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17th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Doc Market
6 March 2015
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Approximately 450 films will be available in this year’s Doc Market (March 15 to 21), including the majority of the films that are screened as part of the 17th Thessaloniki Doc Fest official program. Introduced in 1999, Doc Market 2015 will host approximately 60 buyers from Europe, the USA and Canada. Let΄s have a look at the different sections comprising it.

Docs In Progress 2015, March 20

The programme΄s fourth edition has selected 7 projects from the Balkans and the Mediterranean region looking for co-production deals, funds for project completion, as well as deals for presales and distribution. The project films participate in closed sessions for Thessaloniki’s invited industry professionals, sales agents, distributors, producers and festival representatives. For the first time -as far as Docs in Progress is concerned- 2|35 Post-Production House offers an award (€15,000) in post-production services.

The projects are:

All the Rage
Production Company: Rumur, Directors: Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley & David Beilinson, Producer: Michael Galinsky, Co-producer: David Beilinson, Panos Papahatzis (Argonauts Productions), Key Partner: Kickstarter, USA/Greece

Lafcadio Hearn: His Journey to Ithaca
Production Company: Journey to Ithaca LLC, Director: Constantinos Giannaris, Producers: Hisami Kuroiwa, Eric Nyari, Co-producer: Eve Gabereau (Soda Pictures), USA/UK/Japan/Greece

The Longest Run
Production Company: Stefi, Lynx, Director: Marianna Economou, Producer: Daphne Panopoulou, Co-producer: Taavi Vartia (Taavia Productions), Key Partner: NERIT, Greece/Finland

Production Company: ladoc, Director: Ernesto Pagano, Producer: Lorenzo Cioffi, Key Partner: Regional Film Funds, Italy

Next Stop: Utopia
Production Company: Minimal Films, Director: Apostolos Karakassis, Producer: Marco Gastine, Co-producer: Carl Ludwig Rettinger (Lichtblick Film), Key Partner: GFC/NERIT, Greece/Germany

Women on the Border
Production Company: Quasar Multimedia, Director: Erika Rossi, Producer: Marta Zaccaron, Co-producer: Igor Pedicek, Key Partner: FVG Audiovisual Fund (Italy), FVG Film Commission (Italy), Slovenia Cultural Centre (Slovenia), Italy/Slovenia

Young Wrestlers
Production Company: Kaliber Film, Director: Mete Gümürhan, Producer: Asli Akdag, Co-producer: Zeynep Askın Korkmaz (Filmalti), Key Partner: Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate of Cinema, Turkey 

EDN Docs In Thessaloniki – Pitching Forum 2015, March 18 - 22 

The Docs in Thessaloniki, running since 2001 in collaboration with the European Documentary Network and with the support of the EU MEDIA Program, 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 the following industry professionals from the UK, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Greece, and Denmark. The last 2 days are reserved for pitching.

The following 20 projects have been selected to take part in Docs in Thessaloniki 2015:

Cities for Life by Francesc Relea, Producers: Marta Castañé, Isabel Jubert, What΄s Up Doc, Arena Comunicación, Spain

For the Love of a Man by Rinku Kalsy, Producer: Harmen Jalvingh, KeyDocs, Netherlands

Hobbyhorse Chicks - The Secret Life of a Thousand Girls by Selma Vilhunen, Producers: Elli Toivoniemi, Selma Vilhunen, Tiina-Mari Pitkänen, Therese Högberg, Tuffi Films, Bautafilm, Finland/Sweden

I Am Golden Karen by Maui Druez, Preben Verledens, Producer: Steven Dhoedt, Visualantics, Belgium

I Had a Dream by Claudia Tosi, Producer: Nathalie Combe, COSMOGRAPHE Productions, France/Italy

Nine Rocks by Tor Nygård Kolding, Producer: Nynne Selin Eidnes, First Lady Film, Denmark

No Country for Great Men by Pawel Ferdek, Producers: Marta Habior, Marta Lewandowska, No Sugar Films, Poland

Outside of Prison - A Diary of a Family by Pau Ortiz, Producer: Maria Nova Lopez, INTACTES, Spain

Same Same But Different by Benjamin Cantu & Nils Bökamp, Producer: Stefano Strocchi, Boekamp & Kriegsheim GmbH, Germany

Docs in Thessaloniki 2014 edition

Tahrir Generation by Pauline Beugnies, Producer: Laurence Buelens, Rayuela Productions, Belgium

Technology Refugees: A Very Modern Warfare by Bianca Barker, Producer: Bianca Barker, Steadipix Productions, UK

The Beast is Still Alive by Mina Mileva & Vesela Kazakova, Producers: Mina Mileva & Vesela Kazakova, Activist38, Bulgaria

The Escapist by Trond Kvig Andreassen, Producers: Natalya Sarch, Vilje Kathrine Hagen, Sigve Endresen, Thomas Robsahm, Motlys, Norway

The Forest in me by Rebecca E. Marshall, Producers: Vasilis Chrysanthopoulos, Kasia Skibinska, Nicole Stott, Mark Johnston, plays2place productions, Greece/UK

The Grenade Man by Karianne Berge, Producer: Carsten Aanonsen, Indie Film, Norway

The Last Russian Orca by Nikita Tikhonov-Rau, Gayane Petrosyan & Olga Arlauskas, Producers: Nikita Tikhonov-Rau, Gayane Petrosyan, The Artvideo Studio Ltd, The Baikal Cinema Film, Russia

The Pentcho’s Daughter by Stefano Cattini, Producers: Lara Rongoni, Aurelio Laino, Sonne Film, Mosaic Films, Italy/UK

Ultra by Balazs Simonyi, Producers: Laszlo Jozsa, Balazs Simonyi, Speak Easy Project, Hungary

Who killed Che Guevara? by Margarita Ramon, Producer: Margarita Ramon, Don Young, Terra Incognita Productions, Canada

Wondering Photographer by Tamara Erde, Producer: Sandrine Bagarry, Big Bang Films, France.
Moreover, on March 19, EDN Docs in Thessaloniki 2015 is holding a two-hour Masterclass -The North American Documentary Broadcast Market-, with executive producer and senior industry consultant Peter Hamilton presenting the key players in North America, like HBO, POV, PBS, TVO, Knowledge Canada, Smithsonian Channel, and how they operate.  

Finally, the Doc Market organizes half-hour talks (Market Talks, March 18 - 20) 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. 

Source: Thessaloniki Doc Fest official website
  Constantinos Giannaris
  Marco Gastine
  Vesela Kazakova
  Daphne Panopoulou
  Apostolos Karakassis
  Marianna Economou
  Panagiotis Papahatzis
  Mete Gumurhan
  Vasilis Chrysanthopoulos
  Mina Mileva
  Argonauts Productions S.A.
  Stefi Productions SA
  Lynx Productions
  Greek Film Center
  Two Thirtyfive (2|35) S.A
  Media Programme
  Kaliber Film
  Turkish Cinema Head Office
  Plays2place Productions
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