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AWARDS Thessaloniki

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Greeks snag the majority of Agora awards at Thessaloniki

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- Local projects win three out of six awards, but Aramisova’s Czech/Slovak co-produced project Kids from the East takes the top prize

Greeks snag the majority of Agora awards at Thessaloniki
Argyris Papadimitropoulos receives the Works in Progress Award from Graal co-managing director Konstantina Stavrianou. Papadimitropoulos' producer, Phaedra Vokali, is on the far right (© Motionteam)

Celebrating its ten-year-anniversary, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival’s industry activity, aptly titled Agora, gave out its annual awards to projects seeking a jumpstart or nearing completion, with three out of six gongs going to local works.

Aramisova’s upcoming project, Kids from the East (Czech/Slovak Republic), bagged the top prize at the Crossroads Co-Production Forum, winning full post-production services from the outfit Two Thirty Five, along with a free accreditation for the Cannes 2015 Producers’ Network for the project’s producer, Michal Kračmer, of Cinedix. The project also won the MFI’s Script 2 Film Workshops scholarship.

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Sonia Liza Kenderman’s Greek feature debut, Tailor, produced by Blonde SA’s Fenia Cossovitsa, won the €7,000 CNC Development Award, also handed out by the Forum jury, comprising Ewa Puszczynska (producer, Opus Film, Poland), Elise Jalladeau (producer/audiovisual attachée of the French Embassy in Greece, France) and Thania Dimitrakopoulou (sales agent, The Match Factory, Germany).

Vatche Boulghourjian’s Lebanese film, Tramontane [+see also:
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, produced by George Schoucair, picked up the €6,000 ARTE International Prize handed out by Annamaria Lodato, while Initiative Film handed its Consulting Services Award to Aristotelis MarangosArk, as well as a single session to Dimitris KanellopoulosPack of Sheep.

Argyris Papadimitropoulos’ third feature, Suntan [+see also:
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, won the Works in Progress Prize of up to €70,000 in post-production services, offered by Graal. “It’s great to win a prize before you’ve even finished the shoot,” said director Papadimitropoulos, with producer Phaedra Vokali, of Marni Films, adding: “Lacking the Greek Film Center’s support, it was a prize we dearly needed.”

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