Thessaloniki International Film Festival

The Bulkan Fund supports filmmakers from the Balkans in their efforts to develop their screenplays as professionally as possible

The BALKAN FUND, Thessaloniki’s Script Development Fund, is a fund for the development of film scripts from the Balkan Region. It addresses South-Eastern Europe and specifically Albania, Bosnia – Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, FYROM Greece, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey.

The purpose of the BALKAN FUND is to support filmmakers from the region in their efforts to develop their screenplays as professionally as possible. The BALKAN FUND supports only feature-length fiction projects with a potential for theatrical release.

Each year an International Jury awards the most promising film projects that have potential for theatrical release with up to 10. 000 € grant each, for their screenplay development.

The projects go through a pre-selection procedure from a big amount of project applications and are presented at the BALKAN FUND Workshop, taking place during the Thessaloniki International Film Festival.

BALKAN FUND’s 8th edition will take place during the 51st Thessaloniki International Film Festival in November 19-28, 2010.

Selection criteria

The main concern is to evaluate the artistic and storytelling content of the projects. Each project is judged on its own merits. However, there are some basic criteria, which need to be met:

  • The BALKAN FUND only supports feature-length fiction projects with a potential for theatrical release.
  • The development and production country must belong to the above mentioned group of countries.
  • The project has to be original, authentic and directly connected to the history and culture of its country of origin. It should contribute to the development of the local film industry and of local filmmaking skills.
  • The BALKAN FUND only supports projects, which have a realistic and complete development and production plan.

Contact:

Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Balkan Fund
Angeliki Vergou
Alexandras Ave. 9
114 73 Athens Athens
Greece
phone: +30 210 870 6000 or 6005
fax: +30 210 644 8143
balkanfund@filmfestival.gr