CULTURE

Thessaloniki’s March festival

A slew of documentaries are on their way to Greece as Thessaloniki gears up for this year’s Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century. The festival itself has been pushed back to March 15-21 because of the March 7 general elections. Running into its sixth year, the documentary festival, which is organized and compiled by Dimitris Eipides, has acquired a faithful, if still small, following, though its significance as a Balkan event has been boosted in recent years by the Doc Market. The Doc Market includes a wide variety of recently produced documentaries which represent new tendencies in this area of filmmaking and offers professionals involved in the programming and acquisitions sectors of the television and cinema industry an opportunity for trade-related activities in this part of the world. Last year it attracted 29 buyers and representatives from 23 television channels and festivals from around the globe. The five days scheduled for the Doc Market (March 15-21) will be devoted to intensive screenings, participation in festival activities and networking. Entries to the Doc Market are still open, but only for a limited period of time. They must have been produced within the past two years and the nominal participation fee is 40 euros (for up to six entries). Some of the other items of interest in this year’s Documentary Festival are a 10-film tribute to the award-winning Swedish director Stefan Jarl («We Are the Misfits,» «Terrorists: The Kids They Sentenced»), the annual Pitching Forum – in which blossoming filmmakers are guided on pitching techniques, a discussion on the problems and future of Greek documentary-making, and focuses on Serbia’s Goran Radovanovic and Greece’s low-budget documentary director Theodoros Kalesis. For applications to the Doc Market contact Myrto Rigopoulou, Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival, tel 210.870.6013, or e-mail: [email protected]