It’s every budding director’s dream to have one of their films premiered at the world-renowned Cannes Festival.
Iakovos Panagopoulos, who is studying for his PhD in Media Practice at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), has achieved exactly that.
His short film, A Still Sunrise, was accepted to be included in the short film corner catalogue, while he is also beginning to build up an impressive profile on IMDb.
The film also took the Oniros Award in March this year.
It’s been a fairly long road for the student, who originates from Greece, to get to this point.
He started off in his homeland on a five-year degree at the Ionian University in Audio Visual, before coming to England to complete a master’s at Bournemouth University.
After completing his studies in Cinematography for Film and Television, he moved north in order to obtain his doctorate at UCLan, where he has spent the last two years.
Iakovos’ PhD is focused on the Greek media industry, and with credits on IMDb for a documentary that he directed.
That production is entitled One Summer in Greece: Sun, Sea and Refugees, and centres around the refugee crisis in Athens and Lesbos.
He has also directed another short film, Knock-Knock, while also having a part as the cinematographer in three others.
With writer Andy Chapman a UCLan Alumnus (MA Scriptwriting), it shows that the University can really be a good springboard to success.
Iakovos is now looking to the future and has already written his next film as the final part of his PhD at the University.
It’s titled For a Long Time I Would Go To Bed Early, and once again features Greek themes.
Iakovos is hopeful that filming will begin in August, and given his already impressive work, it would be no surprise to see him gain plaudits once more.
24 July 2018