The European Documentary Network (EDN) has finalized its selection of 21 documentary projects slated to participate in the Docs in Thessaloniki pitching forum, including Adrian Pîrvu‘s Our Special Birth Day (pictured), Tanya Doyle‘s The Ambush and Valentin Riedl’s Lost in Face.
The event, which consists of a five-day program running March 3 to 7 during the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, will allow directors to develop and reformat their projects, network and pitch their documentary to a panel of international financiers.
The line-up of financiers includes commissioners and experts from PBS documentary strand ‘POV’; Germany and France’s ARTE GEIE; Finland’s YLE; Netherlands-based IKONdocs; Greece’s ERT; Swedish pubcaster SVT; Belgian film sales house Visible Film; Russian channel Currenttime.TV; and Canadian international sales agent Films Transit.
Chosen from of nearly 100 projects, this year’s selection of documentaries will investigate the bankruptcy of the Lehman Brothers and the ensuing economic crisis; explore the first post-Chernobyl generation in Ukraine; and venture to the Mediterranean Sea to document the fight of activists to recover forgotten victims of the refugee crisis.
The 19th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival runs from March 3 to 12 in Thessaloniki, Greece. The following projects will be presented at this year’s Docs in Thessaloniki pitch forum:
Children of Mafia
D: Sophia Luvarà | P: Iris Lammertsma, Boudewijn Koole | Witfilm Netherlands
Farewell to Music
D/P: Cathal Ó Cuaig | Rúnda Productions
D: Balazs Simonyi | P: Balazs Simonyi, Laszlo Jozsa | Speak Easy Project
Here We Move, Here We Groove
D: Sergej Kreso | P: Harmen Jalvingh | KeyDocs
I’m Still Here
D: Petra Adick | P: Nima Sarvestani | NimaFilm AB
Inside Lehman Brothers
P: Jennifer Deschamps | KM France
D/P: Mikael Strandberg, Theo Maximillian Goble | Explorer Mikael Strandberg
Lost in Face
D: Valentin Riedl | P: Erik Winker | CORSO Film
Love Is Not an Orange
D: Otilia Babara | P: Hanne Phlypo | Clin d’oeil films
Magnitsky. Act II
D: Andrei Nekrasov | P: Torstein Grude | Piraya Film
Our Special Birthday
D: Adrian Pîrvu | P: Alexandru Solomon, Ada Solomon, Carla Fotea | Hi Film Productions
P: Jamie Bourque, Patti Olson | Square Pixel Inc.
D/P: Mina Keshavarz | MinDoc Film Productions
Speak So I Can See You
D/P: Marija Stojnić | BILBOKE
The Age of Water
D: Isabel Alcántara | P: Alex Tondowski | Tondowski Films
D: Tanya Doyle | P: Daniel Hegarty | Marmalade Films
The Miracle of Almería
D: Moon Blaisse, Thomas Bellinck | P: Emmy Oost | Cassette for timescapes
D: Madeleine Leroyer | P: Valérie Montmartin | Little Big Story
D: Ender Yeşildağ | P: Bingöl Elmas | ESR Productions
We Will Not Sell Our Future
D: Niki Velissaropoulou | P: Fanny Chrétien | La Boîte à Songes
When I Hear the Boats Whistle
D: Eden Shavit | P: Anastasiadis Alexis | Fabula Productions