Screening of two documentary shorts, "Litsa" (1985) and "It's Lovely" (2002) Born in Athens, filmmaker Despina Carvela, studied English literature at Deree, the American College at Athens, and majored in Film Arts at the California College of Arts and Crafts. She has worked as an assistant director to Vassilis Maros and to Nikos Nikoloidis, well-known Greek film directors. Ms. Carvela has directed over 30 documentary films that feature portraits of contemporary Greek life and culture. "Litsa" was produced for the national Greek television series (ERT) entitled, "Women's Portraits." "It's Lovely" won the award for best Greek documentary at the Kalamata International Greek Festival. She has also directed and scripted 3 fiction films including "Two Days in an Island" which won a Thessaloniki Film Festival award for best drama.