The Thessaloniki Documentary Festival may be temporarily postponed but online market activity to support new filmmakers, as well as boost production in Southeast Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle Eastern regions, has been “feverish”, says festival and market organisers.
In his greeting, film consultant and Thessaloniki Pitching Forum project manager Ove Rishoj Jensen, said that “the online global interface offers new possibilities and prospects to the film community”, although he noted that it is sad the action couldn’t actually be taking place in Thessaloniki, due to concerns of coronavirus.
On March 9 2020, 40 directors, producers, broadcasters and festival programmers from 16 countries, participated in the online presentation of the 12 projects of the Thessaloniki Pitching Forum, all of which are at an early stage of development and seeking funding, co-production partners, distribution, and/or festival selection.
The online platform provided a live connection between participants and film professionals, with two large screens in the Festival offices in Thessaloniki and Athens broadcasting the images.
Over the coming days, the Docs in Progress programme will get the same treatment, with the participation of 11 documentary projects.
On March 12 2020 a jury will announce the winners of the Thessaloniki Pitching Forum Award (€2,000) and the ERT – Thessaloniki Pitching Forum Award (€2,000) to a Greek project.
A separate jury will presents three awards to the Docs in Progress projects March 12 2020; the 2/35 award (post-production services), accompanied by three days accommodation and accreditation at Visions du Réel in Nyon; the MuSou Music Company Group award (post-production services for sound or original composition) and the Neaniko Plano award (film subtitling services). Additionally, the Greek Film Centre award presents a €3,000 award to a selected film.
Other prizes up for grabs for Pitching Forum teams are the MFI Script2Film Workshop Award (scholarship for Doc Lab valued at €2500), the DAE Award which includes a consultancy session and a free membership granted by the new Documentaery Association of Europe, the Aylon Productions Digital Services Award that comprises Digital transfer of archival material up to 1 hour (2K), and the Beldocs Award that includes accommodation and free accreditation for the Beldocs International Documentary FF (May 2020).
The projects participating in the Thessaloniki Pitching Forum are:
BARK OF A STARVING DOG (working title)
Director: Ketevani Kapanadze. Production: Ana Tsimintia, This Street Hurts Me, Georgia
Director: Bogna Kowalczyk. Production: Tomasz Morawski, Katarzyna Kuczyńska, Haka Films, Poland
DEAD SEA GUARDIANS
Director: Ido Glass, Yoav Kleinman. Production: Kleinman & Glass. Co-production: Linda Goldstein Knowlton, Israel, USA
Director: Giorgos Iliopoulos. Production: Sofia Exarchou, Greece
Director: Alisa Kovalenko, Co-author Stephane Siohan. Production: Stephane Siohan, East Roads Films. Co-production: Valery Kalmykov, Trueman Production, Ukraine, France
Director: Einari Paakkanen. Production Marianne Mäkelä, Napafilms. Co-production: Stina Gardell, Mantaray Film & Stefan Kloos, Kloos & Co, Finland, Sweden. In collaboration with MFI
Director: Luca Lancise. Production: Simone Catania, Michele Fornasero, Indyca, Italy
Director: Pauline Lietar. Production: Jennifer Deschamps, Little Big Story, France
Director: Angelos Rallis. Production: Maria del Mar Rodriguez, Angelos Rallis, AR Productions. Co-production: Birgit Kemner, Manny Films, Greece, France
THE STATE OF ISRAEL VS HANEEN ZOABI
Director: Noa Ben Hagai. ^: Osnat Trabelsi, Trabelsi Productions. Co-production: Paul Cadieux, Filmoption International, Israel, Canada
A STEADY JOB
Director: Mattia Colombo, Gianluca Matarrese. Production: Giovanni Donfrancesco, Altara Films. Co-production: Jasmina Sijercic, Bocalupo Films, Italy, France
Director: Pepa Hristova. Production: Julia Cöllen, Karsten Krause, Fünferfilm. Co-production: Martichka Bozhilova, Agitprop, Germany, Bulgaria