Newsletter October 2017


Only a few days separate us from the 58 TIFF & Thessaloniki Agora. We are happy to share with you the list of films and projects that participate this year in the Agora.

Agora Film Market:

November 4-11, 2017

As always the Agora Film Market promotes the majority of the films included in the Festival’s official program selection as well as more titles from the countries we represent. 264 films from all over the world, will be available for viewing in the digital video library.

Crossroads Co-production Forum:

November 7-11, 2017

Double 13 for this year’s Crossroads Co-production Forum! For its 13th year, Marie-Pierre Macia, Artistic Director of Crossroads, selects 13 projects from the Balkans and the Mediterranean. The projects are:

200 Meters, Director: Ameen Nayfeh, Production: May Odeh – Odeh Films, Palestine

 Avanos, Director: Panagiotis Charamis, Production: Kostas Baliotis – 2D2R, Greece

 Fishers of Men, Director: Alex Camilleri, Production: Oliver Mallia – Pellikola, Malta

 Fronteira, Director: Nuno Baltazar, Production: Leonel Vieira - Stopline Films, Portugal - in collaboration with CINEMED

 Girl without Clothes, Director: Yannis Korres, Production: Alexis Pilos - Zero-Zero Productions, Greece

 Margherita, Director: Valentina Carnelutti, Production: Marco Alessi - Dugong Films & Valentina Carnelutti - Fiore Leone Produzioni, Italy

 Other People, Director: Meedo Taha, Production: Wesam Nassar – ESHMAWI, Meedo Taha – drawFILM, Lebanon

 Protected Species, Director: Hristo Simeonov, Production: Katya Trichkova - Contrast Films, Bulgaria - in collaboration with Sofia Meetings

 Rainbows Don’t Last Long, Director: Mayye Zayed, Production: Halina Dyrschka – Ambrosia Film, Mayye Zayed – Rufy’s Films, Germany-Egypt

 The Rooftops of Fez, Director: Abdelhai Laraki, Production: Caroline Locardi - A2L Production, Morocco

 Un peu de chaos inexplicable, Director, Producer: Yorgos Gkikapeppas – Film Society, Greece

 We Kiss in Dark Nightclubs and I Explain, Director: Daphné Hérétakis, Production: Jasmina Sijercic - Bocalupo Films, Co-production: Yorgos Tsourgiannis – Horsefly Production, France-Greece

Zuhal, Director: Nazlı Elif Durlu, Production: Anna Maria Aslanoğlu - istos film, Turkey - in collaboration with MFI Script 2 Film Workshop


 The 2017 Crossroads jury consists of:
Dominique Welinski, producer - DW, France

Teresa Hoefert De Turegano, funding advisor - Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany

Konstantinos Kontovrakis, producer - Heretic, Greece


Agora Works in Progress Films:

November 9, 2017

 12 films will be presenting to the industry guests and competing for the Eurimages Lab Project and Graal Award.

 A Shelter among the Clouds, Director: Robert Budina, Production: Robert Budina & Sabina Kodra – ERAFILM, Albania

The film was presented as a project in Crossroads 2015

 Bad Poems, Director: Gábor Reisz, Production: Julia Berkes - Proton Cinema, Co-producer: Estelle Robin You - Les films du Balibari, Hungary-France

 Charcoal, Director: Esmaeel Monsef, Production: Etienne de Ricaud - Caractères Productions, Co-producer: Nader T. Homayoun - Alias Films, France-Iran

 Dead Horse Nebula, Director: Tarik Aktaş, Production: Güneş Şekeroğlu - Hay Film, Co-producer: Guillaume De Seille - Arizona Films, Turkey-France

 Siren’s Call, Director: Ramin Matin, Production: Emine Yıldırım, Oğuz Kaynak - Giyotin Film, Turkey

 Sister, Director: Svetla Tsotsorkova, Production: Svetoslav Ovcharov - Omega Films, Co-producer: Svetla Tsotsorkova, Bulgaria

 Snowing!, Director: Kristina Nedvědová, Production: Jitka Kotrlová - Frame Films, Co-producer: Barrandov Studio, Frame100r, Bystrouška, i/o post, Czech Republic

 Speak So I Can See You, Director: Marija Stojnic, Producer: Marija Stojnic, Milos Ivanovic – Bilboke, Co-producer: Tibor Keser, Vanja Jambrovic - Restart, Serbia-Croatia

 Trot, Director: Xacio Baño, Producer: Luisa Romeo - Frida Films, Co-producer: Marija Razgute - Ciobreliai Films, Spain-Lithuania

 Unpleasant, Director: Giorgos Georgopoulos, Producer: Giorgos Georgopoulos – Multivision, Co-producer: Antonis Kotzias, Yafka, Greece

 The Waiter, Director: Steve Krikris, Producer: Steve Krikris – Filmiki Productions, Co-producer: Nikolas Alavanos, Greece

 Zizotek, Director: Vardis Marinakis, Producer: Konstantinos Vassilaros – StudioBauhaus, Co-production: Red Carpet Films, Greece-Bulgaria

The film was presented as a project in Crossroads 2012


The 2017 Agora Works in Progress Jury consists of:
Bero Beyer, Artistic Director of International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Dorien van de Pas, Netherlands Filmfund/Eurimages, The Netherlands

Ilias Georgiopoulos, Distributor, Danaos Films, Greece


Thessaloniki Locarno Industry Academy International:

November 6-11, 2017
Thessaloniki Locarno Industry Academy Internatinal 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:
Maximilien Dejoie, Just a Moment, Lithuania

Christina Liapi, Heretic Outreach, Greece

Anjali Mandalia, Thunderbird Releasing, U.K.

Ivan Mihalic, Everything Works, Croatia

István Mráz, Mozinet, Hungary

Joanna De Sousa, Outsider Films, Portugal

Isabella Weber, Europa Distribution, Italy

Agora Training Day co-organised with CED Media Greece:

November 7, 2017
The Agora provides valuable tools to the professionals of the film industry, as well as the environment to develop fruitful collaborations and creative projects. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with well-established professionals who will share with them their knowledge and experiences. 

 Guest speakers: Satu Elo (EAVE – European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs), Vicky Miha (Heretic Asterisk*), Alessia Sonaglioni (EWA  - European Women’s Audiovisual Network), Guillaume de Seille (Arizona Films), Weerada Sucharitkul (Filmdoo) and Andrei Cretulescu, (Charleston, director)

ACE Producers Think Tank Discussion

November 8, 2017

The event takes place in the 58th Thessaloniki International Film Festival as part of the series of think tank sessions organized by ACE Producers that will be also held at the Netherlands Film Festival and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. These sessions will touch upon issues such as co-production, financing and legislation and policy, with the aim to address the idea of a functioning European cinema exploring both practical issues and the

aesthetic considerations. The sessions’ fiindings will be collated and presented to ACE and international industry professionals in the light of the need to better promote European films and increase exports outside the continent.

 More than 250 Industry professionals will be present in Thessaloniki Agora this year making the port and especially Warehouse C a vital place to be.

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