Thessaloniki Locarno Industry Academy

5-10 November 2022


The Thessaloniki IFF, in collaboration with the Locarno FF, launched the Thessaloniki Locarno Industry Academy in Southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean in 2016. The seventh edition is taking place physically (November 6-10, 2022) in the context of the 63rd TIFF AGORA. The Thessaloniki Locarno Industry Academy is a tailor-made training program created to help young professionals in the cinema industry, i.e. sales agents, distributors and new media professionals, to expand their experience and networking in the fields of international sales, marketing, distribution and programming. This year, 7 young film professionals will participate in the Thessaloniki Locarno Industry Academy. In this five-day program, top film professionals will offer their expertise to the 7 participants through discussions, case study presentations and teamwork. The Thessaloniki Locarno Industry Academy is part of the Locarno Industry Academy network, which includes Morelia IFF in Mexico (Morelia-Locarno Industry Academy), Austra lab in Chile (Valparaiso-Locarno Industry Academy), Cinema do Brasil (Sao-Paulo-Locarno Industry Academy), Film Society of Lincoln Center/New Directors/New Films Festival in the USA (NYC-Locarno Industry Academy), Metropolis/MC Distribution in Lebanon (Beirut-Locarno Industry), Realness Institute supported by the Durban Film Mart, IEFTA (Southern Africa-Locarno Industry Academy) and NFDC Film Bazaar Online (South Asia-Locarno Industry Academy).

This year’s Thessaloniki Locarno Industry Academy participants are answering our question:

“What does cinema mean to you?”

Zuzana Černá
Festival Programmer, Negativ Film Productions and IFF Ostrava Kamera Oko - Czechia

“Cinema can’t change the world, but it can enrich one’s life with emotions and new perspectives. That is why I love to be a part of it.”

Anaïs Gagliardi
Sales, Memento International - France

“Cinema is less about meaning and more about experiencing, empathizing and challenging one’s perceptions.”

Manon Grodner
Sales - France

“Cinema has the fascinating power to influence our reality by creating memories of non-lived experiences.”

Tassos Mallios
Festival Programmer, Aegean IFF - Greece

“Cinema is an expensive hobby and a vital necessity.”

Senka Radivojevic
Sales, Film Republic - Serbia

“Collective experience of a fantastic ride discovering the World we live in, realms of fantasy, secret parts of ourselves and the truth.”

Hugo Revello
Sales, Kinology - France

“Cinema is a way to express and escape, when the world offers none…”

Ofelya Tovmasyan
Sales, GoQuest Media - Armenia

“Cinema has always been my third eye, which sees through the eyes of filmmakers. The third eye, which helps to travel through different worlds, realities and periods.”


Konstantinos Aivaliotis | Festival Director, Ethnofest - Greece

Konstantinos Aivaliotis holds a PhD in Visual Anthropology and two postgraduate degrees, on the Anthropology of Education and “Sciences de l’ éducation” (France, University Rouen) and on Visual Anthropology (England, Goldsmiths College). Among his interests are film festivals, film markets and their multidimensional role within the film industry, documentary, ethnographic cinema and multimodal ethnography. From 2008 to 2016 he was programmer at the Athens IFF, and from 2017-2020 he served as Director of Promotion at the Greek Film Centre. Today, he is the director of the Ethnofest organisation and the titular festival and he is a postdoctoral researcher at University of the Aegean.