Filmmaker - Researcher
Iakovos is an award-winning Greek director, best known for his work Flickering Souls Set Alight (2019) and Allimonò (2020).
Iakovos' pioneering work is a combination of practical filmmaking and academic research. His goal is to narrow the gap between the two. His films are dealing with social issues and are strongly political.
His major project so far, Flickering Souls Set Alight (2019), is the cinematographic depiction of his research on ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). Flickering Souls Set Alight won several international awards around the world and at the moment is live on Screenworks academic journal on media practice.
At the moment Iakovos is on pre-production for his new short film Cloudy Water that won the second award in the 43d Drama international short film festival Pitching Lab.
Iakovos is a member of Scriptwriters Guild of Greece and of the Greek Directors Guild.
“Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.”
Iakovos' academic interest is around Media Practice, Film Practice and Film Studies
Dr. Iakovos Panagopoulos's research is on Film Practice, Creative Practice.
Iakovos’s first degree in Audio Visual Arts at the Ionian University, was followed by an M.A. in Cinematography at Bournemouth University. At 2019 he completed his Ph.D. on the work of Theo Angelopoulos at the University of Central Lancashire. The title of his thesis is: “Reshaping Contemporary Greek Cinema Through a Re-evaluation of the Historical and Political Perspective of Theo Angelopoulos's Work”.
At the moment Iakovos is teaching as an academic scholar in Audio Visual Arts department of Ionian University the following modules: Elements of Film Directing & Acting, Audiovisual Production Management and Video Recording Techniques. He completed his post-doctoral research in Panteion University of Social and Political Science with Prof. Seferiadis in at 2022. The title of his research was: “Suspended spaces of memory: Heterotopic historical narratives and contentious politics in contemporary cinematic practice”.
Iakovos is also an official researcher in StoryLab International Film Development Research Network. He is involved as a scientific collaborator in InArts (interactive research lab). He is also a researcher in the Laboratory of Contentious Politics in Panteion University.