Sofia Exarchou is the director of the 61st TIFF’s spots

61st Thessaloniki International Film Festival || 5 - 15/11/2020  


Sofia Exarchou is the director of the 61st TIFF’s spots


Sofia Exarchou, director of award-winning film Park, was assigned to direct the 61st Thessaloniki International Film Festival’s spots. Inspired by the unprecedented situation and with motto “Cinema, no matter what”, Sofia Exarchou created three cinematic spots, produced by Maria Drandaki/ Ηomemade Films.


As every year, the Festival gives a vote of confidence to a young and talented Greek director.


“In a period of fear and uncertainty, I wanted to create three short stories about making and watching films, no matter what. I approached each spot from a different perspective. The first is from the creators’ point of view, those who make films. It is a funny story about the uniqueness of the cinematic composition, its magic, difficulty and craziness. The second one is from the viewers’ point of view; it is about the experience of cinematic viewing. And the third one is dedicated to all the cinema geeks – the film buffs, the amateur filmmakers and the science fiction lovers” notes Sofia Exarchou.


The Spots:








More about Sofia Exarchou:


Sofia Exarchou was born in Athens. She studied electrical engineering at the Athens Polytechnic, film direction at the Stavrakos Film School, and theatre at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. She continued her post-graduate studies in ESAV in Toulouse. She has written and directed two short films (Apostasi, Mesecina) and in 2014 she was selected to participate in the Sundance Screenwriters & Directors’ Lab. Park, her first feature film, premiered at Toronto IFF and was selected at San Sebastián IFF, where it won the New Directors' Award. It participated in numerous festivals (Rotterdam, BFI, San Francisco IFF, BAFICI, Stockholm, Angers, Warsaw, CPH etc) and won international awards (Best Film Award-Εuropean Film Festival Palic, Best Actress – Thessaloniki Film Festival, Best First Time Director and Best Sound – Hellenic Film Academy etc.)


She is currently preparing her second feature film, Animal. Animal was selected to participate in the Cannes Cinéfondation Atelier, in June 2020.




Scriptwriter – Director: Sofia Exarchou

Producer: Maria Drandaki

Director of Photography: Simos Sarketzis

Editor: Livia Neroutsopoulou

Sound Recordist, Sound Mixer, Sound Designer: Panagiotis Papagiannopoulos

Art Director: Eva Goulakou

Costume Designer: Marli Aliferi

Make up: Ioanna Lygizou

Production Manager: Katerina Thanopoulou

Production Assistant: Giannis Nasis

A’ Assistant Director: Daphne Psarros

Β’ Assistant Director: Spyridoula Diasparra

Focus Puller: Irini Zevgoli

Β’ Camera Assistant/ DIT: Leonidas Papafotiou

Gaffers: Marcin Kukor, Kostas Patramanis                          

Key Grip: Konstantinos Charatzoglou

Props Master: Tasos Kontaxis

Location Scouter: Panagiotis Lazarakos


Production Company: Homemade Films




Flomaria Papadaki

Vasilis Vilaras

Eva Vlassopoulos

Grigoris Ballas

Giorgos Iliopoulos

Livia Neroutsopoulou

Eleanna Tsakiri

Aggeliki Gerolymou

Antonia Gounitsioti

Alexandros Nikolouzos

Elena Kalimeri

Rinio Dragasaki

Kostas Mouroulis

Dimitra Zalokosta




Louiza Papazoglou

Ioli Dourabei-Exarchou

Iasonas Oikonomopoulos

Avgoustos Lambrou




Aineias Tsamatis

Stelios Dimopoulos

Stella Vogiatzaki

Yiannis Papadopoulos



Post Production




Post Production Manager

Panos Bisdas


Post Production Supervisor

Liza Chrysochoou


Color Correction

Manos Hamilakis


Color Correction Assistant

Maria Tzortzatou


Technical Supervisor

Panagiotis Karachalios



Catering: CAMEL


Lights: Bright Vision


Projector: Nobile Sound



The creative team of the spot would like to thank:


Michael Cacoyannis Foundation  


Alexandra Georgopoulou

Kostas Varympopiotis

Valia Tserou

Giorgos and Roulis Alahouzos




Dimitra Vlagopoulou

Konstantina Kotzamani

Iro Kokkini

Yannis Vaslemes




Olga Filaniotou

Ioanna Karamanou – Studio Karamanos  


Ilias Ktistakis – White Balance 


Stelios Kammitsis


Park My Car   

Dimitris Kanellopoulos

Yannis Anastasiadis

Haris Pournias

Athena Petridou

Charalabos Bakirtzoglou

Gina Pavlopoulou

Elina Psykou

Giannis Ageladopoulos

Vangelis Pappas and Markos Pappas