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My Journey to Meet You gets ERT Doc on Air Award at Docs in Thessaloniki

19.03.2012

The EDN pitching session and workshop Docs in Thessaloniki concluded this weekend with pitching of 17 new international documentary ideas in front of a panel of Europen and and North American financiers. The most promising project was awarded with the ERT Doc on Air Award.

Still from My Journey to Meet You

The ERT Doc on Air Award is presented by the Greek public service broadcaster and awards the project from the Docs in Thessaloniki pitching session, which looks most promising. The jury selecting the winner is equivalent to tutors from the Docs in Thessaloniki pitching workshop. Upon the announcement of the winner, the jury made the following statement:

‘We had the privilege at the 14th EDN Docs in Thessaloniki Documentary Pitching Forum to work with the filmmakers of 17 great projects. To choose only one out of them was a difficult task.

We finally decided to award one storyteller who has the courage to put his own life at the very core of his documentary. Being a father is a challenge for every man. Being a father as a gay man in nowadays Europe is a battle against legal obstacles and – more hard to fight -  against prejudices and moral bigotry. The awarded documentary brings a personal story to a political level. It challenges the values of our society and asks important questions without giving easy or ideological answers. The ERT Doc on Air Award honours the quality of the story and the commitment of both, director and producer. The jury underlines also the cinematic approach of a very talented and experienced filmmaker. The ERT Doc on Air Award of 7000 EUR goes to MY JOURNEY TO MEET YOU, directed by Marco Simon Puccioni and produced by Simone Catania from Indyca, Italy. ‘

The tutors at Docs in Thessaloniki were:

  • Carmen Cobos, Producer The Netherlands
  • Gitte Hansen, Distributor, Switzerland
  • Christian Popp, Producer, Germany
  • Kees Ryninks, Prod/dir/media consultant, The Netherlands
  • Audrius Stonys, Filmmaker, Lithuania
  • Peter Wintonick, Producer/Ambassador For Documentary, Canada
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Here you can read more about Docs in Thessaloniki.

Here you can see ERT’s profile in The EDN Financing Guide

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