Orestis Andreadakis was born in Heraklion, Crete, in 1963. He graduated from the Hellenic Cinema and Television School Stavrakos and from 1986 to 1991 he occasionally lived in France and Switzerland, where he attended courses on French literature, art history, film theory and art installation. In addition, he worked as assistant director, production assistant and extra in several French cinema and television productions, while he also co-directed a video installation about the church of Saint-Eustache. He worked as a film critic in the newspapers “Eleftheros Typos” and “Avgi”, as well as in “Cinema” magazine, where he was its director from 2007 to 2016. From 1994 to 2000 he collaborated with the Thessaloniki International Film Festival as coordinator and translator of the festival’s press conferences. From 1995 to 2016 he worked as a film journalist in Mega Channel, where he created the film program “Rantevou gia Cinema”. In 1995 he participated in the establishment of the Athens International Film Festival Opening Nights, where he was artistic director from 2007 to 2016, while in 2011 he participated in the establishment of the Athens Open Air Film Festival. In 2013 he was honoured as Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.