Alexander Kakavas

Alexandros Kakavas

Actually

President of the Scriptwriters’ Guild of Greece

Representative of the Scriptwriters’ Guild of Greece in FSE (Federation of Scriptwriters of Europe)

Member of the European Film Academy (EFA)

Member of the board of SADA (Society of Authors and Directors of Audiovisual)

Member of the Directors’ Guild of Greece

Member of the Scriptwriters’ Guild of Greece

Member of SAPOE (Greek Independent Producers Association)

Member of “micro” (Association of Short Film Directors)

Member of the Movie, TV and Video Producers association

Member of the professional club of artists and producers of the Athens College Alumni Association

Member of the Real Estate Guild of Athens and Attica

In Production

 

HERAEA (documentary on the worship of ancient goddess Hera) Producer/Writer/Director. Financed by the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Costopoulos foundation

THE MOTHER OF THE RAILWAY STATION (creative documentary) Producer. Written and Directed by Costoula Tomadaki. Financed by the Greek Film Centre

FROM SOPHOULIS TO THEMELIS. THE STORY OF ANCIENT MESSENE Documentary. Producer/Writer/Director

In Development

 

SIX NIGHTS ON THE ACROPOLIS (producer/writer) Long feature based on the book

by the Nobelist G. Seferis. Script financed by the Greek Film Center

 THE LAST FAVOR (long feature) producer/writer/director (Shooting est. October 2018)

Financed by the Greek Film Center & ERT s.a. (Hellenic State TV)

THE CURSED TAP (producer) Feature film based on the youth novel by Erika Athanassiou.

Works

List of produced audiovisual works

2016
HAPPY MEMORIES
(When Greece was expanding…) 1832-1947 12 ep. X 52 min. scriptwriter/producer/directed 7 out of 12) for ERT s.a.

THE PERSIAN KISS (Play) Producer. Written by Aris Sfakianakis. Directed by Angeliki Labda

THE SMOKE HOLDER (Play) Producer. Written by Andreas Staikos. Directed by Ismini Sakellaropoulou. Michalis Cacoyannis Foundation

2015

ANCIENT FACES (Play) Producer. Written and directed by Maria Tzanoukaki. Michalis Cacoyannis Foundation

2012

THE ORACLE OF AVON Production and direction of the excavations at the oracle of Avon

EGYPT THROUGH THE PAPYRUS  Production and video direction of the event at the Numismatic museum of Athens

ILIOU MELATHRON (The story of Schliemann’s house aka the Numismatic museum of Athens) (documentary) production and directing

2012

THE LIBERATION OF SAMOS, doc, p/w/d, 52′ ERT s.a.

2011-2012

The A-Z of the real estate market, p, 60′, Channel 9

2011
THE WEDDING, short film, p/w/d, 10’ ERT s.a.
KAZANTZAKIS, 50’documentary, writer, dir. C.Macheras, SKAI (non credited)

2010
KAVAFY, 50’ documentary,writer, dir. C.Machera,SKAI

2009
ALEXANDER THE GREAT, documentary 50’, writer, dir. Y. Kolozis (SKAI)

2008
WE, GREEKS, documentary series,  writer/coordinator of 12 X 50’ episodes. Dir. K.Mazanis  (SKAI)

2007
DEEP END (90′) Feature. Writer, Dir. Th. Antoniou / Pr. Yvone Roman

2005
THE PROMISE (5′) producer/writer/director, Financed by ERT s.a. (Hellenic State TV), Sold to ARTE T.V.
Mention of Merit at the 2006 State Awards
Auburn Int’al Film Festival 2006
Foyle Int’al Film Festival 2006
DaKino Int’al Film Festival 2006
Montpellier Int’al Film Festival 2005
Tehran Int’al Film Festival 2005
Olympia Int’al Film Festival 2005

CORDIAL FRIEND (50′) TV film.Writer. Dir. N.Zervos (ALTER TV)

2004
SILENCE (17′) producer. Written & Directed by St. Polychronakis.
Financed by ERT s.a. (Hellenic State TV), Belgrade Int’al Film Festival 2005
International Drama Film Festival 2004

ON THE WINGS OF THE WIND (10′) Short on 200m Olympic Gold Medalist and world champion K. Kenderis. Dir. L.Xanthopoulos.
Financed by EBU/ERT s.a. (Hellenic State TV).

PRINT (1′) producer/writer/director
TV premiere in June 2004 on STAR channel (GR)
Aarau Int’al Film Festival, Switzerland, 2005
THE END? (Play) Producer. Staged in Fournos, Athens Written and directed by Yianna Manousaka

2003
HAZARDOUS & UNHEALTHY (shooting script) Feature. Drama. Dir. A. Papadopoulos. Financed by the Greek Film Center, ERT s.a. (Hellenic State TV) & Ministry of Cyprus (est. screening Nov.’04)
2004 International Moscow Film Festival in Competition

CROSS (1′) (producer, writer & director) Art movie

Distributed theatrically in 2008 by ODEON S.A.

Awards
Mention of Merit at the “One Minute” Buku Int’nal Film Festival, October 2003
Int’al Film Festivals Corto Oporto, Portugal, Hollywood Shorts, USA
Aarau, Switzerland, Tiburon, CA, USA , Ifct , N.Y. USA.
“One Minute” Buku, Poland October 2003,
Panorama of Int’al Film Festival of Ismailia, Egypt September 2003

TV premiere June 2004 STAR channel GR

THE WALL (17′) (writer/executive producer) based on J. Papayiannis novel. Dir. D. Lykiardopoulos. Financed by the Greek Film Center & ERT s.a. (Hellenic State TV)

THE DOLL (10′) producer/writer/director. Financed by the Greek Film Center & ERT s.a (Hellenic State TV).

Awards
Direction Prize at the Athens Fantasy Film festival 2004
Make Up Prize at the Drama Film Festival 2003.

Ciff, Cyprus, 2006
Arlon, Luxemburg Oct.2004
Tifff(Transilvania) Romania May 2004
Bioreykjavik, Iceland, Jan. 2004
Foyle, N.Ireland, & DaKino, Romania
Int’al Film Festival, Nov. 2003,
Central American premiere Voladero Int’al Festival Mexico August 2003.
World premiere on competition at the International festival
of Taormina, Italy June 2003

TICKET TO RIDE (5′) (producer/non credited co-writer) Dir. M. Nikolakakis.
Theatrical Distribution by ODEON S.A. Opening in Greece 14/11/03
On competition Amiens, France, Nov.03 and Motovun on Line July ’03
World Premiere on competition at the International Festival of Taormina, Italy June ‘03
2002
SECRET NOVEMBER (co-writer) Drama inspired by M.Androulakis book. Feature. Dir. T. Papayannidis. Financed by the Greek Film Center & ERT s.a. (Hellenic State TV)

2001
WRONG MOVES (8′) Black Comedy. Producer/co-writer. Dir. Et.N.Theotokis

ANTRES (MEN) short film (script editor). Dir A. Kioukas

THE END OF THE GAME 90′ TV film (writer) Dir. B. Spanos

THE RED CIRCLE 10 X 50′ TV films. (ALPHA TV)

Nominated for best original drama script. Voted most popular original drama TV series in Greek TV awards.

THE VISITOR, TRASH, KNOCK OUT. Dir. P. Kokkinopoulos
THE LAST STOP, BLOOD LINKS, A FAMILY CASE, THE END OF THE GAME (1 & 2), Dir. B. Spanos
THE DESCENT, GIFTED Dir. C. Dimas

1999
Directorial Supervising 40 fillers (Wild Life/WWF) (MEGA Channel)

Text supervising 80 fillers (contemporary history) (MEGA)

1998
STREAM (writer & associate producer) Adventure. Feature (double version greek & english speaking)
MARY’S CHOICE (Play) Writer. Staged in Theatro Technis, NW1 London Directed by L. Loizides

1997
SAY YOU LOVE ME (shooting script) Drama. Feature Dir. Mrs K.Tomadaki.
Financed by the Greek Film Center

1996
WIND OVER THE CITY (co-writer) Drama. Feature in russian.  Dir. P.Sevastikoglou. Guest star Marina Vlady.  Financed by the Greek Film Center & ERT s.a. (Hellenic State TV)

1995
FLYING NIGHTMARE, THE LIVING BRAIN (writer) 50′ TV film. Dir. D.Arvanitis (ERT s.a.)
REVENGE (writer) 50′ TV film. Dir. A. Antoniou (ANT1 TV)
MORTAL MATE (writer) 50′ TV film. Dir. S. Kaponis (ERT s.a.)

1994
END OF AN ERA (shooting script) Drama. Feature. Dir. A. Kokkinos
Financed by the Greek Film Center & ERT s.a. (Hellenic State TV)

Awards
Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay in the State Awards in 1995
Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay Award in the 35 th
Thessaloniki Festival in 1994.
Best Film Award by the Greek Film Critics Union
Best Film Award by the Greek Film & Television Technicians Union

TEMPTATION, THE LAST CASTRATO (writer) 50′ TV film. Dir. G. Kordelas (ANT1 TV)
NEMESIS (writer) 50′ TV film. Dir. A. Antoniou (ANT1 TV)

1993
GIRLFRIENDS (writer) 17 episodes X 30′. Comedy. Dir. P. Tassios  & D. Sofianopoulos (ANT1)

1992
ABSENT LOVE (writer) Drama 80′ TV film. Dir. T. Antonopoulos. (ANT1 TV)

1989 – 92
Many documentaries for the Hellenic State TV as writer and researcher. Directed  by St. Stangos, produced by P&X

OLYMPUS: A PLACE FOR IMMORTALS (50′)
SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF THE WORKING FEMALE (30′)
AEGYPIUS MONACHUS: HIS LAST RESORT (30′)
MARATHON: A HERO’S JOURNEY (60′)
ELENI SKOURA: THE FIRST WOMAN MP IN GREECE.etc (30′)etc.

Functions

2016                 Head of the professional club of artists and producers of the Athens College Alumni Association

2015 –  today Head of the, newly founded, publishing house of the Scriptwriters’ Guild of Greece

2015 – today Member of the Board of the Collective Society of Authors and Directors ATHINA

2014 Advisor to the Minister of Culture on audiovisual policy (6 months)

2013- today President of the Scriptwriters’ Guild of Greece

2013 Program advisor to the CEO of the National Television of Greece (4 months)

2010-2011 Elected member of the Board of the Greek Film Centre
2009-2011 Member of the General Assembly of the International Film Festival of Thessaloniki

2008 – 2010 Expert of the OMC Group on cultural and creative industries and Media Mundus
2006 -2010 Special Advisor on international relations at the Greek Film Center
and representative in Eurimages, Media, See Cinema Network.
2004 – 2010 Representative of the Greek Directors Guild in FERA

1998 – 2012 Member of the board of SADA (collective society of scriptwriters and directors). Responsible of international relations
2007 – 2008 Representative of the Writers Guild in FSE
2005 – 2007 President of the Scriptwriter’s Guild of Greece

2004 – 2007 Member of the General Assembly of the Greek Film Center
2005 – 2006 Member of the Board of AIDAA

1998- 2005 Representative in AIDAA
(Association Internationale des Auteurs de l’Audiovisuel)
2004 – 2005 Member of the Board of the Scriptwriter’s Guild of Greece
2003 – 2004 Vice President of “micro” (Assossiation of Short Film Directors)
2001 – 2002 Member of the General Assembly of the
International Film Festival of Thessaloniki
2000 – 2002 Member of the Steering Committee of INCD
(International Network for Cultural Diversity)

2000 – today Founder and owner of Alexander Kakavas Productions House

1998 – 2002 Member of the General Assembly of the Greek Film centre
1997 – 2002 Secretary general of the Scriptwriters’ Guild of Greece
1995 – 1997 Member of the board of the Scriptwriters’ Guild of Greece

1989 – 2001 Senior executive consultant for G.J.Vassiliou, publishing house.
1986 – 1988 Consultant for Professor of the History of Medicine
in the University of Athens and member of the Parliament, doctor Sp. Marketos.
1985 – 1986 General Director of CANAL s.c, an Import-Export co. in Belgium
1984 – 1985 Export consultant for K.P.Marinopoulos,
pharmaceutical products in Benelux.
1983 – 1984 Worked as a teaching expert at the IBAC Institute
of marketing and advertising techniques.
1979 – 1983 Worked in BEST Ltd, advertising agency as copywriter and account
co-ordinator with clients as Daimler Benz, British Leyland, Elizabeth Arden etc.

Literary Works

As a writer

1989  STALEMATE (Play) Writer. Mention of Merit in literary competition “Parnassus”
1986  Poems, a collection. Publishing house J.VASSILIOU

As a translator

LES RACINES DU CIEL by R. Gary
SAVE AN ELEPHANT by A.Thornton & D.Currey
CHILDREN OF THE FLAME by L. Matalon Lagnado/S.Cohn Dekel
LE SERGENT BERTRAND by M. Dansel
PRINCESS by J.P.Sasson
HOW TO THINK LIKE A MILLIONAIRE by C.A. Poissant & C. Godefroy
INSTANT MILLIONAIRE by M. Fisher

As an editor

CINEMATOGRAFOS 97, 98, 99, 01 (Greek Film Critics Union)
DICTIONARY OF GREEK MOVIES (Genous 2001)
THE GREEK FILMOGRAPHY: 1914 through 1996 (McFarland 1999)
WANTED by P.Eddy & S. Walden
LOVE AND FREEDOM by R. Kavan
HANNIBAL by A. Brangance
GREEK SEEKS GREEK by F. Durrenmat
Radio
1989 – 1991
9.41 radio station Produced and presented BLACK AND WHITE: A TRIBUTE TO WOMEN’S VOICES IN JAZZ AND R&B. A weekly one hour musical production

Languages

Greek, English, French

Education
Business Administration at the University of Thessaloniki

Seminars
“Arista” workshop for story editors. Head of Studies Mr. Stephen Cleary

“South by Southwest” seminar for screenwriters. Guest Lecturer Prof. Christ. Vogler
“South bu Southwest” seminar for screenwriters. Guest Lecturer Mr. John Truby