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Docs in Thessaloniki 2016

March 16 - 20, 2016. Thessaloniki, Greece.

Docs in Thessaloniki is your cost effective fast track to the European and international documentary market, and through the dedicated outreach program also an opportunity for you to find new ways of reaching your audiences. In Thessaloniki you will develop your project, network with colleagues and pitch to financiers in a relaxed and constructive atmosphere. Submission deadline for projects was January 15, 2016.

Docs in Thessaloniki consists of a five-day program, where 21 selected documentary projects will be developed, re-written and pitched to a panel of international financiers. For a selected group of top-projects the new outreach programme will offer you an opportunity to develop your outreach strategy, optimize distribution plans and enhance audience engagement. 

We expect to have 12-15 broadcasters, funders and sales agents present for Docs in Thessaloniki. So far we have the following panel participants confirmed: 

The first three days are focusing on development

The participating project teams are working on their project's structure, style and focus of the content as well as the presentation and pitching techniques. This is done by working in small groups under guidance from international experts and through highly informative seminar sessions. At the end of the workshop each project is re-written and presented to the participating financiers in a 2-page presentation.

The development workshop is lead by experienced international filmmakers and experts. The tutor team is:

Flora Gregory, Documentary Expert, UK
Gitte Hansen, Sales Agent, First Hand Films, Switzerland
Joelle Alexis, Editor, Israel
Brian Hill, Director, UK
Thierry Detaille, Sales Agent, Visible Film, Belgium
Hanna Heilborn, Director, Sweden
Ove Rishøj Jensen, Film & Media Consultant, EDN, Denmark

Docs in Thessaloniki concludes with two days of pitching

You will be pitching to 12-15 leading financiers

During the pitching sessions all participants pitch their projects to a panel of international financiers from leading broadcasters. Pitchers have seven minutes to present their projects. The visual material in form of a trailer or promo has to be included in these seven minutes. After the pitch the panel has seven minutes to give feedback.

The pitching session is followed by scheduled individual meetings between the pitching teams and the financiers. The meetings are for in-depth discussions about further development and possible future collaboration.

Projects selected for Docs in Thessaloniki 2016

The following projects have been selected to take part in Docs in Thessaloniki 2016: 

Athens Forward Director Elena Zervopoulou. Producer Dimitra Kouzi, Kouzi Productions, Greece.

Slow Director Leticia Agudo. Producer Paul McGrath, Whackala Ltd, Ireland

The Tap Tap - Afflicted by Music Director Radovan Síbrt. Producers Radovan Síbrt & Viktória Hozzová, Pink Productions, Czech Republic.

Fields of Hope Director Olivier Magis. Producer Hanne Phlypo, Clin d’œil films, Belgium

The Good Change Director Konrad Szołajski. Producer Małgorzata Prociak, ZK Studio Ltd., Poland

From Turkey with Love Director Basak Callioglu. Producers Basak Callioglu & Robb Leech, ARTvoltage & Vagabond films, UK.

Robotics for All Director and Producer Angelos Tsaousis, Filmografik Productions, Greece.

Sara Director Patricia Franquesa. Producers Patricia Franquesa & Laia Zanon, GADEA Productions, Spain.

The Code Director Carles Caparros i Obiols. Producer Alberto Pascual Rodríguez, Grupo Master Producciones, Spain

Sideline Director Joost Wynant. Producer Gert Van Berckelaer, Visual Antics, Belgium

Debut Director Anastasiya Miroshnichenko. Producer Volia Chajkouskaya, PervajaKinoVideo Kompania, Belarus.

The Blue Code of Silence Director Magnus Skatvold. Producer Håvard Gossé Bergseth, Spætt Film AS, Norway.

The New Odyssey Director Gabriel Babsi. Producer Paul Miller, Selfmade Films, The Netherlands

Unbinding Feet Director Laetitia Schoofs. Producer Jia Zhao, Silk Road Film Salon, The Netherlands.

Didi Punam Director Natasa Urban. Producer Ingvil Giske, Medieoperatørene, Norway

Defender of the Faith Director Christoph Röhl. Producer Katharina Bergfeld, Lichtblick Media GmbH, Germany

My Despised Communist Jew Dad - and Me Director Gábor Ferenczi. Producer Marcell Iványi, KraatsFilm Production, Hungary

An Unpaid Act Directors Nathalie Berger & David Leo Hyde, Switzerland

Burning Voices Director Pirjo Ojala. Producer Leo Naukkarinen, Ilokuva, Naukkarinen & Co, Finland

Ghetto Balboa Director Arpad Bogdan. Producer László Józsa, Speak Easy Project, Hungary

My Favorite War Director Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen. Producer Trond Jacobsen, Bivrostfilm, Norway



Download the Docs in Thessaloniki flyer


Outreach workshop

Top projects take part in the outreach workshop

In connection with the 2016 edition of Docs in Thessaloniki EDN is also launching an outreach workshop, which is tied to this pitching forum as well as Lisbon Docs. The new format will create a synergy between the two events, by selecting the top projects from each forum and bring them together in this post-event session taking place as an online workshop.

Focus for the session will be how the selected project teams can handle the increased need to combine new financing methods and alternative distribution methods with more traditional public funding sources. During the workshop the selected teams will strengthen the understanding of audience building and outreach for their projects in development. Through the online workshop the participants will:

  • ·    Learn about tools for audience engagement
  • ·    Sharpen their distribution strategy
  • ·    Get individual feedback from outreach experts
  • ·    Enhanced promotion and distribution possibilities.

The participants will benefit from these added values without adding extra travel costs and expenses for the production teams, as the seminar will take place online. The workshop is scheduled as a three-day event in December 2016.



Succesful projects

Projects previously pitched at Docs in Thessaloniki include:

Those who said NO Directed by Nima Sarvestani. Produced by Nimafilm in co-production with Filmproduktion, SVT, DR TV and ZDF in association with ARTE. Selected for IDFA Feature Length competition 2014. 

My Life My Lesson Directed by Åsa Ekman. Produced by Oscar Hedin, Film and Tell, Sweden. Selected for IDFA Mid Length competition 2014.

Two Raging Grannies Directed by Håvard Bustnes. Produced by Christian Falch & Håvard Bustnes, Faction Film, Norway. Co-produced by EiE Film, Italy & Fridthjof Film, Denmark.

Everyday Rebellion Directed by The Riahi Brothers. Produced by Golden Girls Filmproduktion & Filmservices GmbH, Austria & Mira Film GmbH, Switzerland. 

Gangster of Love Directed by Nebojsa Slijepcevic. Produced by Vanja Jambrovic, Restart, Croatia. Co-produced by Kloos & Co, Germany; Subcultura Films, Romania & ZDF/ARTE, Germany.


If you want to have an impression of previous editions of Docs in Thessaloniki we have gathered a selection of photos at our EDN Facebook Page here.

EDN Contact Person

Ove Rishøj Jensen

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Phone: +45 3313 1122


Docs in Thessaloniki is organized by EDN in collaboration with the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival-Images of the 21st Century.






Docs in Thessaloniki is supported by the EU program Creative Europe.