Theofanis Kavvadas (b. 1987) is a Finnish-Greek cinematographer and a filmmaker, based in Helsinki, Finland. Theofanis started out as a photographer, after which he found his true calling in cinema and applied to Aalto University Cinema school in Helsinki Finland, from where he graduated as a Bachelor of Arts in 2016.
His latest cinematography work includes documentary feature Snowball effect (2023) with a Finnish director Pauliina Punkki, nominated for Best documentary film in Jussi awards 2024, a short film Lizard Brain, directed by Elisabeth Marjanovic Cronvall, which won HIFF main prize Aurora Award in 2023 and another short, The Hunt, directed by Ville Tanttu, for which Theofanis won a cinematography award in Transilvania Short Film Festival in 2023. Theofanis has also shot many documentary series, of which Logged In (2020, short doc series by Sami Kieksi) won two Venla awards.
Theofanis' numerous short fiction credits include experimental fictions 49 years from the house on the left (2019) and The 99 steps left from the square (2017), with a Finnish-Turkish director Sevgi Eker. Of the two films, the former was selected to Clermont-Ferrand in 2020 and also won him the Golden Shade cinematography prize in Tampere Film Festival in 2020. The latter won the Next Nordic Generation Award 2018 in Norway and was Finland's short film nominee in IMAGO awards 2019.
In addition to cinematography, Theofanis has written and directed two short films and is constantly writing new scripts.
Aside from cinema, Theofanis continues to take photos: he held his first photographic exhibition in 2022. On his spare time, Theofanis loves playing with his son and cooking pasta.
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