About Eleanna

Eleanna was born in Athens, Greece. She has been passionate about storytelling since a very young age. She was writing stories in notebooks and made plays and films with her friends.


After graduating from High School, Eleanna studied Philosophy & History of Science at the Kapodestrian University of Athens. During this period she also participated in the production team of Music, Art & Technology Festivals & short Films as well. After finishing her studies in Athens, she moved to London to study  filmmaking at the London Film Academy.

Eleanna has been collaborating for 11 years with The Fournos Center for Digital Culture (http://www.fournos-culture.gr/) in Athens where she has written and directed 5 plays for Children which have been seen by 75.000 people over the course of 10 years. In January 2019 she directed her first play for the main stage "The Promise - My Poor Marat" by Alexei Arbuzof.

Since 2014 Eleanna has worked in London as a freelance director and editor. She has directed 5 short films, the latest being “Pub & Such" - a short  film about loneliness in our times. She is now in pre-production of her third music video.

In the end of January 2020 she joined the team of Yorgos Lanthimos as a 3rd AD & assistand to Ms Emma Stone in Tinos, for Lanthimos' new project for the Greek National Opera.


Her goal is to tell stories that will make the audience think about our emotions and our relationships. Her stories are not objective but experienced through the main character’s perspective & feelings.

Being Greek and living in London she is proud to say that she combines both English & Greek elements in her work , a melting pot or a hybrid of both cultures.

Her future plans include two new short films - one in Greece and one in UK and her first feature film.


Award of Merit



New Director




Screenwriter's Lab


Benton Park Film Festival 2019

Short film "Pub & Such", official selection.

Nukhu Fest 2018

Short film "Pub & Such", official selection.


Screencraft Film Fund Fall 2017

Short film script "Bad Reception", quarter finalists.

Sundance Screenwriter's Lab 2015

Feature script "Praying Mantis" which was considered for the International Entry and was selected to the final 20.

Best Shorts Competition 2013

Award of Merit for short film "Parson & Son"

London Greek Film Festival 2013

Best New Director award,  for short film "Do you Remember when We Used to Go to the Sea?"


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