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Thessaloniki Documentary Festival’s Pitching Forum unveils its selection


- The co-production and co-financing platform of the festival has selected 14 projects from Southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean Basin

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival’s Pitching Forum unveils its selection
Director Ana Otasević, who is taking part with Beyond the Border

The Thessaloniki Pitching Forum is the co-production and co-financing platform of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (TiDF), offering participants the opportunity to pitch their project, receive useful comments and tips, as well as polish their material during a two-day, online workshop, where they will prepare for pitching with the help of documentary professionals. This year, the selection includes 14 projects and their attached directors and producers, who will have the chance to hone their new works. The teams will also prepare for the Pitching Forum, which will take place on 6 March and will be followed by individual meetings with professionals.

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The international jury of the Thessaloniki Pitching Forum comprises consultant and producer Eleni Chandrinou (Cigale Films, Belgium), sales and acquisitions executive Nevena Milašinović (Lightdox, Switzerland) and Sara Rüster, international distribution manager at the Swedish Film Institute. The participants are aiming to win the Thessaloniki Pitching Forum Award, valued at €2,000; the ERT – Thessaloniki Pitching Forum Award for a Greek project; the Mediterranean Film Institute Award (MFI Script2Film Workshop), which offers a DocLab scholarship as well as accommodation on the islands of Nisyros and Rhodes, where the MFI workshop takes place; the DAE – Documentary Association of Europe Award (consultation and free membership); the Aylon Productions Digital Services Award (digitisation by Aylon Productions); the Beldocs Award (accommodation and accreditation for the next Beldocs International Documentary Festival in May 2023); and the newly established DOK Leipzig Accelerator Award, which offers two DOK Leipzig Co-Pro Market accreditations and accommodation for the next edition in October 2023. Furthermore, the Onassis Foundation, in partnership with the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, will bestow the Onassis Cinema Award upon one of the Greek projects taking part in the 25th TiDF’s Agora.

The selected projects are as follows:

Beyond the Border - Ana Otasević (Serbia)
Producer: Ana Otasević (Dar Mar Films)

Dad’s Lullaby - Lesia Diak (Ukraine/Romania)
Producers: Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan, Elena Martin (FILMWAYS)

Far From Maine - Roy Cohen (Israel/France)
Producers: Roy Cohen (Roy Cohen Films), Serge Gordey (Temps Noir)

Holy Family - Sacha Biazzo (Italy) – docuseries
Producer: Francesco Piccinini (Deepinto Srl)

Holy Human Angel - Angeliki Aristomenopoulou (Greece/Iceland)
Producers: Yuri Averof, Rea Apostolides (Anemon Productions), Vicky Miha (Asterisk*), Heather Millard (Compass Films)

Ironman - Kiril Karakash, Svetislav Podleshanov (North Macedonia/Latvia/Albania)
Producers: Kiril Karakash, Svetislav Podleshanov (OPIUM Film), Ieva Ūbele (Baltic Balkan Productions), Eno Milkani (Bunker Film+)

Jana - Muhammad Reza Azadi (Pakistan/Italy)
Producers: Ali Haider (Filmkhaana), Maaria Sayed (Draw4Films)

The Man With the Broken Arm - Athanassios Vassiliou (France/Greece)
Producers: Orlane Dumas (Les films de l'Aube Sauvage), Konstantinos Vassilaros (StudioBauhaus)

Maomi – Larger Than Life - Judit Oláh (Hungary/Germany/Poland)
Producers: Inez Mátis (Pi Productions), Annika Mayer (Majmun Films), Anna Stylińska, Katarzyna Slesicka (My Way Studio)

The Native Dance - Alaa Dajani (Egypt/Germany)
Producers: Kesmat El Sayed, Laura Kloeckner (SEERA FILMS)

Our Feminine Wars - Zaina Erhaim (UK/Syria) - in collaboration with CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator
Producer: Brian Hill (Century Films)

Paradise Lost - Yolanda Markopoulou (Greece) - VR Interactive Documentary
Producer: Yolanda Markopoulou (Polyplanity Productions)

Queens of Joy - Olga Gibelinda (Ukraine/Poland)
Producers: Ivanna Khitsinska (Quatros Group), Gogol Production

Three Times a Rebel - Anna M Bofarull (Spain/Slovenia)
Producers: Anna M Bofarull (KABOGA Art and Films), Rok Biček (Cvinger Film)

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