-production markets such as IDFA, Visions du Réel, Thessaloniki, Jihlava, Qumra a.o., Antigoni also held the positions of Acquisitions for world sales company, Heretic Outreach, Project Manager for CIRCLE - Women Doc Accelerator focusing on project development. She is currently involved in the production of creative documentaries, in the selection committees of FIFDH, Anafi IFF, freelances as a consultant and project reader for workshops and markets while pursuing her personal photography work.
Ferdinand Waas (b. 1998, Ingolstadt, Germany) is an artist, programmer and production designer studied at TU Vienna (architecture), University Vienna (social and cultural anthropology), Royal Academy of Art The Hague (fine arts).
Works on the basis of forensic research and participatory observation to form(ulate) within the vocabulary of the given place, medium and context. Focuses on retracing and storytelling of the invisible and unseen through elements of the daily and the ordinary. Meandering alongside the presence of absence, the uncanny and speculation of the potential. By Giving clues and hints, which often leave the audience between the physical state of alertness and discovery. Resulting in context specific installation, film curation and text.
Political, Social and Cultural Studies graduate from the universities of Portsmouth (UK), Charles (Prague), Eötvös Loránd (Budapest), and KU Leuven, Belgium. Commenced professionally working in cinema as executive producers’ assistant at Origo Studios in Budapest in 2013. Currently producing her own projects with Avion Films. Pre-selector for Drama International Short Film Festival since 2020 and for ANAFIFF for 2nd year. Plant-based, Yogi, Climber and parent to a Weimaraner.