12th BBB Short Film Festival – TEAM
Vasiliki Maltasoglou (Greece, 1983) studied International and European Relations at Panteion University in Athens and she did her Masters in International Politics at City University of London. Her research is mainly focused on EU and Southeast Europe issues with a special interest in Turkey. She has undertaken research on Turkish External Relations, the Greek Crisis, and EU mobility.
Her professional expertise is in Marketing and Social Media and her passion for art and creativity. In the BBB team, she is the Communication Manager and she is dealing with all promotional activities of BBB at all fields (Film Festival, Workshops, Cultural Events, Research Projects) and holds the communication with the Filmmakers, Film Festivals, NGOs, Media and the public.
Dimitris Maragkos (Greece, 1982) holds a BA in Communication, Media and Culture from Panteion University of Athens and a Msc in International and European Studies from the University of Piraeus. For the last 12 years, he has worked as a communication specialist in Organizations that coordinate European and National programs for Education, Training and Research. Since May 2015 he has been an Independent EU expert speaker in the Team Europe Network, coordinated by the Representation of the European Commission in Greece. Within this network, he encourages dialogue between European institutions, young people and civil society. Currently, he works in the National Documentation Center, coordinating the “Knowledge and partnership bridges” project, an initiative that brings the high-quality human capital of Greece together and creates collaboration links between them.
In BBB he is responsible for elaborating and submitting applications for European Funded Programmes and Networking with National and European Organizations.
Konstantina Karydi is a Special Advisor on European Affairs and Public Administration to the Mayor of Athens and Head of the Europe direct Office of the Municipality of Athens. She has worked as Research Fellow at the European think tank ELIAMEP focusing on participatory politics, governance, and urbanization. She is a fellow of the European network of excellency FutureLab Europe. She has studied Political Science, French (BA), and European Public Policy (MSc) at University College London (UCL) and Sorbonne Paris IV and is a PhD candidate at the University of Athens.
She is a co-founder of the organization involved in all aspects of BBB’s strategic activities and networking.
Veroniki Krikoni was born on 30th June of 1983 in Athens where she currently lives. Her studies in International and European Studies (Panteion University) and European Cultural Studies (Erasmus Mundus Euroculture Programme, Joint Master of Arts) offered her a cosmopolitan mindset and way of living. She has lived in Italy, Poland and the Netherlands, while she is familiar with the countries of the Balkan Peninsula.
She is actively involved in civil society and has established several cooperations with NGOs (Caravan Project, Hellenic History Foundation, Inter Alia etc) that wish to use art and creativity in order to make people re-imagine their own lived experience. Her expertise is in the field of arts & education, culture & audiovisual, visual analysis, Youth, related mostly with the project design and management of that kind of intercultural activities. From 2012 she is also actively involved in the field of composing, editing and submitting calls for proposals for EU Funded Programmes (Youth in Action Programmes, Creative Europe, Europe for Citizens, European Cultural Foundation, European Fund for the Balkans).
She has a growing interest in audiovisual productions, a curiosity about people’s stories and a strong feeling of making people’s voices to be heard through the power of moving images. The cinema has been the vehicle of her inspiration and the main tool of her research on the Europeanisation process in relation to the construction of cultural identities and their visual representation.
As a co-founder of the Balkans Beyond Borders (BBB), she is the organizer of its Short Film Festival, while she has also been responsible for the project design and management of several intercultural activities through non-typical ways of learning in the field of arts and education both in Greece and abroad. Through BBB she aspires to enhance youth mobility in the Balkans, to promote short film productions by young film-makers from the region and contribute to the reimagination of the Balkan identity vis-à-vis the European one.
Marianna Stefanitsi has been active in the cultural field as a project manager, independent researcher and artist, since 2018. She is a founding member of CLOSING SOON, a contemporary art space dedicated to minimum production, and an associate researcher in the Centre of New Media & Feminist Public Practices at theDepartment of Architecture, University of Thessaly.
She holds a BFA & integrated degree in Fine Arts from Athens School of Fine Arts and an ΜA degree in Cultural Management from Panteion University. Her thesis concerns the identity of cultural, non-profit institutions and their relationship with the art scene of the city of Athens. She is a PhD candidate at the Department of Media, Communication & Culture, Panteion University and her doctoral dissertation concerns Greek visual art production.
She is the program manager of the BBB organization.
Rifat Erkek was born in Malatya, works, and lives in Istanbul, Turkey. He graduated from Ankara University Department of Journalism. After graduating, he studied at Pittsburgh Filmmakers in the USA. When he came back to Turkey he completed his master’s degree at Cinema, Television, Radio Department of Istanbul University. He worked in various film, Tv, and commercial projects. Also, he signed several short films with his crew. He and their crew won several awards at several international and national film festivals. He is going on making films and photographs. Also, He is working at the media company as a communication specialist.
Valmira Gkioni was born in Albania and raised in Greece. She holds a BA in Broadcasting Journalism from the University of Wolverhampton and a Master’s in Contemporary Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Southern Denmark. With a strong interest in international relations, current affairs and social issues, through her studies, she focused on migration and human mobility from the North African and Middle Eastern (MENA) region. In 2017 she worked at the local NGO in Amman, Jordan, advocating for women’s rights where she explored ways in which NGOs and international organizations connect us with the world and respond to contemporary crisis contexts.
In 2018 she was part of the organizational team of the Human Rights Film Days organized by the European Union Delegation to Turkey, where she held the communication with the European filmmakers, activists and other participants of the film festival.
As a journalist, she has cooperated with the oldest English newspaper in Copenhagen reporting on current affairs.
She has lived in Albania, Greece, Denmark, Jordan and Turkey, and by meeting different cultures, languages, religions, she has developed a multicultural mindset and effective communication skills to collaborate in an international environment.
An undergraduate student in Balkan, Slavic and Oriental studies, loves to communicate and learn foreign languages. She is very passionate about anthropology, history and culture. Believes communication and collaboration is key to understanding each other. Currently, an intern in the Balkans Beyond Borders organisation.
Experienced Company Representative with a demonstrated history of working in the internet industry. Currently working as a Greenlight Expert at Uber and volunteering as an IT Manager at Balkans Beyond Borders. Skilled in Requirements Analysis, Business Analysis, Economic Analysis, Business & Support Plans, Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, Microsoft Office, and SQL. Strong professional with a Master of Science (MSc) focused on Information Security and Computer Forensics from the University of East London. Also, an amateur football player in a local football team as a goalkeeper.
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Georgia Anna is 21 years old and an undergraduate student in the Department of Communication, Media and Culture, at Panteion University. Due to her studies, she has a great interest in social media marketing, cultural events, and European programs or trainings. She also enjoys working voluntarily and expanding her skills.
In Balkans Beyond Borders, she works as a communication and marketing assistant in cooperation with the BBB Team. Mainly, she is helping with the website and creating communication plans and content for the social media channels of the organization, for BBB’s festivals and events.