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The 23rd Thessaloniki Documentary Festival launches a podcast competition


The Greek festival is introducing a new podcast competition section and invites podcasters from Greece and abroad to submit their works to be featured at the upcoming edition

The 23rd Thessaloniki Documentary Festival launches a podcast competition

A new podcast competition section is being introduced at the 23rd Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (TDF), which this year will run as a hybrid version from 24 June-4 July (see the news). The TDF is inviting podcasters from Greece and abroad to submit their podcasts for the new competition.

During the first part of this year’s TDF, which ran entirely online from 4-14 March, a three-day workshop on podcasts was held. The mentors included documentary producer Delphine Saltel, who focused on content and narrative techniques; audio engineer and educator Peter Leonard, who talked about technical issues, and particularly sound engineering and production; and Gordon Firemark, who has practised media and entertainment law, and who analysed the legal dimension of podcasts, focusing on copyright issues. Furthermore, an open discussion was organised, with the participation of local podcasters. Thanks to the positive reaction of the audience, the podcast section will now move on to the next phase, and the selected podcasts will be included in the festival’s programme. The workshops are also available online, via the festival’s YouTube channel.

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The competition section is divided into two subsections: one that is dedicated to podcasts in the Greek language and another that is focused on English-speaking podcasters. Regarding the content, fiction podcasts, documentary podcasts, and either fiction or documentary podcasts that incorporate interviews into their narrative are eligible to participate, with their length being between 20 and 60 minutes.

Furthermore, the podcasts should have their world premiere at the TDF, and at no time up until the end of the event should they be uploaded on any platform, whether it is publicly accessible or requires a subscription. Also, if the podcast submitted is part of a series, it should have its world premiere at the festival. The deadline for submissions is 14 May, and all of the details can be found on the festival’s website and via this link.

Finally, a jury composed of renowned audiovisual professionals will select a winner in each subcategory – one in Greek and one in English – to receive a prize valued at €2,000 in cash.

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