Pro Tools
•Register a festival or a film
Submit film to festivals Promote for free or with Promo Packages

FILMFESTIVALS | 24/7 world wide coverage

Welcome !

Enjoy the best of both worlds: Portal for Film & Festival News, exploring the best of the festivals community.  

An adventure exploring, from dreams to reality, the emerging talents in our community.

Launched in 1995, relentlessly connecting films to festivals, reporting and promoting festivals worldwide.

A brand new website will soon be available. Covid-19 is not helping, stay safe meanwhile.

For collaboration, editorial contributions, or publicity, please send us an email here

User login


RSS Feeds 

Martin Scorsese Masterclass in Cannes



Presenting the website


'Shooting', 'Raw Material' at TDF

film still from RAW MATERIAL (Greece, 2011) 

13th TDF: Press conference (Shooting vs. shooting / Raw material) (3/19/2011)


Nikos Megrelis (Shooting vs. Shooting) and Christos Karakepelis (Raw Material) gave a press conference in the framework of the 13th TDF on Saturday, March 19. Their films participate in the international section.

Nikos Megrelis, a journalist in his debut film, highlighted the importance of team work, commenting on his collaboration with Irene Vlachioti. “My agony was to avoid turning the film into another TV news report. We used material from a variety of sources, including big TV networks and news agencies such as Al Jazeera and Reuters. Naturally, these organizations will only provide you with material if they are sure you will do justice to it. We also got footage from fellow reporters, such as the dramatic explosion at Baghdad’s parliament building, which is included in the film. Some of the material from personal archives we had to pay handsomely for”, explained the director. An experienced unionist and a member of the European journalists’ federation, Nikos Megrelis is deeply interested in promoting the safety of reporters, and especially war correspondents. “It is easy to pass judgment while sitting on your couch, but we should realize that reporters covering wars face a daunting dilemma. Kevin Sites, who witnessed the execution of Iraqis, is a case in point. Since he was following an American Army operation, he was forced to spin his eyewitness account and apply strict self-censorship. I believe that since media conglomerates might want to influence us by providing whatever they like as news stories from the front, the presence of correspondents is a necessity if we want to know what really happens out there”, added Mr. Megrelis.

Greece’s environmental obligations to the EU and the western dream of an army of illegal immigrants come together in a string of shanty towns in the shadow of the Acropolis in Raw Material. Karakepelis talked about the much debated issue of trust between the filmmaker and his subject. “If trust is absent, a film cannot throw light on any subject. Before the cameras and the microphones come to play, the filmmaker needs to have established the element of directness. His gaze must be clear. Your subjects will always see you as an outsider, but there is no way around it if you want to share their everyday life“, noted Mr. Karakepelis, adding: “These people, who are responsible for the biggest share of the recycling done in Greece, use tricycles that can carry up to half a ton and cover very short distances. They live in their own microcosm. The film’s first part focuses on the individual, but as the metal continues its journey, finally reaching the processing stage, the individual disappears. Half the amount of the 3 million tons of steal produced annually in Greece comes from gypsies who collect it from street garbage. The rest of us act as if there is no such link in the chain. It seems to me we would rather ignore the existence of these pariahs, who try to make a living by recycling in our stead, for example the laundry machine we discarded”. Among his protagonists is a young boy and Mr. Karakepelis commented on the child’s reaction towards school and children of his own age. “To him, the outside world is a threat. Being socially excluded, the ghetto is the only place where he is someone. So he ignores other children and focuses only on the job at hand: collecting the garbage”.



The Bulletin Board

> The Bulletin Board Blog
> Partner festivals calling now
> Call for Entry Channel
> Film Showcase
 The Best for Fests

Meet our Fest Partners 

Following News

Interview with AFM Director


Interview with Cannes Marche du Film Director 


Interview with the Parasite director

Brad Pitt and Leonard Maltin Interviewed dailies live coverage from

> Live from India
> Live from LA
> IFFI Goa
> Lost World Film Festival
> Locarno
> Toronto
> Venice
> San Sebastian
> BFI London

> Film Festival Days
> Tallinn Black Nights

> Palm Springs Film Festival
> Kustendorf
> Rotterdam
> Sundance
Santa Barbara Film Festival SBIFF
> Berlin 
> Fantasporto
Houston WorldFest
Cannes / Marche du film online

Useful links for the indies:

Big files transfer
> Celebrities / Headlines / News / Gossip
> Clients References
> Crowd Funding
> Deals

> Festivals Trailers Park
> Film Commissions 
> Film Schools
> Financing
> Independent Filmmaking
> Motion Picture Companies and Studios
> Movie Sites
> Movie Theatre Programs
> Music/Soundtracks 
> Posters and Collectibles
> Professional Resources
> Screenwriting
> Search Engines
> Self Distribution
> Search sites – Entertainment
> Short film
> Streaming Solutions
> Submit to festivals
> Videos, DVDs
> Web Magazines and TV

A question for Jennifer Aniston from Richard Hobert winner at SBIFF 2020 :

> Other resources

+ SUBSCRIBE to the weekly Newsletter
+ Connecting film to fest: Marketing & Promotion
Special offers and discounts
Festival Waiver service

User images

About Thessaloniki

Mcmahon Vanessa

Vanessa McMahon Covered the 13th and 14th, and 16th edition.
Catherine Esway has covered the 12th edition of Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
Cécile Rittweger covered the  11th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

Christine Marik's reported from 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Past coverage from the 10th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival by Bruno Chatelin.

Through its tributes, it focuses both on discovering filmmakers with a unique cinematic point of view, and on the internationally recognized for their contribution to documentary.

Contributions from Buno Chatelin



View my profile
Send me a message