In the recent Eurimages convention, which took place in FYRoM, Greece had an important success, as all four (4) film projects that had requested funding for co-production received an approval.


These four film projects have already been approved for funding from the Greek Film Centre (GFC), two in the Film Production Main Program and two in the Program of Incentives to Attract Foreign Productions to Greece with a Greek producer as a minority partner.


With the catalytic contribution of our National Representative in Eurimages, Mr. Timon Koulmasis –who was appointed in January 2017, after a unanimous decision of the Board of Directors of the GFC– Greek films managed to be recognized, in an extremely competitive international environment, for their high quality, thus confirming the resonance of Greek Cinema throughout the world.

 

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The approved film projects are:


“Digger”
Director: George Grigorakis
Greek producer: HaosFilm / Maria Hatzakou (Major)
Funding: 100,000 €


“The Tailor”
Director: Sonia Kenterman
Greek producer: Blonde SA / Fenia Kossovitsa (Major)
Funding: 165,000 €


“The Sisters”
Director: Emin Alpers
Greek producer: Horsefly Production / Yorgos Tsourgiannis (Minor)
Funding: 180,000 €


“The Father”
Director: Kristina Grozeva / Petar Valchanov
Greek producer: Graal SA / Rena Vougioukalou (Minor)
Funding: 75,000 €


The GFC congratulates the Greek producers and filmmakers and wishes them all the best.

 

The GFC Board of Directors

When East Meets West (WEMW), the pitching forum organized by Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund (FVG Audiovisual Fund) and the Trieste Film Festival, this year has a double focus on the Nordic countries and South-East Europe, aiming to enforce the collaborations between them.

 

These countries will participate in WEMW 2018, each one with its own delegation, while the Greek delegation is organized by the Greek Film Centre (GFC). The delegation will include 8 Greek young and upcoming, as well as distinguished, film professionals, coming from the fields of production, sales and distribution.
The members of the Greek delegation will have the opportunity to follow the activities of WEMW and develop networking with film professionals from abroad. For each of its members, the GFC will cover 3-nights’ accommodation, industry accreditation that gives full access to the WEMW 2018 programmes and travel reimbursement of 150 euros.

 

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When & Where?
The upcoming edition of WEMW will take place in Trieste (Italy), on January 21-23, 2018.

 

What will happen in WEMW 2018?
A co-production market for 20 international projects in development seeking partners in the Nordic countries, South East Europe or Italy; a work in progress section for documentaries; a lab for films in the editing phase; a framework programme with panels and case studies dedicated to the co-production modalities with the spotlight countries.

 

What are the concrete benefits?
WEMW 2018 will bring together more than 400 film professionals, including 70 festival programmers, commissioning editors and sales agents, and 150 producers from over 35 different countries. Thanks to several networking and match-making initiatives and to a very friendly atmosphere, each Greek professional will have the chance to find possible co-producers, financing and distribution partners.

 

How to join the Greek delegation?
To be part of the Greek delegation, please send your full CV along with a letter of interest, both in the English language, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., stating as email subject: “Presence in WEMW 2018”.

 

Deadline
You have until November 1, 2017 to send your request of participation. The GFC in cooperation with WEMW will identify the eight professionals and will inform those selected by email.

 

For any further information on the event you can visit www.wemw.it or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Τhe anniversary 40th National Short FF in Drama, is now complete and the GFC was present not only with the 6 films that participated in the Competition Programme and have been co-funded by the Centre, as well as with financial prizes that mainly intent to support new filmmakers.


In this framework, the GFC awarded equal Motive Awards, of 2,000 € each, to 4 films, as a support for the realization of their filmmakers’ next film:


“Kalinixta” by Thanos Kermitsis
“Maneki Neko” by Manolis Mavris
“Ourania” by Despoina Kourti
“Still” by Mavra Peponi


The GFC also gave the “Pitching Lab” Award to Omer Capoglu for the project from Turkey “Who shall we kill tonight?” (2,000 €), for the originality and the sensitivity of the film’s subject, and also with the hope that it further contributes to the collaboration of young filmmakers of neighborly countries. Futhermore, the GFC supported with financial prizes the following awards:


-Special Award “Sokratis Dimitriadis” for the category “Greeks of the World”: “Testing Greta” by Abbie Lucas (1,000 €)
-Award “Tonia Marketaki” for the Best Female Director: “Ourania” by Despoina Kourti (1,500 €)


The Special Award “Dinos Katsouridis” for the Best Newcomer Director was given to Sofia Georgovassili for “Preparation”. The film has been supported by the GFC, and the same applies for “The Ticket” by Haris Stathopoulos which won the Honorary Distinction for the Best Sound (Vaggelis Zelkas), as well as the Award of the Federation of Greek Cine Clubs.

 

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In the 23rd ISFF in Drama, Greece and “Dam” by Giorgos Teltzidis received the Best South and Eastern European Film Award, while Cyprus was honoured with a Special Mention for “The Insignificant Life o Helen Pavli” by Michael Hapeshis.

We quote the offical Press Release of the EUFCN regarding the European Film Location Award:

 

11 fantastic locations will compete for the European Location Award, created by Filming Europe, the European Film Commissions Network, in collaboration with Cineuropa.

 

The shortlist of the best European locations is the result of a two-step nominating process: first the Film Commissions belonging to the European Film Commissions Network chose and proposed their locations (a specific place used in films or TV fictions); after that a group of experts and movie critics from Cineuropa, selected the final shortlist.


Cities, fortresses, islands, historical and archeological sites, spectacular mountain valleys: the landscapes of our extraordinary continent narrated in eleven of the best European locations that hosted renowned and beloved films and TV series in the last 10 years, and that will now compete for the title of “Best European Film Location of the Decade”.


All European citizens will have the chance to pick the winner, by selecting and voting for the best European film location.


From September 11th to October 25th, 2017, everybody can visit the pan-European 4-languages platform Cineuropa - www.cineuropa.org and vote, by filling the online form.


Besides the pleasure of helping your own favorite place and movie to get the title of “Best European Film Location of the Decade”, voters can also win a 3-days long stay for 2 people in the winning location. Filming Europe-EUFCN and Cineuropa will draw the winner among the voters.


The Award ceremony will take place in Brussels on November 7th, inside the European Parliament. During the ceremony, Filming Europe-EUFCN will announce the winning location and voter.


The European Film Location Award is a project powered by Filming Europe - the European Film Commissions Network (EUFCN), comprised of 90 Film Commissions members coming from 30 European countries dedicated to the promotion of European locations for International filming, and it’s part of the 10th Anniversary celebration of the network.

 

*Greece participates with Antiparos island and “Suntan” by Argyris Papadimitropoulos.

 

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For further information, visit: www.filmingeurope.com and www.cineuropa.org

On August 16, during the 23rd Sarajevo Film Festival, the Greek Film Centre (GFC) and the Film Center Serbia (FCS) signed an agreement regarding the mutual support for distribution of films in the Republic of Greece and the Republic of Servia. The GFC was represented by its General Director, Mrs. Electra Venaki and the FCS by its Director, Mr. Boban Jevtić.

 

This agreement is an initiative aiming to attract new audience to movie theatres and to make the local cinema of the two countries, as well as Balkan cinema in general, even more recognizable by distributing films not only in the nations’ capital but throughout the countries.

 

The agreement supports for the distribution for up to 10 films per year for each country, and it also bounds the distributor to screen each film at least 21 times in movie theatres. The two Centres will contribute to the expenses for translation and subtitling of films.

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Greece and Serbia are already cooperating also in film production, as members of the SEE Cinema Network. During the summer filming of the Greek-Serbian co-production Her Job by the Greek director Nikos Labot was wrapped. In the production participate the Greek Homemade Films, the Serbian Sense Production and also the French production company Sister Productions. The film was funded in the framework of the Goethe Institut training programme First Films First.

 

If the results of this initiative regarding film distribution are deemed successful, the two Centres would like to create respective cooperations also with other countries - members of the SEE Cinema Network.

The Board of Directors of the Greek Film Centre decided the funding pre-approvals for film projects that have applied for the Basic Film Production Program, as well as for the Program of Incentives to Attract Foreign Productions to Greece with a Greek producer as a minority partner.

 

The total amount of funding for the first Program comes up to 986,000 €, while for the second one to 163,000 €.

 

More specifically, in the Basic Film Production Program eight (8) film projects were pre-approved for funding –one (1) of them for screenplay re-writing– in a total of ten (10) projects that applied for funding from August 1, 2016 to October 10, 2016. The approved projects are the following:

 

1. OI 200 ARAGE THA MAS KSEHASOUN? (New title: TO TELEYTAIO SIMEIOMA)
Screenplay: Ioanna Karystiani
Direction: Pantelis Voulgaris
Production: Yannis Iakovidis - Black Orange S.A.
Pre-approved funding: 180,000 €

 

2. APOSTRATOS
Screenplay: Zaharias Mavroeidis
Direction: Zaharias Mavroeidis
Production: Christos B. Konstantakopoulos - Faliro House Productions S.A.
Pre-approved funding: 160,000 €

 

3. AILOUROEIDES
Screenplay: Memi Koupa
Direction: Memi Koupa
Production: Fenia Cossovitsa - Blonde S.A.
Pre-approved funding: 130,000 €

 

4. O KSENISTIS
Screenplay: Yorgos Zois - Elina Psykou
Direction: Yorgos Zois
Production: Maria Drandaki - Homemade Films
Pre-approved funding: 150,000 €

 

5. O ANTHROPOS ME TIS APANTISEIS
Screenplay: Stelios Kammitsis
Direction: Stelios Kammitsis
Production: Vicky Miha, Fenia Cossovitsa - Blonde S.A.
Pre-approved funding: 120,000 €

 

6. ENA SAKI MALLIA
Screenplay: Maria Douza
Direction: Maria Douza
Production: Maria Kontogianni, Michalis Sarantinos - Steficon S.A.
Pre-approved funding: 120,000 €

 

7. BARBAROSSA
Screenplay: Sotiris Goritsas
Direction: Sotiris Goritsas
Production: Iraklis Mavroeidis - Boo Productions / Pan Entertainment
Pre-approved funding: 120,000 €

 

8. MNIMOSYNI
Screenplay: Christos Dimas
Direction: Christos Dimas
Production: Panos Papahadzis - Argonauts S.A.
Pre-approved funding (screenplay re-writing): 6,000 €

 

Also, in the Program of Incentives to Attract Foreign Productions to Greece with a Greek producer as a minority partner, were approved five (5) projects, out of five (5) that applied for funding from October 7, 2016 to May 22, 2017. The approved projects are the following:

 

THE FATHER
(co-production: Bulgaria, Greece)
Screenplay: Kristina Grozeva & Petar Valchavov
Direction: Kristina Grozeva & Petar Valchavov
Greek co-producer: Graal S.A.
Pre-approved funding: 30,000 €

 

DUCKS (HOPE AND DISPAIR)
(co-production: Israel, Greece)
Screenplay: Shahar Rozen & Dudu Busi
Direction: Shahar Rozen
Greek co-producer: Graal S.A.
Pre-approved funding: 13,000 €

 

WILL CROSS TOMORROW
(co-production: France, Greece, the Netherlands, Belgium)
Screenplay: Sepideh Farsi
Direction: Sepideh Farsi
Greek co-producer: Pan Entertainment S.A.
Pre-approved funding: 50,000 €

 

BRIGHTON 4TH
(co-production: Georgia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Russia, Greece)
Screenplay: Boris Frumin, Levan Koguashvili
Direction: Levan Koguashvili
Greek co-producer: Argonauts S.A.
Pre-approved funding: 35,000 €

 

SMUGGLING HENDRIX
(co-production: Cyprus, Germany, Greece)
Screenplay: Marios Piperidis
Direction: Marios Piperidis
Greek co-producer: View Master Films S.A.
Pre-approved funding: 35,000 €

The Greek Film Centre and the Hellenic Film Commission present www.locateyourphoto.gr and invite you to contribute to a creation of a Photo Gallery of Greece, aiming to capture and promote the various locations of our country.

 

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From the classical Athens to its mainland and islands, the whole of Greece can be the ideal natural backdrop for all types of audiovisual production. We address to professional photographers, directors of photography in audiovisual works, location managers, as well as to lovers of photography, with a “cinematic look” in their photos, and we look for photos that highlight locations without the interference of people or trademarks.


Through this action, the Hellenic Film Commission aims to promote Greece abroad as a place suitable for audiovisual productions of every kind, and for attracting international audiovisual productions to film in Greece.

SEE Cinema Network - South Eastern Europe Cinema Network addresses a call to professional film producers who are interested to submit their projects as eligible for funding in the two main programmes of the Network:

 

1. Projects for funding the Development of feature films co-productions between the member-states of the Network.
2. Projects for funding of Short Films.

 

The projects submitted to the call must have producers that come from the member-states which participate in SEE Cinema Network.

 

For the funding of feature films Development, the submitted projects must have a Greek production company as their main producer, and at least another one of the co-producers who participate in the project, must come from another member-state of the Network.

 

For the funding of Short Films, projects of national production are also eligible, but an emphasis is given to projects that are structured as a co-production between member-states of the Network.

 

The project dossier should be submitted in the English language and should include: application, C.V., script, synopsis, budget, and any other documentation that may be useful in evaluating the project.

 

Applications for both programmes, as well as their Rules and Regulations may be found in the Greek Film Centre website (www.gfc.gr, menu: FUNDING - SEE Cinema Network)

 

Submissions deadline: September 15, 2017.

 

The project dossier should be digitally sent to the email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

For more information, all those interested may address to the Executive Secretary of the Network, Mr. Yannis Iliopoulos (tel. +30 210 3678501)

 

The next meeting of SEE Cinema Network will take place in November 2017, during the Thessaloniki International Film Festival.

100% successful for Greece are the latest results from Creative Europe’s Slate Funding scheme (call number EACEA 21/2016) as both Greek production companies who had applied, secured and share grants of € 247,000 in total.


Overall, 163 applications were submitted from 24 countries. 69 of these were selected, sharing € 12 million.


The Greek Film Centre and Creative Europe MEDIA Desk congratulate Argonauts Productions S.A. and Karnavas & Kontovrakis SIA OE for their success!


For a full list of results: https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/creative-europe/selection-results/media-development-slate-funding-eacea212016_en

SEE Cinema Network informs film professionals that, for 2017, it will accept projects for funding, for both its actions:


-Projects for Short Film production
-Projects for Development of international co-productions

Those interested may find the applications for both actions, as well as their rules and regulations, in the Greek Film Centre website (www.gfc.gr, see: Funding - SEE Cinema Network).

A press release with more details will follow, during next week.

Submissions for funding to the Aide à la Coproduction d’Œuvres Cinématographiques Franco-Grecques of GFC and CNC is now open. The Aide will continue its work for three years, after the new Convention, signed on May 22, 2017 in Cannes, between the Greek Film Centre (GFC) and the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’ Image Animée (CNC).

 

One of the most important conditions for submitting projects for funding is that the plans for films, regardless of their genre (fiction, animation, documentary), should be 60 or more minutes long. In the production of the film, must participate at least one production company installed in Greece, and at least one production company installed in France. The plans will be examined by the qualified services of the GFC and the CNC, and those judged eligible, will be submitted for artistic opinion to the 6-member Greek-French Committee for support of the co-production. The highest amount of funding for each project is determined to 500,000 euros.

 

The submission dossier should be sent digitally, in two copies till July 31, 2017, via two separate emails: one in the Greek language by the Greek producer to the GFC, bearing the subject “Greek-French Aide 2017”, and the other in the French language by the French producer to the CNC, to the following addresses:

For the GFC (in Greek): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For the CNC (in French): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

For more information regarding the submission dossier content, the regulation of the Aide and the relevant application, those interested may refer to the site of the GFC (www.gfc.gr), as well as to the Department of Development and production of the GFC (9 Chatzopoulou str., Psychico, 11524 Athens, Greece), during working days and hours.

 

Department of Development and Production
Mr. Yannis Iliopoulos (program coordinator)

Tel. +30 210 3678501
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Mrs. Athena Spiliotopoulou
Tel. +30 210 3678513
Email:
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On May 22, during the 70th Cannes International Film Festival, the Greek Film Centre (GFC) and the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’ Image Animée (CNC) signed a new convention regarding the support of Greek-French films co-productions. The GFC was represented by its General Director, Mrs. Ilektra Venaki and the CNC by its President, Mrs. Frédérique Bredin.

 

The new, three-year-long agreement will be valid for the years 2017, 2018 and 2019 and it includes particularly favourable terms for the Greek co-producers. It is agreed that, for the CNC, the amount of funding given by public bodies to low budged films (less than 1,250,000 euros) and to the first or second film by a new director could exceed the 50% of their budget, reaching up to 80%.

 

This regulation favours mainly the films coming from a Greek initiative and, since the French side gives double the amount for every film, this entails that the public funding exceeds the 50% of the amount of the French participation in the project. Thus, Greek producers will benefit from a privileged treatment.

 

For 2017, the total budget of the Aide à la Coproduction d’Œuvres Cinématographiques Franco-Grecques, amounts to 600,000 euros, from which 400,000 euros come from the CNC and 200,000 from the GFC. For the next two years, the annual budget will be reconsidered after an agreement of the two sides.

 

Even more so, the text of the Internal Regulation of the Aide à la Coproduction d’Œuvres Cinématographiques Franco-Grecques of GFC and CNC clearly states that “projects coming from a Greek initiative will be given particular attention”, thus strengthening the opinion that this agreement is favourable for the Greek cinema professionals.

 

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The first convention between the two Centres was signed in May 2014. From this Greek-French collaboration 21 feature films, that are currently in various production stages, have received funding. Among the completed films are the award-winning in Tribeca IFF, “Son of Sofia” by Elina Psykou, the documentary feature “L’ Ultima Spiaggia” (“The Last Beach”) by Thanos Anastopoulos and Davide Del Degan, as well as “Djam” by Tony Gatlif, which was included in the Official Selection of this year’s Cannes IFF.

 

The submission of projects in need of funding begins immediately via the Aide à la Coproduction d’Œuvres Cinématographiques Franco-Grecques.

 

The nomination dossier should be digitally send in two copies, via two separate emails, to the following addresses:

For the GFC (in the Greek language): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For the CNC (in the French language): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

For more information regarding the content of the nomination dossier, those interested can address, during working dates and hours, to the Department of Development and Production of the Greek Film Centre (9 Hatzopoulou str., Psychiko, 11524, Athens, Greece)

 

Department of Development and Production

Mr. Yannis Iliopoulos (program coordinator)

Tel. +30 210 3678501

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

An update will follow soon, containing more information for the professionals, regarding the specific procedure of submitting the nomination dossier, as well as the criteria of choice and evaluation of the projects.