Ms. Ioanna Amerikanou
Special Teaching Staff

Ms. Ioanna Amerikanou

Arts and Communication
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Short CV
Yianna Americanou received her MA in Film and Television Production from the University of Bristol, UK in 2000 and her BA (with High Honours) in Communication Studies with an emphasis on Experimental Filmmaking from the University of Iowa, USA in 1996 under the guidance of the experimental filmmaker Leighton Pierce. She was the Head of MEDIA (Creative Europe Programme) in Cyprus for over ten years but her true passion for filmmaking and directing won her over, pushing her to make challenging decisions in following her dreams. Her short films have been screened at many important International Film Festivals such as Rotterdam International Film Festival, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival and has received prestigious awards from Hamburg IFF, Drama IFF, and Cyprus International Short Film Festival. Her short film titled Lullaby received the prestigious award Tonia Marketaki for Best Directing in Drama International Short Film Festival in 2009 while it was taken by STOP International in Geneva and Anti Human Trafficking Organizations in Cyprus in order to promote anti-trafficking legislations throughout the island and awareness through various screenings and discussions, while it was screened in all major military camps in Cyprus. Yianna’s debut feature film, .dog has received funding for Script Development and Production by the Cyprus Cinema Advisory Committee, ERT, SEE Cinema Network and the Greek Film Centre. .dog has secured International Distribution by the French based Arthouse distribution company URBAN INTERNATIONAL and it is planned to have its International Premiere in festivals in 2021. The film has been selected by Thessaloniki International Film Festival #Goes to Cannes to participate in the 2020 Marche du Film, taking place during the Cannes Film Festival. She is a member of the Cyprus Directors Union, member of the European Women’s Audiovisual Network and President of the Committee of the International Motion Film Festival, Cyprus. Yianna is currently working on the script development of her second feature film Lily: What it meant to have balls, and the TV Mini Series ReClaimed aimed at the International Market.
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