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.