ABOUT OXBELLY

ABOUT
OXBELLY

About Oxbelly

Oxbelly, the Greek non-profit founded by Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, the producer and founder of Faliro House Productions serves international storytellers through its annual gatherings held in Costa Navarino, Greece, while helping shape a burgeoning Greek film industry through year-round offerings in Athens.

Oxbelly, “Voidokoilia” in Greek, is named after a nearby beach in Messinia, featured in Homer’s The Odyssey, where the first written account of hospitality in the western world took place. It is in this very culture of where storytelling meets hospitality that Oxbelly was founded.

Each year the Oxbelly gathering is built around distinct, innovative labs for storytellers - dedicated to intercultural dialogue through exchanges of ideas, deepening of craft and broadening of artistic horizons. Oxbelly Labs include the Screenwriters and Directors Labs under the artistic direction of filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari, next held in 2024, as well as two new programs launched in 2023 dedicated to emerging writers in the television and literary industries: the Episodic Program and the Writers Retreat, led by program director Chigozie Obioma.

Oxbelly supports Greek filmmakers through the Film and Television short courses, in a partnership with the National Film and Television School out of London (NFTS). This program addresses professionals who are based in Greece and want to broaden and deepen their skills and expertise, as well as people who are strongly interested in becoming a part of the film industry.

Oxbelly Team

Christos V. <br>Konstantakopoulos
Christos V.
Konstantakopoulos

Founder, President

Christos V. Konstantakopoulos is a producer and financier based in Athens, Greece. He is the founder of Faliro House, a production company operating in Europe and the United States. His latest films include KNOCK AT THE CABIN by M. Night Shyamalan, THE LOST DAUGHTER by Maggie Gyllenhaal, THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS by Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw, DIGGER by Georgis Grigorakis, and PROLOGOS by Mantas Kvedaravicius. He has further supported the work of filmmakers such as Yannis Economides, Abel Ferrara, Armando Iannucci, Jim Jarmusch, Yorgos Lanthimos, Richard Linklater, Babis Makridis, Terrence Malick, Jeff Nichols, Argyris Papadimitropoulos, Eva Stefani, and Athina Rachel Tsangari. In 2015, Christos founded Oxbelly, an international community of storytellers with a mission to bring benefits to creatives from around the world. Oxbelly’s Screenwriters and Directors Labs have enjoyed the patronage of filmmakers such as Paul Thomas Anderson, Willem Dafoe, Miguel Gomes, Lucrecia Martel, Ruben Östlund, and Lulu Wang.

Caroline von Kühn
Caroline von Kühn
Executive Director

Caroline von Kühn is the Executive Director of Oxbelly. She was most recently Director of Industry & Catalyst at Sundance Institute, an independent film financing initiative for investors and filmmakers. program. Prior to this, von Kühn was Director of Artist Development at SFFILM where she launched SFFILM Invest, a film investment program in partnership with Cinereach. She was Co-Founder and Managing Director of Points North Institute (Camden) after eight years in film publicity in New York, including with Tribeca. von Kühn produced industry panels for Doha Tribeca Film Festival (Qatar) and programmed the launch of Seed&Spark. Recent producing work includes SLOW MACHINE (2020 Rotterdam, NYFF), BURN COUNTRY (2016 Tribeca winner,) and directing a US/UK/Norwegian theatre production of Ibsen's PEER GYNT with Norway's National Theatre. She serves on the Board of Catapult Film Fund and as Board Chair of Points North Institute. She has a BA in Financial Economics from University of Virginia and an MFA from University of Manchester (UK).

Athina Rachel Tsangari
Athina Rachel Tsangari
Screenwriters & Directors
Lab Artistic Director

Athina Rachel Tsangari is considered a principle instigator of the Greek New Wave. Her work straddles narrative-bending genres, exploring power in gender, class and alterity. Her films have been called screwball tragedies. Her sophomore feature ATTENBERG premiered at Venice’s main competition where it won the Coppa Volpi. CHEVALIER won Best Film at BFI-London and was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Independent Spirit Awards. Both films were Greece’s official submissions to the Academy Awards. She was lead director/EP on the BBC2/HBO Max series TRIGONOMETRY; guest director on Greg Daniels’ Amazon sci-fi comedy UPLOAD. Under the banner of Athens-based company HAOS FILM, she produced a number of films such as Yorgos Lanthimos’ KINETTA and ALPS, Georgis Grigorakis’ DIGGER, and was co-producer on Richard Linklater’s BEFORE MIDNIGHT. A DGA and AMPAS member, Tsangari served on juries in Cannes, Berlin, Locarno, Sundance and Toronto; as jury president in Venice, Götteborg, and BFI London. She taught cinema at Harvard, UT Austin, and Le Fresnoy in France. She is in preparation of her next feature HARVEST, an English-language neo-western taking place in the Scottish Highlands. Tsangari is the Artistic Director of the Oxbelly Screenwriters  and Directors Labs. 

Lelia Andronikou
Lelia Andronikou
Hospitality Director

Lelia Andronikou was born in Cyprus, currently based in Athens, Greece. She is the Hospitality Director of Oxbelly (2015-present). She is also a producer at Faliro House Productions (2008-present). Her credits include: Producer in LOVE ME NOT and Associate Producer in MISS VIOLENCE and BEFORE MIDNIGHT. From July 1996 until June 2006, she worked as Duty and Quality Manager for Le Méridien Hotels (a member of Starwood Hotels).

Caroline Demopoulos
Caroline Demopoulos
Episodic Program Manager

Caroline Demopoulos studied film in Paris, before moving to London to become an assistant producer in TV news and documentaries. In 2015 she started working as an assistant to producer Paulo Branco at Alfama films in Paris before completing the Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris, a Media programme for European producers. From 2016 until 2020 she worked for French production company Ecce Films to strengthen and expand the company's international co-productions. Among the films she produced during her time at Ecce is Konstantina Kotzamani's ELECTRIC SWAN which premiered at Venice Film Festival in 2019 and went on to win many awards including the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics’ Best Short Film Award. Caroline joined Oxbelly in September 2022 and manages the Episodic Program.

Daphne Kokkinis
Daphne Kokkinis
Program Coordinator

Daphne Kokkinis is a first-generation Greek-American with a passion for film and television. Prior to moving to Greece and joining the Oxbelly team, she worked at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin coordinating the Film & TV Submissions and programming in the Music Video, Narrative Short, and Texas High School Short categories as an Associate Shorts Programmer. In her free time, she enjoys visiting all the beaches and mountains Greece has to offer and sewing her own clothes.

Katerina Papanikolopoulos
Katerina Papanikolopoulos
Writers Retreat Manager

Katerina Papanikolopoulos joined Faliro House in 2022 as Manager of Special Projects – a position that evolved into her role acting as the 2023 Oxbelly Writers Retreat Manager. Following her graduation from UCLA (Summa Cum Laude, Art History), Papanikolopoulos founded the non-profit Athens Design Forum (ADF), a platform advocating for design principles that amplify narratives interwoven with heritage and migration patterns. Collaborators of ADF include Rooms Studio (GE), Dima Srouji (PS), and BASE Milano, while ADF was invited to be the cultural partners of Collectible Fair 2022 (BE). ADF’s 2023 programming has unearthed the archival films of Menelaos Karamaghiolis (GR), Mohamed Khan (EG), and Marta Rodríguez (CO) after inaugurating Shasha Movies’ presence in Athens with a selection of Iraqi contemporary video art. Previously, she has written for the exhibition catalogues of Blum & Poe (New Images of Man) and held engagements with Autre Magazine and The Hammer Museum.

Elli Skreta 
Elli Skreta 
Film & TV Courses Manager

Elli Skreta is based in Athens, Greece. She is the Film & TV Courses Manager of Oxbelly. Previous positions include: Coordinator of the curatorial team Connectiva (2016-2022); Office Assistant, Athens at the Artistic Director’s office of Documenta 14 (2016-2017); Web - TV Production Manager for the Champs-Élysées Film Festival, Paris France (2016); Head of PR & Communications for the International Film Festival of Patmos (2015-2016); Exhibition Assistant for Kunsthalle Athena (2014- 2015) and Skoufa Gallery (2013); Managing Editor’s Assistant for South as a State of Mind Magazine (2015). She is also the Special Projects Advisor of Outset Greece. She holds a BA degree in Theory & History of Art at the Athens School of Fine Arts.

Greg Tselentis
Greg Tselentis
Operations Director

Greg Tselentis was born in Athens, Greece. He is the Operations Director for Oxbelly (2018-present). He attended Athens College, and after completing his military service, went on to receive his post-graduate diploma in Shipping Management from City College in London. He has been a film buff since his father gave him his first movie on a Betamax tape and has been with Faliro House Productions since 2009, after working for ten years in the shipping industry. Since he joined the company, he has worked in all facets of the film industry from production to post-production.

Olia Verriopoulou
Olia Verriopoulou
Screenwriters & Directors
Lab Manager

Olia Verriopoulou was born in Athens, Greece. Olia is a film programmer & filmmaker. She lives and works between Athens and Paris, where she studied cinema and anthropology. SACRALISONS, her first short documentary, premiered at Thessaloniki Film Festival in 2021. She is currently in post-production of her first feature documentary STORIES OF A LIE, and is preparing to shoot her first fiction LA PREMIÈRE IMAGE. For the past ten years she has participated in the programming and organization of film festivals (Les Écrans Documentaires, Cinéma du réel, Champs-Élysées film festival, Institut Français, Greek Film Archive) and has been managing the Oxbelly Screenwriters & Directors Labs since 2019.

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