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The 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century
12 March 2014
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The 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century is just around the corner. From 14-23 March 2014 the town is the place to be as it will overflow with the best documentaries from all over the world. This year, there΄s been a change in the administration of the Festival. Giannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki and president of Thessaloniki International Film Festival, wasn΄t able to continue being in charge due to his pre-election campaign. As a result the Greek Minister of Culture named Iannis Smaragdis, well-known director and favourably disposed towards the governement, the new president of the Festival.

The Official Selection includes many Greek but also other Balkan documentaries which have managed to stand out and distinguish for their stories and artwork. The documentaries will screen in 10 different categories. Views of the World, Stories to Tell, Recordings of Memory, Portraits: Human Journeys, Habitat, Human Rights, Music & Dance, Society, Arts and Greek Panorama. Out of 59 Greek documentaries in total, 26 are included in the various International Programme sections, while 33 will screen in the Greek Panorama.

See the full Programme list here

This year, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival will pay tributes to the French director Nicolas Philibert, who will be present at the event, as well as to the Canadian director Peter Wintonick, who passed out on November 2013. From this year on, the Festival will institutionalize the Peter Wintonick Audience Award which will be awarded to the best foreign feature documentary.

Besides the Official Selection, the audience will also have the chance to attend the annual Doc Market, first introduced in 1999. The International Doc Market will be held in the Byzantium hall at the 1st floor of the Electra Palace Hotel at Aristotelous Sq. next to the Festival headquarters.  The Market caters to television networks from European countries and a wide range of professionals from various parts of the world.

Approximately 500 films will be available in this year’s Doc Market, including the majority of the films that are screened as part of the 16th TDF official program and about 60 buyers from Europe, the USA and Canada will be attending the Market.
Once again, for the third consecutive year, the Doc Market will present a Docs in Progress section. 9 projects from the Balkans and the Mediterranean region will participate in closed sessions for Thessaloniki’s invited industry professionals, sales agents, distributors, producers and festival representatives. The participants will present and screen 5-8 minutes from their projects, aiming towards securing coproduction deals, funds for project completion, as well as deals for presales and distribution. For the second year Authorwave Post-Production House offers an award (up to 15.000 euros) in kind services.  

The Balkan projects participating in this year΄s Docs in Progress are:

Producer: Marco Gastine - Minimal Films

Eni Got Her Gun by Polly Vlachou (Greece)
Producer: Dimitris Vernikos 

The Invisible Hands by Marina Gioti, Georges Salame (Greece/Italy) 
Producers: Athina Rachel Tsangari, Maria Hatzakou, Marina Gioti, Laura SestitoHaos Film  
Co-Production: MeMSéA

Revelation Point by Boris Missirkov, Georgi Bogdanov (Bulgaria) 

War & Peace in the Balkans by Andreas Apostolidis (Greece)
Key Partners: EU Media Programme, Goethe Institut

Beloved Days by Constantinos Patsalides

Another event in the frames of Doc Market is EDN Docs in Thessaloniki, a pitching forum running since 2001 in collaboration with the European Documentary Network and with the support of the EU MEDIA Program. This pitching forum gives documentary professionals the opportunity to have their projects pitched to a panel of international financiers, commissioning editors and representatives of the international audiovisual media. The first 3 days focus on project development and polishing, under the guidance of cinema industry professionals, while the last 2 days are reserved for pitching. 

This year, 21 projects are selected to participate in Docs in Thessaloniki, among which three come from the Balkan region:

Andreas Papandreou - The Making of a Political Maverick by Yianni Drakos and Stan Draenos (Greece)
Producer: Magnus Briem - Schadenfreude Films

Five Times a Stranger by Vangelis Efthymiou (Greece)
Producer: Maria P. Koufopoulou - Land Art Productions

The Fragments by Rojda Akbayir (Turkey)
Producer: Zeynep Koprulu - Periferi Film

16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - The Official Trailer

In addition to the pitching forum, EDN Docs in Thessaloniki is organizing a Masterclass, presented by Ben Kempas, Producer of Marketing and Distribution at Scottish Documentary Institute. The masterclass, under the name “Distributing an auteur documentary a case study on I Am Breathing” will take place on March 21, from 11:15-13:00, at John Cassavetes Theatre.

Doc Market will also offer half-hour talks by professionals from different areas/professions in the documentary world. The talks will take place in an informal environment and the speakers will share valuable advice and observations drawn from their extensive experience in the industry. 
This year’s speakers are Ove Rishoj Jensen from EDN (19 March), Alexandros Christoyiannis from OTE TV (20 March) and Flora Gregory from Al Jazzera (21 March).

Finally, for those who won΄t be able to attend, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival will be implementing for the 4th year an innovative live streaming project, in collaboration with the Electro-Acoustic and Television Systems Laboratory at the Polytechnic School of Thessaloniki’s Aristotle University, under the supervision of Professor Yorgos Papanikolaou and with the support of OTE. Films, presentations of film directors, ceremonies, events, educational audiovisual programs and a wide range of activities organized by the Festival will be made accessible to Athens and the Greek periphery, through the use of new technology, thus giving every friend of the documentary the opportunity to attend the Festival without having to visit Thessaloniki. 

For more information about the parallel events and activities, please visit the Festival website.
  Beloved Days
  Marco Gastine
  Elias Demetriou
  Yuri Averof
  Martichka Bozhilova
  Boris Missirkov
  Georgi Bogdanov
  Rea Apostolides
  Kalliopi Legaki
  Athina-Rachel Tsangari
  Angelos Kovotsos
  Andreas Apostolides
  Stavros Psyllakis
  Iannis Smaragdis
  Katerina Patroni
  Maria Hatzakou
  Constantinos Patsalides
  George Avraam
  Haos Film
  Thessaloniki International Film Festival
  Anemon Productions
  Media Programme
  Agitprop Ltd
  Roll Out Vision Services
  Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus
  Walking Around The World
  Awards of 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
  15th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2013 - Images of the 21st Century March 15 – 24, 2013
  Balkan Documentaries at 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
  Thessaloniki Documentary Festival Facebook Page
  16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival Official Web Page
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