Etienne Kallos is an external PhD candidate at the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts.
He is a Greek-South African filmmaker who studied theater in South Africa and then worked as a nonfiction filmmaker in San Francisco, California 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 and have been selected by festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, Berlin and Telluride. Etienne's 30 minute short film, Eersgeborene (Firstborn) was the Afrikaans-language film to win a Golden Lion at Venice and his long form fiction film die Stropers (The Harvesters) won a Sundance-Mahindra "Global Filmmaker Award' at Sundance, a Rome Film Festival 'best first feature' award and a 'best director' award at the African Film Festival of Khouribga amongst other acknowledgements. Most recently Etienne was awarded a Creative Europe research grant for his Greek-Albanian film project Ameriki.