Niko Franghias is an award winning filmmaker (writer-director-producer) who has studied in Britain (Croydon College, School of Art & Design). After a stint with the BBC, he worked extensively in advertising in Athens, Greece, as an agency producer, visual copywriter and director (1989-2006). A number of his collaborations are winners of the Advertising Creativity Festival in Greece, reaching the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France.
In film, he debuted in 1990 as a writer-director with '639+1 Nights'. He followed in 1996 by writing, designing and directing the feature documentary 'Made by Lysippos' (Lysippos Epoesen) on the story and the art of Alexander the Great's legendary image-maker. Awards: best screenplay in the 'Agon' International Film Festival of Archaeological Films in Greece, and audience award at the International 'ArcheoFilmFest' in Italy. The film has screened all over Europe and frequently by the Greek Public TV - and is still popular today, as a unique visual approach to an archaeological subject. In 2012, it was presented at the Archaeological Museum of Delphi as a classic documentary on ancient Greek sculpture, in November 2014 it was screened at the Greek Cinemateque, and in 2016, it received multiple exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.
Since 1997, Niko has participated in the dramaturgy workshops of Jan Fleischer (head of Screenwriting Dept., National Film & Television School, UK), the Mediterranean Film Institute with Lewis Cole and Nicholas T. Proferes (Professors, Film Division, Columbia University, New York, USA), and at the London based Arista Story Development Workshop.
Franghias has won major production-development awards from the Greek Film Center (Greece's official State film agency) and the Media Program of the European Union for his three English speaking features, projects which unraveled as the funding situation in Greece became steadily worse. And so, he started over by moving to the USA.
While preparing for his permanent residency and work permit, Niko co-founded FilmHellenes - Greek Film Fest Chicago, a 501 C3 not-for-profit corporation with the mission of identifying, promoting and celebrating Greek filmmaking talent from around the world. Within Franghias' three years as chairman, the festival exhibited the works of 65 filmmakers. FilmHellenes also introduced an annual honorary award, honoring Academy Award® winning Director of Hellenic ancestry Alexander Payne in 2012. The honoree for 2013 was literary icon Harry Mark Petrakis.
In November 2013, Niko received his E16 work-permit and permanent resident status. Consequently, he stepped-down from the festival in order to focus on US film making activities.
Documentary by KINO SA, AVD GIANNIKOS (Documentary, History and Biography) Writer/Director LYSIPPOS CREATED: Creative feature documentary based on the story and the art of Alexander the Great's exclusive portraitist. Awards: Best Screenplay in the 1st International 'Agon' Festival of Archaeological Films of Athens, and Audience Award in the 6th 'ArcheoFilmFest', Rassegna Internazionale del Film Archeologico in Italy. Scientific Advisors PAOLO MORENO Dr Prof. Of Archaeology, University of Rome III ANDREAS VLAHOPOULOS Dr Spirit of Bronze KOSMAS DEVELENGAS Spirit of Marble ALEXIS STAVRAKIS Poetess EFI THEODOROU Visual persona of the Spirits ANTHONY BURK Directors of Photography CHRISTOS VOUDOURIS / KATERINA MARAGOUDAKI Music by TASSOS KATSARIS Art Direction by NIKO FRANGHIAS Location Director (Statues and Dr. Moreno Interview) NIKOS SKARENTZOS Graphics PANAYOTIS KARAGEORGIS Edited by TASSOS BITSAKAKIS / KOSTAS KOLLAROS Co-produced by KINO S.A. / A.V.D. GIANNIKOS Produced by FAY KATSARIS Written and Directed by NIKO FRANGHIAS
Film (short) (Drama and Fantasy) Writer/Director The film relates young Alexis’ transformation while serving his 21-month national military post on a remote Greek island. On a difficult night, through the music and the breaking news-bulletins of his small radio transistor, Alexis gets magically transported to strange frequencies where his childhood friends, the ghosts and visions of his beloved ones give him warmth and strength in order to face an imminent ‘invisible’ war.
Best screenplay, 1st ‘Agon’ International Festival of Archaeological Films in Greece
Audience award, 6th International ‘ArcheoFilmFest’ in Italy