Yannis Sakaridis was born in Skydra, a small town in the north of Greece, in 1968. At the age of 19, he moved to London to study Photography and History of Art at the London College of Printing and Film, at the University of Westminster. He became member of the legendary London Film Makers Co-Op where he started directing short films, like BUSKERS (1995), SQUADDING IN HACKNEY (1995), DOGKILLERS (1996), MAUSOLEUM (2004), some of which were experimental, like PARIS (1993), DECAY (1996). He continued working as a professional editor on seven feature films in UK and Greece, like: SCREAMIN’ JAY HAWKINS: I PUT A SPELL ON ME by Nicholas Triantafyllidis (2001), O VASSILIAS by Nikos Grammatikos (2002), A WOMAN IN WINTER by Richard Jobson (2006); on film trailers for Warner Bros, like: MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD & EVIL by Clint Eastwood (1997), THE GENERAL by John Boorman (1998), EYES WIDE SHUT by Stanley Kubrick (1999); and on many documentaries for the British TV, like: VELVET GOLDMINE for Channel 4, CLASH OF THE TITANS: RANGERS/CELTICS for BBC2, CARNIVAL FACES for National Geographic. After eighteen years in London, he wrote and directed his short film TRUTH (2006), the first one shot in Greece, where he leaves since.
He co-founded ATHENS FILMMAKERS’ CO-OPERATIVE in 2012, an Athens-based non-profit production company, with Venia Vergou (film critic, producer). His first feature film, WILD DUCK, has its World Premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
Filmography (as a director):
Wild Duck (feature, 2013) Producer-Director-Screenwriter.
America Square (feature, 2014) In development. Director-Screenwriter. Funded by the Greek Film Center, ERT (Greek National Television). First award in the 4th Crossroads Co-production Forum 2008, in Thessaloniki International Film Festival.
Truth (short, 2006) Director-Screenwriter. Thessaloniki Film Festival (Honorary Prize from the National awards), Raindance Film Festival (Tiscali Best Shorts Selection), Drama International Film Festival (Special Jury Prize and award for Best Music).
Mausoleum (short, 2004) Raindance Film Festival, Drama International Film Festival, Orange Best Shorts.
Dogkillers (short, 1996)
Decay (short, 1996)
Buskers (short, 1995 )
A poem for 4 countries (short, 1995)
Squadding in Hackney (doc/short, 1995)
La Valeta (short, 1994)
Paris (short, 1993)