Bio

Nikolaos Stampoulopoulos

Founder and Creative Director of New Diaspora, a digital storytelling platform about the new generation of Greeks living abroad during the crisis.

His previous works as a documentary director include “Return to Molyvos” (25’, 2009), “Young Actors Searching” (52’, 2008), “Epitaph: the Life and Work of Koralia Theotoka” (52’, 2006), “Discovering Olympia” (52′ 2003);  all commissioned by ERT (Greece).

Having obtained a BA(Hons) degree on Film, Video & Photographic Arts from the University of Westminster (London, UK), Nikolaos returned to Greece in 1993, and soon started working in advertising. His clients included Procter & Gamble, Rolco, Johnson & Johnson, Pepsico, Marks & Spencer, OTE, and others. During that period, he also wrote and directed the short fiction film Camouflage (19′, 1999).

In 2002 Nikolaos decided to switch to teaching, eventually supervising over 25 short films made by adolescents for the “Pame Cinema?” program (supported by the Greek Ministry of Education and Thessaloniki Film Festival), and later for Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People (2006-2008 and 2016). Since 2004, he has also worked as a freelance producer and director of corporate videos for the local market.

In 2007 Nikolaos started blogging, and soon found himself initiating and managing projects of civic engagement: “for Amalia” (an online petition against medical negligence and corruption, in the memory of a fellow blogger who died from cancer), and “gathering in black” (a silent protest following the deadly wildfires in Peloponnese in 2007).

In October 2009, Nikolaos moved to Amsterdam, where he started working as a freelance filmmaker and photographer. His company Spiral Move has produced promotional and music videos for Strawberry Earth, CODARTS, Klezmer Band, Spinifex, Tuur Moens & Syndicate, IamExpat, Bowrain, and others. He has also collaborated with Wieden + Kennedy, the Municipality of Amsterdam, Coster Diamonds, Paymentwall, Reload Greece and WeTransfer.

In 2012, Nikolaos co-founded I Cannot Vote, an online petition regarding expatriate Greeks’ right to vote in the Greek parliamentary elections from abroad, also making the promotional video of the campaign. Since March 2013, he is collaborating with an international team of experts and volunteers in order to develop further the New Diaspora project; exploring uncharted territories of participatory storytelling, and eventually recording the migration flow he also used to belong to.

Nikolaos moved back to Athens in November 2014. He is always open to exciting collaborations, both in Greece and internationally.