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Thessaloniki’s Doc Market ready to kick off an expanded edition


- The industry section of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival has unveiled all of its sections, which will aim to pique the interest of international and local professionals

Thessaloniki’s Doc Market ready to kick off an expanded edition
Director Andrei Dăscălescu, whose project Holy Father is participating in Docs in Thessaloniki

The 20th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival’s (2-11 March) parallel industry event, the International Doc Market, has announced the selection for its 19th edition. Running from 4-10 March at Thessaloniki’s Port Warehouse C, the Doc Market will welcome close to 80 buyers and 140 industry professionals, who will have the chance to attend a series of events and special sections that cover all aspects of production, focusing on South-Eastern Europe, the Balkans and the Mediterranean, while the video library will give them access to approximately 490 documentaries. The TDF’s Doc Market is supported by Creative Europe – MEDIA.

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Continuing its collaboration with the European Documentary Network (EDN), which started back in 2001, the Doc Market is hosting the 18th EDN Docs in Thessaloniki – Pitching Forum from 2-6 March. The forum, which is divided into two sessions, gives documentary professionals a chance to present their upcoming projects to a selected panel of international financiers, commissioning editors and representatives of various international audiovisual media. The first three days have been set aside for the training of the participants, who will pitch their projects on 5 and 6 March. After the end of the Pitching Forum, on 6 March, a dedicated panel on building an audience from an early stage will be led by Gruvi CEO Ben Johnson. The Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT SA) will also bestow the ERT Doc on Air Award to the best team at Docs in Thessaloniki.

Below are the 21 projects selected to take part in EDN Docs in Thessaloniki 2018:

A Violent PastAlex Tieleman, Marjolein van de Water
Producer: Alex Tieleman (Netherlands)

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Volkan Üce
Producer: Emmy Oost - Cassette for Timescapes (Belgium)

Antoine the FortunateNefin Dinç
Producer: Ömer Atay - Atlantik Film (Turkey)

Blazing the TrailAriadna Relea
Executive producers: Luis Collar, Senay Ozdemir, Nephilim Producciones/House of Red & White (Spain)

BottlemenNemanja Vojinović
Producer: Nemanja Vojinović - Rt dobre Nade (Serbia)

DebouttesMaxime Faure
Producer: Estelle Robin-You - Les Films du Balibari (France)

EyewitnessesDitteke Mensink, Dirk Boelhouwer
Producer: Martijn Winkler - VERTOV (Netherlands)

Franci Goes to HollywoodLoránd Balázs Imre
Producers: Laszlo Jozsa, Franciska Farkas, Loránd Balázs Imre - SpeakEasy Project (Hungary)

Holy Father [+see also:
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Andrei Dăscălescu
Producer: Anamaria Antoci - Tangaj Production & Filmlab (Romania)

Into the BankEva Hillström, Oscar Hedin
Producers: Oscar Hedin, Åse Fougner - Film and Tell (Sweden)

MELInna Sahakyan, Paul Cohen
Producer: Vardan Hovhanisyan - Bars Media (Armenia)

My Father's DaughterLea Podhradská
Producer: Balázs Lévai - Színfolt Film (Hungary)

People, Gods and Other CreaturesSveta Strelnikova
Producers: Frank Müller, Viktoria Lupik (Germany/Russia)

Princesse, HeritiereNevine Gerits
Producers: Bram Crols, Nina Landau - Associate Directors (Belgium)

Riders of DestinyMichael Niermann
Producer: Ansgar Pohle - 7T1 Media (Germany)

Salam’s OdysseyJonas Bruun
Producer: Malene Flindt Pedersen - Hansen & Pedersen Film and Television (Denmark)

Society Must Be DefendedAntonino D'Ambrosio
Producer: François Le Gall - a_BAHN (France)

The PipeMarko Kumer
Producers: Katja Lenarčič, Marko Kumer - EnaBanda (Slovenia)

The Unbearable Lightness of the Golden AgeAna Lungu
Producer: Anca Puiu - Mandragora (Romania)

The World According to AmazonJean-Baptiste Malet, Adrien Pinon
Producer: Valérie Montmartin - Little Big Story (France)

Women of the SunNuray Sahin
Producers: Alex Tondowski, Ira Tondowski - Tondowski Film (Germany)

The Doc Market’s Docs in Progress (7 March) will for the seventh consecutive year present a selection of ten documentary projects that are currently in post-production and will be screened to a limited number of invited industry professionals, sales agents, distributors, producers and festival representatives. Hailing from Central Europe, the Balkans and the Mediterranean region, the projects will be competing for the main €15,000 post-production award provided by 2|35 Inc Post-Production House. The winners will be selected by the international jury comprising Laia Aubia, DocsBarcelona distribution manager; Charlotte Madsen, buyer at Sweden’s pubcaster SVT; and Takis Veremis, distributor at StraDA Films.

Finally, the Moving Docs conference will be held for the first time during the TDF’s Doc Market, from 8-10 March. Combining live screenings and event cinema with innovative online distribution, Moving Docs gives film professionals the chance to cross borders and reach new audiences in over 20 territories. Moving Docs is an initiative managed by EDN and supported by Creative Europe.

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