TESTIMONY OF THE WEEK
When Isabelle Fauvel awarded a script consultancy for my project “Fantasia” at the 2016 Thessaloniki IFF’s Crossroads Co-production Forum, I had no idea how helpful that would be for the project. Isabelle x-rayed the script, came up with some outstanding suggestions, she literally pulled the focus on things and helped me answer cardinal questions about the story and the characters. So, I’m very grateful for your help Isabelle and I look forward to asking for your mentoring again. Alexis Kardaras, film director - writer, Greece
Bound to the event from the very beginning, we are very happy to announce this year's Shoot the Book ! pitching, which will feature 2 German novels for the first time along with French ones.
So save the date for May 23rd in Cannes !
In 2010, the greek film industry was already showing signs of an exceptionally exciting revival but seriously damaged by the crisis.
In 2011, a rapid dialog with Marie-Pierre Macia, Angeliki Vergou and the Agora team of the Thessaloniki festival, led us to create the Initiative Film Prize, distributed to one of the projects presented during Crossroads, of a value of 3000 euros.
This prize includes 9 months of professional follow-up on the development of the chosen project, both on the script and on the development strategy and its networking. We have by three times rewarded a 2nd prize, equivalent to a global consultation on the project, without a follow-up.
In 6 years, we have rewarded 8 projects (including 2016), of whom 2 of them have been shot (Park and Cosmic Candy), 1 of them is being shot (Virus), and another in production (Tailor)
We have the intention of making this partnership productive with Crossroads and the greek cinema in general !