Dimitris Kerkinos studied Film Studies at the University of Manitoba, Canada, and did his PhD dissertation on “Society and Cinema in Cuba of the 90s” for the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of the Aegean, Greece. He joined the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in 1999. He is the programmer of the Balkan Survey section since 2002 and the Head of Tributes for both the fiction and the documentary festivals organized annually by TIFF. He has curated retrospectives to directors and national cinemas, as well as thematic tributes in Greece and abroad. He has published essays on cinema and anthropology and has edited many monographs on documentary and fiction film, such as Patricio Guzmán, Peter Wintonick, Yorgos Panousopoulos, Carol Reed, Goran Paskaljević. He lectured Visual Anthropology and Ethnographic Documentary at Panteion University in Athens (2004-2008).