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Xiaolu Guo
Xiaolu Guo was born in 1973 and grew up with her illiterate grandparents in a small seaside village in China's Zhejiang. At the age of twenty, she left to study at the Beijing Film Academy and then at the prestigious National Film and Television School (NFTS) in London - where she now lives and is a well-known feminist writer and director. Her first novel in English “A Concise Chinese - English Dictionary For Lovers” was nominated for several awards. Her books have been translated into 28 languages. Her film career took off with her second feature film "How Is Your Fish Today" (2006), while her film "She, A Chinese Woman" (2009) won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. Her latest film “Five Men And A Caravaggio’ (2018) had its European premiere at the 9th Athens Avant Garde Film Festival.

Konstantina Kotzamani 
Konstantina Kotzamani was born and raised in Greece, where she graduated from the Film Department of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki. Her short movies have premiered in major festivals, such as Cannes, Venice, Berlinale, Locarno, and have received numerous international awards. Her short films “Washingtonia” (2014), “Limbo” (2016) and “Electric Swan” (2020), have been awarded by the Hellenic Film Academy with the best short film award and she was twice nominated by the European Film Academy for the best short of the year. Her latest film, “Electric Swan”, was declared Best Short of the Year by the French Critics’ Association. Her films explore primordial themes such as love and dreams, mystery and the surreal in life, all the while creating alternative realities.

Thanasis Neofotistos
Thanasis Neofotistos was born and raised in Athens. He initially studied architecture and continued with studies in film directing and acting. One of his characteristic assets, scenography, is an influence from his studies. His diplomatic short film “Greek School Prayer” won the Golden Dionysus at the Drama Festival in 2014, while in 2019, the documentary “Pogoniskos” won the award for best short documentary at the same festival. His film “Patision Avenue” (2018) premiered at the 75th Venice Film Festival and won 3 awards at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. The short film “Sparkling Candles” (2019) refers to the LGBTQ+ community, while “Route-3” premiered in official competition in the Toronto International Film Festival. Now, he is in the process of financing his first feature film, “Peter and the Wolf”, while he is already developing his next film.


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