The Team

'Heavenly Time' Director - Linda McGuire

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)

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Our Team

Our core team includes a host of locals to Paleochora who all come together, particularly during the Festival event to take care of our wonderful Filmmaking & Film Industry guests. Notable volunteers during the pre-event organisation are Marina Marki who helps out with all the translations for our Festival Programme & Print media, Xristina Alifieri who assists with Poster design in English & Greek, Paul McGuirk our resident Judge, Manolis Chalakavtekakis & Stelios who help co-ordinate the rigging of our Outdoor Screening area, Gianna Loupassis co-ordinating the indoor screening venue at Pearl Cavo as well as a host of others who rally to assist in the weeks before and during the event

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

JURY PANEL 2020 edition





Director of the LWSFF 2020 special inclusion Feature Film 'Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time'

In addition to being an Award-winning Film Director, Barbara is a multiple award winning Vocalist and Musician. She started filmmaking by creating educational films, music videos, and documentary shorts before tackling her film about Dave Grusin. One of her most fascinating music credits was being part of the production team of The Mickey Mouse Club TV show where she auditioned and cast Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake, Keri Russell, Christina Aquilera and Britney Spears in the show to name just a few. Her Oscar winning production team members include Kate Amend (editor), Chris Jenkins (music mixer), Jeremy Deneau (asst. editor) and the LA Post Production team that delivered the Oscar winning "Icarus" in 2017.   

Having a 35 year history with Dave Grusin, Barbara feels that "Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time" is the film she was destined to make. This film is not only a tribute to the extraordinary life and career of Mr. Grusin, it documents the "Golden Age" of television and film music. The movie also examines the heady time when Grusin's own record label (GRP Records) was at the forefront of transforming the music industry from analog to digital. The music industry has never been the same.
DAVE GRUSIN: NOT ENOUGH TIME is an elegant and uplifting Feature Length Documentary about one of the 20th Century's most important music composers. Millions of people all over the world know and love the music of Dave Grusin but even his most ardent fans don't completely realize what a phenomenal career he has had.  
Barbara is co owner of JindoJazz along with her husband John Rangel.

Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time  WEBSITE

Barbara Bentree's CD GREEN

John Rangel's CD PAGES 

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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 spends his time between Dublin and Paleochora where he's been working on his latest book.

Neil Jordan: the Literary Fiction

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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 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