59th TIFF (1-11/11/2018) - Agora Call for Entries





►Agora Film Market November 3-10, 2018

►14th Crossroads Co-production Forum November 7-10, 2018

►Agora Works in Progress November 8, 2018

Thessaloniki-Locarno Industry Academy International November 5-10, 2018


Agora, Thessaloniki International Film Festival’s Industry section, is now accepting submissions for its programs, i.e. the Agora Film Market, the Crossroads Co-production Forum and the Agora Works in Progress of the upcoming 59th Thessaloniki International Film Festival that will take place November 1-11, 2018. In addition, Agora invites young film professionals to participate in the third edition of the Thessaloniki-Locarno Industry Academy International program that is organized by TIFF in collaboration with Locarno IFF and takes place also during the 59th TIFF.


Countries that are eligible to submit in the Agora are: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, FYROM, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Jordan, UNMI Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey.


Agora is supported by the European Program Creative Europe.


Please scroll down for more information on segments and submission deadlines.





The Agora Film Market promotes the majority of the feature films participating in the TIFF official sections, as well as additional titles from countries that the Agora focuses on which may be not included in the official selection – thus offering an opportunity so as more films can find their way to other international film festivals, sales agents and distributors. Furthermore, the Agora Film Market includes the previous films of Crossroads participants and a selection of Greek films produced within the past two years. Agora Film Market’s goal is to bring together filmmakers and industry professionals for future collaborations.





As headed by producer Marie Pierre Macia, the Crossroads team’s goal is to support the producers of feature-length fiction film projects that originate from and/or deal with the Mediterranean and South-eastern European regions. Qualifying features should be produced or co-produced by a country in this area or contain story elements from the aforementioned regions.


Projects should have a producer attached and could be in all stages of pre-production. Our main focus in the selection procedure will be on projects that present a high possibility of being realized, combining this quality with artistic elements. Crossroads introduces producers and directors to a variety of industry professionals from all over the world. The program is varied and provides the opportunity to meet - formally and informally - with distributors, broadcasters, sales agents and consultants.


The constant goal of the project is to scout for new talent in the aforementioned countries and to provide producers with opportunities to make their work known in a wider market. Through the actions of the Forum, the selected producers are aided in their efforts to promote their projects outside their countries and to network with potential partners. 


In its previous editions, Crossroads included projects by filmmakers such as Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Annemarie Jacir, Radu Jude, Amos Gitai, Zeki Demirkubuz, Florin Serban, Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Penny Panayotopoulou, Constantine Giannaris, Yannis Economides and Alexis Alexiou among others.


Crossroads awards include:


Crossroads is supported by: Two Thirty Five, CNC, Producers’ Network, MuSou, Sofia Meetings, MFI Script 2 Film Workshops, Initiative Films, ACE Producers and Cinemed, Heretic Asterisk, EAVE, MIDPOINT.





The Agora Works in Progress section hosts sessions reserved only for the invited industry professionals -sales agents, distributors, producers and festival programmers- who will attend the 59th TIFF in Thessaloniki. In this way, the professionals have access to films from the countries of the Balkan, Mediterranean and Central European regions, just before completion.

For the third year, the new Lab Project Award for unconventional projects bestowed by EURIMAGES – European Cinema Support Fund will be presented during the 59th TIFF to a film project that participates in the TIFF’s Agora Work in Progress section. The award amounts up to €50,000. In addition, the post-production house Graal will be offering, for the eighth consecutive year, a co-production award in post-production services to a film project that participates in the Works in Progress section.


Films that have participated in previous editions of the Agora Works in Progress include: Spell Reel by Filipa César (Forum-Berlin FF 2017), Occidental by Neil Beloufa (Forum-Berlin FF 2017), Suntan by Argyris Papadimitropoulos (Rotterdam IFF and SXSW 2016), Stratos by Yannis Economidis (Official Competition-Berlin FF 2014), Next to Her by Asaf Korman (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs–Cannes 2014, Silver Alexander–Thessaloniki IFF 2014), At Home by Athanassios Karanikolas (Forum-Berlin FF 2014), My Dog Killer by Mira Fornay (Tiger Award–Rotterdam IFF 2014), When I Saw You by Annemarie Jacir (Toronto FF 2012), Luton by Michalis Konstantatos (San Sebastian FF 2013), Boy Eating the Bird’s Food by Ektoras Lygizos (Competition-Karlovy Vary IFF 2012), Man at Sea by Costantine Giannaris (Panorama-Berlin FF 2011).


The Lab Project Award is sponsored by EURIMAGES.

The Agora Works in Progress Award is sponsored by Graal S.A.



*** SUBMISSIONS: JULY 2-31, 2018 ***


Thessaloniki IFF in collaboration with Locarno IFF presents the third edition of the Thessaloniki-Locarno Industry Academy International, bringing the project in the South Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. Already launched successfully in Switzerland, Mexico, Brazil and New York, Locarno Industry Academy International 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.

The Thessaloniki-Locarno Industry Academy International will welcome in priority participants from Greece, South Eastern European and Mediterranean countries, but it can also include other international participants.

The young sales agents, distributors and new media professionals who will participate in the program will take part in a special workshop during which they will have the opportunity to interact, share experiences and meet with key players of the international film industry, for discussions, case study presentations and group workshops.


The program is sponsored by Faliro House Productions.


For more information regarding the submissions please visit our website www.filmfestival.gr or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and +30 210 8706000.


-Head of Agora: Yianna Sarri This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

-Crossroads Co-production Forum & Agora Coordinator: Angeliki Vergou This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

-Agora Coordinator: Denise Andreola This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

-Thessaloniki-Locarno Industry Academy International Project Manager: Vanja Kaludjercic This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.