Amanda Livanou studied History and Political Science at London School of Economics (BSc, MA History) before returning to Athens where she started working in film, commercials and TV production. During her 20-year career she has produced, co-produced, and line-produced more than 30 feature films and documentaries. In 2014 she established Neda Film www.nedafilm.gr where she is regularly collaborating with directors such as Babis Makridis, Evi Kalogiropoulou, Dennis Iliadis, as well as co-producing with European partners. In 2018 she co-founded the Athens International Children’s Film Festival www.athicff.com. Amanda Livanou is a Sundance Creative Producing Summit Alumna and a member of the European & Hellenic Film Academies, having served on the Board of the latter. She was elected to the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Producers Association (SAPOE) in December 2020. Since 2020, she has also been a Film and Audiovisual Consultant for Onassis Foundation in Greece.
Dries Phlypo (1977) is a producer and managing director of A Private View, Lemming Film Belgium and Mockingbird Productions. He started his career as a youth programmer for the Cultural Capital of Europe Brugge 2002 and launched the school programme ‘Lessons in the Dark’. He has produced a dozen films including My Dad is a Sausage (2021) by Anouk Fortunier, Zagros by Sahim Omar Kalifa (2017, Grand Prix Filmfest Ghent), and Oxygen by Hans Van Nuffel (2011, Best Discovery - EFA). Dries co-produced more than 30 international films, including Dirty God (2019) by Sacha Polak and Cobain (2017) by Nanouk Leopold. His current films include Zeevonk by Domien Huyghe, Crossing by Jacqueline Van Vugt, and Inside by Vasilis Katsoupis starring Willem Dafoe. Dries also produces television series such as Amigos (10 episodes, 2015) and A Good Year (8 episodes, 2019). He is currently in production for the fiction series Storm Lara and the animated series Mister Paper and Rusty 2 in close collaboration with Lemming Film. He is a board member of ACE PRODUCERS and of the Flemish Producers Association (VOFTP). He is a graduate of ACE PRODUCERS & Inside Pictures.
Veselka Kiryakova graduated from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria, where she studied film editing. She was part of the producers’ team of Alienation (2013), conceived and directed by Milko Lazarov, which premiered at Venice ‘70 in the official selection of Venice Days, winning two awards there. Ága (2018), the second film by director Milko Lazarov, produced by Veselka Kiryakova, premiered at the Berlinale Competition and won multiple awards around the world, such as: Grand prix in Tehran, Cabourg, Chukotka, Heart of Sarajevo etc. Veselka is currently producing Windless the second feature of the young Bulgarian director Pavel G. Vesnakov and The Herd the third feature by Milko Lazarov. She is working with Greek directors Elina Psykou, Yorgos Zois and Christina Ioakeimidi as a minority co-producer. Veselka was part of ‘Producers on the Move’, presented in Cannes in 2018. In 2020, she participated at the EAVE producers workshop. She is a member of the EFA.