The People Behind the CFF

Mattheos frantzeskakis - chania film festival

Matthew Franzeskakis

Director of The Chania Film Festival

Director of the Chania International Film Festival (, and the Chania Film Festival in Education

He was born in Chania where he grew up. He studied mathematics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has done courses in journalism, in the management of cultural units, in cinema and in the administration of social economy institutions. Since 1995 he has taught in structures of formal and informal education. He has worked in print, radio and television. Since 2002 he has been directing the Cultural Society of Crete, the newspaper of opinion and culture "Compass of the City" and the homonymous publications. Since 2000 he has been involved in cinema and especially in its educational dimension. He has participated the production of important documentaries, educational films, books as well as the organization of dozens of events. He has co-authored the screenplay for the documentary Other Way There Was No, directed by Stavros Psyllakis.In 2018 he did the research and wrote the script for the Documentary Flowers that Withered Early which he co-directs. He also directs 3 short films. It has the address production in about 40 educational films.

Petros tsarknias - chania film festival

Petros Tsarknias

Management of Administrative and Financial CFF

He was born in Germany and lived there until he went to the Primary School in Aridaia Pella. There he lives and works today as an economist and electricity producer. He studied Business and Organization Management at the Hellenic Open University and continued with postgraduate studies in the Management of Cultural Organizations, in the administration of Sport and today continues with studies in the Sociology of Sport. He is a founding member of the Association of Friends of Music of Almopia is a member of several cultural associations either participating in their administration or as a simple member and participates in the "parental movement" of education. He has organized the production of musical publications and performances and participated in the organization of many cultural and sports events. Since 2011 he participates in the management of the Cultural Society of Crete.

Nikos Inglezakis

Creative CFF

He was born and raised in Chania. He studied Marketing, Business Management and Graphic Arts and has been in the field of advertising since 2000. Founder and partner of the company Next Step Ltd. in Chania, while at the same time he was involved and distinguished in photography.

After 8 years of work in Sydney, southern Germany and Zurich, as a Senior UX/UI Specialist, he returned to Chania where he works at inglelandi Digital Agency. He also deals photographically with artistic nudity.

Lefteris Lambrakis

Curation of Exhibitions, Parallel Actions CFF

He was born in Chania, Crete. She studied in Scenography and Painting alongside the Set Designer, Yiannis Kyros and studied Theatre in the workshop of Vassilis Diamantopoulos. She attended acting seminars with Maya Lyberopoulou and singing with Lena Gigante. As an actor he collaborated with the most important theatrical directors and participated in television series and films. He also collaborated with SKAI TV station, presenting cinematic themes in the channel's shows.

In Chania he has curated several exhibitions, including "Zorba returns to his homeland, 50 years later" (2015), "The world of Yannis Kyros" (2015), "Greece fights on - Exhibition of posters of the Second World War" (2016), "Olympic journey - The spirit of the Olympic Games through the posters of the event" (2016). He is the curator of the CFF exhibitions, as well as the author – curator of many of the Festival's publications. In 2019, his book, "From the Chania in Hollywood. The history of cinema in the city of Chania".

Chara Andreadou

Research associate of the Chania International Film Festival

Chara Andreadou has done undergraduate studies in Pedagogy, History and Archaeology and postgraduate studies in The Didactics of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies. She has worked as a teacher in public and experimental schools, as an archaeologist in excavations in Greece, Italy and Turkey, as a historian in the fields of school, public and oral history, as a museum educator in the design and animation of educational programs of museums and cultural reference sites and as an adult educator in the areas of e-government and the use of ICT for educational purposes. Since 2011 she is a school advisor of primary education in Crete.She has participated, as a workshop coordinator and trainer, in important national and European programs of education, training and professional development of teachers and adults (indicatively: Melina-Education & Culture-Ministry of Culture/Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, EKDDA, Fotodendron-CTI/Diophantus, New School-IEP, Erasmus+, Grundtvig). Her interests, researches and publications focus on issues of historical education, public and oral history, cultural management, adult education and the use of new technologies in education. Scientific Associate of the Chania Film Festival.

Stavros Grosdos

Research associate of the Chania International Film Festival

The Stavros Grosdos holds a PhD in Audiovisual Literacy and Creative Writing in Education (Pedagogical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), with postgraduate studies in The Didactics of Language. He worked as a School Advisor in Primary Education (2007-2018). He taught, as an external collaborator, in the Postgraduate Programs of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the University of Western Macedonia.

His research interests revolve around the issues of language didactics, art didactics, creative writing and audiovisual literacy. He has spoken at conferences and has published numerous articles in scientific journals. He is a scientific associate of the Chania Film Festival in the field of educational and educational programs.

His books: The Festival of Colors (1996), Creative Colored Games (1998), Language and Art (2003), The Stranger, the Other, the Different: Is It Me? (2005), Reading Games and Reading Animations (2011), Creativity and Creative Writing. From child secretary to child text creator (2014), Image and Creative Writing (2017), Cinema and Creative Writing. Film literacy courses (2018).

Kovotsos Angelos

Screenplay and Direction Advisor to Educational Films CFF edu

Angelos Kovotsos was born in Athens. He studied economics and film. She attended special Script Development seminars at the MEDEA program. His filmography, from 1989 to the present day, includes over 200 documentaries on public television and film. Indicatively, we mention: "Encardia, the stone that dances" (Best Documentary Award of the Berlin Film Festival Hellas Film Box 2016, Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival Award 2012, La Speccia Honorary Distinction 2012), "Come out sun, sit sun" (Ekk Screenplay Award 2003), "David Kennedy, sculpting life" (Ierapetra Festival 2015 Directing Award), "Time for Heroes" (Halkida Festival Award 2014), Many of them have been awarded in Greece and internationally. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greek Documentary Association.

Kosmadakis Kostas

Creative Team CoordinationCFF

He was born and raised in Chania. He studied sound engineering at the film and television school of Lykourgos Stavrakos and at the I.E.K. AKMI. He has attended seminars on cinema and music production. He stayed in Athens until 2004 when he worked in concerts, theatrical performances and television productions. In 2004 he returned to Chania and for the next 12 years he worked in a television station. At the same time, he participated in short films, commercials and documentaries, having sometimes the supervision of sound and sometimes of filming and editing. In recent years until today she has been collaborating with the Chania Film Festival.

Kostas marinakis - chania film festival

Kostas Marinakis

Technical Issues Management

He was born in Chania. He studied computer engineering at Glasgow Scotland. He worked in Athens for major IT companies. In 2006 he moved permanently to Chania. Since then he has cooperated with the TEI of Crete in the department of electronic engineering. At the same time he works in the private sector in electronics and software production companies. He has attended film courses at the Chania Film Workshop and has been involved in productions of amateur short films ever since.

Kyriakos charitakis - chania film festival

Kyriakos Charitakis

Development of CFF Educational Actions

He was born and raised in Heraklion, Crete. The first contact with filmmaking was in 2006. In 2007 he created with the 7th Lyceum of Heraklion the film The Motorcyclist, which was distinguished at the Olympia Film Festival for Children and Young People. In 2009 he began a collaboration with the Cine-courses and the Cultural Society of Crete. In the following years, he created and collaborated in short films and documentaries. He has watched many student films at the Olympia Festival which he visits every year. Since 2013, she has been teaching film techniques during the Olympia Festivals in schools that visit them and creates, together with students, short documentary films in Greece and abroad. A key member of the educational team and the creative team of the Chania International Film Festival.

Eleana pontikaki - chania film festival

Eleana Pontikaki

Production and Management of Special and Parallel CFF Actions

Eleanna Pontikaki studied History of Art and Museology. She worked from 2007 to 2014 at the Athens Biennale as an assistant curator and coordinator for the production of artistic works, in the coordination of the organization of volunteers and students of practical training and in the design and presentation of educational programs. Since 2015 he lives in Chania and collaborates with the Chania Film Festival in the organization of production and the coordination of actions. She has curated art exhibitions in project spaces of the city and has worked in productions of performing arts.performances.

Koroniotaki Katerina

Communication / Development of CFF Training Activities

He was born in Athens and has grown up in Chania where he comes from. He studied History and Film Theory at the Department of Philology of the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Crete. She has attended programs for Film Trainers with emphasis on the use of cinema as a learning tool and Cinematic Literacy. He has participated in the production and creation of student and professional films as well as cultural events in Crete. Since 2017 she has been collaborating with the Chania Film Festival in the organization of communication and the implementation of film workshops.

Maria Michelogianni

Production and Management of Special and Parallel CFF Actions

Emmanouilidou Efrosini

Coordination of Educational Programs

He is a secondary school teacher. He studied mathematics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has watched training cycles for theatre in education by the Municipal and Regional Theatre of Athens and "The Panhellenic Network for Theatre in Education". She attended the educational programs of the Chania Film Festival "Cine Graphs" and "Film Club at school", while she participated as a trainer in the action of "e-lesxi at school". For the last three years she has been participating with her school's team in the "cine lessons" program of the Chania Film Festival. He participates in the coordination of the educational programs of the Chania International Film Festival.

Nembavlaki Sofia

Coordination of Educational Programs

Born in 1975 she is married with two children and resides in Chania. She studied at the Department of Social Policy and Social Anthropology of Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, with a major in Social Policy. He holds a Master's Degree in Specialization from the MSc in "Management of Cultural Units" of the Hellenic Open University. He is an employee of the Technical Chamber of Greece/ Department of Western Crete. In the past he had worked at the Technical University of Crete and the University of Crete. Since 2017 she is a volunteer at the Chania International Film Festival, organizing its educational activities and training programs.

Worm Evangelia

Coordination of Educational Programs

He was born in Rethymnon but grew up in Chania. He studied civil engineering at the Democritus University of Thrace, has a master's degree in production and Administration from the Technical University of Crete and works at the Technical Chamber of Greece Department of Western Crete. In the context of her professional activity, she has designed, organized and implemented many events and conferences while at the same time she has been involved with the Areas the preservation of architecture and culture heritage, sustainable development - sustainability and publications of architectural and cultural content. In recent years, looking for oases of culture and art in her life, she follows, actively accompanies and assists the latter. years the Chania International Film Festival and especially its educational programs supporting organizationally their administrative and pedagogical structure.

Vergeraki Cleopatra

CFF Creative Team

He was born and raised in Chania. He studied sound engineering at the I.E.K. AKMI. She worked as a radio producer and sound engineer in radio stations in Chania. For 14 years she was in the technical department of a television station of Chania as an image console operator, sound engineer and program flow manager. For the last two years he has been collaborating with the Chania Film Festival as an editor.

Levendelis Manolis

CFF Creative Team

He was born in Chania, Crete. From a very young age he was involved in computers and editing, creating many short films with his classmates. At the age of 17 he worked for the first time as a production assistant in the series "The Island". In 2013 he graduated from IEK AKMI as Editor and two years later from Queen Margaret University as Film Director. In 2014 he created his first official short film titled "Dolls". The films "LyssaVirus" and "Eight Seconds" followed with distinctions. From 2010 until now he has participated in feature films and documentaries, of Greek and foreign production. He has collaborated with well-known directors and has created video clips as well as commercials. In recent years she has been in the creative team of Chania Film Festival participating - among other things - in the production of student documentaries as part of the Festival's educational programs.