The 22nd Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (TDF, March 5 – March 15 2020) underlined its new cash-heavy competition sections to Business Doc Europe, and emphasised the need for international producers to submit their Agora pitching forum and docs-in-progress applications ASAP, ahead of the January 20 deadline.
TDF is an Oscars® documentary feature qualifying festival.
The new International Competition presents 10-12 documentary features over 70 minutes that will compete for two awards: The Golden Alexander, valued at €15,000 in cash and the Special Jury Award (€5,000).
The Newcomers Competition presents 10-12 docs over 50 minutes in length. The Golden Alexander award in this section is accompanied by an €8,000 cash prize and the Special Jury Award is valued at €3,000.
The Film Forward Competition, for documentaries that test the limits of the form and which look at docmaking from a radical perspective, presents ten documentary features over 45 minutes in length. The award is accompanied by a €3,000 cash prize.
These new competitions join the VR Competition in which productions compete for the €3,000 Golden Alexander, sponsored by the Greek Film Centre.
Agora Doc Market
The January 20 deadlines for the Thessaloniki Pitching Forum and Agora Docs in Progress are fast approaching.
The Thessaloniki Pitching Forum is looking for documentaries from Southeast Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East regions, while exploring the limits of documentary by inviting TV and creative documentaries, documentaries for children and new media projects (VR and/or AR etc.). Agora awards include cash prizes and development scholarships.
The Agora Docs in Progress event takes place on March 11 2020 and is inviting submissions from documentaries whose shoot is 50% or more complete and are seeking further funding or sales agent, or to secure a festival premiere. Awards include cash prizes, post-production and sound services.
In addition, the festival will introduce a new initiative in the Agora Docs in Progress. Four Greek documentaries will have the opportunity to participate in a closed workshop, where they will be guided by three prominent professionals from the international audio-visual sector, in order to improve and develop their projects.