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55th Thessaloniki IFF - Crossroads Opening
6 November 2014
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The 10th Crossroads Co-Production Forum opening event took place on Wednesday, November 5. Crossroads is part of the Thessaloniki IFF Agora Industry section.

In his opening speech, Festival Director, Dimitri Eipides, welcomed the producers and directors joining the current edition of Crossroads, admitting he was greatly satisfied with the fact that the number of participants continues to rise. Mr. Eipides also said that the Crossroads Forum is valuable not only to the TIFF, but also to the very evolution of cinema. “Crossroads gives filmmakers the opportunity to meet with other producers and distributors, facilitating the completion of film projects which are still in the making,” he added.

Taking the floor, Head of Crossroads Marie-Pierre Macia, presented the members of the team and thanked the institutions supporting the Agora Industry section, including the Hellenic Film Academy and the Onassis Cultural Centre for 2014. Ms. Macia made special reference to Ms. Annamaria Lodato, present at the event, representative of ARTE France, announcing, for the first time in Crossroads΄ history, a 6,000€ cash prize to a participating film project.

Crossroads 2014 jury consists of Ewa Puszczynska (producer - Opus Films, Poland), Thania Dimitrakopoulou (sales agent – The Match Factory, Germany) and Elise Jalladeau (producer/Audiovisual Attachée of the Embassy of France in Greece, France).

The TIFF Agora awards will be presented on Friday, November 7.

This year, the co-production forum celebrates its 10-year anniversary, which coincides with the centennial of Greek cinema. This prompted organisers to give special attention to Greek film projects and films in production or post-production. This emphasis is reflected in the fact that 6 out of the total 13 projects, all of which were selected on the basis of their script quality, are from Greece. 

Crossroads 2014 selected projects are:

40% by Andrea Segre, Production: Andrea Stucovitz, Jolefilm, Italy (In collaboration with the MFI Script 2 Film Workshop)

Greenhouse by Nikos Kritikos, Production: Fotini Economopoulou, Oh My Dog!, Greece

Kids From The East by Aramisova, Production: Michal Kračmer, Cinedix, Czech Republic/Slovak Republic

Kila by Dimitris Koutsiabasakos, Production: Yorgos Kyriakos, View Master, Greece

Never Let It Go by Paul Negoescu, Production: Paul Negoescu, Papillon Film, Romania (In collaboration with Sofia Meetings of the Sofia IFF)

The Secret Ingredient by Gjorce Stavreski, Production: Emilija Chochkova, Fragment Films, FYROM

Sons Of Sunday by Rami Kodeih, Production: Rita Dhager, Senorita Films, France

Tea by Ahmad Abdalla, Production: Mohamed Hefzy, Film Clinic, Egypt

There, Where No Oone Knew How To Cry by Yorgos Panousopoulos, Production: Eleni Kossyfidou, Black Bird Productions, Greece

Tramontane by Vatche Boulghourjian, Production: Georges Schoucair, Abbout Production, Lebanon

All selected projects are either produced or co-produced by a country in South-eastern and Central Europe or the Mediterranean region, or contain story elements connected to those regions. This year΄s selected projects come from Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, FYROM and Romania. Participating producers and directors will have the opportunity to present and discuss their projects during formal and informal meetings with other producers, distributors, broadcasters, sales agents and consultants.

Crossroads is supported by the EU’s Creative Europe programme and also collaborates with:

The Greek post-production company 2|35 Inc, presenting the co-production award (audiovisual) to the winning project.

The CNC (Centre national du cinéma et de l΄image animée), providing 7,000€ for the development of a project.

The ARTE France TV network, presenting for the first time a 6,000€ award to a film project.

The Producer’s Network of the Cannes FF, granting an accreditation to the winning producer to participate in the upcoming Producer’s Network 2015.

The Sofia Meetings section of the Sofia IFF, selecting one project to be presented in next year’s edition, in March 2015.

The Mediterranean Film Institute Script 2 Film Workshops, awarding a scholarship for script development to one project.

The French consulting firm Initiative Film, providing its expertise to one project.

Cinemed (Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpelier), selecting one Greek film project every year to compete for its annual Development Grant.

The European portal Cineuropa, providing extensive coverage of news and developments in the cinema market.

ACE - Ateliers du cinéma européen, selecting every year novice producers to participate in its producers network and develop their projects professionally with the help of established fellow producers.

Crossroads is part of the Agora Industry that creates an international network of professionals and provides the grounds and optimal conditions for meetings, discussions and agreements, all in an informal, warm and professional environment. 

Original source: Thessaloniki IFF official page

  Dimitris Koutsiabasakos
  Marie-Pierre Macia
  Photini Economopoulou
  Giorgos Panoussopoulos
  Eleni Kossyfidou
  Dimitris Kanellopoulos
  Giorgos Kyriakos
  Fenia Cossovitsa
  Konstantina Stavrianou
  Elina Psykou
  Paul Negoescu
  Vasilis Chrysanthopoulos
  Sonia Liza Kenterman
  Aristotelis Maragkos
  Hellenic Film Academy
  Thessaloniki International Film Festival
  Festival de Cannes
  Sofia International Film Festival
  Blonde Audiovisual Productions
  Two Thirtyfive (2|35) S.A
  The Match Factory
  Plays2place Productions
  Oh My Dog!
  Papillon Film
  Balkan Presence at Thessaloniki International FF 2014
  Greek Cinema at the 55th Thessaloniki FF
  55th Thessaloniki IFF - Zelimir Zilnik Masterclass
  Ateliers du Cinema Europeen Official Site
  Cineuropa Official Site
  Initiative Film Official Site
  Cinemed Official Site
  French Film Center Official Site
  Sofia Meeting Official Page
  Sofia IFF Official Site
  MFI Script 2 Film Workshops Official Page
  Onassis Cultural Center Official Site
  Creative Europe Program Official Site
  Two Thirty-Five Official Site
  Blonde Audiovisual Official Site
  Guanaco Official Site
  Graal Official Site
  Oh My Dog! Official Site
  Plays2place Productions Official Site
  The Match Factory offical Site
  Arte TV Official Site
  Hellenic Film Academy Official Site
  Thessaloniki IFF 2014 Agora
  Thessaloniki IFF Official Site
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