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Vasilis Kekatos

Vasilis Kekatos, born in 1991, is a Greek writer, director and Sundance Institute fellow. In 2018, with his short film “The Silence of the Dying Fish”, he  was selected and awarded in major film festivals, such as Locarno, Sundance, Palm- Springs, and Tallinn Black Nights.

 

With his recent film “The Distance Between Us and the Sky” he won the Palme d'Or for best short film, as well as the Queer Palm, in the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. The film continues its festival run with the latest stations being Sarajevo, Clermont-Ferrand, AFI and Telluride, for which it was selected by Barry Jenkins.

 

During the lockdown days of 2020, responding to an invitation by the Onassis Foundation, Vasilis created “As you Sleep the World Empties” , a short film which was a great success online and later secured distribution in movie theaters.

 

His work has been critically acclaimed in various well-known international publications, such as the Hollywood Reporter,  Screen Daily and Sight & Sound.

 

Besides being a film director, Vasilis has also been involved in art photography, while he was recently commissioned by Vogue Greece and Gucci to photograph the international model Winnie Harlow. He is currently working on his debut feature film. 

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