The Power Of What You Have To Offer


Yorgos Krassakopoulos, programmer for Thessaloniki International Film Festival & Thessaloniki International Documentary Film Festival

Today, we are having our third guest and more of those great tips and insights into the film festival world, you love so much. Yorgos Krassakopoulos, programmer at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, is going to talk about the ingredients that make a film, during the pre-screening stage, appealing enough to be included in the festival program.

Remember back in my 5 Tips from My Personal Experience I talked about the importance of the first 10-20 minutes of your film. Mr. Krassakopoulos says that everyone tells emerging filmmakers that in order to hold the programmer’s attention their film has to have  an impressive start. Yes, but its not just that. For Mr.Krassakopoulos

“its an overall feeling and the quality of the work and the story you have to tell and the way you choose to tell, basically it has to do with what your film is about , what is your POV [..]”

He also says that he doesn’t

” think there are any guidelines that will get you accepted into a film festival apart from the quality of your work and the passion you are investing in filmmaking.”

Your passion for filmmaking, the overall feeling and quality of your film, your POV those are only some of the basic things film festival programmers are looking for in a film.  For example, Mr. Krassakopoulos while pre-screening documentaries, he is looking for an absorbing subject matter, an appealing visual language  and a story that can have an impact on him.

“I know this sounds very personal,”  he says ” but I mean filmmaking has to be personal not only for the people that make it but for you as a viewer as well.”

In the case of fiction films, the way you choose to tell the story and aesthetics play an important role in judging the film and considering it for the festival programme. Sometimes the decisive factors can vary,

“you can have a very thin story but you can have wonderful visuals that will [..] make up for what you miss and overall make the movie interesting,”explains Mr. Krassakopoulos.

Find out what makes for a wonderful surprise while pre-screening the entry DVDs and what are the the first things film festival programmers thick off their list while deciding if the films they are watching are good or not in the VIDEO bellow.


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