Docs in Thessaloniki 2018
March 2 - 6, 2018. Thessaloniki, Greece.
Docs in Thessaloniki is your cost effective fast track to the European and international documentary market, combining on-site and online market opportunities. In Thessaloniki you will develop your project, network with colleagues and pitch to financiers in a relaxed and constructive atmosphere. The Docs in Thessaloniki Digital Extension makes the pitched projects more accessible to financiers than ever before. And through the specially designed outreach program you will have an opportunity to find new ways of audience engagements. The deadline for submitting projects is January 5, 2018.
Docs in Thessaloniki consists of a five-day program, where 21 selected documentary projects will be developed, re-written and pitched to a panel of international financiers. For a selected group of top-projects the new outreach programme will offer you an opportunity to develop your outreach strategy, optimise distribution plans and enhance audience engagement.
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 tutors of the workshop are:
- Jesper Osmund, Editor, Denmark
- Gitte Hansen, Deputy Director, First Hand Films, Switzerland
- Brian Hill, Director, Century Films, UK
- Paula Vaccaro, Producer, Pinball, UK
- Christine Camdessus, Producer, Alegria, France
- Arash Riahi, Producer & Director, Golden Girls Filmproduction, Austria
Present from EDN will be:
- Cecilie Bolvinkel, EDN Network and Partnerships Manager
- Ove Rishøj Jensen, EDN Film and Media Consultant
The full list of tutors participating in the event will be announced here as soon as possible.
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, where the pitching teams will meet with financiers and experts. 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. In addition we will have a group of experts on distribution and rights. We expect to have 12-15 financiers and experts present for the Docs in Thessaloniki panel. So far the follow panelists have confirmed their participation:
- Jenny Westergard, YLE, Finland
- Madeleine Avramousis, ARTE GEIE, France
- Depi Vrettou, ERT, Greece
- Jan Rofekamp, Films Transit, Canada
- Beate Thalberg, ORF, Austria
- Flemming Hedegaard, DR, Denmark
- Krishan Arora, SBS, Australia
- Kyveli Short, Moving Docs, Greece
- Charlotte Madsen, SVT, Sweden
- Fiona Lawson-Baker, Al Jazeera English, Qatar
- Natalia Arshavskaya, Current Time TV, Czech Republic
- Thierry Detaille, Visible Film, Belgium
Further confirmed panelists will be announced here soon.
The ERT Doc on Air Award
Upon the conclusion of Docs in Thessaloniki the project with the most promising international potential will be presented with The ERT Doc On Air Award, which consists of 3000 Euro and broadcasting at the national Greek ERT TV. The award winner will be selected by the tutors of the Docs in Thessaloniki pre-pitch workshop.
Docs in Thessaloniki Digital Extension
In addition to the financiers present on-site for Docs in Thessaloniki the new digital extension of the pitching forum will make the 21 selected projects accessible to a wider group of financiers.
Shortly after the on-site pitching forum on March 5 & 6 we will have the digital extension of the forum available. With detailed information about the projects, the pitch pilots and the recordings of the actual pitch in Thessaloniki, the digital extension provides world wide financing opportunities for the projects pitched at the forum.
Download the Docs in Thessaloniki flyer
In connection with the 2018 edition of Docs in Thessaloniki EDN is offering a dedicated outreach workshop, which is tied to this pitching forum as well as Lisbon Docs. The format will create a synergy between the two events, by selecting the top projects from each forum and bring them together in this post-event session taking place as an online workshop.
Focus for the session will be how the selected project teams can handle the increased need to combine new financing methods and alternative distribution methods with more traditional public funding sources. During the workshop the selected teams will strengthen the understanding of audience building and outreach for their projects in development. Through the online workshop the participants will:
- · Learn about tools for audience engagement
- · Sharpen their distribution strategy
- · Get individual feedback from outreach experts
- · Enhanced promotion and distribution possibilities.
The participants will benefit from these added values without adding extra travel costs and expenses for the production teams, as the seminar will take place online. The workshop is scheduled as a three-day event in early December 2018.
Projects previously pitched at Docs in Thessaloniki include:
Debut | Directed by Anastasia Miroshnichenko. Produced by Viktar Labkovich, PervajaKinoVideo Company, Belarus | Selected for IDFA First Appearance, 2017. Pitched at Docs in Thessaloniki 2016.
Hobby Horse Revolution | Directed by Selma Vilbunen. Produced by Elli Toivoniemi & Venla Hellstedt, Tuffi Films, Finland | Selected for HotDocs, Visions du reel, DOKLeipzig and many other festivals in 2017. Pitched at Docs in Thessaloniki 2015 as Hobby Horse Sisters.
The Other Side of the Wall | Directed by Pau Ortiz. Produced by María Nova López, Intactes, Spain and Emiliano Altuna, Tatiana García and Carlos Rossini, Bambú Audiovisual, Mexico | Winner of Best International Feature Documentary Award at HotDocs 2017. Pitched at Docs in Thessaloniki 2015 as Outside of Prison.
Ultra | Directed by Balazs Simonyi. Produced by Lászlo Józsa and Balazs Simonyi, Speak Easy Project, Hungary. Co-produced by HBO Europe | Selected for Visions du reel, Sarajevo Film Festival and many more in 2017. Pitched at Docs in Thessaloniki 2015
If you want to have an impression of previous editions of Docs in Thessaloniki we have gathered a selection of photos at our EDN Facebook Page here.
How to participate
The deadline for submitting your project for Docs in Thessaloniki is January 5, 2018.
You submit your project by sending a written 2-page presentation of your project accompanied by visual material.
The 2-page presentation
Your written 2-page presentation should include the following elements:
- - Project info: project title, status of the project, expected time of delivery, length, & format
- - The film: depending in the nature of the project this can include the story, characters, visual approach, directors note, etc.
- - Contacts: name of producer, production company, director and contact information
- - Profiles: short CV & filmography of company and director
- - Financing: budget sum (total sum for the production, not the whole budget) and brief financing plan.
You can submit your 2-page presentation by email to: submit_@If you can read this, please upgrade to a modern browser.edn.network
(Please note: make sure to mention in your email that you are applying for "Docs in Thessaloniki 2018").
The visual material
We prefer receiving applications accompanied by visual material; either as material already shot for the submitted project or as a previous work. You submit your visual material by including a link to an online streaming facility like Vimeo or YouTube when you email your 2-page presentation.
Participating as an observer
We are also accepting applications from participants without a project who can take part as observers.
If you currently do not have an international project in development but want to know more about making documentary projects for the international market, gain a network of international colleagues and meet leading international financiers you can of course still take part in Docs in Thessaloniki. Simply apply as a participant without a project. You will take part in all seminars and all sessions on equal terms with the selected project teams.
To apply for as a participant without a project, please send your C.V. and a short motivation for your participation to submit_@If you can read this, please upgrade to a modern browser.edn.network. You can apply up until the start of the workshop, but as seats are limited, early applications are preferred.
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:
- - 350 Euro for the first person connected to a project
- - 250 Euro for second or third person connected to a project
- - 250 Euro for observers
EDN members receive a EUR 100 discount for the first person connected to a project and 50 Euro for the second and third person of the project team (if attending with more than one person)
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.