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Efterpi Charalambidis received her Master of Fine Arts in Film from Columbia University (New York) in 2002 and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media from Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas.
As an actress she trained with various Venezuelan theater groups and made use of these talents as a resident theater director for the Greek Cultural Center in New York City. Prior to the release of Libertador, Ms. Charalambidis wrote and directed independent short films and documentaries in the U.S and Venezuela. Her first short Niko´s Restaurant, filmed in the U.S., won awards for Best Actor and Best Editing at the Columbia University Film Festival in 2001. Her second short film, El Chancecito (A Little Chance), shot in Caracas, was released in the United States in 2003, where it won numerous awards, including the New Line Cinema Award for Best Director and the Lifetime Television Award for Best Female Director. In Venezuela, El Chancecito garnered awards for Best Director and Best Narrative Short from the National Film Board of Venezuela (CNAC), Best Director and Best Photography from the County (Premio Municipal de Cine), and awards for Best Music, Art, Supporting Actress, Best Leading Actor and Best Leading Actress from ANAC, the Venezuelan filmmaker´s guild. El Chancecito was subsequently released in commercial theaters as pre-feature entertainment for the film-theater network Cines Unidos in Venezuela.
Grifo, clay animation, 30 sec, video, 1991
Niko´s Restaurant, fiction, 22 min, 16 mm, 2001
El Chancecito (A Little Chance), fiction, 22 min, 35 mm, 2004
Todos los niños somos iguales, documentary, 25 min, video, 2006
Vengo a recitarles, documentary, 20 min, video, 2006
El Pueblo es la Cultura, 15 short documentaries, video, 2006
Derecho Laboral (Short Story Series), fiction, 17 min, HDV, 2006
Dulce de Lechoza (Short Story Series), fiction, 18 min, HDV, 2006
Bolívar eterno, ciudadano de la libertad, TV movie, 40 min, HD, 2007
Libertador Morales, El Justiciero, fiction, 105 min, 35 mm, 2009