Natalia BougadellisCINEMATOGRAPHER | PRODUCER | DIRECTOR
Natalia Bougadellis is a director and cinematographer, who hails from Athens, Greece. Bougadellis attended NYFA’s Teen Filmmaking program in Los Angeles and an intensive 6-Week Filmmaking workshop in New York. Her critically acclaimed film, The Owls, (available on Amazon), has played in eleven countries and over thirty film festivals, winning the prestigious Zoe Award at LifeArt Festival, “Best Student Film” at Miami Independent Film Festival, and “Best Student Filmmaker” at America’s Rainbow Film Festival Presented by HBO.
Bougadellis is also the Executive Director of The Great Griffon, a non-profit organization founded to bring awareness to the lack of authentic LGBTQ+ characters in mainstream entertainment. In 2017, Bougadellis co-founded her own production company, Blue Slate Films, with female filmmaker Emory Parker, and continues to work with high-profile brands like Nike, McDonald’s, Calvin Klein, and Pepsi, to name a few.
Her public service announcement titled “You Can Still Smile” finished second in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s #NewYorkTough competition, acquiring almost 48,000 votes and over 200,000 views.
Bougadellis was named on Forbes’ 2021 ‘The Next 1000’, a list dedicated to recognizing the next generation of upstart entrepreneurs.
Program Studied at NYFA: Filmmaking
Program Type: Teen Program, 6-Week Workshop
Year Attended/Graduated: 2011
Location: New York