Renos Gavris is a Cypriot filmmaker and media artist. He has previous studies in Computer Science at the University of Piraeus in Greece and received his BA in Media Arts from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2012. He is the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship award for postgraduate studies in the USA, as well as a Dean’s Fellowship from Emerson College in Boston, where he recently graduated with an MFA degree in Media Art (May 2015). At the end of his studies, Renos also received the Emerson College Graduate Program Award for outstanding academic and artistic achievement.
In the summer of 2014, Renos finished shooting the short film Austerity which is his first major production and MFA thesis project. The story deals with the sociopolitical issue of the financial crisis in Europe on a personal level, and is inspired by real events that took place in Athens, Greece. To cover the costs of the production, Renos successfully completed a crowd-funding campaign through Indiegogo.
Austerity, has won 7 awards thus far and has been officially selected to screen at over 20 film festivals around the world, such as the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, the Raindance Film Festival in London, the Edmonton International Film Festival in Canada, and the Sarasota Film Festival in Florida among others.
Renos currently lives in London and works as an instructor of media arts, conducting film production and cinematography workshops at Royal Holloway, University of London.