Elina Fessa

Director / Writer


CONTACT

spain
+34 675 507 629
GREECE
+30 694 560 8427
e-mail
elinoudion@gmail.com

Elina Fessa was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece. She studied photography at Yale University (B.A. 2003), film directing at FAMU and Columbia University (M.F.A. 2010), acting with Susan Batson, producing at La Femis and was selected for the Berlin and Sarajevo Talent Campuses. She is also an alumnus of the Berlinale Script Station and the MFI Script 2 Film Workshops.

She has directed commercials, produced the short film Cavo d’Oro (Locarno Film Festival), produced theater, and is currently a screenwriting and directing professor at EFTI Centro Internacional de Fotografía y Cine in Madrid. She’s made a number of short films that have screened at numerous festivals and have been awarded among others by the Directors Guild of America. Her latest short film Tracks was awarded for Best Actress at the Athens International Film Festival. Currently she is developing her first feature film Retiro, selected for the MFI Script 2 Film Workshops and short listed for the Residencies of the Academia de Cine y el Ayuntamiento de Madrid.

Her work is atmospheric, subtle and character driven with strong female leads who often hide a lot under the surface. It has to deal with unresolved issues, self-discovery and relationships. It is important to her that her work rings truthful and has an emotional resonance with the audience.

AWARDS
Writer / Director
TRACKS (short film, 2017)

Athens International Film Festival (2017)

Best Actress Award

 

DOUBLE FAULT (short film, 2010)

Drama International Film Festival (2010)

Best Sound Award

Thess Short Film Festival (2010)

Cinematic Achievement Award

 

STILL WATER (short film, 2008)

Directors Guild of America Student Awards (2008)

Best Woman Student Filmmaker

Thess Short Film Festival (2008)

Cinematic Achievement Award

Park City Film Music Festival (2009)

Gold Medal for Excellence

Producer
CAVO D’ORO (short film, 2012)

by Siamak Etemadi

FILMINI International Short Film Festival (2013)

Balkan Film Award

Thai Film and Video Festival (2012)

Special Mention