Kostas Pliakos CV

I was born in Athens, Greece in 1969. I thought I could become an economist but only managed to obtain my degree; that is because I was infected too soon with journalism virus.
While studying economics I also studied cinematography at the Hellenic Cinema & Television School Stavrakos (CILECT) and later journalism at the Panteion University of Athens. I did postgraduate studies in editing processes and digital editions in UOC (Barcelona, Spain).

I worked as a newspaper journalist since 1998 till 2015; for a short while in Ethnos and Exousia dailies and from 1999 until 2015 in the well-known Greek newspaper Eleftheros Typos as a global news editor. In the meantime I collaborated - and still collaborating - with magazines, TV and radio stations and agencies in Greece and abroad. Since 2015, October, Ι work for CNN Greece as a video journalist and researcher. I have covered stories in many countries of Europe, Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Africa, both for my employers and for my own documentary and photographic work.

I have been awarded in international film festivals for my documentaries and in photo contests. I also collaborate with some big international photo agencies and I have exposed my work in two personal exhibitions and taken part in four collective ones.

"Wideangle" is my own media and audiovisual production company and the outcome of all above. It is the obsession of not dealing with journalism, filmmaking and art one-dimensionally and the solid proof –at least for me- that specialization fetishism is a theory having nothing to do with human nature.

Education
University Oberta Catalunya, Spain
Master's degree, Digital editions, editorial processes, 2002 - 2004, Grade: A

Panteion Univercity of Economic and Political Sciences, Greece
Bachelor's degree, Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, 1998 - 2002, Grade: A

Technological Educational Institute of Patras, Greece
Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.), DEPARTMENT OF ACCOUNTING, 1989 - 1994, Grade: B

Hellenic Cinema and Television School Stavrakos, Greece
Bachelor's degree, photography and cinematography, 1988 - 1991

Seminars - Masterclasses Conferences

  • 2017 June. "Dive into co-production markets". Seminar for film productions. Organized by Thessaloniki IFF - Agora/Industry
  • 2017 January. Seminar for audiovisual editors on EU audiovisual facilities. Organized by Europarliament and European Commission
  • 2016 October. Three days workshop on Investigative journalism and defamation law. Organized by: European centre of press & media freedom, European Federation of Journalism, International Press institute, ESIEMTH. Thessaloniki- Greece
  • 2016 September.. Internet of things conference 2016. Athens-Greece
  • 2016 September. Cinema Sript Writing. Two masterclasses with noted Greek scriptwiters. Scriptwriters Guild of Greece
  • 2016 July. Identifying and developing documentary. By Carol Disinger. Within the framework of International Film Festival of Patmos
  • 2016 May. Acting in cinema. 10 masterclasses with noted Greek actrors on the art of acting. Filmschool, Greece
  • 2016 April. Day conference: Multicopters and cinema. Organized by the Greek society of cinematographers
  • 2015 July. Casting Director Masterclass. By Debbie McWilliams. Within the framework of International Film Festival of Patmos
  • 2015 July. Script Pitching masterclass. By Tassos Boulmetis, Agata Darlasi, Greg Cokinakis. Within the framework of International Film Festival of Patmos
  • 2015 July. Documentary and the web. By Lefteris Haritos. Within the framework of International Film Festival of Patmos
  • 2015 March. The North American Documentary Broadcast Market. An overview by Peter Hamilton. Within the framework of Docs in Thessaloniki Pitching Forum 2015
  • 2015 March. Docs in Thessaloniki Pitching Forum 2015. EDN workshop
  • 2014 April. Christian Berger masterclass. about Cine Reflect Lichting System organized by GSC & IMAGO
  • 2014 March. Distributing an auteur documentary. A case study on I Am Breathing with Ben Kempas.Within the framework of Docs in Thessaloniki Pitching Forum 2014
  • 2013 September. International seminar entitled "Training young people in documentary" organized by StoryDoc

Experience as a journalist

  • 2015 October to present, Video journalist, researcher in CNN Greece
  • 2009 to present, Freelance Journalist, video journalist, freelance contributor
  • 2000 - Present I have worked with several TV stations and production companies a from abroad for news and documentary programs. Some of them: SRF (Swiss public RadioTV),TVP (Public TV of Argentina), NDTV (India), Inquieto produciones (Argentina), FASCINA PRODUCCIONES S.L (Spain)
  • September 2012 - Present, Producer, independent filmmaker, founder at wideangle media and audiovisual productions
  • March 2009 - Present, Foreign correspondent as a freelancer, (Occasional contributor to Spanish speaking radio, Cadena Ser in Spain and Radio Nacional de Buenos Aires in Argentina

Past positions
· Senior editor, foreign desk at Eleftheros Typos daily (global news editor, reportage, interviews, correspondent) September 1999 - September 2015
· Journalist at HOT DOC magazine, (main contributor with global news, reports, analysis, interviews) July 2012 - 2014
· From 2000 I have collaborated with the Greek magazines Nemesis, Fadomas, EPIKAIRA, MONO, Express daily, as a journalist and with the Libyan TV channel Al Asima as a cameraman and video journalist
· Editor in chief at Triaina Publications September 2009 - September 2010 and freelance contributor from 2006 to 2009
· Journalist at Exousia daily March 2000 - September 2000 as a copy editor
· Journalist at Ethnos daily March 1999 - March 2000 as a copy editor

Organizations

  • Greek Documentary Association (member) March 2013 to Present
  • Journalists Union of Athens Daily Newspapers (member) March 2003 to Present
  • International Federation of Journalists (member) April 2004 to Present
  • Economic Chamber of Greece (member) July 2011 to Present
  • Professional Chamber of Athens (member) January 2013 to Present

Honors and Awards

  • Best short script award for my script "Christmas tale", London Greek Film Festival 2015
  • Photography award the film Yusef's Song. Ierapetra International Film Festival 2015 (Ierapetra, Greece)
  • Jury prize for the film Yusef's Song. Baghdad International Film Festival 2014 (Jury Prize in the "Human Images" competition)
  • Special mention for the film Yusef's Song. Solo Luna International Film Festival 2014 (Palermo-Treviso, Italy)
  • Best Creative Documentary for "Welcome to the Show. P. Sidiropoulos' music legacy" London Greek Film Festival, 2013
  • Best music film award for "Welcome to the show, Pavlos Sidiropoulos' music legacy" Cyprus International Film Festival 2013
  • Special distinction in photo contest "My Poland-my Greece 2012"- Embassy of Poland - November 2012
  • Special distinction in 19th national photo contest "Roes" December 2012 - Florina's Culture Club - December 2012
  • Special distinction in "cloudiness and sunshines" photo contest - Municipality of Kordelio Euosmos - April 2013
  • Scholarship for my postgraduate studies Journalists’ Union of the Athens Daily Newspapers (ESIEA) –Gerasimos Lychnos Foundation 2003

Doc Projects

  • "Interdom". (doc in development, June 2013 to present)
  • Sculpting the silence. (doc in development, June 2014 to present)
  • Yusef's song. March 2014. Premier at 16th Thessaloniki Doc Festival.
  • Welcome to the show, Pavlos Sidiropoulos music legacy March 2013. Premier at 15th Thessaloniki Doc Festival.
  • (Short docs about landmines in Cambodia and slums in Lima, Peru)

Fiction

  • "The playmobil's hand" (2013, short by Mohamed Ben Guzzi) as DOP
  • "The Nefeli's tango" (2014, short by Mohamed Ben Guzzi) as DOP
  • Caligula (2015, feature-length by Andreas Thomopoulos) as DOP
  • Vardia (2016, short by John Tzouvelekis) as DOP and producer
  • Christmas tale, 2016, short, as director and producer

Skills & Expertise
Magazines Editing, New Media, Newspaper, Blogging, Editorial, Social Media, Video Production, Media Relations, Press
Releases, Creative Writing, Video Editing, Journalism, Photography, Photojournalism, Television, Storytelling, Multimedia,
Breaking News, Newspapers, Documentaries, Public Relations, Publishing, Broadcast Journalism, Media Production,
Broadcast, Film, News Writing, Radio, Video, Digital Media, Copy Editing, Newsletters, Online Journalism, Interviews,
Publicity, Copywriting, Corporate Communications, Web Content, Content Strategy, Publications, Digital Journalism,
Investigative Reporting

Languages
-English (Full professional proficiency)
-Spanish (Full professional proficiency)
-Greek (Native or bilingual proficiency)
-Italian (Limited working proficiency)
-Russian (Elementary level)

Interests
Journalism, books about politics, economy, literature. Photography and cinematography. Travel out of the beaten road

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