Maria Hatzakou - Maria Hatzakou is a film writer/director, producer, based in Athens, Greece. She was awarded a BA in Film and Video at the London College of Printing before going on to work extensively as a film programmer, at the Athens International Film Festival (2000-2004), and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (co-coordinating the “Independence Days” section, 2005-2008). In 2007, she joined Haos Film — a pioneering filmmaker-run production and postproduction studio based in Athens, founded by Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari — as a producer. She has produced a number of projects. Athina Tsangari’s Attenberg, The Capsule, 24 Frames per Century and “Chevalier”, Yorgos Lanthimos’ Alps (co-producer), and Georgis Grigorakis’ Digger. Her first short film as a writer/director titled AMYGDALA premiered at the 44th Drama Intl Film festival (September 2021) and won a Special Mention for best original Music Score (written by Marilena Orfanou). AMYGDALA is currently travelling to festivals worldwide. She is currently producing Alkis’ Papastathopoulos latest short film HONEYMOON, editing her second short and is in development of her third short STARFLYER.