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The Greek who won an Oscar

“Stutterer” won the Oscar for Best Short Film with director of photography Michael Paleodimos.

Irish short film Stutterer has taken home the Oscar for Best Short Film (Live Action) at the 88th Academy Awards. Benjamin Cleary, who wrote, directed and edited the film, accepted the award with producers Serena Armitage and Shan Christopher Ogilvie, and director of photography Michael Paleodimos.

Scientist turned photographer, Michael started shooting stills for magazines like Esquire, Wired, Vogue and Cosmopolitan before heading over to Pulse Films London as a production assistant. Michael moved towards film and now shoots beautiful fashion videos, shorts and commercials.

The film is about a lonely typographer, Greenwood (Matthew Needham) who strikes up an online relationship with a girl called Ellie (Chloe Pirrie). When she suggests they meet up ‘offline’, Greenwood must face his innermost fears.

The film was made on shoestring budget of just five thousand pounds, the director rented his room for two months and slept on a friends couch, so every penny could be put into making Stutterer.

Stutterer has been selected for almost thirty prestigious film festivals and took home the Best Foreign Film prize from the Oscar qualifying Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, the Special Jury Award at Savannah Film Festival, Best International Short Film Prize at Kerry Film Festival, the Best Drama Award at Aesthetica Short Film Festival and many more.