Marios Psaras has studied Education and Philosophy at the University of Cyprus with a scholarship from the Evi Sofianou Foundation. He graduated with a First-Class Honours Degree and the departmental award of Excellence. He also holds a MA in Film Studies from Queen Mary University of London, for which he was awarded the Drapers Company Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement. He received his PhD in 2015 from QMUL for his doctoral thesis on contemporary Greek cinema, which provided the source for his first monograph, published within a year under the title The Queer Greek Weird Wave: Ethics, Politics and the Crisis of Meaning (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). As a film scholar, Psaras taught film theory at Queen Mary and King’s College London and lectured at the universities of Oxford, Cyprus and Bochum, Germany, while presenting papers in numerous international academic conferences. He has also published articles, reviews and book chapters on contemporary Greek and European queer cinema in academic journals and edited volumes.
Psaras has worked as a teacher in primary education in Cyprus and Greek supplementary education in the UK. He has also worked as a radio producer for SuperFM Cyprus (2004-2008), and as a TV-host and executive producer on the TV show ‘Imaste Edo” (RIK1, 2004-2009), which was produced by the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation and the Youth Board of Cyprus. As a TV-host and reporter, Psaras travelled across the globe, covering youth events and activities and participating in such major youth events as European Youth Week, European Youth Media Days, and the World Festival of Youth and Students, thus being quite proactive on various issues concerning young people, including, education, culture and learning, active citizenship, youth policies and the environment. In 2009, he was awarded the Young European Journalist Award. As a filmmaker, he has directed three short films and two short documentaries. His most recent film, Thin Green Line, has screened at international film festivals in Europe and the United States, including the high-esteemed East End Film Festival 2018 in London and the 41st Short Film Festival in Drama, Greece. Psaras has also directed for the theatre, his most recent work being the critically-acclaimed theatrical performance Etairos, in collaboration with corporiality art collective.
Currently, Psaras is the artistic director of the annual festival Cyprus Short Film Day in London, a member of the pre-selection committee of the National Section of the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, and a member of the editorial board of the online academic journal Filmicon: Journal of Greek Film Studies. As of September 1st 2018, Psaras serves as Cultural Counsellor of the Cyprus High Commission in London.