Dimitri Eipides

Dimitri Eipides was born in Athens. He studied English Literature and Theatre at the University of San Francisco, where he befriended the Black Panthers, and Stage Direction at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. He is also a graduate of the London School of Film. In 1971, he founded the Montreal Festival du nouveau cinéma, of which he was the director for fourteen years. In 1988, Eipides joined TIFF as an International Programmer. From 1993 until 2005, he directed New Horizons, the international parallel section of the Thessaloniki Film Festival. In 1999, he founded the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century, which he continues to organize to this day. In 2005, he was named programme director of the International Film Festival of Iceland (Reykjavík). Dimitri has introduced several major international directors to Toronto audiences, including Béla Tarr, Andrei Sokurov and Abbas Kiarostami. In April of 2003, he received an honorary award in Tehran, recognizing his role in the international promotion of Iranian cinema. He is a member of the European Film Academy.