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Thessaloniki’s Agora Crossroads Co-Production Forum goes digital

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- The 16th edition of Agora’s co-production section has selected 17 projects from South-Eastern Europe that are aiming to develop further and expand their international scope

Thessaloniki’s Agora Crossroads Co-Production Forum goes digital
Vacuum by Yelizaveta Smith

Temporarily vacating its usual location at Warehouse C, Thessaloniki’s Agora Crossroads Co-Production Forum is moving its 16th edition online, where it will run from 10-13 November. This year, the selection includes 17 projects and their attached directors and producers, two of which have been selected as part of Crossroads’ partnerships with Sofia Meetings and the MFI Script2Film Workshop.

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Furthermore, the COCO&CROSS project is being introduced, a collaboration between connecting cottbus (coco), of the Film Festival Cottbus, and Crossroads, as both events – which run close to one another and focus on similar territories – have decided to present Vacuum by award-winning director Yelizaveta Smith, who received the coco Award for a project in development at KVIFF Eastern Promises. Vacuum has also been selected by the Crossroads Co-Production Forum through its partnership with the MIDPOINT Institute.

The Crossroads awards are provided by Greek post-production house Two Thirty Five, the CNC, ARTE Kino, the Cannes Marché du Film’s Producers Network, Sofia Meetings, the MFI, EAVE, Asterisk*, Initiative Film and CINEMED.

The selected projects are as follows:

20,000 Species of Bees - Estibaliz Urresola (Spain)
Producer: Lara Izagirre (Gariza Films)

Anna! - Marco Amenta (Italy/France)
Producer: Simonetta Amenta (Eurofilm)
Co-producer: Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre (MACT Productions)

As God Wills - Mari Gulbiani (Georgia)
Producer: Kate Kalandarishvili (Midifilm)

Birthday - Lara Zeidan (Lebanon/France) – in collaboration with the MFI
Producers: Séverine Tibi, Anaïs Calmels (Sevana Films)

Hello - Stephan Komandarev (Bulgaria/France/Germany) – in collaboration with Sofia Meetings
Producers: Stephan Komandarev, Katya Trichkova (Argo Film)
Co-producers: Eike Goreczka (42film), Elie Meirovitz (EZ Films)

I’m Here, I’m Fine - Emine Emel Balcı (Turkey)
Producer: Dilek Aydın (Heimatlos Films)

Kriegsaugsgabe - Tarık Aktaş (Turkey)
Producer: Güneş Şekeroğlu (Hay Film)

Kyuka – Journeying to the Moon Through the Endless Sea - Kostis Charamountanis (Greece)
Producer: Danae Spathara (Heretic)

Medium - Christina Ioakeimidi (Greece)
Producer: Louizos Aslanidis (EKSO Productions)

Nala and Stella - Tonia Mishiali (Cyprus/Poland)
Producers: Tonia Mishiali, Stelana Kliris (Bark Like A Cat Films)
Co-producer: Anna Różalska (Match&Spark)

Once Upon a Time in Tripoli - Abdullah Al-Ghaly (Libya/Egypt)
Producer: Miftah Saeid (Cyrene Productions/Hassala Films)

Patty Is Such a Girly Name - Giorgos Georgopoulos (Greece)
Producers: Christos V Konstantakopoulos, Fani Skartouli (Faliro House Productions), Fenia Cossovitsa (Blonde Audiovisual Productions)

Retiro - Elina Fessa (Greece)
Producer: Vasilis Chrysanthopoulos (PLAYS2PLACE)

The Summer with Carmen - Zacharias Mavroeidis (Greece)
Producers: Panos Papahadzis, Dimitris Tsakaleas (associate producer) (Argonauts Productions)

Takotsubo - Miki Polonski (Israel/France)
Producer: Shira Hochman (MINA Films)
Co-producer: Janja Kralj (Kinoelektron)

They Come Out of Margo - Alexandros Voulgaris (Greece)
Producer: Eleni Bertes (LOGLINE)

Vacuum - Yelizaveta Smith (Ukraine) – in collaboration with the MIDPOINT Institute
Producer: Aleksandra Kostina (Bosonfilm)

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