60th Thessaloniki International Film Festival: Agora



AGORA (November 2-9, 2019 – Warehouse C)

15 projects in the 15th CROSSROADS CO-PRODUCTION FORUM


190 international titles in the AGORA FILM MARKET


The Agora ambassador

The 60th Thessaloniki International Film Festival presents, for the second time, an initiative that aims to further enrich its well-established Agora section. Beloved Greek actor-director Yorgos Pyrpassopoulos becomes the Agora ambassador who will promote the section’s events and goals, collaborating with the film professionals who will attend this year’s edition. He will also present the Agora awards ceremony that will take place Friday November 8th, 2019.


We are, also, excited to announce the updated Agora Video Library in collaboration with Cinando. For the first time, Industry accredited guests will have the opportunity to access online a selection of films from Agora and the Festival’s program, not only onsite in Thessaloniki, but also after the festival's end, up to three months (subject to rightsholders' preferences). Press accredited guests will, also, have access to the films for the duration of the Festival.


TIFF’s AGORA (November 2-9, 2019), supported by Creative Europe-MEDIA, is an industry event offering various networking opportunities for the global film industry in an informal, welcoming and professional atmosphere. As an international meeting and trading event, AGORA runs parallel to the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and offers to its visiting industry professionals a variety of industry activities which focus on the countries of Southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean region:



Moreover, TIFF’s AGORA organizes a series of additional activities which contribute further in reinforcing its role and potential in the international festival circuit:


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

Thessaloniki International Film Festival in collaboration with the Festival del Film Locarno launched in 2016 the Thessaloniki Locarno Industry Academy International in the South Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. The fourth edition will take place in Thessaloniki from November 4-9, 2019, during the 60th TIFF’s Agora. The Thessaloniki Locarno Industry Academy 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 is sponsored by Faliro House Productions.

The Thessaloniki-Locarno Industry Academy International is part of the Locarno Industry Academy International network which include Morelia IFF in Mexico (Morelia-Imcine Locarno Industry Academy International), Australab in Chile (Valparaiso-Locarno Industry Academy International), Cinema do Brasil (Sao-Paulo-Locarno Industry Academy International), Film Society of Lincoln Center / New Directors New Films Festival in the USA (NYC-Locarno Industry Academy International), Metropolis / MC Distribution in Lebanon (Beirut-Locarno Industry Academy International).


This year’s participants are:

Hanne Biermann, Deckert Distribution, Germany

Berfin Demirat, Istanbul Independent Film Festival, Turkey

Florent Fagerstrom, Edge Entertainment, Sweden

Manuel Fioroni, JFC Groop, Switzerland

Margot Hervee, MUBI, UK

Natsuki Lambert, MPM Premium, France

Nadja Lazic, Soul Food Films, Serbia

Nora Sandor, Cinefil Co, Hungary

Tihomira Temelkova, Sofia IFF, Bulgaria


Agora Talks (November 5, 2019)

The Agora provides valuable tools to the professionals of the film industry, as well as the environment to develop fruitful collaborations and creative projects. The Agora Talks event encourages even more the above goals by addressing to all young film directors and producers who will attend the 60th TIFF. They will have the opportunity to meet with well-established professionals who will share with them their knowledge and experiences. In this year’s Agora Talks, Antoine Le Bos (artistic director of LIM - Less is More), Katriel Schory (consultant) and Amanda Livanou (producer) will discuss the world of micro budget films and will advise filmmakers on how to use small budgets creatively from development to production. Alexander Michailidis (HBO Europe), Fenia Kossovitsa (producer, Greece), William Herberg (producer, USA) and Mike Werb (scriptwriter/producer based in L.A., USA, invited by the Hellenic Film Commission of the Greek Film Centre) will talk about the present and future of TV shows and the evolution of television, compared to cinema. In the afternoon session, producer Ida Weiss (Slovenia) and Darja Kulenovic Gudan (Croatia) will talk about children’s films from Southeast Europe. The full program of Agora Talks will be available soon in the Agora website.


CROSSROADS, the Co-Production Forum has selected 15 projects this year, based on the quality of the script, the creative team and the likelihood of it being produced. All selected projects are either produced or co-produced by a country in South-eastern and Central Europe or the Mediterranean area, or contain story elements linked to these regions. The selected projects come from the following countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Ukraine, France, Cyprus, Germany, Egypt, Poland, Albania, Romania, Montenegro, Serbia, Switzerland and Georgia.

The producers of these 15 projects will be introduced to a variety of industry professionals from all over the world. The program is varied and provides opportunities to meet other producers, distributors, broadcasters, sales agents and consultants. Crossroads’ goal is to support the producers of feature-length film projects that are linked to the Mediterranean and Balkan regions in finding the right partners to finance and accomplish their projects.

The Crossroads Awards are:


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

The 2019 Crossroads jury consists of:

Rita Dagher – producer, Senorita Films, France

Peter Rommel – Producer, Rommel Productions, Germany

Mira Staleva – Head of the Sofia Meetings and producer, Bulgaria


This year’s projects are:


  1. 17 MOMENTS OF SUMMER, Directors: Sonja Prosenc, Mitja Ličen, Production: Rok Sečen, Sonja Prosenc – Monoo Slovenia | Croatia
  2. ACRYLIC, Director: Nikos Pastras, Production: Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Andreas Zoupanos Kritikos– Faliro House, Amanda Livanou – Neda Film, Greece
  3. THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO KIMON, Director: Neritan Zinxhiria, Production: Vasilis Chrysanthopoulos – Plays2place, Greece
  4. HOW IS KATIA?, Director: Christina Tynkevych, Production: Olha Matat, Veronika Stepanchuk - Evos Film,  Ukraine in collaboration with MIDPOINT
  5. IRIS, Director: Myrsini Aristidou, Production: Nathalie Dennes– The Living, Co-production: Filmblades, 1.61 Films, Road Movies, Graal France | Cyprus | Germany| Greece
  6. THE LAND BEYOND, Director: Nadine Salib, Production: Hala Lotfy - Hassala, Egypt
  7. LET IT BE, Director: Łukasz Grzegorzek, Production: Natalia Grzegorzek – Koskino, Poland in collaboration with Sofia Meetings
  8. LEYLA, Director: Erol Mintas, Production: Etienne de Ricaud – Caractères Productions, France
  9. LUNA PARK, Director: Florenc Papas, Production: Dritan Huqi, Co-production: Argonauts Production Albania | Greece In coolaboration with MFI
  10. OCEANE, Director: Eva Pervolovici, Production: Tudor Giurgiu– Libra Films, Romania
  11. PETER & THE WOLF, Director: Thanassis Neofotistos, Production: Ioanna Bolomyti – Argonauts Productions, Co-production: Dibona Films Greece | France
  12. PLANET 7693, Director: Gojko Berkuljan, Production: Marko Jaćimović, A Production, Co-production: Ivica Vidanović, Cinne Rent & Production, Montenegro | Serbia
  13. RIVIERA, Director: Orfeas Peretzis, Production: Konstantinos Vassilaros - StudioBauhaus, Co-production: KG Productions, Greece | France
  14. THIRD KIND, Director: Yorgos Zois, Production: Antigoni Rota, Stelios Cotionis -FOSS Productions, Co-production: Squared Square Films, Greece (out of competition)
  15. WITH SKIN AND HAIR, Production: Britta Rindelaub, Thomas Reichlin, ALVA Films, Co-production: Takes Film Switzerland | Georgia


The AGORA WORKS IN PROGRESS are closed sessions for Thessaloniki’s invited industry professionals, presented to sales agents, distributors, producers and festival representatives. This year 12 films are produced or co-produced by the following countries: Greece, The Netherlands, Spain, Georgia, Bulgaria, Portugal, Turkey, Serbia, Croatia, France, Switzerland, Italy, Estonia, Israel, Germany, Poland and Sweden.


The awards for a film in post-production include:

  1. The Eurimages Lab Project Award for unconventional projects which amounts up to €50,000. Through the Lab Project Award, Eurimages is investing in new forms of cinematographic expression and actively participating in the renewal of European cinema.

  2. Greek post-production house Graal provides a post-production award in kind services to one film participating in the Agora Works in Progress section.
  3. The Greek music company MuSou offers the music and sound award (composition and production of an original film score, music supervision, and assistance in licensing of commercial music for use in the film and audio post-production services).


The awards of the Works in Progress section -both in services and cash prizes- sum up to 130.000 euro in total.


The 2019 Agora Works in Progress Jury consists of:

Steve Krikris – Director, Greece

Daniela Persico – Programmer, Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland

Virginie Devesa – Sales Agent, Aplha Violet, France

Karin Schockweiler –Eurimages Representantive, Luxemburg


This year’s films are:


  1. Amercement Director: Fokion Bogris, Production: Maria Karagiannaki, Fokion Bogris, Panos Bezirgiannnidis – Chase the Cut, Greece
  2. Beyond the Blue Bridge Director: Isabel Lamberti, Production: Steven Rubinstein Malamud, Marc Bary - IJswater Films, Co-production: Tourmalet Films, The Netherlands | Spain
  3. The Drummer Director: Konstantine Kalandadze, Production: Elene Margvelashvili – Parachute Films, Georgia (out of competition)
  4. January Director: Andrey Paounov, Production: Vanya Rainova – Portokal, Co-production: Terratreme Filmes, Bulgaria | Portugal
  5. Leyla Once Again Director: Baris Hanciogullari, Production: Soner Alper – Nar Film, Turkey
  6. Metamorphoses Directors: Dusan Zoric, Matija Gluscevic, Production: Carna Vucinic, Dragana Jovovic - Non-Aligned films, Co-production: Kinorama, Serbia | Croatia
  7. Mother Lode Director: Matteo Tortone, Production: Alexis Taillant, Nadège Labé – Wendigo Films, Co-production: C-Side Productions (Switzerland), Malfé Film (Italy), France| Switzerland| Italy
  8. Quicksand Director: Margot Schaap, Production: Ellen Havenith – PRPL, Co-production: Homemade Films (Greece), Homeless Bob (Estonia), The Netherlands | Greece | Estonia
  9. Selene 66 Questions Director: Jacqueline Lentzou, Production: Fenia Cossovitsa – Blonde, Co-production: Luxbox, Greece | France
  10. Shake Your Cares Away Director: Tom Shoval, Production: Gal Greenspan - Green Productions, Co-production: One-Two films (Germany), Les Compagnons Du Cinema (France) Israel | Germany | France
  11. Sweat Director: Magnus Von Horn, Production: Mariusz Wlodarski - Lava Films, Co-production: Zentropa Sweden, Poland | Sweden
  12. The Voyage Out Director: Ana Vaz, Production: Olivier Marboeuf – Spectre Productions, Co-production: Stenar projects, France | Portugal


In addition, Agora presents new initiatives for film professionals:


Saturday & Sunday November 2-3: Europa Cinemas Innovation Day Lab

(Takis Kanellopoulos Theatre, Cinema Museum, Port, 10:00-18:00)

Thessaloniki IFF and Europa Cinemas co-organize the Europa Cinemas Innovation Day Lab with the topic How to make the most of our own resources:

Improving skills and renewing practices for audience development”. The Workshop is dedicated to cinema exhibitors. Directed by Iris Praefke (Exhibitor, Moviemento cinema, Germany) and Hrvoje Laurenta (Executive Director, Zagreb Film Festival, Croatia) the Innovation Day Lab will take place on Saturday 2nd November from 2:00pm to 5:00pm to Sunday 3rd November from 10:00am to 5pm.

European Women Association (EWA) Mentoring Program, November 5-8

The mentoring program of EWA (European network for women in the film industry) is aimed at women cinema producers who already have a relevant experience at the national level and wish to evolve further to a European/international dimension. In most cases this growth also involves a strategic and business development of their company. Business mentoring is a one-to-one relationship focused on the needs of the mentee to develop/reinforce specific competences, skills, and a problem-solving attitude, as well as on the availability and capability of the mentor to provide advice on those issues. It is a scheme where the experience and competences of the mentor match the specific needs of the mentee. The program run for 12 months, starting from Trieste and will be completed at the 60th Thessaloniki International Film Festival with the meeting between the mentors and mentees. During the year, there were informal meetings for the participants in Festivals such as Berlinale and Cannes.


TIFF60 EWA Network Mentoring Group: Zeynep Atakan (Turkey), Linda Beath (Italy), Laura Briand (France), Martichka Bohzilova (Bulgaria), Carlota Calori (Italy), Martina Haubrich (Germany), Alexia Muiños Ruiz (Spain), Alessia Sonaglioni (Italy), Christina Zumarranga (Spain) and the mentees: Emanuela Barbano (Italy), Maria Ibrahimova (Azerbaitzan), Nancy Kokolaki (Greece), Aleksandra Kostina (Ukraine), Laurine Pelassy (France), Silvana Santamaria (Germany), Maité Wokoeck (Germany)


EU& Me discussion, November 6

(Museum of Photography Thessaloniki, 15.00-16.30)

Cinema and the European Union: Opportunities and Prospects

How can a film professional explore the tools provided by the European Union in order to make their dreams come true and complete their work? What can the European funding program Creative Europe, and its sub-program MEDIA offer to a young artist? A discussion on cinema and the creative prospects for arts in contemporary Europe. Speakers: Tina Zournatzi, Head of Unit, DG COMM, European Commission, Helene Skikos, Programme Manager, CREATIVE Europe, Anna Kasimati, Contact person in Greece for Creative Europe MEDIA program, Vassilis Kekatos, film director

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