Yorgos Rahmatoulin was born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1972 and lived in Moscow during the first years of his life. In his teenage years, he become interested in photography and cinema. His love for the art of photography let him to discontinue his studies in mechanical engineering and go to London where he completed a course on camera lighting and camera techniques. He continued his studies at the Stavrakos Film School in Athens, where he also began to work in the field of cinema and advertising. Since 2009, he works exclusively as a director of photography on commercials, short and feature films, for which he also won several Best Cinematography Awards. The sun, the shadows, the colours, the reflections are always his companion even not at work. Street photographers, as Alex Webb and David Alan Harvey are his constant inspiration for showing how simple light can be so striking. His latest feature film is "Pause", the debut feature of Tonia Mishiali and their second collaboration, the first being ‘Lullaby of the butterfly’ for which he was awarded Best Cinematography.
Julian Scherle is a German-raised, Los Angeles-based composer, music producer, multi-instrumentalist, and performer. With over eight years in the film industry, he has had the great fortune to work with talented artists on over 40 projects. More recently, Julian’s music has been featured on the Golden Globe Winning show ‘Mr. Robot’, and critically acclaimed shows such as ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’, ‘Scream Queens’ and ‘American Horror Story’. His solo work in 2015 includes a variety of noteworthy projects from a feature length movie ‘Let’s be Evil’, to numerous short films, to games such as ‘HyperCharge’. For Julian’s commercial projects, visit the music agency Scissors and his IMDb page for full list of credits.
Lydia Mandridou graduated from the University of Brighton in 2007, where she studied Interior Architecture. Since then, her multidisciplinary approach to design has engaged her in various projects and collaborations in Architecture, Fashion, Theatre, and recently Film. As a production designer, her work includes Myrsini Aristidou's short film ‘Semele’ (TIFF Official selection 2015, Berlinale Generation 2016) that won the Special Jury Award for Best Short Film at the Berlinale Generation K-plus in 2016 and Tonia Mishiali's debut feature film ‘Pause’.
From an early age, films and videos grabbed most of his attention. Consequently, visual storytelling became a passion of his. His work includes editing, compositing, motion graphics for TV commercials and films and directing music videos. His writing and directing debut in narrative filmmaking "Bad Habits" has screened in over 25 festivals around the world and won 8 awards. He is currently in post-production for his second short film "Rearrangement". He is also developing a screenplay for a feature film.
Marios Neocleous is a Cyprus-based freelance art director. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Media from Florida Atlantic University, USA. He started as a commercial art designer and creative director in advertising and publications. He has been working in the film industry for the last 11 years, as an art director, set designer and supervising art director to production designer. His credits to date include four feature films, six short films and many TV commercials.
Christy was born in Nicosia, Cyprus. She has studied Drama in London UK and then continued her studies at Central Saint Martins from where she graduated with a BA and an MA in Scenography and Costume Design. Since she graduated she has been working with the National theatre and Independent theatre productions. She is also working as a freelance Production and Costume designer for commercials, television, and Film production. She is also a member of the European Film Academy.
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Alexia Roider was born in Germany in 1975 and was raised in Cyprus. In 1993, she attended the Visual Communication Design course at Kassel University in Germany and in 1994 continued her education in the UK at the University of the Arts London where she graduated in 1997 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Film & Video from the London College of Printing. Alexia has been working in the film industry in Cyprus since 1998 directing films, commercials, corporate videos, documentaries and special events, collaborating with local and international production companies. She has worked as an Assistant Director on eight feature films and directed three short films. In 2015, she completed her first feature film, ‘Conveyor Belt’. She is currently working on her second feature film. She was the president of the Directors Guild of Cyprus from 2014 until 2017. Alexia is a member of the European Film Academy and the Artistic Director of the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus (ISFFC) since 2010.
Anna Fotiadou is a graphic designer, illustrator, video artist, performance director and writer. She has focused on contemporary written drama and dramaturgy, developing theatrical plays. Anna has presented her artwork in festivals and exhibitions in various countries and was selected to participate at the 12th Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and Mediterranean. In 2007, she received the Cyprus National Award for Illustration. She is the co-author and co-illustrator for Current, Cyprus’ first comic book anthology. She writes and directs performances for venues in Cyprus and Germany. She also writes poetry and screenplays. She is now developing the story of a graphic novel entitled Backstory. She works in collective art projects and collaborates with artists of different disciplines.
Kyriaki Melidou was born in Greece and has been working as a make-up artist on film productions since 2003. She specializes in special effects make-up and has worked on more than 25 short and feature films produced nationally and internationally. Some of her credits include Richard Linklater’s ‘Before Midnight’, Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘Alps’, Pantelis Voulgaris’ ‘Psihi Vathia’ and Sofia Exarchou’s ‘Park’.