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March 16 – 22, 10.00 – 20.00

The International Doc Market, introduced in 1999, will be held in the Byzantium Hall on the 1st floor of the Electra Palace Hotel at Aristotelous Square, next to the Festival headquarters, providing a substantial space to its participants. It will be outfitted with 30 digital booths for private viewing. The Market caters to television networks from European countries and a wide range of professionals from various parts of the world. Approximately 500 films will be available in this year’s Doc Market, including the majority of the films that are screened as part of the 16th TDF official program. Approximately 60 buyers from Europe, the USA and Canada will be attending.

Friday, March 21, 10.30-13.30,
Pavlos Zannas Theatre 

For the third time, The Doc Market will present a Docs in Progress section. Nine projects from the Balkans and the Mediterranean region will participate in closed sessions with Thessaloniki’s invited industry professionals, sales agents, distributors, producers and festival representatives. The participants will present and screen 5-8 minutes from their projects, aiming towards securing coproduction deals, funds for project completion, as well as deals for presales and distribution. For the second year Authorwave Post-Production House offers an award of up to 15,000 euros in in-kind services. The projects are:

1. Beloved Days,Director: Constantinos Patsalides (Cyprus)

2. Blend, Director: Rachel Rusinek (Israel)

3. Docville, Directors: Katerina Patroni, Kalliopi Legaki, Elias Demetriou, Angelos Kovotsos, Natassa Xidi, Stavros Psilakis, Marco Gastine (Greece)

4. Eni Got Her Gun, Director:Polly Vlachou (Greece)

5. The Invisible Hands, Directors: Marina Gioti, Georges Salameh (Greece/Italy)

6. Istanbul United, Director: Olli Waldhauer, Farid Eslam (Germany) Out of Competition

7. Revelation Point, Directors: Boris Missirkov, Georgi Bogdanov (Bulgaria)

8. Sad People Factory, Director: Michèle Dominici (France)

9. War & Peace in the Balkans, Director: Andreas Apostolidis (Greece)

March 19 – 23

The Docs in Thessaloniki, has been running since 2001, in collaboration with the European Documentary Network (a member-based organisation for professionals working with documentary feature projects) and with the support of the EU MEDIA Program. It gives documentary professionals the opportunity to have their projects pitched to a panel of international financiers, commissioning editors and representatives of the international audiovisual media. The first three days focus on project development and polishing, under the guidance of the following industry professionals: Audrius Stonys, film director, Lithuania, Emma Davie, film director, UK, Philippe van Meerbeeck, strategic advisor, Belgium, Rea Apostolides, producer, Greece, Gitte Hansen Schnyder, sales agent, Switzerland, Stefan Kloos, producer and sales agent, Germany, Jesper Osmund, editor and pitch pilot expert, Denmark. The last two days are reserved for pitching.

March 21, 2014 at 11:15 – 13:00 
John Cassavetes Theatre

“Distributing an auteur documentary, a case study on I Am Breathing by Ben Kempas
Ben Kempas, Producer of Marketing and Distribution at Scottish Documentary Institute, has been in charge of distributing and promoting the acclaimed documentary I Am Breathing by Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon. Kempas will share behind-the-scenes information, as well as strategies and tools for launching a documentary to a wide audience, mentioning a process that centred on a Global Screening Day, which was a big experiment in collaborative distribution that led to more than 300 events in over 40 countries.

March 19 – 21, 17.30-18.00, Excelsior room at the Electra Palace ground floor 

The Doc Market organizes half-hour talks by professionals from different areas/professions in the documentary world. The talks will take place in an informal environment and the speakers will share valuable advice and observations drawn from their extensive experience in the industry. This year’s speakers are:

EDN presentation by Ove Rishøj Jensen
OTE TV presentation by Alexandros Christoyiannis
Al Jazeera presentation by Flora Gregory

In addition to the talks, the Doc Market organizes a Happy Hour every day from 18.00 to 19.00 (March 17-21) in the same space, to provide festival guests with further opportunity to meet each other.




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