Maria Chalkou studied Pedagogy at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Filmmaking at the Stavrakos Film School. She holds a Ph.D. in Film Theory and History (University of Glasgow), sponsored by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (I.K.Y.), and a MA in Film and Art Theory (University of Kent). Her research interests focus on film cultures of the 1960s, contemporary European cinema, and cinematic representations of the past. She has also researched and co-directed the documentary Oneira Mikrou Mikous (1960-1967)/Dreaming in 'Shorts' (1960-1967) for the TV programme Paraskinio (2007). She is the founding editor of Filmicon.