Filmmakers, broadcasters and sales agents were safe at the Goethe Institute in Athens, while riots were going on outside in the streets. While discussing upcoming projects in development, watching films, listening to clever and inspiring lectures or getting concrete information on the state of the art in terms of market, the demonstrations went on with burning of cars, smashing of windows and pavements. One or two of the filmmakers sneaked out to film a bit with their mobile phones or take some photos… and inside, during all three days of the seminar, the question was raised again and again: who can make a creative documentary on what is going on in Greece these years? The crisis, the demonstrations, why, who, what, where will it go?
The StoryDoc initiative is a sequel to HistoryDoc, founded by, and run by Kostas Spiropoulos, former general manager of the Greek public broadcaster ERT, a man with a vision, and with a strong energy and will to push the development of documentary in Greece – and abroad. The StoryDoc 2010 included three sessions – first a prologue in Ramallah, then (with the participation of 3 Palestinian projects) a session in Corfu during the summer and then now (December 5-7) the last session in Athens. The goal has been to offer around 20 filmmakers help and inspiration to develop their documentary projects. Projects about or coming from Mediterranean and Middle East countries.
The tutors have been editors, directors, commissioning editors from tv stations, producers, sales agents, distributors, and generalists like me who has the privilege to put the programme together as Head of Studies.