Docs in Thessaloniki 2014
March 19 - 23, 2014. Thessaloniki, Greece.
Docs in Thessaloniki is an international pitching forum and workshop offering an outstanding opportunity to create alliances for future collaborations. Here you will develop & pitch your project and network with European colleagues and financiers in a relaxed and constructive atmosphere. Submission deadline for projects was on January 10, 2014. If you want to take part in the forum without a project, you can still apply.
Docs in Thessaloniki consist of a five-day program, where 21 selected documentary projects will be developed, re-written and pitched.
The first three days are focusing on development
The participating project teams are working on their projects’ structure, style and focus of the content as well as the presentation and pitching techniques. This is done by working in small groups under guidance from international experts and through highly informative seminar sessions. At the end of the workshop each project is re-written and presented to the participating financiers in a 2-page presentation.
The development workshop is lead by experienced international producers & filmmakers. The tutors of the workshop will be:
- Audrius Stonys, film director, Lithuania
- Emma Davie, film director, UK
- Philippe van Meerbeeck, strategic advisor, Belgium
- Rea Apostolides, producer, Greece
- Gitte Hansen Schnyder, sales agent, Switzerland
- Stefan Kloos, producer and sales agent, Germany
- Jesper Osmund, editor and pitch pilot expert, Denmark
Docs in Thessaloniki concludes with two days of pitching
During the pitching sessions all participants pitch their projects to a panel of international financiers from leading broadcasters. Pitchers have seven minutes to present their projects. The visual material in form of a trailer or promo has to be included in these seven minutes. After the pitch the panel has seven minutes to give feedback.
The pitching session is followed by scheduled individual meetings between the pitching teams and the financiers. The meetings are for in-depth discussions about further development and possible future collaboration.
The panel will consist of financiers from leading broadcasters and funders. We expect to have 12-15 financiers present for the Docs in Thessaloniki panel. We will announce the panel participants as soon as they have confirmed their participation. So far this includes:
- Hanka Kastelicova, HBO Europe, Slovenia/Hungary
- Kerime Senyücel, TRT, Turkey
- Jenny Westergård, YLE, Finland
- Jan Rofekamp, Films Transit, Canada
- Kathrin Brinkmann, ZDF/ARTE, Germany
- Lars Säfström, SVT, Sweden
- Flora Gregory, al-Jazeera English, UK
- Anne Grolleron, ARTE France, France
- Claudia Neuhauser, ORF, Austria
- Heribert Schneiders, ARD/MDR, Germany
- Thierry Detaille, Ventes-VBAWIP-Sales, Belgium
Soon we will post information about more confirmed panel participants.
Projects selected for Docs in Thessaloniki 2014
The following 21 projects have been selected to take part in Docs in Thessaloniki 2014:
After The Dream. Director Loraine Blumenthal. Produced by Rob Mitchell, Firstborn Studios, UK
Andreas Papandreou - The Making of a Political Maverick. Directors Yianni Drakos and Stan Draenos. Produced by Magnus Briem, Schadenfreude Films, Greece
Carbon Trade/Off. Director David Soto-Karlin. Produced by Aaron Soto-Karlin, NoMoha Media, Mexico and USA
Digitalcurry. Directors Francesca Scalisi & Mark Olexa. Produced by Mark Olexa, Italy
Falc / Harm. Director Dénes Nagy. Produced by Sara Laszlo and Marcell Gerö, Campfilm Production, Hungary
Five Times A Stranger. Director Vangelis Efthymiou. Producer Maria P. Koufopoulou, Land Art Productions, Greece
The Forgotten Army. Directed by Signe Astrup. Produced by Jesper Jack, House of Real, Denmark
The Fragments. Director Rojda Akbayır. Produced by Zeynep Köprülü, Periferi Film, Turkey
The Honorable Generation. Director Nima Sarvestani. Produced by Maryam Ebrahimi, Nimafilm AB, Sweden
Il non detto. Director Tim De Keersmaecker. Produced by Emmy Oost, Cassette for timescales, Belgium
In Dependence. Diretor Henriikka Hemmi. Produced by Sami Jahnukainen, Mouka Filmi, Finland
Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life. Director Tomer Heymann. Produced by Barak Heyman, Heymann Brothers Films, Israel
Leaves of the Horn. Directors Davide Morandini, David Chierchini and Matteo Keffer. Produced by Lucio Mollica, GA&A Productions, Italy
Life and Death of Max Linder. Director Edward Porembny. Produced by Monika Bednarek, AMP Polska, Poland
The most boring thing in the world. Directors Christina Pitouli and Carlos Muñoz Gomez-Quintero. Produced by Joan Soler, Cinefilms Productions, Spain
Next Stop: Utopia. Director Apostolos Karakasis. Produced by Marco Gastine, Minimal Films, Greece and Carl Ludwig Rettinger, Lichtblick Film, Germany
The Promise. Director Zeljko Mirkovic. Produced by Zeljko Mirkovic, Optimistic Film, Serbia & Dusan Gajic, SEETV, Belgium
Samuel en las nubes. Director Pieter Van Eecke. Produced by Hanne Phlypo, Clin d’œil films, Belgium
Three Lives. Director Yan Ting Yuen. Produced by Reinette van de Stadt, Trueworks, Netherlands
Transit Havana. Director Daniel Abma. Produced by Iris Lammertsma, JvdW Film, Netherlands
Violence. Director Åsa Ekman. Produced by Oscar Hedin, Film and Tell, Sweden
Participating without a project
If you do not have a project ready to pitch, you can still take part in Docs in Thessaloniki. We have a number of seats available for participants without a project. You will take part in the full Docs in Thessaloniki program on equal terms with the pitching participants. Only exception is not having a concrete project developed and pitched. The seats available for participants without a project are handled on a 'first come - first served' basis. To apply please write a short email motivating your participation to Ove Rishøj Jensen at EDN - ove_@If you can read this, please upgrade to a modern browser.edn.dk
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Projects previously pitched at Docs in Thessaloniki include:
Everyday Rebellion Directed by The Riahi Brothers. Produced by Golden Girls Filmproduktion & Filmservices GmbH, Austria & Mira Film GmbH, Switzerland.
Gangster of Love Directed by Nebojsa Slijepcevic. Produced by Vanja Jambrovic, Restart, Croatia. Co-produced by Kloos & Co, Germany; Subcultura Films, Romania & ZDF/ARTE, Germany.
When the Boys Return Directed by Tone Andersen. Produced by Sant & Usant, Norway.
Wrestling in Dakar Directed by Edward Porembny. Produced by AMP Polska, Poland, Les Films du Tambour de Soie, France and ARTE France.
Two Raging Grannies Directed by Håvard Bustnes. Produced by Christian Falch & Håvard Bustnes, Faction Film, Norway. Co-produced by EiE Film, Italy & Fridthjof Film, Denmark.
Please note that there is no fee for submitting your project to Docs in Thessaloniki.
If your project is selected or if you want to participate without a project, the price for being part of Docs in Thessaloniki is:
- - 300 Euro for the first person connected to a project
- - 200 Euro for second or third person connected to a project
- - 200 Euro for observers
EDN members receive a 20% discount.
Besides the whole five-day pitching workshop and forum the participation fee includes all lunches and coffee breaks, dinner on the first evening and a festival pass for the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival.
EDN Contact Person
Ove Rishøj Jensen
Phone: +45 3313 1122
Docs in Thessaloniki is organized by EDN in collaboration with the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival-Images of the 21st Century.