Theo Panagopoulos is a Greek-Lebanese-Palestinian filmmaker, film programmer and PhD candidate based in Scotland. His creative and academic work explore themes of collective memory, displacement, fragmented identities and language.
His creative documentary short “My Own Personal Lebanon” screened in multiple BAFTA-Qualifying festivals, was shortlisted for the IRIS award of the Hellenic Film Academy and won the Odysseus award at the International Documentary Festival of Kastellorizo. His second short documentary "The Place between Was & Will Be" premiered at Thessaloniki Documentary Festival and was awarded a special mention in directing at the Kalamata short documentary festival.
In 2024 he completed his fiction short film called "The Key" with BFI Network and Screen Scotland and is developing a new short documentary with Scottish Documentary Institute and Screen Scotland.
He has worked as a curator and programmer with the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival and the SAFAR Film Festival where he currently co-ordinates the festival's screenings in Glasgow. He has been selected as part of multiple programming labs and initiatives such as The Barbican Emerging Curators (2023), SAFAR Futures (2022) and Film Hub Scotland's New Promoter Scheme (2021) and was a pre-selector for Encounters Short Film Festival (2023).
He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of West of Scotland developing his thesis on decolonising narratives of memory, waste and heritage through film and performance.