Linda McGuire - Festival Director
Linda’s career in Film is long standing and diverse. Her acting career launched in the early 90’s when she founded the London Maverick Theatre Company then rapidly progressed into TV & Film. Working alongside veteran Film Directors such as Stephen Frears (‘Dangerous Liaisons’, ‘The Queen’) and Ian Sellar (‘The Englishman’, ‘Prague’), Linda was regularly invited by the NFTS to assist student Film Directors in the process of working with Actors. Throughout this time, Linda found herself increasingly drawn into the core of Filmmaking, lending her creative and production skills to support both emerging and established filmmakers with their projects. Annual attendances at the Cannes Film Festival soon became less about being an actor and more about raising the profile of new films, projects & screenplays. Eventually breaking away from London, Linda developed a passion for bringing the Art of filmmaking and acting into the remote communities that she travelled to, culminating in the making of short films, ‘Mana Moana’ in New Zealand & ‘Heavenly Time’ in Greece. She is also founder and Festival Director of the Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival (International) launching in June 2019.
Events organisation include: International Concerts, Film Premieres, VIP Screenings, Galas, Exhibitions, Fundraisers etc.
London, Los Angeles, New York, Auckland, Glasgow, Cyprus & Crete
Acting credits, amongst others, include: Morvern Callar (dir: Lynne Ramsay) McLibel (dir: Ken Loach) Smallpox-Silent Weapon (dir: Daniel Percival) Eastenders (BBC) Silent Witness (BBC) Taggart (STV) Holby City (BBC) Macready & Daughter (BBC) Waking the Dead (BBC) Londons Burning (LWT) All along The Watchtower (BBC)
Eleni Oulani - Magazine Content & Translator
Eleni studied English Language and Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, with a focus on English and American Literature. When she was 17, she discovered the magic of cinema and she worked as a volunteer for the Film Festivals of Athens and Thessaloniki. Later on, she moved to England to do her master’s in film studies at the University of Kent. A year later, she returned to Greece and worked for the “Bridges” International Film Festival, assisting with the organization, the presentation of the films, the translations of the website and she was the moderator and the writer of the interviews for the festival magazine, Cine@Art. Following, she worked as an intern for Thessaloniki International Film Festival, specifically for the Greek programme Department, and she was the moderator of the festival’s Q&As. Last stop, the International Short Film Festival in Drama, where, as a program assistant, she was responsible for a number of film presentations and Q&As in both English and Greek.
Festival Team - The Ambassadors
Festival Ambassadors Pictured at our Oceanside Venue, Pearl Cavo:
The heartbeat of the actual Festival Event are our amazing team of Festival Ambassadors. A truly International volunteer troupe who rally into action a few weeks before the Film Festival commences, collectively ensuring that our visiting Filmmakers & Film Industry guests enjoy one of the greatest Film Festival experiences of their lives!
PS If you'd like to plan a Wedding, Birthday or Anniversary celebration in or around Paleochora, Gabi who is one of our Fabulous Festival Ambassadors can help you at Atmosphere Events
PAUL McGUIRK (Resident Judge)
Author of Neil Jordan: The Literary Fiction, Paul McGuirk is a lecturer in film studies and has designed and delivered courses in Film Theory, Irish Cinema, European Cinema, Political Cinema, and Documentary Cinema at undergraduate and postgraduate level in University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and The National Film School at IADT. In addition, he has contributed articles to Irish Films/Global Cinema, Cineaste, Film-Konzepte, and estudios irlandeses.
'In Neil Jordan: A Quiet Man In Babylon, Paul McGuirk looks in detail at the extraordinary career of one of the most notable Irish filmmakers of the twentieth century. He provides a comprehensive study of all Jordan’s film and television work to date. It is McGuirk’s passion and extensive knowledge of the film industry which opens the reader into the career of a magnificent film maker. Just as Jordan’s movies are a feast for the senses this engaging read is beautifully illustrated with colour stills from each of the films. This is a must read for any movie enthusiast.' (From article by Niall Murphy - Scannain 2017)
Paul currently resides in Paleochora while completing his most recent literary work.
Voting member : European Film Academy (former Board Member)
Les Cesar voting member since 1987
Fest Forums Advisory Board Member
International Film Festival Summit Advisory Board Member
Board Member on a few Festivals BIFF, CIFF, Animaze - le MIAFF, Houston WorldFest,
Co- Founder of Animation Day in Cannes
Bruno Chatelin, French Business School HEC alumni, began his marketing career with the largest international Advertising Agencies: Publicis, DMM Masius and JWT. Former film distributor. He started in 1985 working for Sony then UGC FOX in France (Marketing Director and Managing Director)He has launched over 200 films and has worked closely with key creative talents.
To name just a few: Claude Lelouch, Costa Gavras, Terry Giliam (3 films: Baron Munchausen, 12 Monkeys, Fisher King), Stephen Frears, Keneth Branagh, James Ivory (2 films: Remains of the Day…), Francis Coppola (Dracula), Steven Spielberg (Hook), Woody Allen (3 films: Alice…), Sean Penn, Tom Hanks (3 films: Philadelphia…), Al Pacino, Scorsese, Michael Bay, Roland Emmerich, Schwarzenegger (3 films: Total Recall, T2, Last Action Hero), Stallone (4 films : Rambo 2/3, Cliffhanger… ), Van Damme (2) and many more. After Sony he merged 20th Century Fox with UGC in 1995 and quickly put the company in the N° 2 position on the market. Online pioneer He co founded filmfestivals.com which regularly partners with the largest festivals and markets (Cannes, AFM, Toronto, Locarno, Venice…) and has served over 6.000 festivals worldwide and a community of 370 000 unique monthly visitors, and newsletter subscribers base of 193 000. The company was one of VOD international pioneers (2001) and has opened a film and festival matchmaking community leading the way of many digital new developments in the industry. He runs a consulting boutique Major Buzz Factory specialized in online marketing for the entertainment (film, music mostly), websites design and animation and web 2.0 actions
2020 GUEST JUDGE
TO BE ANNOUNCED