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Salonica Studio

Head of Studies: Renate Roginas - expert in training and education and former General Secretary
of Eurimages, the Council of Europe’s Co-production Fund
Head Coordinator: Arian Kotsi - Ηead of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival’s Education and Training Programs

The 48th Thessaloniki International Film Festival continues this year’s edition of the Salonica Studio educational initiative for university students specializing in film directing/production, which was inaugurated last year. This workshop falls within the scope of activities of the Industry Centre. It provides hands-on practical training for film students from the Mediterranean, the Balkans and Europe, through tutorials on film projects submitted by the students, which also teach pitching techniques.The students attend seminars on international funding and sales, special screenings and many of the festival’s developmental activities related to their career objectives.

The Film Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki’s School of Fine Arts participates in this initiative in a number of ways: a selected group of film production students will take part in the workshop, the university’s students are welcome to attend its open sessions and, finally, the Greek students will act as hosts/liaisons between their foreign colleagues and the Festival, as well as the city of Thessaloniki. Salonica Studio has added European and Mediterranean dimension to the Festival’s training and educational framework, while at the same time it has reinforced the creative two–way relationship between the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and the Film Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, which has been developing during the last two years through the expansion of Masterclasses and Open Discussions.

This year’s tutors are: Svend Abrahamsen (former Managing Director of NFTF and script consultant, Denmark), Hans Christoph Schondienst (former CEO of the Studios Hamburg and CEO of Allianz Filmproduktion, Germany), George Lykiardopoulos (CEO of Highway Productions, Greece), and Marta Grau (coordinator of content development for the Centre for Audiovisual Development - CDA, Spain).Twenty-two students from eight different film schools, each from a different country, have been officially invited to participate this year.