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Thessaloniki Documentary Festival announces its Agora Docs in Progress and Agora Lab titles


- The 11 participating projects from Southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean region will be in with a chance of winning one of the Agora Docs in Progress post-production awards

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival announces its Agora Docs in Progress and Agora Lab titles
Director Caroline von der Tann, who is taking part in Agora Docs in Progress with The Gospel According to Ciretta

Eleven film projects that are currently in post-production, and which hail from Southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean region, will be featured in the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival’s Agora Docs in Progress. This year’s iteration will unspool on Monday 6 March, and the projects will be seen by Thessaloniki’s invited industry professionals, encompassing sales agents, distributors, producers and festival programmers, attending both on site and online.

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The Docs in Progress international jury consists of sales agent Maëlle Guenegues (CAT&Docs); Laurien ten Houten, industry relations and talks manager at IDFA; and Greek distributor Ilias Georgiopoulos (Danaos Cinema and Danaos Films). The participating projects will be in with a chance of winning one of the Agora Docs in Progress post-production awards: the 2|35 post-production company offers the main DiP Award for post-production services, MuSou offers a prize for music and sound services, and the Greek Film Centre provides an award of €3,000 in cash for a Greek project or a Greek co-production, while Neaniko Plano will present a prize for subtitling in English or French. The Onassis Film Award, valued at €5,000, will go to one of the Greek projects taking part in the Thessaloniki Pitching Forum or Agora Docs in Progress.

The selected works in progress are as follows:

Death Plan For a Dog and a Man - Christos Karakepelis (Greece)
Producer: Maria Drandaki (Homemade Films)

Forbidden - Anelise Salan (Romania)
Producers: Anelise Salan (The L Studio Film), Bogdan Craciun (Andarams Films)

The Gospel According to Ciretta - Caroline von der Tann (Italy)
Producer: Antonella Di Nocera (Parallelo 41 Produzioni)

Hanging Without Walls - Jana Durajova, Lena Kusnierikova (Slovakia)
Producers: Zuzana Mistrikova, Lubica Orechovska (PubRes), Arkaitz Basterra (PubRes International)

Landing - Ksenia Ciuvaseva (Germany/Moldova/Spain)
Producer: Natalia Imaz (parabellum film)
Co-producers: Maxim Cîrlan (MOLDOX AO), Mihajlo Jevtić (Film the World)

Post Love - Alexis Taillant (France)
Producer: Nadège Labé (Wendigo Films)

Sacred Way ~ 21KM - Nikoleta Paraschi (Greece)
Producer: Maria Karagiannaki (Chase The Cut)
Co-producer: Nikoleta Paraschi

Savanna and the Mountain - Paulo Carneiro (Portugal/Uruguay)
Producer: Paulo Carneiro (BAM BAM CINEMA)
Co-producer: Alex Piperno (La Pobladora Cine)

Stories of a Lie - Olia Veriopoulou (France/Greece)
Producer: Gaëlle Jones (Perspective Films)

Suspended - Myriam El Hajj (Lebanon/France/Qatar)
Producer: Myriam Sassine (Abbout Productions)
Co-producer: Carine Ruszniewski (Gogogo Films)

Tell Them About Us - Rand Beiruty (Germany/Jordan)
Producer: Jude Kawwa (Shaghab Films)
Co-producer: Alex Tondowski (Tondowski Films)

Furthermore, six Greek projects that are currently at the post-production stage will participate in the Agora Lab, a complementary section to Docs in Progress that aims to support the local film industry. The teams behind the selected movies have the chance to gain guidance and advice from the tutors: Konstantinos Aivaliotis, co-founder and artistic director/programme coordinator of the Ethnofest - Athens Ethnographic Film Festival; Selin Murat, markets manager at IDFA; producer Ieva Ūbele (Baltic Balkan Productions); and Bonnie Williams, pitch and public speaking consultant at Speaking With Impact. The tutors will present one project with the Guidance Award, offered by Denmark’s Paradiddle Pictures.

Here is the full line-up of the Agora Lab projects:

Asphalt - Eleftherios Panagiotou (France)
Producer: Sébastien Téot (Cellulo Prod)

Cum as You Are - Martina Almpakri (Greece)
Producer: Polymnia Papadopoulou Sardeli (Kalibu Productions)

In the Shadow of Lazika - Nikos Kostopoulos (Greece/Georgina)
Producer: Vicky Zioga (PHĒNO)

Katerina - Alkisti Efthymiou (Greece)
Producer: Mina Dreki (Marni Films)

Pave Paradise - Alcaeus Spyrou (Greece)
Producer: Alcaeus Spyrou

Return to Homeland - Akis Kersanidis, Chryssa Tzelepi (Greece)
Producers: Akis Kersanidis, Chryssa Tzelepi (AnemiCinema)

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