Meet the Team
Get to know our amazing team that worked tirelessly for weeks to make this festival possible.
Diego Armando Aparicio | Festival Director
Diego Aparicio is the founder and artistic director of Queer Wave. He considers cinema to be the most beautiful means of expression for the cultivation of empathy and mutual understanding between people.
His work in film journalism includes an interview at IFFR 2019 with Oscar-winning director László Nemes (Son of Saul) for London’s Curzon Cinema blog in the UK; and coverage of the Berlinale 2020 official competition for A Cuarta Parede in Spain. In 2018 he was the Cypriot ambassador of the European Parliament’s LUX Film Prize. He was also a member of the official jury for the Venice Film Festival’s Giornate degli Autori strand that same year, and has since helped as pre-selector for the Giornate.In 2019 he was Head of Partnerships for the 10th edition of the Watersprite short film festival in Cambridge, UK.
Before the pandemic, he worked with the Cyprus-based production company AMP Filmworks as production assistant, earning two feature film credits: Sous Le Ciel d’Alice (Cannes Critics’ Week 2020); and Patchwork (in post-production).
Diego studied Physics at Imperial College London, and left a career in Medical Physics to pursue his love for cinema.