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​Eurimages Lab Award @ Thessaloniki Agora Works in Progress – The “Eurimages Lab Projects”  
For the first time the Agora Works in Progress showcase will give the Eurimages Lab Award to one of the participating projects. Over the last ten years or so, many films have been shot and produced outside the traditional filmmaking framework, both in terms of their dramaturgy (non-scripted projects) and their production (guerrilla shooting etc.). Due to their inherent characteristics, these films rarely benefit from national funding and cannot apply to Eurimages as they would be ineligible. Despite their apparent distance from the traditional canons of filmmaking, some of these films have indubitable artistic value. They deserve to be made and enjoyed by their audience. Film evolves and this is just another form of film.
The “Eurimages Lab Projects” should be:
  • Innovative and daring (both artistically and in terms of production);
  • Showing a strong drive to push back boundaries, exploring new forms of expression;
  • Essentially cinematographic but possibly (though not necessarily) at the crossroads of different art forms/genres;
  • Proposing some form of international co-operation/co-production with another country (including non-European countries) even going beyond the co-production treaties currently in force;
  • Open to both new and established filmmakers as well as to visual artists;
  • Ensuring gender balance.
The “Eurimages Lab Award” is:
  • Maximum support per project: €50,000 (based on certified costs). A support agreement would be drawn up between Eurimages and the selected producers. Thessaloniki Int’l Film Festival will provide the platform for the selection of projects via the Agora Work in Progress showcase.
Eligibility criteria:
  • Projects need to be at least partly shot (the jury assesses moving images, not a script);
  • Selected projects must be premiered in Thessaloniki and not have previously participated in other Works in Progress programs;
  • The majority of the production must be from:Albania, Bosnia – Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, FYROM, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, and Turkey. These are the Eurimages member state countries that are in accordance with the Agora/Industry guidelines;
  • The deadline for submissions is the 5th of September 2016. For the selection process 25 minutes of material must be submitted and up to 8 minutes will be screened at the Agora Works in Progress showcase if the project is selected. All submissions must be subtitled in English;
  • Only feature length films are eligible.
The festivals’ selection committee (Agora/Industry dpt.) is the sole responsible for the final selection of the projects and will provide necessary guidelines for the final presentation.
The jury of the “Eurimages Lab Award” is composed by professionals selected by the festival and one Representative of Eurimages. Decisions are collectively taken by the jury.

For more information please visit the Eurimages web site (http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/eurimages/default_en.asp). 
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