Dr. Sotiris Petridis

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Sotiris Petridis is a freelance filmmaker based in Thessaloniki, Greece, with several short films, a feature film and selected audiovisual spots in his filmography. He is an adjunct professor and a postdoctoral researcher in film studies at the Film School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He holds an integrated Master's Degree in Film Studies from Aristotle University, a Master’s Degree in Art, Law and Economy from the International Hellenic University, and a PhD In Film Studies with a fellowship from the Onassis Foundation. He has been systematically writing scripts and producing films, while he has also directed four short films, which have been screened around the world and awarded by several international film festivals.

More specifically, his filmography includes award-winning films such as The Balloon (2013), e-Social (2015) White Collar (2016), #NotAlone (2017), 9023 (2017) and Re-Live (2019). His films have traveled to over 40 countries and 400 International Film Festivals, winning a plethora of awards. These include the Best Original Screenplay Award for e-Social at Festicini - Festival Internacional de Cinema Independente, Brazil (2015) and the Best Short Film Award for #NotAlone from the Horrorant Film Festival (2017). In 2020, his short film (as a screenwriter and a director), 9023, was screened at My Darling Quarantine Short Film Festival presented by Talking Shorts and created by programmers of major film festivals around the globe. There, the film was awarded as the Audience Favourite.

His first feature film (as a screenwriter and a producer), Scopophilia (2018), premiered at Thessaloniki International Film Festival, where it won the Special Youth Jury Award. The film continued its success, while it has received the Maryland International Film Festival's Best Foreign Language Film Award, and has also been screened at Comic-Con International, in the US, one of the world's largest pop culture events. So far, Scopophilia has 16 official selections at film festivals worldwide, and in February 2019, the film was screened in Greek cinemas.

In 2019, he won the Best Short Screenplay Award from the Greek Screenwriters Guild with his script, Super-Amanda. This script has also been selected and participated in the Script Station of Sarajevo Talents, a program being held at the Sarajevo Film Festival in collaboration with the Berlin International Film Festival. In July 2020, this script was funded by the Greek Film Centre and the Greek Ministry of Culture as an exceptional project.

In addition to creating films, he also deals with academic research and teaching of the audiovisual medium. Since 2012, he has taught film courses at various private and public schools in Thessaloniki, such as the Andreas Voutsinas School of Drama, the Ksini Institute of Vocational Training, the AKMI Institute of Vocational Training and the Art School of Thessaloniki. From 2015 until today, he teaches Film Theory and Screenwriting courses at the Film School Department of Aristotle University. At the same time, he has written academic books and articles on cinema and audiovisual narrative. He also contacts a postdoc research regarding the structuring of audiovisual narratives, which is co-financed by Greece and the European Union (European Social Fund-ESF) through the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (ΙΚΥ).

He is a member of the Greek Film Academy, a member of the European Film Academy, a member of the Greek Screenwriters Guild, and has served as a President of the Youth Jury at the 57th Thessaloniki International Film Festival. In 2019, he participated in Sarajevo Talents, which is organized by the Sarajevo Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2020 he participated again as an alumnus in Sarajevo Talents and in its Script Station, in which he worked his new feature script, Act 9023, which is based on the fictional world of his short film, 9023. Finally, in 2020 he was one of the participants of the Thessaloniki – Locarno Industry Academy.