Amanda Livanou / Neda FilmFOCUS 2020 / Greece
Producer : Neda Film
Amanda Livanou is a graduate of EAVE, EAVE+, Midpoint TV series, a member of the EFA and a Sundance Institute Alumni. She served on the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Film Academy from October 2013 to December 2016.
Founder & Managing Partner, Amanda Livanou has produced, line produced and co-produced more than 15 films in the past 15 years, including BackDoor by Yorgos Tsemberopoulos, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins I put a Spell on Me, by Nicholas Triantafyllidis, Arcadia Lost, a US production directed by Phedon Papamicahael, L by Babis Makridis and They Glow in the Dark by Panagiotis Evangelidis.
In 2018 Amanda and Neda Film co-found the Athens International Children’s Film Festival. The festival completed its second edition in November 2019 at the Athens Concert Hall while its educational activities and guest curated programmes for other cities in Greece run throughout the year. Sponsored by local pay TV giant Cosmote (www.athicff.com). Athicff is the partner and organiser of the 2nd seminar of the Kids Kino Lab in Athens in March 2020. Kids Kino lab is supported by Creative Europe.
Feature film / Directed by Irini Karayannopoulou and Sandrine Cheyrol (aka Twin Automat) / Development / Neda Film (Greece) / Budget: 240 000 € / Financing in place: 0 €
Mount Athos is a peninsula situated in Northeastern Greece, the home of 20 Christian Orthodox monasteries and the largest area on earth where access is reserved to men alone. Female animals are banned too, except for cats, songbirds and insects. Throughout the film women discuss a place they have no access to and their ideas and points of view interconnect and take us all the way to the forbidden land. Since the female duo that directs Avaton is unable to visit the peninsula, they decide to reconstruct Athos by using material filmed anywhere but there, animations and reworked archival material.
Feature film / Directed by Giorgos Savoglou and Frantzeska Romanou / Production/ Neda Film, Greek Film Center, Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation ERT SA (Greece) / Budget: 58 000 euros/ Financing in place: 45 000 €
Having lived for the past 25 years in a makeshift cabin on the edge of a rock, 85-year-old Vangelis doesn’t need any “modern” amenities like electricity. He travels all year round on his bicycle and his daily activities follow the natural rhythm of the seasons of the year. Frugal Abundance is a snapshot from the life of a man who chose to live better with less.
Written & Directed by Giorgos Savoglou and Frantzeska Romanou. Produced by Neda Film.
Feature film / Directed by Christos Massalas / Production / Neda Film (Greece), Blue Monday Productions (France), Digital Cube (Romania) / Budget: 1 180 000 € / Financing in place: 0 €
Broadway tells the story of a group of young bandits in contemporary Athens. Nelly is a tomboy; Barbara is a boy on the run, dressed as a girl. Rudolph is a prankster and Mohammad is always there to save the day. The four of them collaborate, blending the art of dance with the art of pickpocketing. They live off petty thefts and have found refuge in “Broadway”, an abandoned entertainment arcade in Athens, where they have created their own utopia. But everything changes, when Markos, the original leader of the gang, returns from prison.