12th TDF closes with a look to the future from Dimitri Eipides
This weekend the curtain dropped on the 12th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century with the Closing Ceremony, held at the Olympion cinema. Before awarding the winning documentaries Festival Director Dimitri Eipides closed the festival with a speech pointing towards the future.
At the closing ceremony Dimitri Eipides, Artistic Director of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century welcomed the invited guests saying:
‘All these years our final assessments have been celebratory, and the same thing will happen this year. It is customary on this night to announce numbers, which will astound with the increase they show: more viewers, more films, events, a festival, which is growing successfully. This year we will begin with a number that decreased, money. The Festival began as an experiment, and has always been held in a spirit of economy. The crucial economic developments in our country led us to cut down our already limited budget even further.
The success of the Festival came out of the collective work of young people who give all their time and effort for the success of the Festival. As citizens of this country we are willing to make any sacrifice for the betterment of our land. What I could not stand were the redundancies. I don’t want these people to lose their jobs. We will stay together, we will withstand all cutbacks but we will remain a family and continue our work. So let’s hope there are better days in the future for our Festival, and most of all for our country’.
Mr. Eipides noted that the 12th Festival was surprisingly successful, and said that this year’s edition included 189 films from 42 countries, three Tributes, two Exhibitions, two Conferences, and two workshops. The 12th TDF audience reached 45,000 people, a 10% increase from last year. At the same time, the Doc Market became completely digital, a development that doubled the number of viewings, from 1,800 last year to 3,000 this year.
Finally, he thanked all those who supported the festival as well as the directors and producers who entrusted their work, his collaborators, and the audience about which he noted: 'You are the power behind the Festival'.
The award ceremony concluded with winners from the festival’s different competition programs being announced.
DOC ON AIR AWARD
ERT, the public broadcaster of Greece, gave a Doc on Air Award to the best project from the Docs in Thessaloniki pitching session. The award includes a 7.000 Euro cash prize to the further development of the project. ERT together with the tutors of the Docs in Thessaloniki pitching session chose to award the project:
Life in a City Full of Errors, Produced by: Nikos Tamiolakis, Greece, Directed by: Myrto Papadogeorgou
The project deals with contemporary life in Athens seen through the life of the filmmaker, her friends and relatives. It paints a funny and sarcastic image of everyday life in Athens, where small everyday obstacles often turn into complicated problems. The filmmaker narrates this personal story against the common view of Athens being presented as a nice tourist town.
The Hellenic Red Cross Audience Award for a film over 45’ in the International Selection, accompanied by Euros 4,000, went to:
Eyes Wide Open – Exploring Today’s South America by Gonzalo Arijon, Uruguay, 2009.
The Hellenic Red Cross Audience Award for a film under 45’ in the International Selection, accompanied by Euros 2,000 goes to:
Odysseas by Vahagn Karapetyan, Armenia / Greece, 2010
The Hellenic Red Cross Audience Award for a Greek film over 45’, accompanied by Euros 10,000 in an effort to reinforce Greek filmmakers and upgrade the documentary film genre in Greece, goes to:
Gaza We Are Coming by Yorgos Avgeropoulos and Ioannis Karypidis, Greece, 2009
The Hellenic Red Cross Audience Award for a Greek film under 45’, accompanied by Euros 5,000 in an effort to reinforce Greek filmmakers and upgrade the documentary film genre in Greece, goes to:
Active Member by Lefteris Fylaktos, Greece, 2009
Wandering Soul by Angeliki Aristomenopoulou, Greece, 2009
To Shoot an Elephant by Alberto Arce and Mohammad Rujailah, Spain, 2009
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AWARD
Awards the best film dealing with human rights issues to:
Petition by Zhao Liang, France / China, 2009
Awards the best film dealing with environmental issues to:
The Last Days of Shishmaref by Jan Louter, Netherlands, 2009
ERT3 BROADCASTING AWARD
The Mermaid’s Tears: Oceans of Plastic by Sandrine Feydel, France, 2009
For details for the ceremony and the awards go to the web site of Thessaloniki Documentary festival .
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