Four Corners – Salonica Studio 19th-23rd of November
Head of Studies: Renate Roginas - Expert in international co-production and audiovisual training. Former General Secretary of Eurimages, the Council of Europe’s Co-production Fund. Co-founder of Villa Kult, a Berlin based society for arts and culture.
Coordinator: Themis Veleni - Coordinator of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival’s Education and Training Programs
Consultant: Arian Kotsi - Former Head of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival’s Education and Training Programs
The 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival continues this year’s edition of the Salonica Studio educational initiative for university students specializing in writing and film directing/production, which was inaugurated in 2006. In 2008, Salonica Studio is part of the “4 Corners” new initial training scheme, supported by the MEDIA Program of the European Community. It brings together students and graduates from around Europe and helps them to develop, to finance and to produce first feature films that will thrive and prosper in the European and international market place. Twelve project teams attend seminars on international funding and sales, special screenings and many of the festival’s developmental activities related to their career objectives.
The FilmDepartment of the School of Fine Arts of Thessaloniki’s Aristotle University participates in this initiative in a number of ways: 3 selected groups of students in writing, directing and film production take part in the “4 Corners” training scheme workshops through the year, the university’s students are welcome to attend Salonica Studio’s 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 and “4 Corners” have added a 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 tree years through the expansion of Masterclasses and Open Discussions.
This year’s tutors are: Svend Abrahamsen (former Managing Director of NFTF and Professor at the Danish Film School, Denmark), Hans Christoph Schoendienst (former CEO of the Hamburg Studios and CEO of Allianz Filmproduktion, Germany), George Lykiardopoulos (CEO of Highway Productions, Greece), Gerhard vonHalem (Film&TV Colsultant, Producer). Twenty-eight students from six film schools in different countries have been officially invited to participate this year.
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