AGORA WORKS IN PROGRESS FILMS LINEUP
Agora Works in Progress turns digital for its 2020 edition (November 10-13, 2020)
Introducing Agora Lab, a workshop for Greek films in the post-production stage (November 6-9, 2020)
We are happy to announce the Works in Progress selection of films from Southeastern Europe, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean region, which will take place online, during the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (November 5-15, 2020).
Eleven (11) films in the editing or post-production stage will be pitched and presented on November 10 to the invited industry professionals who this year, will join us online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ten films are presented for the first time to the industry audience and will show an up to 8-min clip. The creators, besides having the opportunity to meet with sales agents, festival programmers and potential partners are also competing for the prestigious Eurimages Lab Award of maximum support 50.000 euro for an Innovative and daring (both artistically and in terms of production) film, the Graal post-production Award and the MuSou Music & Sound Award. ERT will offer a cash prize of 2.000 euro to a Greek film in post-production in the Agora Lab or Works in Progress section. The awards of the Works in Progress section – both in services and cash prizes – sum up to more than €100.000
Greece, Poland, Serbia, Ukraine and Turkey are represented in this year’s selection and we hope they have the same success as last year’s films SWEAT (Poland, Sweden) by Magnus von Horn which was in the Official Selection of Cannes 2020 as well as LA ULTIMA PRIMAVERA (The Netherlands, Spain) by Isabel Lamberti whose film premiered in L’ACID Cannes 2020 and received the New Directors Award at San Sebastian International Film Festival 2020.
This year’s list of films is:
Director: Vasilis Douvlis, Producer: Panagiotis Kakavias, Co-production: ERT, GFC, Greece
CYCLING WITH ZOLI THE TURK
Director: Szabolcs Tolnai, Producer: Szabolcs Tolnai -Atalanta Serbia
Director: Ana Lazarevic, Producer: Pavle Stefanovic- NiKrivaNiDuzna, Serbia | USA
Director: Christina Tynkevych, Producer: Olha Matat – Evos Film, Ukraine
Director: Belmin Söylemez, Producer: Hasmet Topaloglu – Filmbüfe Productions, Turkey
Director: Nikos Nikolopoulos, Producers: Nikos Nikolopoulos, Artemis Zervou, Greece
Director: Jakub Piątek, Producer: Jakub Razowski- Watchout Studio,, Co-production: TVN Poland
ROCK BOTTOM RISER
Director-Producer: Fern Silva, Portugal | USA
SNOW AND THE BEAR
Director: Selcen Ergun, Producer: Nefes Polat- Nefes Films, Co-production: Michael Eckelt - Riva Film, Set Sail Films, Turkey | Germany | Serbia
Directors: Maciej Mądracki, Michał Mądracki, Gilles Lepore, Producer: Beata Rzeźniczek- Madants, Co-production: Pierre-Alain Meier - Prince Film, Poland | Switzerland
Director: Luka Papić, Producer: Srdja Vuco- Ranc production, Non-Aligned Film, Serbia
In these turbulent times the Agora of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival is adding a new activity for the support of the local cinema industry. The AGORA LAB action comes to complement the Agora Works in Progress and to offer three (3) selected Greek films the opportunity to edit their material under the guidance of experienced professionals as tutors. Agora Lab is a workshop through which the selected creators can shape their material to its final form, develop its hidden capabilities and receive valuable tips for completing their film.
The three selected films in post-production stage are:
Director: Thodoris Vournas, Producers: Petros Niamonitakis, Thodoris Vournas - Correct Creative Productions, Co-production: Dimitris Argyriou - NewBorn Short Film Agency, Greece
Directors: Vaya Danielidou, Konstantinos Topalis, Producers: Vaya Danielidou - 24plus1, Panos Raptis (Associate Producer) - ArtFactual, Greece
VOLUME 7 (MEMORY RELOADED IT)
Directors: Panos Pappas, Despina Charalampous, Producers: Nikos Moustakas, Nancy Kokolaki - Bad Crowd, Co-production: Seahorse, Bandur, Two Times Filmmaking, Eyelandarts, Greece | Cyprus | Serbia | USA