53rd TIFF: Agora works in progress - Call for entries 2012

November 2-11, 2012

November 3-11, 2012


The Agora Works in Progress are focusing on films in production or in post-production from Central Europe, the Mediterranean and Southeastern Europe.

The countries that are eligible to participate are: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia – Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, FYROM, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey.

The Agora Works in Progress are closed sessions for Thessaloniki’s invited industry professionals. The projects are presented to the Festival's invited sales agents, distributors, producers and festival programmers.

In addition, the films are competing for the GRAAL post-production award, worth up to 70.000 euro in services.

Graal Post-production House is the only complete Digital Intermediate (DI) post house in Greece, performing high quality image processing in any medium or format. Graal is dedicated to the continuous integration of new technologies through national and international collaborations in the film industry. You can find out more at www.graal.gr

We are happy to name a few films that have found success after their participation in the Agora Works in Progress last year, such as When I Saw You by Annemarie Jacir (Palestine/Jordan/Greece) who won last year’s Graal post-production award and was recently selected as a World Premiere for the Toronto International Film Festival 2012 - Contemporary World Cinema section.

“We were so happy with Graal we ended up doing all our post-production in Greece. We arrived to find excellent facilities, top technicians, and the most friendly and supportive people. I hope to collaborate with Graal on all my future projects. Without the award from Thessaloniki I don't know how we could have finished the film. Working with Graal was a dream come true for us.” Annemarie Jacir.

Other titles that were screened in our last selection of the Agora Works in Progress are:

The Boy Eating the Bird’s Food by Ektoras Lygizos (Greece), Karlovy Vary Film Festival International Competition Section – Actor Special Mention, Toronto International Film Festival 2012 - Discovery section

Out in the Dark (Alata) by Michael Mayer (Israel)m World Premiere Toronto International Film Festival 2012 - Discovery section

Beyond the Hill by Emin Alper (Turkey/Greece) selected for the Berlinale Forum Program, Tribeca Film Festival, Istanbul Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival and many others.

If you are in the process of shooting or in post-production please visit our website http://www.filmfestival.gr/default.aspx?lang=en-US&page=643, fill in the Agora Works in Progress Entry Form and send to us selected 20-minute excerpts or scenes from your film in DVD format or via web link.

A selection committee will preview the applications and select the films that are going to be presented during the 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival to industry professionals on November 9th, 2012.

Application deadline, September 15th 2012.

For applications and more information please contact Angeliki Vergou at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Yianna Sarri at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please send your DVDs to:
Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Attn:Works in Progress/ Angeliki Vergou
9 Alexandras Av. 11473
Athens – Greece

The Agora Works in Progress are supported by the:
NRSF 2007-2013 program for development
Agora Works in Progress Deadline September 15th
Agora Film Market Deadline September 15th