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The Agora Doc Market is ready for its 20th edition


- The Thessaloniki Documentary Festival's industry section will showcase 30 new projects split between two sections and host 150 professionals from 2-9 March

The Agora Doc Market is ready for its 20th edition
A previous edition of the Agora Doc Market

The Agora Doc Market, the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival's (TDF’s) industry arm, will take place for the 20th time from 2-9 March in Warehouse C of Thessaloniki Port.

Agora is split into several sections and features a particular focus on projects in development. Agora Docs in Progress features ten projects from South-Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean region, which will be presented to sales agents, distributors, producers and festival programmers. This year, the segment features a 50:50 ratio of works directed by women. These projects will be competing for various awards, including post-production services from the 2|35 post-production company, worth €15,000; the MuSou Award for music and sound services, amounting to €3,500; €3,000 in cash from the Greek Film Centre; and, through the new collaboration between TDF and Visions du Réel, the Agora DiP Prize, the winner of which will also secure accreditation and accommodation for the Swiss event in April. For the full list of projects, scroll down.

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The collaboration with Visions du Réel, for 2019-2020, consists of a mutual exchange and screening of six national films in their respective market sections and video libraries. As the winner of the Agora Doc Market will go to Nyon in April, so will the winner of Pitching du Réel take part in next year's Thessaloniki event.

EDN Docs in Thessaloniki, running since 2001 in collaboration with the European Documentary Network, gives documentary professionals the opportunity to have their projects pitched to a panel of international financiers, commissioning editors and representatives of international audiovisual media. The 20 selected projects will be developed over three days and will be presented in the Pitching Forum, taking place on 4 and 5 March. Two prizes are available for the best projects: the ERT Doc on Air Award, consisting of €2,000 and a guaranteed broadcast from the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, and the newly established MFI Doc Lab Award, consisting of a scholarship and accommodation at the Mediterranean Film Institute's Doc Lab. Again, for the full list of projects, scroll down.

At the Moving Docs Outreach Workshop, taking place from 7-9 March, the 20 Moving Docs 2019 partners will meet to develop, discuss and share best practices for outreach, audience development and impact.

Market Talks Extended: A Practical Guide for Documentary Filmmakers will host three events, with the speakers set to share valuable advice and observations drawn from their own extensive experience in the industry. Said events are a presentation of The City and the City, a project by Syllas Tzoumerkas and Christos Passalis; Documentary Festivals - Let's Talk About Programming; and Greek Documentary Association: The Future of Documentaries in our Region.

Finally, Paulina Tervo, co-CEO of Finnish software company Lyfta, will hold a master class entitled Documentary Media for Global Citizens, about how to reach new audiences and build an income from educational distribution.

Here is the list of Docs in Progress projects:

Four Seasons - Katerina Patroni (Greece)
Producers: Eleni Chandrinou, Maria Kontogianni, Steficon

This Train I Ride [+see also:
film profile
 - Arno Bitschy (France/Finland)
Producer: Clara Vuillermoz, Les films du Balibari
Co-producers: Liisa Karpo, Marianne Makëla, Napafilms

Never Whistle Alone [+see also:
film review
film profile
- Marco Ferrari (Italy)
Producer: Patricia Robledo, Candy Glass
Co-producer: Francesco Crespi, Basement

Our Choices - Salah Al Ashkar (Syria/France)
Producers: Etienne de Ricaud, Caractères Productions; Ariel Cypel, L'atelier des artistes en exil

Ouvertures [+see also:
interview: Louis Henderson
film profile
- Louis Henderson (France)
Producer: Olivier Marboeuf, Spectre Productions

Queen of the Deuce - Valerie Kontakos (Greece)
Producer: Despina Pavlaki, Valerie Kontakos, Exile Films

A Rifle and a Bag [+see also:
film profile
- Cristina Hanes and Arya Rothe (India/Romania)
Producer: Isabella Rinaldi, NoCut Film Collective
Co-producer: Andra Popescu, Conset Films

School 54 (working title) - Dimitra Kouzi (Greece)
Producer: Dimitra Kouzi, Kouzi Productions

Colors of Tobi [+see also:
film review
film profile
- Alexa Bakony (Hungary)
Producers: Gábor Osváth and Ildikó Szűcs, Filmfabriq

Y1 Silence of the Deep - Philippos Vardakas (Greece/Germany)
Production: Stelios Efstathopoulos, Team Faos TV Productions
Co-producer: Faos TV Productions GmbH

Here is the list of EDN Docs in Thessaloniki projects:

Climate Exodus - David Baute (Spain)
Producer: David Baute, Tinglado Film

Dear Future - Christiana Cheiranagnostaki (Greece)
Producer: Christiana Cheiranagnostaki

Democracy at Risk - Sylvain Pak (France)
Producer: Jennifer Deschamps, KM

Do Not Come Home - Miloš Ljubomirović (Serbia)
Producer: Ivica Vidanović, Cinnamon Films

Engel - Peter Woditsch (Germany)
Producer: Sophie Schoukens, Sophimages

The Exit of a Train - Radu Jude and Adrian Cioflanca (Romania)
Producer: Ada Solomon, Micro Film

Globus - Clara Kleininger (Poland/Romania)
Producers: Magdalena Borowiec, Tatiana Matysiak, SQUARE film studio, DI Factory and Triba Film

Gold Miners - Inka Achté (Finland)
Producer: Liisa Karpo, Napafilms

The Happiest Chief - Avra Georgiou (Greece)
Producer: Photini Economopoulou, Oh My Dog Productions

Inhabitants - Mery Aghakhanyan (Armenia/France/Germany)
Producers: Armine Anda, Mery Aghakhanyan, Renaissance Films

Intimate Outsiders - Roser Corella (Germany)
Producers: Roser Corella, Ana Catalá, Moving Mountains Films

Magaluf Ghost Town [+see also:
film review
interview: Miguel Ángel Blanca
film profile
- Miguel Ángel Blanca and Raúl Cuevas (Spain)
Producer: Bernat Manzano, Boogaloo Films

Nenets: People at Risk - Sergio Ghizzardi (France)
Producer: Valérie Montmartin, Little Big Story

Phoenix - Daire Collins (Ireland/UK/Romania/Spain/Germany)
Producer: Daire Collins

Safe Passage - Daniel Druhora and Charly W Feldman (UK/Russia)
Producer: Anna von Dziembowska, Victoria Films

The Raaby Mystery - Stian Indrevoll (Norway)
Producer: Thorvald Nilsen, Screen Story

The Republic - Mustafa Ünlü (Turkey)
Producer: Murat Baykara, Kutup Ayisi Documentary Productions

Scrap - Stacey Tenenbaum (Canada)
Producer: Stacey Tenenbaum, H2L Productions

The Settlement - Alex Sardà (Spain)
Executive producer: Carlota Coloma
Head of production: Adrià Lahuerta, 15-L. FILMS

Trazos - Maria Isabel Ospina and Iñès Compan (France/Colombia)
Producers: Vincent Gazaigne, Talweg; Medio de Contención Producciones

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