Nikos Dayandas
Writer ~ Director

M: + 30 6972706579


After studying Classical Archaeology (BA) at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL and Documentary (MA) through a Goulandris Foundation scholarship at the University of the Arts in London , Nikos Dayandas (b. 1975) has worked continuously as a director, writer & producer since 2004. From 2005 to 2016 he was a partner at Anemon Productions. In 2018 he founded Aori Films with Stelios Apostolopoulos.

Nikos has directed some of Greece's most acclaimed international co-productions for prime-time slots in Europe & Canada (ARTE, ZDF, AVRO, DK, YLE, History TV ). He is an alumnus of Documentary Campus Masterschool, where he participated with award-winning Sayome, a film about his Japanese-turned-Cretan aunt and her modern fairytale-like story. His next character-driven film Little Land was distributed in cinemas across Japan. He has co-directed major prime-time docufiction series 1821 and The Journey of Food, commissioned by Nat. Bank of Greece & the Latsis Foundation for SKAI TV . Nikos' recent work includes the 13-part animated docu-series The Art Code (aka Decoding Art) for COSMOTE History TV, and the dramatized documentary Keros: The Mystery of the Broken Idols for National Geographic TV, both of  which he researched, wrote and directed. His first fiction short "Enter the Otter" a Kung Fu comedy performed by the children of Dromoi Zois, a community support center in Gazi, Athens, premiered at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival. He is currently writing the script for his first feature-length fiction film for children and families, "A girl named Zeus", with support from the Greek Film Center.

His commercial work includes concept design, content development & production of promotional, corporate & educational videos for a diverse group of clients incl. Estee Lauder, Papadopoulou Biscuits, Wines of Crete, the University of Athens, the Museum of Natural History, the Technical University of Crete & the European Space Agency. Nikos is working with the American School of Classical Studies at Athens since 2014, making documentary films inspired by the School's cutting-edge output in archaeology, history & curation.

Selected Films & Awards:

as writer/director

Little Land | 2013

for ARTE & ERT

​WWF Habitat award , Thessaloniki IFF / Feature Doc award , Filmabiente IFF, Brazil / Eco-Cinematograff , Astra IFF Romania

Sayome | 2010

for ARTE, ERT & Greek Film Centre

URTI Grand Prix , Monte Carlo IFF / International Federation of Film Critics award , Thessaloniki IFF / Best Documentary feature & Audience awards , Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

Secret of the Snake Goddess  | 2006

for ZDF, AVRO, ERT & National Film Board of Canada

Golden Sheaf award for best History documentary , Yorkton FF Canada / Special Artistic Mention , International Science Film Festival, Athens

as assoC. producer/script consultant:

A Family Affair | 2015

for Greek Film Centre, OTE TV, ABC TV Australia and NERIT

Best Documentary , Hellenic Film Academy Awards / FIPA d'Or , Biaritz IFF / Bartok award , Jean Rouch IFF, Paris

as scriptwriter/EDITOR:

Call of the Mountain | 2005


Prix Via Stella, PriMed Marseille / Audience award , AGON IFF, Athens