The 47th Thessaloniki International Film Festival presents a new initiative for students specializing in film production entitled Salonica Studio 2006. This workshop falls within the scope of the activities of the Industry Centre, the festival's developmental "umbrella". It provides hands-on practice training for senior film students from the Mediterranean, the Balkans and Europe through seminars on international funding and sales, special screenings and all the festival's developmental activities related to their career objective. The Film Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki's School of Fine Arts is participating in this initiative in a number of ways: a selected group of film production students will take part in the workshop, all the students will attend its open sessions and, finally, Greek students will act as hosts/liaisons between their foreign colleagues and the festival and the city of Thessaloniki. As a result of this initiative, the festival's training and educational framework now acquires European and Mediterranean dimensions, while at the same time it reinforces the creative and two-way relationship between the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and the Film Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, which has developed since last year with particular emphasis on the Masterclasses and the Open Discussions.
Renate Roginas (an expert in training and education and former General Secretary of EURIMAGES, the Council of Europe's Co-production Fund) will head the film studies program while Ariane Cotsis (who is in charge of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival's Education and Training Programs) will act as coordinator.