Dafni is a Production Designer and Art Director based in Athens, Greece.
She had an early professional start, working on set designs for short films and TV commercials even before the completion of her studies in Film School in Athens.
After graduating she moved to the U.S. and pursued a degree in set design at San Francisco State University, where she acquired great experience on various projects and advanced her drafting and model making at the American Conservatory Theater as an intern.
She returned to Greece and continued working for TV commercials, feature films and contemporary dance performances .
Her work for TV commercials gave to Dafni the opportunity to design a large number of very different and demanding sets.
Her big love though has always been feature films and she has designed quite a few.
After 30 years of experience Dafni can balance between strict professionalism and genuine passion for every new project.
Member of the Hellenic Film Academy.
1986-2023 More than 500 TV Commercials
2022 BUZZHEART - directed by D.Iliadis. Feature Film.
2022 MIDNIGHT SKIN directed by M.Mavris. Short Film
Special Screening Semaine de la Critique, Cannes 2023
2021 BRUTALIA DAYS OF LABOUR directed by M. Mavris. Short Film
Golden Dionysus award at DISFF
HONORARY DISTINCTION FOR PRODUCTION DESIGN AT DISFF
HONORARY DISTINCTION FOR PRODUCTION DESIGN at AIFF
2021 HELLENIC FILM ACADEMY AWARD FOR BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR DIGGER
2018 DIGGER - directed by G.Grigorakis. Feature Film
Panorama Berlinale 2020 CICAE Art Cinema Award.
Silver Alexander 61st Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Greek entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards
2015 LIMBO - directed by K. Kotzamani. Short Film.
-Semaine de la Critique du Festival de Cannes 2016
-Nominated for the European Film Award 2016
directed by E.Kosemund Sanidis. Short Film
2015 NOCTURNE - directed by K. Frangopoulos, produced by Bona Fide, UK and Boo Productions, Greece
2013 HISTORY ZERO directed by S.Tsivopoulos for the Venice Biennale
2011 L - directed by Babis Makridis.Official competition 8th Sundance Film Festival 2012
2010 ATTENBERG - directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari.
67 Venice Film Festival (Prizes Coppa Volpi and Lina
Mangiacapre) 35 Toronto - 54 BFI London -
Reykjavik - 51st Thessaloniki, Angers, New York
40th New Directors Festival, Mexico (Audience
Award and Best Director) Sundance Spotlight Category,
Rotterdam, Buenos Aires (Best Director Award)
Dortmund (Best Director Award), Wroclaw,
Poland (Grand Prix Award). Greek entry at the 84th Academy Awards.
1999 SIGNS & WONDERS directed by Jonathan Nossiter.
1997 PROSTATIS OIKOGENIAS directed by Nikos Perakis
1996 THE ORGASM OF THE COW directed by Olga Malea
1988-87 SHABLO directed by O.Lappas,
SHADOWS directed by F.Kotrotsi
ASFAEL of P.Sevasticoglou. First Prize For Set and Costume Design,
28th Short Film Festival, Thessaloniki 1987
2023 The Castaways, as Supervising Art Director.
Directed by Andy and Ryan Tohill, produced by Clapperboard and Blackbox Multimedia.
2022 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3, Feature film directed by Nia Vardalos, produced by Faliro House, Playtone, Gold Circle
2021 Greek Freak, Feature film directed by A.Omotoso produced by Faliro House, Sepolia Productions and Disney.
2011 ANTM, ALL STARS cycle 17, Crete-Greece.
2017 Art Director Dubai Parks & Resorts/ Theme Park
THEATER – DANCE
2015 Hellenic Film Academy Annual Awards Ceremony
SGT Theater, Central Stage
1997 PROSO OLOTIHOS directed by A.Papadamaki,
Sine Qua Non Dance Company
1993 CAMINO CONFUSION directed by Roy Conboy
SFSU, SAN FRANCISCO.
1992 OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD directed by James Newell, SFSU, SAN FRANCISCO
ASSISTANT SET DESIGNER
1995 PARAMITHI HORIS ONOMA directed by
T. Papageorgiou National Theater of Greece
1992 THE MERCHANT OF VENICE directed by
M.Addison, CALIFORNIA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
1993-94 SET DESIGN INTERN, American Conservatory Theater, SAN FRANCISCO.