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Artistic Director: Marie-Pierre Macia 
Coordination: Fenia Cossovitsa, Angeliki Vergou
Consultant: Lucas Rosant

5th Crossroads Co-Production Forum

November 16-18 2009

Crossroads is a Co-Production Forum, launched in 2005 by the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. The goal of Crossroads is to support the producers of fiction films that contain a link to the Mediterranean and Balkan regions by introducing them to a network of financiers, co-producers and leading industry specialists from all over the world. The program is varied and provides the opportunity to meet, formally and informally, distributors, broadcasters, sales agents and consultants who can offer confidential advice on everything – from legal matters to strategies for raising money.

This year, Crossroads is very proud to announce the establishment of a new collaboration with Producers’ Network in Cannes. The producer of the winning project of Crossroads 2009, will be awarded with a free accreditation to Producers’ Network at the Cannes Film Festival 2010. Crossroads also has established collaboration with the Mediterranean Film Institute (MFI) and its advanced script and project development program MFI SCRIPT 2 FILM WORKSHOPS. The program is a specialized training initiative operating with the support of the MEDIA Programme of the EU. Every year a project developed through MFI SCRIPT 2 FILM WORKSHOPS will be automatically selected to participate in Crossroads and be presented to its panel of experts, whereas the MFI will be giving a scholarship to a Crossroads film project to participate and be developed in its Workshops.

17 projects have been selected this year, based on the quality of the script, the creative team and the likelihood of being produced. All the selected projects are either produced or co-produced by a country in the Balkan or Mediterranean area, or are projects that contain story elements linked to these regions. The Crossroads Award of 10.000 € will be given to one of the selected projects.

This year’s projects are the following:

Adalabert’s Dream, Director: Gabriel Achim, Producers: Gabriel Achim & Tudor Giurgiu, Green Film & Libra Film, Romania
Any Given Night the Sun Could Shine, Director: Alicia Billon, Producer: Marieke van den Bersselaar, Benece Produccions, Spain
DamaScenes, Directors / Producers: Rana Kazkaz & Anas Khalaf, Les Films de Zayna, Syria / France
The Debt, Director: Takis Dimitrakopoulos, Producer: George Kalomenopoulos, 2K Films, Greece
Everybody in Our Family, Director: Radu Jude, Producer: Ada Solomon, Hi Film Productions, Romania
Fish n’ Chips, Director: Elias Demetriou, Producer: Stavros Papageorghiou, Tetraktys Films, Cyprus
The Future Lasts Forever, Director: Ozcan Alper, Producer: Ersin Celik, Nar Films, Turkey
The Judgement, Director / Producer: Stefan Komandarev, Argo Film, Bulgaria
Manshad: Avi Mussel, Producer: Oriana Ghivoly – Genigar, Oriana Productions LTD, Israel
Odyssey of a Vagabond Princess, Director: Altinai Petrovitch Njegosh, Producer: Janja Kralj, Shilo Films, France
Off –White Lies, Director: Maya Kening, Producers: Yoav Roeh, Aurit Zamir, Gum Films, Israel
Pasqua, Director: Ivan Marinovic, Producer: Branislav Sdric, A Atalanta, Slovenia
Taraj’o, Director/ Producer: Hazim Bitar, Tashkeel AFC Productions, Jordan
Shadows & Faces, Director/ Producer: Dervi? Zaim, Marathon Films, Turkey
The Story of the Green Line, Director/ Producer: Panicos Chrysanthou, Artimages Ltd, Cyprus
Two Sides of the Ramparts, Director: Kazim Oz, Producer: Suncem Koser, Mesopotamia Cinema & Yapim 13, Turkey
A Very Unsettled Summer, Director: Anca Damian, Producer: Grant Keir, aparte film, Romania

In previous years Crossroads awards went to Yesim Ustaoglu’s Pandora’s Box (Golden and Silver Shell for Best Film and Best Actress, San Sebastian IFF 2008) and to Nadav Lapid’s Le Policier, which was later on presented at l’Atelier du Cinema in Cannes IFF 2008 and New Cinema Network at Rome IFF 2008 and is currently under production. Last year’s winners Iglika Triffonova’s False Witness and Yannis Sakaridis’ America Square are planning to start shooting in 2010.

This year’s Thessaloniki International Film Festival is hosting 2 Crossroads films: Ajami (Israel, participated in 2005) is participating in the International Competition section and Kino Caravan (Romania, participated in 2007) is selected for the Balkan Survey section.


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