Born with dual Greek/German nationality, Efthimis Kosemund Sanidis studied Informatics Engineering, and then Contemporary Arts at Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains in France. His films have won acclaim at festivals around the world.
His debut short film, II (2014, 16’), won the Pack & Pitch award at Sarajevo while in development, followed by a world premiere in the Pardi di Domani section of the Locarno Film Festival. It went on to win Best Short Film, Best Direction and Best Cinematography awards in Drama and Athens IFF. He shot his next two films, ODETTE (2015, 16’) and Unbuilt Light (2017, 29’), while in residency at Le Fresnoy, with the latter opening in competition in Sarajevo and winning 2nd Best Short Film and Best Cinematography awards in the Athens IFF and the Hellenic Academy Awards. Astrometal (2017, 15’) was nominated for a Golden Lion in the Orizzonti section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival before continuing its career in film festivals and art venues around the world (Forum des Images, Centre Pompidou, Haus der Kulturen der Welt etc.). He is a member of the Hellenic Film Academy and an alumnus of the Berlinale and Sarajevo Talent Campus.
Since 2016, he has been directing commercials for leading brands. His work has been showcased in platforms such as Shots and Yatzer. He is represented by the SOUTH agency in the Middle East and Balkans regions.