60th TIFF: Agora Call for Entries

60th THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL || 31/10-10/11/2019

 

AGORA CALL FOR ENTRIES

 

►Agora Film Market November 2-9, 2019

►15th Crossroads Co-production Forum November 6-9, 2019

►Agora Works in Progress November 7, 2019

Thessaloniki-Locarno Industry Academy International November 4-9, 2019

 

Agora, Thessaloniki International Film Festival’s Industry section, is now accepting submissions for its programs, i.e. the Agora Film Market, the Crossroads Co-production Forum and the Agora Works in Progress of the upcoming 60th Thessaloniki International Film Festival that will take place October 31st - November 10th, 2019.

For the third year, the new Lab Project Award for unconventional projects bestowed by EURIMAGES – European Cinema Support Fund will be presented during the 60th TIFF to a film project that participates in the TIFF’s Agora Work in Progress section. The award amounts up to €50,000.

Countries that are eligible to submit in the Agora are: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Jordan, UNMIK Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey.

 

AGORA FILM MARKET

***SUBMISSION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 16, 2019***

The Agora Film Market promotes the majority of the feature films participating in the TIFF official sections, as well as additional titles from countries that the Agora focuses on which may be not included in the official selection – thus offering an opportunity so as more films can find their way to other international film festivals, sales agents and distributors. Furthermore, the Agora Film Market includes the previous films of Crossroads participants and a selection of Greek films produced within the past two years. Agora Film Market’s goal is to bring together filmmakers and industry professionals for future collaborations.

 

Agora is supported by the European Program Creative Europe.

 

15th CROSSROADS Co-production Forum

*** SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JULY 15, 2019***

 

The CROSSROADS team’s goal is to support the producers of feature-length fiction film projects that originate from and/or deal with the Mediterranean and South-eastern European regions. Qualifying features should be produced or co-produced by a country in this area or contain story elements from the aforementioned regions.

Projects should have a producer attached and could be in all stages of pre-production. Our main focus in the selection procedure will be on projects that present a high possibility of being realized, combining this quality with artistic elements. Crossroads introduces producers and directors to a variety of industry professionals from all over the world. The program is varied and provides the opportunity to meet - formally and informally - with distributors, broadcasters, sales agents and consultants.

The constant goal of the project is to scout for new talent in the aforementioned countries and to provide producers with opportunities to make their work known in a wider market. Through the actions of the Forum, the selected producers are aided in their efforts to promote their projects outside their countries and to network with potential partners. 

This year we will be dedicating a part of our selection to children's films from South-eastern Europe and the Mediterranean region. Two to three projects out of the fifteen in total will be projects in development focusing on young audiences up to 14-years-old, in an effort to support the development of young audiences with stories from our region.

In its previous editions, Crossroads included projects by filmmakers such as Deniz Gamze Ergüven (Mustang), Annemarie Jacir (When I Saw You), Angelos Frantzis (Still River), Leila Bouzid (As I Open my Eyes), Sofia Exarchou (Park), Ofir Raul Graizer (The Cakemaker), Gjorce Stavreski (Secret Ingredient), Radu Jude (The Happiest Girl in the World), Florin Serban (Box), Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth (King of the Belgians) among others.

 

CROSSROADS awards include:

 

Crossroads also collaborates with MIDPOINT - A Training and Networking Platform for Film and TV Development.

 

AGORA WORKS IN PROGRESS

*** SUBMISSION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 6, 2019***

 

The Agora Works in Progress hosts sessions reserved only for the invited industry professionals in Thessaloniki. They will be presented to our invited sales agents, distributors, producers and festival programmers. In this way, the professionals have access to films from the countries of the Balkan, Mediterranean and Central European regions, just before completion.

Apart from the new EURIMAGES’ Lab Project Award, the post-production house Graal will be offering, for the eighth consecutive year, a co-production award in post-production services to a film project that participates in the Works in Progress section.

Films that have participated in previous editions of the Agora Works in Progress include: Papicha by Mounia Meddour (Un Certain Regard – Cannes FF 2019),  Rêves de jeunesse by Alain Raoust (ACID – Cannes FF 2019), Spell Reel by Filipa César (Forum-Berlin FF 2017), Occidental by Neil Beloufa (Forum-Berlin FF 2017), Suntan by Argyris Papadimitropoulos (Rotterdam IFF and SXSW 2016), Stratos by Yannis Economidis (Official Competition-Berlin FF 2014), Next to Her by Asaf Korman (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs–Cannes 2014, Silver Alexander–Thessaloniki IFF 2014), At Home by Athanassios Karanikolas (Forum-Berlin FF 2014), My Dog Killer by Mira Fornay (Tiger Award–Rotterdam IFF 2014), When I Saw You by Annemarie Jacir (Toronto FF 2012), Luton by Michalis Konstantatos (San Sebastian FF 2013), Boy Eating the Bird’s Food by Ektoras Lygizos (Competition-Karlovy Vary IFF 2012), Man at Sea by Costantine Giannaris (Panorama-Berlin FF 2011).

The Lab Project Award is sponsored by EURIMAGES. The Agora Works in Progress Award is sponsored by Graal S.A.

 

THESSALONIKI-LOCARNO INDUSTRY ACADEMY INTERNATIONAL

*** SUBMISSIONS: JULY 2-31, 2019 ***

 

Thessaloniki IFF in collaboration with Locarno IFF presents the fourth edition of the Thessaloniki-Locarno Industry Academy International. Already launched successfully in Switzerland, Mexico, Brazil and New York, it 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.

The program will welcome in priority participants from Greece, South Eastern European and Mediterranean countries, but it can also include other international participants.

The young sales agents, distributors and new media professionals who will participate in the Industry Academy International in Thessaloniki will take part in a special workshop during which they will have the opportunity to interact, share experiences and meet with key players of the international film industry, for discussions, case study presentations and group workshops.

The program is sponsored by Faliro House Productions.

 

 

For more information regarding the submissions please visit our website

60th THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL || 31/10-10/11/2019

 

AGORA CALL FOR ENTRIES

 

►Agora Film Market November 2-9, 2019

►15th Crossroads Co-production Forum November 6-9, 2019

►Agora Works in Progress November 7, 2019

Thessaloniki-Locarno Industry Academy International November 4-9, 2019

 

Agora, Thessaloniki International Film Festival’s Industry section, is now accepting submissions for its programs, i.e. the Agora Film Market, the Crossroads Co-production Forum and the Agora Works in Progress of the upcoming 60th Thessaloniki International Film Festival that will take place October 31st - November 10th, 2019.

 

For the third year, the new Lab Project Award for unconventional projects bestowed by EURIMAGES – European Cinema Support Fund will be presented during the 60th TIFF to a film project that participates in the TIFF’s Agora Work in Progress section. The award amounts up to €50,000.

 

Countries that are eligible to submit in the Agora are: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Jordan, UNMIK Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey.

 

AGORA FILM MARKET

***SUBMISSION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 16, 2019***

 

The Agora Film Market promotes the majority of the feature films participating in the TIFF official sections, as well as additional titles from countries that the Agora focuses on which may be not included in the official selection – thus offering an opportunity so as more films can find their way to other international film festivals, sales agents and distributors. Furthermore, the Agora Film Market includes the previous films of Crossroads participants and a selection of Greek films produced within the past two years. Agora Film Market’s goal is to bring together filmmakers and industry professionals for future collaborations.

 

Agora is supported by the European Program Creative Europe.

 

15th CROSSROADS Co-production Forum

*** SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JULY 15, 2019***

 

The CROSSROADS team’s goal is to support the producers of feature-length fiction film projects that originate from and/or deal with the Mediterranean and South-eastern European regions. Qualifying features should be produced or co-produced by a country in this area or contain story elements from the aforementioned regions.

 

Projects should have a producer attached and could be in all stages of pre-production. Our main focus in the selection procedure will be on projects that present a high possibility of being realized, combining this quality with artistic elements. Crossroads introduces producers and directors to a variety of industry professionals from all over the world. The program is varied and provides the opportunity to meet - formally and informally - with distributors, broadcasters, sales agents and consultants.

 

The constant goal of the project is to scout for new talent in the aforementioned countries and to provide producers with opportunities to make their work known in a wider market. Through the actions of the Forum, the selected producers are aided in their efforts to promote their projects outside their countries and to network with potential partners. 

 

This year we will be dedicating a part of our selection to children's films from South-eastern Europe and the Mediterranean region. Two to three projects out of the fifteen in total will be projects in development focusing on young audiences up to 14-years-old, in an effort to support the development of young audiences with stories from our region.

 

In its previous editions, Crossroads included projects by filmmakers such as Deniz Gamze Ergüven (Mustang), Annemarie Jacir (When I Saw You), Angelos Frantzis (Still River), Leila Bouzid (As I Open my Eyes), Sofia Exarchou (Park), Ofir Raul Graizer (The Cakemaker), Gjorce Stavreski (Secret Ingredient), Radu Jude (The Happiest Girl in the World), Florin Serban (Box), Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth (King of the Belgians) among others.

 

CROSSROADS awards include:

 

Crossroads also collaborates with MIDPOINT - A Training and Networking Platform for Film and TV Development.

 

AGORA WORKS IN PROGRESS

*** SUBMISSION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 6, 2019***

 

The Agora Works in Progress hosts sessions reserved only for the invited industry professionals in Thessaloniki. They will be presented to our invited sales agents, distributors, producers and festival programmers. In this way, the professionals have access to films from the countries of the Balkan, Mediterranean and Central European regions, just before completion.

 

Apart from the new EURIMAGES’ Lab Project Award, the post-production house Graal will be offering, for the eighth consecutive year, a co-production award in post-production services to a film project that participates in the Works in Progress section.

 

Films that have participated in previous editions of the Agora Works in Progress include: Papicha by Mounia Meddour (Un Certain Regard – Cannes FF 2019),  Rêves de jeunesse by Alain Raoust (ACID – Cannes FF 2019), Spell Reel by Filipa César (Forum-Berlin FF 2017), Occidental by Neil Beloufa (Forum-Berlin FF 2017), Suntan by Argyris Papadimitropoulos (Rotterdam IFF and SXSW 2016), Stratos by Yannis Economidis (Official Competition-Berlin FF 2014), Next to Her by Asaf Korman (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs–Cannes 2014, Silver Alexander–Thessaloniki IFF 2014), At Home by Athanassios Karanikolas (Forum-Berlin FF 2014), My Dog Killer by Mira Fornay (Tiger Award–Rotterdam IFF 2014), When I Saw You by Annemarie Jacir (Toronto FF 2012), Luton by Michalis Konstantatos (San Sebastian FF 2013), Boy Eating the Bird’s Food by Ektoras Lygizos (Competition-Karlovy Vary IFF 2012), Man at Sea by Costantine Giannaris (Panorama-Berlin FF 2011).

 

The Lab Project Award is sponsored by EURIMAGES. The Agora Works in Progress Award is sponsored by Graal S.A.

 

THESSALONIKI-LOCARNO INDUSTRY ACADEMY INTERNATIONAL

*** SUBMISSIONS: JULY 2-31, 2019 ***

 

Thessaloniki IFF in collaboration with Locarno IFF presents the fourth edition of the Thessaloniki-Locarno Industry Academy International. Already launched successfully in Switzerland, Mexico, Brazil and New York, it 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.

The program will welcome in priority participants from Greece, South Eastern European and Mediterranean countries, but it can also include other international participants.

The young sales agents, distributors and new media professionals who will participate in the Industry Academy International in Thessaloniki will take part in a special workshop during which they will have the opportunity to interact, share experiences and meet with key players of the international film industry, for discussions, case study presentations and group workshops.

 

The program is sponsored by Faliro House Productions.

 

 

For more information regarding the submissions please visit our website  https://www.filmfestival.gr/en/professionals-b2b/agora or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and +30 210 8706000.

 

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