51st TIFF: The Balkan Fund announces this year's 10 nominated projects

51ST THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
December 3 - 12, 2010

AGORA / MARKET PRESS RELEASE Athens, Greece
October 15th, 2010
THE BALKAN FUND ANNOUNCES THIS YEAR’S 10 NOMINATED PROJECTS

Thessaloniki’s AGORA / MARKET strand (December 4 –11, 2010) is a boutique industry event offering ideal networking opportunities for the global film industry in an informal, hospitable and very professional atmosphere.

AGORA / MARKET is an international meeting-and-trading umbrella organization, which runs parallel to the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF) and offers a variety of industry activities to its visiting industry professionals.

It includes:

• The Balkan Fund- TIFF’s Script Development Fund
• Works in Progress - screening of films in post-production from Southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean
• Crossroads – TIFF’s Co-Production Forum
• Four Corners - Salonica Studio’s Student Workshop
• Film Market with a Digital Video Library


For the 8th BALKAN FUND edition (December 4 – 6, 2010) a selection of 10 projects from 7 different countries will be competing for 3 (three) development grants:


The projects nominated for this year’s Balkan Fund are the following (in alphabetic order):

1. THE BARBARIANS, writer/ director: Ivan Ikic, co-writer: Boban Jevtic, producer: Milan Stojanovic, Sense Production D.O.O – Serbia
2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, writer/director/producer: Christos Georgiou, Lychnari Productions, co-producer Thanassis Karathanos, Twenty Twenty Vision - Cyprus/Germany
3. THE HOUSE, writer: Sanja Kovacevic, director: Zoran Sudar, producer: Igor A. Nola, Mainframe production – Croatia
4. ILEANA, writer: Monica Stan, director: Eva Pervolovici, producer: Marcian Lazar, Strada Films – Romania
5. THE LAST SLEEPLESS, writer / director: Ilke Yesilay, co-director: Gulsen Akbas, producer: Emre Yeksan, YXN - Yeksan Film - Turkey
6. MY AFRICAN HEART, writer/director: Syllas Tzoumerkas, producer: Maria Drandaki, Homemade Films – Greece
7. SEPTEMBER, writers: Kallia Papadaki, Penny Panayotopoulou, director/producer: Penny Panayotopoulou, co-producer: Thanassis Karathanos, Twenty Twenty Vision – Greece/ Germany
8. SMELLS LIKE BLOOD, writer: Efi Gavrilou, director: Filippos Tsitos, producer: Alexandra Boussiou, Wrong Men Productions - Greece
9. STAGE FRIGHT, writer/director: Yorgos Zois, co-writer: Vassilis Kyriakopoulos, producer: Maria Drandaki, Pan Entertainment – Greece
10. WALK ON!, writer/director/producer: Ismail Necmi, In works Production - Turkey
















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