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 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 the Movie, TV and Video Producers association

Member of OSDEL (Society of Writers and Publishers)

Member of DIONYSSOS (Society of Actors)

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

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

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

I MITERA TOU STATHMOU (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

Works

List of produced audiovisual works

2019
APO TO MIKRO STO MEGALO (FROM LITTLE TO LARGE), 15 X 30′ TV series on lyricists. A Scriptwriters’ Guild Production. Original Idea/Concept/Production 15 / Direction 11.
2018-2019
BIOI PARALLILOI (PARALLEL LIVES) 10 X 52′ TV historical documentaries. Original idea / Writer of 11/Production design.For ERT s.a. (National Television of Greece)
Director of 4 episodes (Zachariadis-Sophoulis, Stergiadis-Chrysostomos Smyrnis, Venizelos-Metaxas, Papagos-Plastiras) co-Director of 5 (Tsaldaris-Papanastasiou, Gounaris-Dragoumis, Mercouris-Benakis, S.Venizelos-Tsouderos, G.Papandreou-K.Karamanlis)

2017 – 2018
APO TO MIKRO STO MEGALO, (FROM LITTLE TO LARGE) 30 X 30′ TV series on biopics of screenwriters and cartoonists. A Scriptwriters’ Guild Production. Original Idea/Concept/Production Design/Direction of 2 episodes (Vassilis Christodoulou and Ali Dino Bei) and co-direction of 5 (Marios Angellopoulos, Archelaos, Minos Argyrakis, Bost, Iakovos Campanellis)

2016
MNIMES HARAS (OTAN I ELLADA MEGALONE…) (HAPPY MEMORIES
(When Greece was expanding…) 1832-1947 12 ep. X 52 min. scriptwriter/producer of 12 / directed 6 (The Liberation of Arta, Preveza, Ioannina, Thessalia, Thessaloniki, 2nd Balkan war, co-directed The liberation of the Holy Mountain and the the islands of the Eastern Aegean Sea) for ERT s.a.

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

KAPNOKRATOR (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

TO MANTEIO TON ABBON (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

H APELEFTHEROSI TIS SAMOU (THE LIBERATION OF SAMOS), doc, p/w/d, 52′ ERT s.a.

2011-2012

TO A KAI TO W TON AKINITON (The A-Z of the real estate market), p, 60′, Channel 9

MNIMI MOU SE LENE PONTO (MEMORY CALLED PONTOS) writer 12 X 50′ Dir. C. Haralambous (10) & N. Anagnostopoulos (2) ERT s.a.

2011
O GAMOS (THE WEDDING), short film inspired by J. Kakoulides short novel, p/w/d, 10’ ERT s.a.
KAZANTZAKIS, 50’documentary on the life of the Greek novelist, writer, dir. C.Macheras, SKAI (non credited)

2010
KAVAFY, 50’ documentary on the life of the Greek poet,writer, dir. C.Machera,SKAI

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

2008
EMEIS, OI ELLINES (WE, GREEKS), historical documentary series,  writer/coordinator of 12 X 50’ episodes. Dir. K.Mazanis and K. Evaggelakou (SKAI channel)

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

2005
I IPOSXESI (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

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

2004
I SIOPI (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

STA FTERA TOU ANEMOU (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
TELOS? (THE END?) (Play) Producer. Staged in Fournos, Athens Written and directed by Yianna Manousaka

2003
BAREA KAI ANTHYGIEINA (HAZARDOUS & UNHEALTHY) (shooting script / co-writers Papadopoulos / Spyrou /) 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 2008/2009 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

O TOIXOS (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)

I KOUKLA (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
O MYSTIKOS NOEMBRIS (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

KOKKINOS KYKLOS (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
PES POS M’AGAPAS (SAY YOU LOVE ME) (shooting script) Drama. Feature Dir. Mrs K.Tomadaki.
Financed by the Greek Film Center

1996
O ANEMOS STIN POLI (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
FTEROTOS EFIALTIS (FLYING NIGHTMARE), ZONTANOS NEKROS (THE LIVING BRAIN) (writer) 50′ TV film. Dir. D.Arvanitis (ERT s.a.)
EKDIKISI (REVENGE) (writer) 50′ TV film. Dir. A. Antoniou (ANT1 TV)
TO MAT TOU THANATOU (MORTAL MATE) (writer) 50′ TV film. Dir. S. Kaponis (ERT s.a.)

1994
TELOS EPOCHIS (END OF AN ERA) (shooting script with A. Kokkinos) 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

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

1993
OI FILENADES (GIRLFRIENDS) (writer with S. Stangos on an original idea of A. Adrianou) 17 episodes X 30′. Comedy. Dir. P. Tassios  & D. Sofianopoulos (ANT1)

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

1989 – 92
Many documentaries

OLIMPOS TOPOS ATHANATON (OLYMPUS: A PLACE FOR IMMORTALS)  writer/researcher (50′), dir. S. Stangos / production Papadakis & Chronopoulos (ERT s.a.)
I SEXOUALIKI PARENOXLISI TVN ERGAZOMENON THILEON (SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF THE WORKING FEMALE) writer, (30′) dir. S. Stangos / production Papadakis & Chronopoulos
AEGYPIUS MONACHUS: TO TELEFTAIO TOU KATAFYGIO (AEGYPIUS MONACHUS: HIS LAST RESORT) writer (30′)  dir. S. Stangos / production Papadakis & Chronopoulos (ERT s.a.)

YGIEINI KAI ASFALEIA TON ERGAZOMENON writer (30′) dir. S. Stangos / production Papadakis & Chronopoulos
MARATHON: TO TAXIDI ENOS IRWA (MARATHON: A HERO’S JOURNEY (60′) / writer of greek version / production Top Shelf New Zealand
ELENI SKOURA: I PROTI ELLINIDA BOULEFTIS (ELENI SKOURA: THE FIRST WOMAN MP IN GREECE). writer/researcher (30′) / dir. S. Stangos / production Papadakis & Chronopoulos (ERT s.a.)

O SOSIALISTIKOS REALISMOS STON KINIMATOGRAFO (SOCIAL REALISM IN THE MOVIES) writer/researcher (30′) dir. S. Stangos / prod. Green Directors’ Guild (ERT s.a.)

 

Functions

2020 – 2023 President of the Scriptwriters’ Guild of GreeceRepresentative of the Scriptwriters’ Guild of Greece in FSE (Federation of Scriptwriters of Europe)

2017- 2020  President of the Scriptwriters’ Guild of GreeceRepresentative of the Scriptwriters’ Guild of Greece in FSE (Federation of Scriptwriters of Europe)

2015 – 2018 Member of the Board of the Collective Society of Authors and Directors ATHINA

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

2015 – 2017 President of the Scriptwriters’ Guild of Greece

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

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 MAVRO/ASPRO: GYNAIKES TIS JAZZ KAI TON R&B / 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 (never accopmlished)

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