How To Train An Antihero

Antihero: is the main character in a story who lacks conventional heroic qualities and passively dependent from someone else.

A group of young antiheroes with disabilities, trying to know more about acting in theater stage. Through their obvious love for it decide to put on a theatrical performance based on improvised scenes centered on superheroes. The young antiheroes are trained theatrically. At the same time we are getting to know the young antiheroes better with daily scenes of their lives. After all, to be a superhero you need to wear a costume or go through walls?

  • Yannis Bletas
    Rigors, Voutia, Strophes
  • Yannis Bletas
    Rigors, Voutia, Strophes
  • Irini Kladou
  • Yorgos Koumentakis
  • Despina Anifantaki
  • Yannis Giannakopoulos
    Sound Designer
  • Doc & Rio Festival Agency
    Festival Agent
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Πώς να εκπαιδεύσεις έναν αντιήρωα
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    People With Disabilities, Human Rights, Superheroes, Short, Youth
  • Runtime:
    26 minutes 32 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 EUR
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  • Language:
    Modern Greek (1453-)
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  • Student Project:
  • Drama International Short Film Festival
    September 12, 2021
    National Premiere
    Official Selection
    December 3, 2021
    Audience Award
  • Olympia International Film Festival
    December 4, 2021
    Official Selection
  • 15th Greek Film documentary festival “DocFest”
    November 23, 2021
    Official Selection
  • South East European Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    April 27, 2022
    West Coast Premiere
    Official Selection
  • LAGFF - Los Angeles Greek Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    May 9, 2022
    Honorable Mention
Director Biography - Yannis Bletas

Yannis Bletas was born and raised in Kozani, Greece. He is living in Rethymo. He studied Greek Literature at the Department of Philology / University of Crete, as well as Acting at the Greek Art Theatre "Karolos Koun" (Theatro Technis). He attended directing workshops at London Film School.

Along with his studies and the creative process of acting and playwriting, he soon began getting involved with the film industry. In 2016 his first short fiction film, under the title ‘The Umbrella’, was screened online. The following year he wrote and directed the films 'To Taxidi / The Journey' (3 awards), 'Valsamo' and 'Ta Gemista / Salted’, which has already been honored with 9 awards in Greece and abroad: among others, "Young Directors" Prize / Athens International Digital Film Festival 2018.
In 2018, he completed another two short movies, 'Armatoloi' and 'Tama' which have already been honored with 5 awards. He has also directed music video clips and several commercials. In early 2019 he created his own production company called “Ble productions”. In 2019 was screened online the short film “Strophes”, which gone viral in Greece. In 2020 he finished his first feature documentary film called “Rigors” and another short movie called “Voutia”. The feature documentary “Rigors” premiered at Andromeda Film Festival in Istanbul and was selected at the BCT- Festival Cinema and Tv in Benevento of Italy. At the end of 2020, he completed a short documentary “How to train an antihero”, in cooperation with the Association Friends and Guardians with Autism in Rethymno and the support of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Region of Crete and was premiered in September of 2021 at Drama International Film Festival, in Greece.

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Director Statement

“Getting to know the theater is almost always a journey of getting to know ourselves. The theater often works therapeutically. Many people in Greece choose to do theater as amateurs to feel better. On the other hand, sadly, there are few groups of people with disabilities that choose to do theater. Everyone has the right to know more about theater and other arts. Everyone could be the main character of a movie. Everyone has the right to know more about herself/himself.”

“We do not do theater for the theater. We do not make theater for living. We make theater to enrich ourselves, the audience that watches us and all together to help create a broad, mentally rich and whole culture in our place.”

Karolos Koun
Director & Founder of the Greek Art Theater ( Theatro Technis.)