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Global Issues, Regional Perspectives Take Center Stage at Thessaloniki Doc Fest’s Pitching Forum

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Christopher Vourlias Stories of war and its devastating human toll, migration across borders, the struggle for human rights and the battle to save a rapidly warming planet are among the themes that take center stage on March 6 during the Thessaloniki Pitching Forum, the co-production and co-financing platform of the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival.

Fourteen projects representing filmmakers from 21 countries will be pitching before an audience of international industry guests including producers, broadcasters, funding bodies and festival programmers, as well as a jury comprised of Eleni Chandrinou, a consultant and producer from Cigale Films; Nevena Milašinović, a sales and acquisitions executive from Lightdox; and Sara Rüster, international distribution manager at the Swedish Film Institute.

Eleven more films that are nearing completion and looking for festival premieres and distribution will also be screened as part of the Agora Docs in Progress program.

Angeliki Vergou, who heads the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival’s Agora industry section, said the selection offers a range of timely topics that will resonate with audiences worldwide, but largely told from the distinctive perspective of filmmakers from Southeast Europe and the wider Mediterranean region. “It’s the point of view from our region that we are trying to support,” she said.

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