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Agora Newsletter

Thessaloniki IFF - AGORA Awards 2016 (11/12/2016)

THESSALONIKI AGORA INDUSTRY AWARDS 2016
Crossroads Co-production Forum and Agora Works in Progress
AGORA, the industry activity of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival headed by Yianna Sarri, is pleased to announce its awards.
 
The awards of the Crossroads Co-production Forum under the artistic supervision of Marie-Pierre Macia are:
 
I. The jury of the 12th Crossroads Co-production Forum, consisted of Maria Drandaki, (producer, Homemade Films, Greece), Raimond Goeble (producer, Pandora Productions, Germany), and Didar Domehri, (producer, Maneki Films/Full House, Belgium) grants the Two Thirty Five co-production award (full post production image and sound) to the film project:
 
NOAH TREE, Directed/Produced by: Cenk Erturk, Hayali Ihracat Film, Turkey.
 
“Noah Tree by Cenk Erturk, the most promising project of the Crossroads Co-production Forum, explores the current sociopolitical and religious transition in Turkey through a harsh but tender and poetic father and son relationship.”
 
The producer of the winning project will also be granted a free accreditation for the 
PRODUCER’S NETWORKCannes Film Festival 2017 session.

II. The jury also grants the French CNC (CENTRE NATIONAL DU CINEMA ET DE L’ IMAGE ANIMÉE) Development award of 10.000 euro to the film project:
 
BEHIND THE HAYSTACKS, Directed by: Asimina Proedrou, Produced by: Ioanna Bolomyti – Argonauts Productions, Anna Jancsó, Librecine Greece, Hungary.

This promising young director tries to understand how our modern societies are leading decent people to corruption, through the portrait of a fisherman struggling to survive in a complex immigration and border context.”
IΙΙThe MUSOU AWARD provides composition and production of an original film score, music supervision and licensing of commercial music for use in the film, as well as audio post production services.
 
The jury grants the award to the film project:
 
FANTASIA, Directed by: Alexis Kardaras, Produced by: Eleni Kossyfidou, Pan Entertainment, Greece.
Because music and sound are part of the DNA and the heart of the film.”
 
The jury also gives two special mentions to two young female directors exploring youth in two very different parts of the world, France and Turkey:

FIGURAS, Directed by: Azra Deniz Okyay, Produced by: Azra Deniz Okyay, Selin Karli, Figuras Production, Turkey.  “For reacting to the political and social oppression that is currently happening in Turkey.”
 
and
 
A KINGDOM (working title), Directed by: Emilie Aussel, Produced by: Thomas Ordonneau, Shellac Sud, France. “For her sensitive approach to loss and mourning during the transition to adulthood.”
 
ΙV. SCRIPT 2 FILM WORKSHOPS of the Mediterranean Film Institute (MFI) awards a full scholarship to the film project FIGURAS, Directed by: Azra Deniz Okyay, Produced by: Azra Deniz Okyay, Selin Karli – Figuras Production, Turkey
 
V. For the fifth year, the consulting company in audiovisual development Initiative Film represented by Isabelle Fauvel will offer its services to a Greek project. The selected project is:
 
BEHIND THE HAYSTACKS, Directed by: Asimina Proedrou, Produced by: Ioanna Bolomyti – Argonauts Productions, Anna Jancsó, Librecine Greece, Hungary.
 
In addition she will offer one consultancy session to the Greek project: FANTASIA, Directed by: Alexis Kardaras, Produced by: Eleni Kossyfidou, Pan Entertainment, Greece
 
VIThe AGORA WORKS IN PROGRESS jury consisted of Giorgio Gosetti (Artistic Director, Venice Days – Venice Film Festival, Italy), Rachel Schmid, (Eurimage Representative, Switzerland) Alexandros Christoyiannis, (Content Management & Deputy Director, OTE TV, Greece)
 
grants the GRAAL co-production award with in kind services in image post-production to the film:
 
CHARLTON HESTON, Directed by: Andrei Cretulescu, Produced by: Velvet Moraru – Icon Production, Rani Legrand, Rani Massalah – Les Films du Tambour, Andrei Cretulescu, Kinosseur,  RomaniaFrance
 
VII. ΕURIMAGES’ Lab Project Award at Agora Works in Progress is granted to an unconventional film. The award amounts up to €50,000 for a film project investing in new forms of cinematographic expression and actively participating in the renewal of European cinema.
 
The jury grants the award to:
 
THORN Directed by: Gabriel Tzafka, Produced by: Panayiotis Kakavias – Kakavias Film, Katerina Beligianni - Kabel, Michael Bille Frandsen, Theis Nørgaard - Nitrat Film, Greece, Denmark.

For the first time this year all Greek films participating in the 57TIFF will be available to professionals for one month after the end of the festival. Please visit festivalscope.com for more information.

For more information regarding the Agora Industry please contact agora@filmfestival.gr
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Thessaloniki International Film Festival, 10, Aristotelous Square 546 23 Thessaloniki
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