Thessaloniki’s Agora Doc Market hands out its awards
by Vassilis Economou
- Multi-award-winning Greek documentarian Marianna Economou has received the main Post-Production Award at the gathering
The Agora Doc Market, the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival’s (TDF) industry section, handed out its Docs in Progress Awards during a ceremony that took place at Thessaloniki’s port Warehouse C on Wednesday 7 March.
Celebrating the 20th edition of the TDF, Thessaloniki International Film Festival general director Élise Jalladeau and head of the Agora Doc Market Yianna Sarri introduced the members of the seventh Docs in Progress international jury, comprising Laia Aubia, DocsBarcelona distribution manager; Charlotte Madsen, buyer at Swedish pubcaster SVT; and Takis Veremis, distributor at StraDA Films.
Ten documentaries participated in this edition, and you can read the complete profile of each project in our report. The jury granted the main €15,000 Post-Production Award provided by Greece’s 2|35 Inc Post-Production House to Seeds of Columbus, directed by Marianna Economou and co-produced by Spyros Mavrogenis (Stefi/Lynx Productions), with Rea Apostolides (Anemon Productions) and with the support of the Greek Film Centre. During her acceptance speech, Economou stated: “I have to thank the festival because whatever I’ve learned about documentaries I learnt here in Thessaloniki.”
The French-Iranian project Staring at the Sun by Atieh Attarzadeh and Hesam Eslami, co-produced by Etienne de Ricaud (Caractères Productions) with the directors, received the €6,500 MuSou Award, which comes with audio post-production services, the composition and production of an original film score, and licensing. The Lithuanian-Estonian documentary Gentle Warriors by Marija Stonyte, co-produced by Giedrė Žickytė (Moonmakers) with Riho Vastrik, received the jury’s Special Mention.
Hellas Film Promotion director Kostas Aivaliotis presented the Greek Film Centre Award, worth €3,000, which was handed out for the first time and went to Tiny Souls by Dina Naser, co-produced by the director and Mad Moshawash, with Khaled Haddad (Jordan Pioneers) and Palmyre Badinier (Urban Factory).
Here is the complete list of award winners:
Staring at the Sun - Atieh Attarzadeh, Hesam Eslami (France/Iran)
Producers: Etienne de Ricaud (Caractères Productions), Atieh Attarzadeh, Hesam Eslami
Gentle Warriors - Marija Stonyte (Lithuania/Estonia)
Producers: Giedrė Žickytė (Moonmakers), Riho Vastrik
Greek Film Centre Award
Tiny Souls – Dina Naser (Jordan/Lebanon/Qatar/Netherlands/France)
Producers: Dina Naser, Mad Moshawash, Khaled Haddad (Jordan Pioneers), Palmyre Badinier (Urban Factory)