25th THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL // 2-12/3/2023
Competition sections: World premieres and a “ticket” to the Oscars
Featuring an impressive number of premieres, the competition sections of the 25th Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival make a pledge to offer you the experiences of a lifetime. A total of 32 world, international and European film premieres take part in the International Competition, the Newcomers competition section and the >>Film Forward competition section. All competing documentaries are in the pole position for the 6 official awards, as well as for the 14 parallel awards, most of which are accompanied by cash prizes. In addition, the International Competition Golden Alexander winner secures its place in the Oscars’ shortlist. Such was the case for Simon Lereng Wilmont’s A House Made of Splinters, last year’s Golden Alexander recipient that made it all the way and went on to be selected as one of the five nominees for the upcoming Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Questions of gender oppression and portraits of women emancipation. Testimonies and documents that delve into historical traumas and shattering events. Personal stories of human triumph and untamed will. Documentaries that send out an SOS for the environment and our planet. A recording of the violence and the discriminations imposed on any form of otherness. The 34 competition section documentaries, among which we find 9 Greek productions, take a stand on the most crucial issues of our times.
The twelve films taking part in the International Competition have their eyes set on the Golden Alexander, accompanied by a cash prize of 12,000 euros, and the Silver Alexander, accompanied by a cash prize of 5,000 euros.
Here’s the lineup of the International Competition:
The Newcomers competition section showcases twelve debut or sophomore films of up-and-coming directors contending for the “Dimitri Eipides” Golden Alexander, featuring a cash prize of 10,000 euros, and the Silver Alexander, featuring a cash prize of 4,000 euros.
Here’s the lineup of the Newcomers competition section:
>>Film Forward competition section, hosting movies that challenge conventions and utter a bold and daring cinematic language, offers the audience the chance to watch ten films competing for the >>Film Forward Golden Alexander, featuring a 6,000 euros cash prize, and the Silver Alexander, featuring a 3,000 euros cash prize.
Here’s the lineup of the >>Film Forward competition section: