57th THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
November 3-13, 2016
November 5-12, 2016 – Warehouse C
14 projects in the 12th CROSSROADS CO-PRODUCTION FORUM
13 films in the AGORA WORKS IN PROGRESS
229 international titles in the AGORA FILM MARKET
TIFF’s AGORA INDUSTRY (November 5-12, 2016), supported by Creative Europe-MEDIA, is an industry event offering various networking opportunities for the global film industry in an informal, welcoming and professional atmosphere. As an international meeting and trading event, AGORA INDUSTRY runs parallel to the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and offers to its visiting industry professionals a variety of industry activities which focus on the countries of Central Europe, the Balkans and the Mediterranean:
- The Agora Film Market with a Digital Video Library (November 5-12)
- The Crossroads Co-Production Forum (November 8-12)
- The Agora Works in Progress - Screening of films in post-production (November 10)
Moreover, this year, the AGORA INDUSTRY organizes a series of additional activities which contribute further in reinforcing its role and potential in the international festival circuit:
EURIMAGES’ Lab Project Award at AGORA INDUSTRY Works in Progress
TIFF is among the four festivals selected by EURIMAGES to host its Lab Project Award for unconventional projects. The award amounts up to €50,000 for a film project which participates in the TIFF’s AGORA INDUSTRY Work in Progress section and it will be bestowed for the first time during the 57th TIFF. The Lab Project Award is the highest one among the EURIMAGES awards given to films in development. Through the Lab Project Award, EURIMAGES is investing in new forms of cinematographic expression and actively participating in the renewal of European cinema.
The Locarno Industry Academy International in Thessaloniki: November 7-11, 2016
The Thessaloniki International Film Festival in collaboration with the Festival del Film Locarno launches the Locarno Industry Academy International in the South Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. The first pilot edition of this project will take place in Thessaloniki from November 7-11 2016, during the 57th TIFF’s AGORA INDUSTRY. The Locarno Industry Academy is a training program created to help young professionals of the cinema industry –sales agents, distributors and new media professionals- to extend their experience and networking in the fields of international sales, marketing, distribution and programming.
This year’s participants are:
Meriame Deghedi, Egypt
Theodore Karamanolis, Greece
Katja Lenarčič, Slovenia
Badih Massaad, Lebanon
Neda Milanova, Bulgaria
Rea Rajčić, Croatia
Dejan Trajkoski, FYROM
Julia Schubiger, Switzerland
Virtual Reality @ Thessaloniki - Michel Reilhac masterclass: November 12, 2016
Virtual Reality technology will be presented for the first time in Greece and the Mediterranean, in the framework of a special masterclass presented by VR specialist Michel Reilhac, who will familiarize TIFF’s audience with this newest technology in cinema.
“South by Southeast” – A meeting platform for new collaborations: November 8, 2016
Representatives from the South and South East Europe Film Centres will meet at the 57th TIFF, in a special event that will mark the launch of “South by Southeast”, a platform through which they will seek to create common ground for collaborations and discuss about coproduction and distribution issues. The event is organized by the Greek Film Center, the Creative Europe MEDIA DESK and SEE Cinema Network.
Agora Training Day co-organised with CED Media Greece: November 8, 2016
The AGORA INDUSTRY provides valuable tools to the professionals of the film industry, as well as the environment to develop fruitful collaborations and creative projects. The Agora Training Day event encourages even more the above goals by addressing to all young film directors and producers who will attend the 57th TIFF. They will have the opportunity to meet with well-established professionals who will share with them their knowledge and experiences.
The AGORA FILM MARKET promotes the majority of the films included in the Festival’s official program selection. In addition, this year more titles from the countries that the AGORA INDUSTRY focuses on will be also presented, even though they are not part of the Festival’s main program. Moreover, the Agora Film Market includes the previews films of the Crossroads participants and a selection of Greek films produced within the last year. This year the Digital Video Library of the Agora Film Market includes 229 films from all over the world, available for viewing by the professionals who participate in the AGORA INDUSTRY (producers, distributors, broadcasters, sales agents and consultants), as well as the Greek and international press representatives.
CROSSROADS, the Co-Production Forum headed by Marie-Pierre Macia, has selected 14 projects this year, based on the quality of the script, the creative team and the likelihood of it being produced. All selected projects are either produced or co-produced by a country in South-eastern and Central Europe or the Mediterranean area, or contain story elements linked to these regions. The selected projects come from the following countries: Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Lebanon, Switzerland and Turkey.
The producers of these 14 projects will be introduced to a variety of industry professionals from all over the world. The program is varied and provides opportunities to meet other producers, distributors, broadcasters, sales agents and consultants. CROSSROADS’ goal is to support the producers of feature-length film projects that are linked to the Mediterranean and Balkan regions in finding the right partners to finance and accomplish their projects.
The Crossroads Awards are:
- The Greek post-production house Two Thirty Five (2|35 Inc) offers the main prize of a co-production award (image and sound) to the winning project.
- Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée (CNC) offers 10.000 euro for script development.
- The Greek music company Musou offers the music & sound award (composition and production of an original film score, music supervision, licensing of commercial music for use in the film and audio post-production services).
- The Producers Network of the Cannes Film Festival offers a free accreditation for the 2017 edition.
- Sofia Meetings of the Sofia IFF will select one project to be presented in March at the Sofia Meetings 2017.
- The Mediterranean Film Institute Script 2 Film Workshops offers a scholarship for its 2017 Workshop to one of the projects.
- Initiative Film, the script-development consultancy firm in France, offers its services to one of the Greek projects.
- CINEMED will include at least one Greek project in the Development Grant selection according to its state of development and follow the films from Crossroads and Works in Progress in regards to its program selection.
The 2016 Crossroads jury consists of:
Raimond Goebel, producer - Pandora Film Production, Germany
Maria Drandaki, producer - Homemade Films, Greece
Didar Domehri, producer - Full House & Maneki Films, France
This year’s projects are:
1. All This Victory - Director: Ahmad Ghossein, Production: Georges Schoucair, Myriam Sassine, Abbout Production, Alice Ormières, Surprise Alley, Lebanon, France
2. Behind The Haystacks - Director: Asimina Proedrou, Production: Anna Jancsó, Asimina Proedrou, Librecine, Greece, Hungary
3. The Bridge - Director, Producer: Hala Lofty, Production: Hassala, Mohamed Samir, DayDream Art Production, Egypt
4. Dajna - Director: Christos Netsos, Production: Ermir Keta, Anima Pictures, Albania
5. Dormitory - Director: Nehir Tuna, Production: Suzan Güverte, Güverte Film Co-production: Dijital Sanatlar, Turkey
6. Fantasia - Director: Alexis Kardaras, Production: Eleni Kossyfidou, Pan Entertainment, Greece
7. The Father - Directors, Producers: Kristina Grozeva & Petar Valchanov, ABRAXAS FILMS, Co-producers: Konstantina Stavrianou, Irini Vougioukalou, GRAAL, Flaminio Zadra, Alberto Fanni, DORJE FILM, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy - In collaboration with SOFIA MEETINGS
8. Figuras - Director, Producer: Azra Deniz Okyay, Production: Selin Karli, Figuras Productions, Turkey
9. A Kingdom (working title) - Director: Emilie Aussel, Producer: Thomas Ordonneau, Shellac Sud, France - In collaboration with CINEMED
10. Lost In Paradise - Director: Fiona Ziegler, Production: Kristýna Květová, Cinémotif Films, Co-producer: Aline Schmid, Beauvoir Films, Czech Republic, Switzerland - In collaboration with the MFI Script2Film Workshop
11. Money for a Funeral - Directors: Magdelena Ilieva, Jonathan Heidelberger, Production: Martichka Bozhilova, Agitrop Productions, Bulgaria
12. Noah Tree - Director: Cenk Erturk, Production: Cenk Erturk, Mehmet Gungoren, Sevki Tuna Erturk, Hayali Ihracat Film, Turkey
13. The Nobleman - Director: Bazi Gete, Production: Thomas Alfandari, Bustan Films, Co-producer: Dominique Welinski, DW Films, Israel, France
14. Vassilis Arvanitis (working title) - Directors: Irene Vachlioti, Panayiotis Klitharas Production: George Kyriakos, Viewmaster Films, Greece
The AGORA WORKS IN PROGRESS are closed sessions for Thessaloniki’s invited industry professionals, presented to sales agents, distributors, producers and festival representatives. This year 13 films have been selected from Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Israel, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia and Spain.
Graal S.A. will provide the winning film of the Works in Progress section with a co-production award of post–production services.
The 2016 Agora Works in Progress Jury consists of:
Rachel Schmid, Eurimages representative, Switzerland
Giorgio Gosetti, Artistic Director Venice Days, Venice Film Festival, Italy
Alex Christoyiannis, Cinema & Thematic Channel Deputy Director at OTE TV, Greece
This year’s films are:
1. Apple of my Eye - Director: Yaron Shani, Producer: Michael Reuter - The Post Republic, Saar Yogev, Naomi Levari - Black Sheep Films, Germany, Israel
2. Approach - Director: Tony Lykouressis, Producer: Iraklis Mavroeidis, Vicky Miha, Angelo Venetis - Boo Productions, Greece
3. Bronze Lotus - Director: Vladimir Todorovic, Producer: Vladimir Todorovic - Tadar Studio, Akanga Film Asia, Serbia, Singapore
4. Charlton Heston - Director/Producer: Andrei Cretulescu, Producer: Velvet Moraru - Icon Production, Codruta Cretulescu - Kinosseur, Rani Massalha, Marie Legrand – Films Du Tambour, Romania, France - The project participated in Crossroads Forum in 2015
5. Cosmic Candy - Director: Rinio Dragassaki, Producer: Fenia Cossovitsa - Blonde S.A., Co-producer: Patrick Sobelman, Agat Films, Greece, France - The project participated in Crossroads Forum in 2013
6. Extinction - Director: Salomé Lamas, Producer: Luís Urbano - O Som e a Fúria, Michel Balagué – Mengamuk Films, Portugal, Germany
7. Genie FILM - Director : Florence Pezon, Producer: Damien Monnier - l’ Image d’Après, Jérôme Laffont /Joachim Thôme- Les Productions du verger, Davy Chou – Vycky Film, France, Belgium
8. Giants Don’t Exist - Director/Producer: Chema Rodriguez, Producciones Sin Un Duro, Co-producer: Jerome Vidal - Noodles Production, Spain, Guatemala, France
9. The Miner - Director: Hanna Slak, Producer: Siniša Juričić - Nukleus Films, Slovenia, Croatia - The project participated in Crossroads forum in 2011
10. Occidental - Director: Neil Beloufa, Producer: Neil Beloufa, Jacques Dodard - Bad Manners, France
11. A Promise of Cinema - Director: Filipa César, Producer: Olivier Marboeuf - Spectre Productions, Maria João Mayer – FilmesDoTejo, France, Portugal
12. The Surface of Things - Director: Nancy Biniadaki, Producer: Christopher Zitterbart- Watchmen Productions GmbH, Konstantinos Kontovrakis, Giorgos Karnavas – Heretic, Germany, Greece
13. Thorn - Director: Gabriel Tzafka, Producer: Panagiotis Kakavias - Kakavias Film, Michael Bille Frandsen, Theis Nørgaard - Nitrat Film , Greece, Denmark
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