Elina is director, screenwriter, photographer, editor, producer and a few other things.
She studied photography at Yale University, film directing at FAMU and Columbia University, acting with Susan Batson, producing at La Femis and was selected for the Berlin and Sarajevo Talent Campuses. 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, while her feature script was selected to a number of prestigious labs including the Berlinale Script Station.
In 2009 she decided what better time than to return to her homeland, Greece and be there at the most exciting of times. And exciting it was for a good six years, where against all odds she managed to direct a number of commercials for clients such as the Greek Ministry of Tourism, the Greek Lottery, The American College of Greece etc., produce the short film Cavo d’ Oro which premiered at Locarno, produce theater and travel all the way to Chile with it and finally direct her latest short film, Tracks, currently in festivals.
Εlina has a passion for narrative visual storytelling. Her work is atmospheric, mysterious and seductive and her attention to the frame only natural given her photography background. She loves working with actors and it’s really important to her to find the honesty and humanity in every thing that she does and resonate emotionally with the audience.
She loves traveling, and thrives from meeting people, exchanging ideas, and producing creative work. No wonder she’s lived in so many different places and has picked up a few languages along the way.
Currently she is based in Madrid.