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Greek productions at idfa (Amsterdam)

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the greatest European documentary festival,idfa, is taking place until November 25 2012 in Amsterdam.
Follow the proceedings at idfa's well-laid-out website.
To premiere and compete in Amsterdam is Dimitris Athiridis' film One step ahead on Yannis Boutaris, mayor of Thessaloniki. In Greece, the film will be screened in the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival in March. It will also be aired during the ARTE special day-long feature on Greece, in May 2013.
Also participating in the EBU pitching: Agora (Εxandas), The New Plastic Road (Myrto Papadopoulos and Angelos Tsaoussis) and Little Land (Nikos Dayandas, Anemon Productions-Rea Apostolides). Based on my idea and research, Little Land is taking place on the island of Icaria. It will be aired as part of the day-long television tribute to Greece by ARTE in May 2013. Also in idfa's main pitch on Monday November 19 2012 in Amsterdam, the Greek-produced and -directed documentary Kismet (Nina-Maria Paschalidou, Anemon Productions-Rea Apostolides) on Turkish TV soap-operas.,d.d2k

Meet the Fokkens!

Meet the Fokkens (Ouwehoeren), from the Netherlands!

Listen to director Rob Schröder's interview by Dimitra Kouzi at Prix Europa 2012 (2 parts)

«WHY POVERTY? – ΦΤΩΧΕΙΑ ΓΙΑΤΙ;» σε Avant Premiere 12 Νοεμβρίου 2012

ΔΕΥΤΕΡΑ 12 ΝΟΕΜΒΡΙΟΥ, ΑΠΟ ΤΙΣ 18.00 έως τις 22.00


Η ΕΡΤ παρουσιάζει, σε avant première, τέσσερα ντοκιμαντέρ του τμήματος  Διεθνών Συμπαραγωγών της ΕΡΤ, στο πλαίσιο της διεθνούς πρωτοβουλίας «WHY POVERTY? - ΦΤΩΧΕΙΑ ΓΙΑΤΙ;».

Τα ντοκιμαντέρ που θα προβληθούν είναι :

EDUCATION, EDUCATION, σε σκηνοθεσία Weijun Chen

WELLCOME TO THE WORLD,  σε σκηνοθεσία Brian Hill


σε σκηνοθεσία Ben Lewis

SOLAR MAMAS, σε σκηνοθεσία Mona Eldaifef και Jehane Noujaim

Ποιό από όλα τα ντοκιμαντέρ σας ενδιαφέρει περισσότερο;

Στο πλαίσιο αυτής της βραδιάς θα παρουσιαστεί το 25ο Φεστιβάλ Ντοκιμαντέρ «Κινηματογράφος & Πραγματικότητα» που διοργανώνεταιαπό με την υποστήριξη του Γαλλικού Ινστιτούτου της Ελλάδος και του Ινστιτούτου Goethe.

Xορηγός επικοινωνίας είναι η ΕΡΤ.

Η είσοδος για το κοινό θα είναι ελεύθερη


The winners at DOK Leipzig 2012

The winners at DOK Leipzig 2012 are out! Read all about it.

From the German films I saw at the Leipzig screenings I really liked two:
The Last Catch, by Markus CM Schmidt, about the European bluefin tuna - overfishing in the Mediterranean Sea and the situation of the fishermen, who are also facing extinction. After watching this film I think twice about sushi... 

The other film I liked is The Venice Syndrome by Andreas Pichler. It's a feature-length documentary about the consequences of mass tourism in Venice and the remains of urban life in this lovely city. The film argues that in 2030 there will be none of the 58,000 inhabitants living in Venice today. An elegy to the last Venetians and a thriller about the consequences of tourism. And a universal story: quite a few fantastic places around the world are faced with the same issues.  Watch the official trailer.

Silver Eye Winners 2012

Year after year Jihlava IDFF closing ceremony have featured Institute of Documentary Film’s announcement of Silver Eye awardees. The holders of the awards are three documentaries from East Silver Market, selected in three individual categories. This year’s Silver Eye winners are: Cut-Paste (dir. Rafal Samusik, Poland, 2012) in Best short documentary category, We Will Be Happy One Day (dir. Pawel Wysoczański, Poland, 2012) in Best mid-length documentary category, Sofia’s Last Ambulance (dir. Ilian Metev, Bulgaria, Croatia, 2012) in Best feature-length category.

Jaro Vojtek was honored with Special mention for his energy-packed Slovakian documentary Gypsy Vote that premiered in Jihlava.

All the Silver Eye winners receive the trophy as well as 1500 EUR prize money. On top of that, the awarded films are about to enjoy the year-long distribution support within East Silver Caravan festival service, shipping them to more than 80 international film festivals.

Silver Eye 2012 winners:
Short documentary:
Cut-Paste | 2012 | Rafal Samusik | Poland

Mid-length documentary:
We Will Be Happy One Day | 2011 | Pawel Wysoczański | Poland

Feature documentary:
Sofia's Last Ambulance | 2012 | Metev, Ilian | Bulgaria, Croatia

Special Mention:
The Gypsy Vote | 2012 | Jaro Vojtek | Slovakia

Film proffesionals in Silver Eye jury:

Short documentary:

Thierry Detaille - Ventes - CBA/ Wip (Belgium)
Jukka-Pekka Laakso - Tampere Film Festival (Fiinland)
Georgy Molodtsov - Studio Ostrov, TV-Kultura (Russia)

Mid-length documentary:

Terry Stevens – Dogwoof (United Kingdom)
Laurien ten Houten – IDFA (Netherlands)
Anna-Lena Byström – SVT (Sweden)

Feature documentary:

Ina Rossow - Deckert Distribution (Germany)
Rada Sesić – Sarajevo FF, IFF Rotterdam (Netherlands)
Francis Kandel – CANALPLUS (France)

The winner of Prix Europa 2012

And the winner of Prix Europa in the category TV Documentary is.... Meet the Fokkens (Ouwehoeren), from the Netherlands!

Directors: Rob Schröder &Amp; Gabrielle Provaas
Cinematography: Wiro Felix &Amp; Rob Schröder
Sound: Carla Van Der Meijs
Editor: Sander Vos Nce
Music: Danny Malando
Sound Mix: Hugo Dijkstal
Production Manager: Lieke Van Den Ouwelant
Line Producer: Fabie Hulsebos
Commissioning Editor Vpro: Barbara Truyen
Producers: Femke Wolting &Amp; Bruno Felix
Sales Agent: Autlook Filmsales

77 min, 2011, broadcasted at VPRO

CineDoc 24/10/2012 – Marathon Boy

Gemma Atwal / 90’ / 2011 / UK

A coach and a slum boy united by a dream, divided by the world.
The story of a four-year-old boy who is plucked from the slums of
India by his coach and trained to become India’s greatest runner.
But what starts as a real Slumdog Millionaire turns into the stuff
of film noir: a tale of greed, envy and broken dreams.

Wednesday 24/10/2012 at 20.00 - CineDoc, French Institute, Athens

Sponsored by Runner Magazine

“This Ain´t California”: the debate at Prix Europa 2012!

Prix Europa, October 20-27, 2012, Berlin

This Ain´t California, Germany, 96 min., 2011, was nominated for the TV Documentary category.

A few words about the film from the Prix Europa catalogue:

In 90 minutes, we see the GDR more sharply, more clearly: the skater subculture shows that not all was grey-on drab clouds of Trabant fumes. This film takes original clips of the "wheel-board rides" - straight out of East Germany in the 80s - and mixes it with animations and re-encounters with the protagonists today in a documentary narrative.
After the debate at Prix Europa 2012 about the film, the producer chose to withdraw the film from the competition.

This Ain't California has already following awards: 
Berlinale Interntational Film Festival – DIALOGUE EN PERSPECTIVE AWARD
Lighthouse International Film Festival - SPECIAL JURY PRIZE 2012
Festival’s Selection:
Karlovy Vary Film Festival – Documentary Competition
Latest news : THIS AIN’T CALIFORNIA is among the short listed German candidates for the 2013 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Also nominated at Prix Europa for the TV DOCUMENTARY awards 2012 were:

Danube Hospital, Austria, 75 Min.
Amateur Filmmaker, Belarus, 28 Min.
The Court, Belgium, 40 Min.
The War Reporter, Croatia, 60 Min.
A Split Second - 10 Stories From The Roads, Denmark, 56 Min.
Forever Yours, Finland, 77 Min.
Ballad For A Queen, France, 91 Min.
The Century Of Cartier-Bresson, France, 53 Min.
The Algerian War, The Fracture, France, 57 Min.
The Khmer Rouge And The Man Of Non - Violence, France, 87 Min.
This Man Is A Multi-Layered Cake, France, 57 Min.
Hitler´s Children, Germany, 78 Min.
Munich 1970- When The Terror Came To Us, Germany, 91 Min.
The Second Execution Of Romell Broom, Germany, 89 Min.
Meet The Fokkens, The Netherlands, 77 Min. (the winner of Prix europa 2012)
Stuff Everywhere, The Netherlands, 57 Min.
Back To The Square, Norway, 85 Min.
Doctors, Poland, 81 Min.
Vera Gran, Poland, 76 Min.
My Name Is Druillet, Spain, 67 Min.
He Thinks He´s The Best, Sweden, 76 Min.
Ahead To The Past, Switzerland, 52 Min.
Alex: A Life Fast Forward, United Kingdom, 58 min.

October, 22, 2012, Das Geld und die Griechen

A Korsakow-Show (an interactive audio-visual experience) is taking place on Monday the 22nd of October in Athens.The topic of the documentary project is the monetary crisis and its effects on the Greek people.Florian Thalhofer and Elissavet Aggou have travelled around Greece and conducted numerous interviews in order to produce a Korsakow-Film.

Goethe Institut Athen, 22 October 2012

Short video explaining the Korsakow-Show setup. This show took place in Munich Dec, 18, 2009 – "Freedom and Money" with Georg Zoche and Prof. Michael Hüther. "Hilfe, Freiheit!" (Help, Freedom!) was the title of a series of 14 talk-events at Kammerspiele, Munich 2008-2010. Florian Thalhofer and Tobias Hülswitt collaborated in this project with Björn Bicker. The format of the Korsakow-Show was developed by Florian Thalhofer, the inventor of the Korsakow-System.

CineDoc Documentary Festival: 2012-13

September 2012 – April 2013, French Institute, Athens

Parallel Screenings in Athens, Thessaloniki, Chania, Patras, Nicosia

CineDoc CineDoc is an innovative media initiative that screens international award-winning documentaries. It has been organized since 2009 by Rea Apostolides, Avra Georgiou and Dimitra Kouzi, in cooperation with the French Institute at Athens and Anemon Productions, and is supported  by the Goethe Institute at Athens, the British Council at Athens, the Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish Embassies in Greece, the Norwegian Institut at Athens and Filmstransit International.CineDoc collaborates with Danaos Cinema (Athens) Pavlos Zannas Cinema and the Thessaloniki Cinema Museum (Thessaloniki), Cine-Μathimata (Chania), Gymnos Ofthalmos, Lithografeio Theatre (Patras) and Brave New Culture (Nicosia), where the CineDoc programme is screened in parallel. The screenings are accompanied by special events aimed at inspiring community action and bringing together documentary professionals.

Organization – Programme Selection: Rea Apostolides, Avra Georgiou, Dimitra Κouzi
Production – Coordination: Electra Peppa
Communication: Dimitra Kouzi
Social Media: Irini Panagopoulou
Text Translation – Editing: Dimitris Saltabassis
Catalogue Graphic Design:  Penny Zevoli
Parallel screenings in collaboration with:  Ilias Georgiopoulos (Danaos Cinemas), Notis Forsos (Pavlos Zannas Cinema and Thessaloniki Cinema Museum), Yiangos Hadjiyiannis  (Brave New World), Matthaios Frantzeskakis (Cine-Mathimata), Nikolaos Kavvadias and Elena Alexandraki (Gymnos Ofthalmos, Lithografeion Theatre)

 The 2012-13 programme in detail:cinedoc 12_13-1