Crossroads Co-production Forum: November 3-7, 2024

 

The Crossroads Co-production Forum selects projects in development and its objective is to support fiction films which have a link to the Mediterranean regions and Southeastern Europe by introducing them to a network of financiers, co-producers and leading industry specialists from all over the world, during a 4-day event in Thessaloniki.

Films that have participated in previous editions of the Crossroads Co-production Forum include: KYUKA - BEFORE SUMMER'S END - Kostis Charamoundanis (Cannes FF - ACID Cannes 2024), THE SUMMER WITH CARMEN - Zacharias Mavroeidis (Venice FF - Giornate degli Autori 2023), BLAGA’S LESSONS - Stephan Komandarev (Karlovy Vary IFF 2023), MEDIUM - Christina Ioakeimidi (Sarajevo FF 2023), INSHALLAH A BOY - Amjad Al Rasheed (Cannes FF - Semaine de la Critique 2023), BLACKBIRD BLACKBIRD BLACKBERRY - Elene Naveriani (Cannes FF - Quinzaine des Cinéastes 2023), THE SEA AND ITS WAVES - Liana & Renaud (Cannes FF - ACID Cannes 2023), 20.000 SPECIES OF BEES - Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren (73rd Berlinale International Competition 2023 - Silver Berlin Bear/Best Leading Performance), NIGHTSIREN - Tereza Nvotová  (Locarno FF - Cineasti del Presente 2022 - Golden Leopard), HOW IS KATIA? - Christina Tynkevych (Locarno FF - Cineasti del Presente 2022 - Special Jury Prize, Best Actress), THE LAND WITHIN - Fisnik Maxville (Black Nights Tallinn FF - Best Film - Best First Feature) LUZZU - Alex Camilleri (Sundance - World Cinema Dramatic Competition 2021 - Best Actor), ZUHAL - Nazlı Elif Durlu (Black Nights Tallinn FF - International Competition 2021), 200 METERS - Ameen Nayfeh (Venice Days 2020 - People’s Choice Award), GHOSTS - Azra Deniz Okyay (Venice FF International Film Critics Week - Grand Prize), ALL THIS VICTORY - Ahmad Ghossein (Venice FF - International Film Critics Week 2019 - Best Film & Audience Award), THE FATHER - Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov (Karlovy Vary IFF - International Competition 2019 - Crystal Globe), THE CAKEMAKER - Ofir Raul Graizer (Karlovy Vary IFF - International Competition 2017 - Ecumenical Jury Award), CHARLESTON - Andrei Creţulescu (Locarno FF - International Competition 2017), HEAVEN SENT - Wissam Charaf (Cannes FF - ACID Cannes 2017), SECRET INGREDIENT - Gjorce Stavreski (Black Nights Tallinn FF - International Competition, Thessaloniki IFF - Audience Award 2017), KING OF THE BELGIANS - Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens (Venice FF - Orizzonti), TRAMONTANE - Vatche Boulghourjian (Cannes FF - Semaine de la Critique 2016), PARK - Sofia Exarchou (San Sebastian FF - New Director’s Award 2016), AS I OPEN MY EYES - Leyla Bouzid (Venice FF - Venice Days 2015- Label Europa Cinemas Award & LUX Prize Nominee), MUSTANG - Deniz Gamze Ergüven (Cannes FF - Director’s Fortnight 2015- Label Europa Cinemas, LUX Prize Winner, Oscar Nomination for Best Foreign Film), EVERYBODY IN OUR FAMILY - Radu Jude(Sarajevo FF - Heart of Sarajevo 2012), BEYOND THE HILL - Emin Alper (Berlinale  2012 - Caligari Film Award), WHEN I SAW YOU - Annemarie Jacir (Toronto FF, Berlinale - Netpac Award 2012), THE POLICEMAN - Nadav Lapid (Locarno FF - International Competition - Special Jury Prize), AJAMI - Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani (Cannes FF - Director’s Fortnight - Caméra d'Or - Special Distinction 2009, Oscar Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film) and many more.

 

A. What are Crossroads Co-production Forum’s main selection criteria?

 

B. Which countries are eligible to apply?

Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kosovo*, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine.

Guest country: to be announced soon.

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

Countries not mentioned in the above list can still apply if they are co-producing with a country within these regions or contain elements in the story that link them to these regions. Projects not coming from one of the above-mentioned countries who think that Crossroads Co-production Forum is a good springboard for them, may still apply. All submitted projects will be reviewed and evaluated.

 

C. What is the application procedure?

Submissions must be received by June 21, 2024.
The application and additional material should be submitted in English.

The application must include:

Applicants should submit the Application Form (in English) in order for the project to be considered for selection. Please make sure to complete the form thoroughly. Once you have completed the online form you cannot make changes. Elements from the application form will be used for catalogue information should your project be selected.

Materials must be in one PDF file and attached to the online application form.
           
The PDF must include:

  1. One (1) page synopsis.
  2. The latest treatment in English (and Greek if it is a Greek project).
  3. The script in English (and Greek if it is a Greek project). In case a script is not available yet, one can submit a treatment.
  4. Biography/filmography of the director.
  5. Biography/filmography of the producer.
  6. Director’s statement addressing the story and the visual style.
  7. Producer’s statement about the financial strategy and audience outreach.
  8. Budget topsheet.
  9. Financing plan: a document in which you specify the amount of money you need to finance your project, in this case a feature film, and how you’re going to obtain (or you have already obtained) said amount. You should also indicate the source of finance as well as if it is confirmed, pending or to be applied.
  10. Rights agreement between the director and the producer or a letter from the director stating that the particular producer will be representing the project.
  11. Previous film of the director (online in a secure link with password).
  12. Mood board / Mood video (if available).

 

D. Key Dates:

 

E. General Rules and Guidelines:

Crossroads Co-production Forum is open to a variety of projects and is flexible when considering its aspects. It has no rigid rules and each individual project will be considered on its own merits.  However, there are certain rules that we operate under:

  1. The application materials and subtitles should be in English (except script and treatment which can be in Greek)
  2. We accept only feature film projects (over 60 minutes).
  3. We accept all genres except feature documentaries.
  4. All submissions are reviewed and evaluated equally. Nevertheless, it is to the projects’ advantage to have secured national (development) funding or third-party investment.
  5. One production company or producer can submit up to two projects.
  6. A production company or producer can re-submit a project that was previously not selected, if there have been substantial changes in the script and overall presentation package.
  7. A project should mention any other workshops and markets it has been previously presented and when, as well as any pending applications.
  8. The budget of the film should not exceed 1.8 million euro.
  9. The projects are evaluated by at least two readers. The final selection is the result of the decision of each year's Advisory Committee together with the Head of AGORA in accordance with the Festival administration.
  10. In the final selection we strive to maintain a balance between represented countries, regions, genders and addressed themes.
  11. The Crossroads Co-production Forum collaborates with the programs: MIDPOINT Institute, MFI Script 2 Film Workshops and Sofia Meetings, selecting projects that have participated in these programs. In order for a project to be considered, they must apply to the Crossroads Co-production Forum. The final selection is decided in accordance with the selection criteria of our program.
  12. The number of selected projects is up to fourteen (14).

 

F. What happens if my project is selected?

 

G. Crossroads Co-production Forum - Awards:

Jury Awards

Independent Awards

 

Learn more about the projects of Crossroads Co-production Forum 2023.
 

> TIFF65 Crossroads Co-production Application Form - Αvailable online here
Submissions Deadline: June 21, 2024

For inquiries please contact: Errika Zacharopoulou, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.