The 83rd Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) is dedicated to technology and innovation and the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Information boasts an impressive participation: The "Digital Greece" thematic park (Pavillion 12) will host 100 digital Start-ups, with a focus on cultural-creative industries and the audiovisual sector.
Greek video game developers, animation companies and Greek cinema companies and institutions will be available to answer all questions for a whole week. The exhibition schedule includes open events and talks by field professionals and expert analysts.
Deputy Minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Information, Lefteris Kretsos, will talk about the future of audiovisual production in Greece in an interview with ERT3 Radio Station, in Kiosk 12 before an audience, on Sunday, 9 September, at 18: 00.
The Pavilion inauguration will take place on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at 11:00 am.
Programme of events
→ Saturday, September 8th 2018, 16: 00-18: 00 (Pavilion 12, Hall: Keynote Stage)
VR GAME DEVELOPERS: Tales of Ordinary Madness
Onskull Games: Tagalenidis Alexandros (Programmer)
Axios Angelos (3D designer)
eNVy softwork: Karavassilis Vasilios (Creative Director)
Koukoudis Konstantinos (3D Artist)
Another Circus: Sotiris Gifopoulos (Game Developer)
Spyros Koutsourelis (artist)
Coordination: Elina Roinioti, sociologist, digital game researcher
Description: Virtual and augmented reality games. Experiences that "play" with the concepts of space and time. Creators and designers of virtual worlds that tend to bind all senses. - Three Greek VR Studios (Onskull, Envy Softworks, Another Circus) will talk about their profession, how they use modern technology to produce virtual experiences, the different VR applications in the games sector, education and marketing. – Q&A session will follow the presentation.
→ Sunday, September 9th, 2018, 18: 00-19: 00 (in the central area of Pavilion 12)
Live interview with Deputy Minister Lefteris Kretsos
Subject: Greece invests in creative industries
→ Sunday, September 9th, 2018, 19: 00-20: 00 (in the central area of Pavilion 12)
Cinema and modern cinema production: Challenges and perspectives on a global scale
Panos Kouanis, President of the National Center for Audiovisual Media and Communication (EKOME)
Yariv Lerner, Producer, Nu Boyana Film Studios CEO
Gianna Sarris, Market Manager, Thessaloniki Film Festival
→ Monday, September 10th, 2018, 18: 00-19: 00 (in the central area of Pavilion 12)
The Art of Animation
Syrago Tsiara, Art Historian, Director of the Center for Contemporary Art
Vassilis Karamitsanis, President of ASIFA HELLAS / Animasyros
Stavros Savvaidis, Production Manager of TAF / Thessaloniki Animation Festival, AddArt NGO
→ Monday, September 10th, 2018, 19: 00-20: 00 (in the central area of Pavilion 12)
Video Games: The gaming industry through the experience of Greek game studios
Dimitris Koutsomitsos, founder and CEO of Tamasenco
Michalis Papagathaggelou, founder and game designer, Traptics
Giannis Chatzopoulos, Team Leader - Programmer, Noema Games
→ Saturday, September 15th , 2018, 11: 00-13: 00 (Workshop Hall 1, 1st floor, Pavilion 12)
The art of storytelling
Rapporteur: Dimitris Savvaidis (scriptwriter, storyteller, director)
Description: How does a good idea transform into a good story? How to write structured stories; How to build tension and emotion to the audience; How to change the same story with a different narrative; How to make a script out of a story;
The seminar is aimed at screenwriters, directors, animators, teachers, educators, social workers, psychologists and anyone interested in telling beautiful stories.
Read also: 83rd Thessaloniki International Fair 2018, Press Release (in Greek), General Secretariat for Media and Communication boosting Greek Gaming & Animation, Lefteris Kretsos on bringing Greece on the global map of the Game and Film Making Industry, One more reason to film in Greece: A new legal framework of economic incentives, 10 Reasons to film in Greece, “Filming Greece”: our new series of interviews on Greek Cinema