-Who is Christodoulos Kigmalis?
I am a screenwriter and director from Greece with a passion for creating new worlds through writing.
I was born and raised in Athens. I come from Mytilini but for the last 10 years I have been living with my family in Corfu. I studied marketing but worked in music as a DJ and producer for 27 years. I loved music from the bottom of my soul but as a music producer I felt trapped within 7 notes. In writing I found the absolute freedom to create without limits. I’m also the father of Konstantinos.
-What inspired you to become a screenwriter?
What inspired me to become a screenwriter was more my concern for the future and the sadness from the loss of my parents. That’s how I felt the need to talk to them through writing. I would wake up at night, go out on the balcony and write down on paper what I wanted to say to them. So all this led me to write a theatrical monologue entitled “Wrong Era”. After the presentation of the monologue in a theater and the applause it received, the idea was born to turn it into a short film in which the same man who performed the monologue, Manos Bartis, stars and performs exceptionally well. I had the good fortune to work with a unique cinematographer, Nikos Psaros and an experienced sound designer, Yannis Androulakakis who gave a lot to the final result. The puzzle is completed with the multi-experienced Vasilis Kamitsis, who was a great honor to me that he agreed to participate and he is riveting with his words at the end of the film! So THE WHITE ROSE began to blossom and at this moment it has won 14 awards in the first month of its premiere at festivals in Greece, Italy, India, France, South Korea, America, Kuwait, Sri Lanka, Singapore & Belgium! And this is only the beginning, since in the space of 3 years I have written 5 scripts for feature films and a children’s fairy tale dedicated to my son!
-Do you think cinema can bring a change in society?
Of course it can. We, cinema workers ihave a duty to bring about change and to become the change we would like to see in the world through our stories.
-What would you change in the world?
If I could, I would change the bad way of thinking that leads to wrong decisions, which can prove to be disastrous for each of us and for society as a whole. Even our jealousy for something, if we work it properly in our mind, it can lead us to progress.
-Where do you see the film industry going in the next 100 years?
If the film industry in 2123 will have been affected by even 10% of the previous 100 years in the inspiration, creation and passion with which the older filmmakers worked, with the help of technology, I believe that it will be able to reach the highest level quality at all levels! This.-