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Docs in Thessaloniki 2017

March 3 - 7, 2017. 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 wider accessible to financiers than ever before. And through the special designed outreach program you will have an opportunity to find new ways of audiences engagements. The submission deadline for projects was January 6, 2017.

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. 

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. 

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 filmmakers and experts. The tutor team will be: 

  • Paula Vaccaro, Producer, Pinball London, UK
  • Christine Camdessus, Producer, Alegria Productions, France
  • Hanna Heilborn, Director, Story AB, Sweden
  • Jesper Osmund, Editor, Denmark
  • Stefan Kloos, Sales Agent, Rise and Shine, Germany
  • Brian Hill, Director, Century Films, UK
  • Ove Rishøj Jensen, EDN, Denmark

Docs in Thessaloniki concludes with two days of pitching

You will be pitching to 12-15 leading financiers & experts

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 and expert group. So far the follow panel participants are confirmed:

  • Nicole Tsien, POV, USA
  • Depi Vrettou, ERT, Greece
  • Jenny Westergård, Yle, Finland
  • Madeleine Avramoussis, ARTE G.E.I.E, France
  • Thierry Detaille, Visible Film, Belgium
  • Jan Rofekamp, Films Transit, Canada
  • Lars Säfström, SVT, Sweden
  • Floor Koonen, IKONdocs, EO, The Netherlands
  • Natalia Arshavskaya, Currenttime.TV, Czech Republic 
  • Andy Green, Distrify Media, UK

The follow participants are confirmed for the expert group: 

  • Elizabeth Klinck, Klinck Research, Canada
  • Philippe van Meerbeck, Cross media strategist, VRT, Belgium
  • Kyveli Short, Moving Docs, Greece 

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 6 & 7 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. 

So far the following commissioners and funders have signed up for the Docs in Thessaloniki Digital Extension: 

  • Kate Townsend, BBC Storyville, BBC, UK
  • Beate Thalberg, ORF, Austria 
  • Hanka Kastelicova, HBO Europe, Czech Republic 
  • Kathrin Brinkmann, ZDF/ARTE, Germany 
  • Krishan Arora, SBS, Australia 
  • Jutta Krug, WDR, Germany 
  • Fiona Lawson-Baker, Al Jazeera English, Qatar

Master Class with Elizabeth Klinck

Elizabeth Klinck

As part of the Docs in Thessaloniki program, EDN is presenting a master class with Elizabeth Klinck entitled:


Tuesday, March 7, 2016 at 17:30 – 19:30 at the Pavlos Zannas Theater, 5th floor of Olympion Cinema.  

As one of the most experienced international visual researchers, Elizabeth has developed an extensive knowledge around research, rights clearance and copyright for music and film. And during this master class she will go through some of the essentials in the field, including:

  • ·       How to find the best sources of visual material, photographs and archival film
  • ·       Negotiating terms and rates,
  • ·       Inexpensive alternatives to expensive archival footage.

During the master class Elizabeth Klinck will also show examples from works she has recently been involved in. She will also offer a peak into the exclusive collection of “Klinck Links”, giving you valuable resources for your next work. So, after seeing this master class, you will know how to get rights right.

All Docs in Thessaloniki participants and accredited guest of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival are invited to take part in the master class. 

Projects selected for Docs in Thessaloniki 2017

The following projects have been selected to take part in Docs in Thessaloniki 2017:
Children of Mafia Director Sophia Luvarà, Producers Iris Lammertsma & Boudewijn Koole, Witfilm, The Netherlands
Farewell to Music Director/Producer Cathal Ó Cuaig, Rúnda Productions, Ireland
Heartsoap Director Balazs Simonyi, Producers Balazs Simonyi & Laszlo Jozsa, Speak Easy Project, Hungary
Here We Move, Here We Groove Director Sergej Kreso, Producer Harmen Jalvingh, KeyDocs, The Netherlands
Inside Lehman Brothers Producer Jennifer Deschamps, KM France
Karlag Directors/Producers Mikael Strandberg & Theo Maximillian Goble, Explorer Mikael Strandberg, Sweden
Lost in Face Director Valentin Riedl, Producer Erik Winker, CORSO Film, Germany
Love is not an Orange Director Otilia Babara, Producer Hanne Phlypo, Clin d’oeil films, Belgium
Magnitsky. Act II Director Andrei Nekrasov, Producer Torstein Grude, Piraya Film, Norway
Our Special Birthday Director Adrian Pîrvu, Producers Alexandru Solomon, Ada Solomon Carla Fotea, Hi Film Productions, Romania
re-kən-ˌsi-lē-ˈā-shən Producers Jamie Bourque & Patti Olson, Square Pixel Inc., Canada
Soora Director/Producer Mina Keshavarz, MiniDoc Film Productions, Iran
Speak so I can see you Director/Producer Marija Stojnić, BILBOKE, Serbia
The Age of Water Director Isabel Alcántara, Producer Alex Tondowski, Tondowski Films, Germany                        
The Ambush Director Tanya Doyle, Producer Daniel Hegarty, Marmalade Films, Ireland
The Miracle of Almería Directors Moon Blaisse & Thomas Bellinck, Producer Emmy Oost, Cassette for timescapes, Belgium
The Watchmen Director Madeleine Leroyer, Producer Valérie Montmartin, Little Big Story, France
Vasilis Director Bingöl Elmas, Producer Ender Yeşildağ, ESR Productions, Turkey
We Will Not Sell Our Future Director Niki Velissaropoulou, Producer Fanny Chrétien, La Boîte à Songes, France
When I Hear the Boats Whistle Director Eden Shavit, Producer Anastasiadis Alexis, Fabula Productions, Greece

Download the Docs in Thessaloniki flyer


Outreach workshop

Top projects take part in the outreach workshop

In connection with the 2017 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 2017.

Succesful projects

Projects previously pitched at Docs in Thessaloniki include:

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 Åsa Ekman. Produced by Oscar Hedin, Film and Tell, Sweden. Selected for IDFA Mid Length competition 2014.

Two Raging Grannies Directed by Håvard Bustnes. Produced by Christian Falch & Håvard 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.


If you want to have an impression of previous editions of Docs in Thessaloniki we have gathered a selection of photos at our .

Participating as an observer

The deadline for submitting projects for Docs in Thessaloniki was January 6, 2017. However, we are still 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 . You can apply up until the start of the workshop, but as seats are limited, early applications are preferred. 

Participation fee

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



Docs in Thessaloniki is organized by EDN in collaboration with the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival-Images of the 21st Century.






Docs in Thessaloniki is supported by the EU program Creative Europe.