Docs in Thessaloniki 2013
March 20 - 24, 2013. 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 is on January 11, 2013.
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:
- Jesper Osmund, trailer editor, Denmark
- Carmen Cobos, producer, Spain/The Netherlands
- Audrius Stonys, filmmaker, Lithuania
- Christian Popp, producer, Germany
- Peter Wintonick, director/producer/mentor, Canada
- Emma Davie, director and film school professor, Scotland
- Kees Ryninks, producer, The Netherlands
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. So far the following panel participants have confirmed their participation:
- Axel Arnö, SVT, Sweden
- Simon Kilmurry, POV, USA
- Margje de Koning, IKON, The Netherlands
- Madeleine Avramoussis, ARTE G.E.I.E., France
- Hanka Kastelicova, HBO Europe, Hungary
- Ariana Meintana, ERT, Greece
- Jan Rofekamp, Films Transit, Canada
- Wim Van Rompaey, Lichtpunt, Belgium
- Jenny Westergard, YLE, Finland
- Nathalie Verdier, ARTE France, France
- Katja Wildermuth, MDR, Germany
- Sophie Chegaray, France 5, France
- Phil Cox, WorldView, UK
- Tristan Anderson, Doc Heads, UK
- Nick Fraser, BBC Storyville, UK
- Mette Hoffmann Meyer, DR, Denmark
- Flora Gregory, Al Jazeera English, UK
How to participate
The deadline for submitting your project was January 11, 2013. The following projects have been selected for participation:
Agora / Produced by: Anastasia Skoubri, Small Planet Productions / Directed by: Yiorgos Avgeropoulos / Greece
April 28 - Every Face has a Name / Produced by: Lennart Ström, Auto Images / Directed by: Magnus Gertten / Sweden
Baths People / Produced by: Laura D'amore & Giulio Pedretti, Donquixote & Jump Cut / Directed by: Stefania Bona & Francesca Scalisi / Italy
The Battle with Satan / Produced by: Ewa Zukowska, ZK Studio / Directed by: Konrad Szolajski / Poland
The Canta Dances / Produced by: Valerie Schult, Viewpoint Productions / Directed by: Maartje Nevejan / The Netherlands
The Chosen Ones / Produced by: Inna Sahakyan and Yulia Grigoryants, Bars Media / Directed by: Arman Yeritsyan / Armenia
Don't Grow old Waiting / Produced by: Monica Lazurean Gorgan, 4 Proof Film / Directed by: Mara Trifu / Romania
Gay Marriage - Chinese Style / Produced by: Iris Lammertsma, Jongens van de Wit / Directed by: Sophia Luvarà / The Netherlands
The Green Invasion / Produced by: Christina Rajola, Stamen Film / Directed by: Florencia Santucho / Italy
Hope on the Line / Produced and directed by: Alexandre Papanicolaou & Emilie Yannoukou, Persona Production / France
If You're Lucky, You Won't Need Us / Produced by: Margus Ounapuu, Film Tower Kuubis / Directed by: Jaak Kilmi / Estonia
Mlade Nade (The Young Hopefuls) / Produced by: Ana Radecic, Manevar d.o.o. / Directed by: Tomislav Fike / Croatia
Nermina's World / Produced by: Flavia Oertwig, Intrigo Internazionale / Directed by: Vittoria Fiumi / Italy
The Other Side of Paradise: Goma / Produced by: Harmen Jalvingh, Bonanza Films / Directed by: Joris Postema / The Netherlands
Playing with Fire / Produced by: Photini Economopoulou, Modiano S.A. / Directed by: Anneta Papathanassiou / Greece
Prayer Books and Prada / Produced by: Mariana Keller & Michal Fattal, ThreeYellowDots / Directed by: Mariana Keller / France
Raging Grannies / Produced by: Christian Falch, Faction Film / Directed by: Haavard Bustnes / Norway
The Wellness Process / Produced by: Corina Gliga, Manekinifilm, Romania / Directed by Marius Iacob
We're going the same way / Produced by Steven Dhoedt, Visualantics / Directed by: Pieter-Jan Van Damme / Belgium
Who's Gonna Love Me Now? / Produced and directed by: Tomer Heymann & Barak Heymann, Heymann Brothers Films / Israel / Co-directed by Alexander Bodin.
Participating as Observer
For Docs in Thessaloniki a number of observer seats are available. When participating as an observer you will take part in all sessions on equal terms with the pitching participants. Only exception is not having a concrete project developed and pitched. Observers pay 200 Euro for participating. To apply for an observer seat please send a short motivation for your participation to Ove Rishøj Jensen -
The price for participating in 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 session programme 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
Docs in Thessaloniki is organized by EDN in collaboration with the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival-Images of the 21st Century.