Submit your projects to the Agora of the 63rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Supporting for another year the Southeastern European, Mediterranean and Greek cinema, Agora, the Industry section of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival that has been supported for years by Creative Europe Media, invites filmmakers to submit their film projects and films to the sections Agora Film Market, Crossroads Co-production Forum and Agora Works in Progress, in the framework of the 63rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival (3 - 13/11/2022). The Agora continues the successful initiatives Thessaloniki - Locarno Industry Academy, Meet the Future and Agora Short Film Lab and presents the new voices of Greek cinema.
Agora supports the cinema of Southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean. Countries that are eligible to submit are: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kosovo*, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine.
CROSSROADS CO-PRODUCTION FORUM
November 6 – 10, 2022
Submission deadline: July 18, 2022
The 18th Crossroads Co-production Forum (November 6–10) of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival is announcing its Call for Entries.
Crossroads specialises in discovering emerging talents from Southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean regions. The application is open to experienced directors and producers as well as first-timers. The projects should be either produced or co-produced by a country within these regions or contain elements in the story that link them to these regions.
Films that have been presented as projects in Crossroads Co-production Forum include: Ghosts by Azra Deniz Okyay (Grand Prize at Venice FF Critics’ Week), 200 Meters by Ameen Nayfeh (People’s Choice Award - Venice Days), as well as the award-winning Mustang by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Luzzu by Alex Camilleri (Sundance - International Narrative Competition), The Tailor by Sonia-Liza Kenterman (Tallinn Black Night IFF), Daniel 16 by Dimitris Koutsiabasakos (Thessaloniki IFF - Audience Award), The Father by Kristina Grozeva & Petar Valchanov (Crystal Globe - Karlovy Vary IFF), All This Victory by Ahmad Ghossein (Audience Award at Venice FF Critics’ Week), Charleston by Andrei Cretulescu (Locarno Film Festival), Zizotek by Vardis Marinakis (Karlovy Vary IFF) and many more such as Mustang, Secret Ingredient, As I Open My Eyes,The Cakemaker etc.
AGORA WORKS IN PROGRESS
November 6 – 10, 2022
Submission deadline: September 9, 2022
Will you be shooting your film during the summer? Submit your work to the Agora Works in Progress (November 6 – 10) in the framework of the Agora. Industry professionals from all over the world gather in Thessaloniki to watch the upcoming films from Southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean regions.
The Agora Works in Progress hosts sessions reserved only for the industry accredited guests. They will be presented to sales agents, distributors, producers and festival programmers. In this way, the professionals have access to films from the countries of the Balkan, Mediterranean and Central European regions just before completion.
Films that have participated in previous editions of the Agora Works in Progress include: Rock Bottom Riser by Fern Silva (Berlinale Encounters 2021 – Special Mention), The City and the City by Christos Passalis and Syllas Tzoumerkas, Moon, 66 Questions by Jacqueline Lentzou (Berlinale Encounters 2021), Sweat by Magnus von Horn (Cannes2020 Label), Last Days of Spring by Isabel Lamberti (L’ACID Cannes2020, San Sebastian IFF - New Directors Award), Papicha by Mounia Meddour (Un Certain Regard – Cannes FF 2019) and more.
AGORA FILM MARKET
November 4 – 12, 2022
Registration deadline: October 15, 2022
The Agora Film Market (November 4 - 12) promotes the majority of the feature films participating in the official sections of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. The Film Market includes additional titles from the countries that Thessaloniki Agora focuses on giving them the opportunity to find their way to other international film festivals, sales agents and distributors. Also, the Film Market includes a selection of Greek films produced within the past two years.
Thessaloniki Locarno Industry Academy
The Locarno Film Festival and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival are launching applications call for Industry Academy, a joint initiative aiming to give a significant boost to the careers of new film professionals from South East Europe, the Northern Africa and the Mediterranean countries in priority, but it will also include international participants from the Locarno Industry Academy’s partner regions (Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Switzerland, USA and S. Africa). It 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 young sales agents, distributors and new media professionals who will participate in the Industry Academy International in Thessaloniki 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.
Applications for the 63rd TIFF will open soon.
Agora Short Film Lab
Agora Short Film Lab is an initiative co-organized with the Clermont-Ferrand International Short FF and the Drama International Short FF.
Taking place across three days and comprising sessions, seminars and talks with experienced professionals about various parts of the industry, the Agora Short Film Lab brings together directors of award-winning short films at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short FF and the Drama International Short FF to facilitate their acclimatisation to the industry with an emphasis on the transition from short to feature filmmaking.
Meet the Future
Every year we present to the international industry professionals up-and-coming talents of the Greek film industry.
In 2019 we presented fifteen (15) film directors of short films which have participated in the last five years at major film festivals around the world or have earned an Academy Award nomination and are in the process of developing or completing the first feature film.
In 2020 we presented eight up-and-coming Directors of Photography who have already worked on short films and maximum one feature film and have been awarded for their work in a Greek festival or participated with their films in a major international film festival.
The Directors of Photography created a short film, commissioned by TIFF specifically for the Agora Presentation. You can find it here:
In 2021 we presented seven Film Editors who have worked on at least one feature film, and a short or feature film they have edited has participated in the Competition Section of Thessaloniki IFF or one of the major international festivals.
Every year, the Agora presents film professionals who share practical info and the tools they use in their process when developing a project, co-producing, film marketing, sales and distribution and more.
For more information visit: https://www.filmfestival.gr/en/professionals-b2b/agora
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence