Etienne Kallos (1972, SA) is a Greek filmmaker from South Africa who studied theater in South Africa before attending the graduate film program at NYU in New York. His nonfiction and fiction works explore issues around coming-of-age and the loss of a sense of place within contemporary diasporic experience.
In 2009 Kallos won the Golden Lion for ‘best short film’ for his 30-minute Afrikaans-language film ‘Firstborn’ at the Venice Film Festival. In 2018 his 98-minute Afrikaans-language film ‘The Harvesters’ premiered at Cannes’ ‘Un Certain Regard’. Other festivals include Sundance – where he won the Sundance/Mahindra ‘Global Filmmaker Award’ – Berlin, Thessaloniki, Telluride, and Rome, where he won a ‘Best First Feature Film’ award.
Support for Kallos’s work includes 'Eurimages', 'the Greek Film Center', the 'Cannes Residence' program, and the 'CNC World Cinema Support Fund'. He has taught screenwriting and film directing at the California College of Arts in San Francisco and New York University.