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Docs in Thessaloniki is your cost effective fast track to the European and international documentary market, and through the new outreach program also an opportunity for you to find new ways of reaching your audiences. In Thessaloniki you will develop your project, network with colleagues and pitch to financiers in a relaxed and constructive atmosphere.

Pitching Forum
5 days
Creative Europe MEDIA
Thessaloniki Documentary

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 at 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 project's 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.

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 12-15 financiers from leading broadcasters and funders.

Applicants need to submit a 2-page presentation incl. the following elements:

  • Project info: project title, status of the project, expected time of delivery, length, & format
  • Details about 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 production, not whole budget), brief financing plan

  • 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 discount of 100 Euro on the participation fee 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)

Successful projects from previous editions:

  • Those who said NO | directed by Nima Sarvestani. Produced by Nimafilm in co-production with Filmproduktion, SVT, DR TV and ZDF in association with ARTE. Selected for IDFA Feature Length competition 2014.

  • My Life My Lesson | directed by Asa Ekman. Produced by Oscar Hedin, Film and Tell, Sweden. Selected for IDFA Mid Length competition 2014.

  • Two Raging Grannies | directed by Havard Bustnes. Produced by Christian Falch & Havard Bustnes, Faction Film, Norway. Co-produced by EiE Film, Italy & Fridthjof Film, Denmark.

  • 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.


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