WASHINGTONIA starts when the giraffe’s heart can no longer be heard.WASHINGTONIA is an alternative name for Athens, a place where people, like animals, fall into summertime sadness because of the heat. WASHINGTONIA is the only palm tree that its heart is not devoured by the red beetle. Because its heart is small and dry and no one likes small and dry hearts.

24 min

DIRECTED BY: Konstantina Kotzamani
PRODUCED BY: Artemis Pattakou
WRITTEN BY: Konstantina Kotzamani
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Giorgos Karvelas & Giannis Kanakis
EDITOR: Leonidas Papafotiou
SOUND DESIGNER:  Persefoni Miliou
MAIN CAST: Mamadou Diallo, Eutychia Stefanidou

Trailer of the film:

WASHINGTONIA trailer from leonidaspapafotiou on Vimeo.


About Konstantina Kotzamani


A graduate student of the Film Department of Fine Arts of Thessaloniki, Konstantina Kotzamani’s shorts have participated in several international festivals and have won several awards. In 2012, she was a participant of the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Sarajevo Talent Campus as well. Her short film MORNING PRAYERS, co-directed with Katarina Stankovic premiered at Sarajevo FF 2013.
. Konstantina Kotzamani IMDB

Q&A with the director

Q: How long did it take to make your short? Was it difficult to get financing?
A: One and a half months from the very first idea up to the final edit … The film was made with EUR 5,000 from the Greek Film Centre and with a very small team of close friends. But I guess this is WASHINGTONIA, if there was more time and logical thinking it would be something completely different, less magical.

Q: If you owned a theatre for one night, which films would you screen?
A: If it was a summer night, it would be TROPICAL MALADY by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, if it was autumn, it would be A CASA by Sharunas Bartas …

Q: What is your next project?
A: I am shooting a short film project at the moment. It is called LIMBO. 13 kids and a whale washed ashore.


Gent International Film Festival- EFA AWARD,Short Film Nominee
Greek Film Academy Award- Best Short 2014
Chicago International Film Festival, Special Mention
Curtoccrcuito International Film Festival
Grand Prix, Best Short Film
International Short Film Festival ŻUBROFFKA (Grand Prix & Best Cinematography Award
Royal Television Society (RTS) Student Television Award in the Post Graduate Fiction category (May 2012, London)

On the web

Washingtonia (2014) – IMDb
European Film Adwards
Konstantina Kotzamani about her film ‘Washingtonia’

Film contacts:

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Artemis Pattakou
Stournari 4
10683 Athens
tel: +30 69 79 04 81 16



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