Highly successful was the recce organized by the Hellenic Film Commission of the Greek Film Centre (GFC) for the feature film The Giaour from the United Kingdom. Many film commis-sions invite producers to do their initial recce/location search in their countries for attracting foreign audiovisual productions. The executive producer of the film had recently made a simi-lar trip to Spain for the same reason.

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The Ink Factory, AMC and BBC’s mini series THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL wraps filming in Greece

 

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© 2018 The Little Drummer Girl Distribution Limited. All rights reserved.

The Little Drummer Girl, the most prestigious international production recently produced in Greece, has completed filming after 24 shooting days. Both a thriller and a love story, the TV series weaves a complex tale of espionage and international intrigue, love and betrayal. It is based on the novel by legendary writer John le Carré and directed by highly-acclaimed Park Chan-wook (The Hand-maiden, Old Boy). Produced by The Ink Factory (The Night Manager, Hotel Artemis) and co-produced by BBC and AMC, The Little Drummer Girl stars Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth), Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies, True Blood, Tarzan) and Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals, Revolutionary Road, The Shape of Water). The series is being sold worldwide by Endeavor Content.


"It has been an incredible experience to film ‘The Little Drummer Girl’ in the very locations de-scribed in John le Carré's book. The immense privilege of shooting at such historically and cultur-ally important places such as the Acropolis or Temple of Poseidon cannot be understated. Greece, as the birthplace of Western drama, offers filmmakers a canvas of unique resonance and, for me, it is the perfect place to tell the story of Charlie (Pugh)", says director Park Chan-wook, describing his experience of filming in Greece.


"The variety and scope of filming locations available in Greece has made it the perfect place in which to bring ‘The Little Drummer Girl’ to life. We were able to shoot not only extraordinary scenes set in Greece, but scenes set in the Lebanon, Israel, Yugoslavia (as it then was) and Rome as well. The stunning locations we were able to choose would have justified coming to Greece under almost any circumstances, but on top of that, the generous support of numerous arms of government, and the highly-talented crew and support team at our wonderful partners Faliro House, has made the shoot one to remember and repeat”, notes executive producer and The Ink Factory co-CEO Simon Cornwell.


The production service company in Greece is Faliro House Productions S.A. The crew while film-ing in Greece consisted of 165 core Greek crew members and 98 crew members from the UK.


The Little Drummer Girl was shot in the following locations in Greece: Athens, Elefsina, Kinetta, the Acropolis and the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio. All Greek locations were used to showcase Greece/Athens, whereas Elefsina was used to represent Lebanon and Nikaia/Athens was used as Palestine.

The Hellenic Film Commission of the Greek Film Centre supported the production by facilitating the filming permits for the archaeological sites (Acropolis, Temple of Poseidon-Sounion) requested for filming.

VENICE GAP-FINANCING MARKET
75th Venice International Film Festival

 

The Venice Production Bridge is launching the Call for Projects for the fifth edition of the Venice Gap-Financing Market, which will take place on August 31 to September 2, 2018, during the 75. Venice International Film Festival (August 29 – September 8, 2018).

 

The Venice Gap-Financing Market is a platform to support the European and international producers to secure financing for their projects (Fiction, Documentaries and VR Immersive Story Projects) through one-to-one meetings with potential and pertinent international professionals (producers, sales agents, distributors, financiers, broadcasters and funds). All the invited professionals are decision-makers.

 

This call is open to European and International projects for the following categories:

Film: 15/ 18 feature films from all over the world will be selected. There is no genre limitation and animation feature films are welcome;
Documentary: 7/10 international narrative or creative feature documentaries will be selected;
VR Immersive Story Projects: up to 15 projects from all over the world will be selected.

The 3-day event will present a total of 48 selected European and International projects including the VR Immersive Story Projects developed through the Biennale College Cinema-Virtual Reality.

A tailor-made initiative of this kind requests a real confidentiality for the producers and the partners already in place and a first Project line-up will therefore be sent to selected potential financiers and professionals in order to allow them to register to this co- production market.

The catalogue detailing each film project will then be emailed to the registered professionals by the beginning of July 2018 to entitle them to request 30-minute one-to-one meeting with the producers of the selected projects. The Venice Gap-Financing Market will set up these meetings in accordance with the availability of the participants and meetings slots. Each participant will receive a personalised meeting schedule a few days before the event.

More info here.

The Greek Film Centre adopted a Communication on the negative decision of Greece's Central Archaeological Council (KAS) for the request of the upcoming BBC series "The Little Drummer Girl".

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The Greek Film Centre (GFC), wishing to further reinforce the extrovert practices regarding the development of Greek Cinema, is happy to announce its collaboration with the Torino Film Lab, one of the most acclaimed cinema labs worldwide.

 

The Torino Film Lab was established in 2008 and since then it is distinguished for his constant and consistent support to new talents from all over the world, focusing mainly on filmmakers who are in the process of creating their first and/or second feature length film. The educational activities of the Torino Film Lab have to do with the training, development, funding and distribution of films.

 

One of the most important educational programs of the Torino Film Lab is the ScriptLab, the first phase of which will take place next March, (March 19-26, 2018) in Greece, thus officially inaugurating the collaboration of the lab with the GFC.

 

In the ScriptLab 2018, there will be selected at least one project from Greece. The creators of the chosen projects will have the opportunity to benefit form a high-level education program on script development, and also to widen their connections and networking with other film professionals, in a particularly extrovert environment, since the Torino Film Lab is known for the emphasis it gives to the cultural variety of its participating projects.

 

More specifically, the creators of the chosen projects will participate: a) in 3 weekly residential workshops and 2 online sessions and b) in the co-production forum TFL Meeting Event, in order to receive further training regarding pitching skills.

 

One of the Greek projects selected, will not pay participation feee. Another two Greek projects –excluding those chosen for the ScriptLab 2018– will have the opportunity to receive an in-depth opinion regarding their scripts, in a one and a half hour meeting for each project, which will take place in the framework of the lab.

 

The activities of the Torino Film Lab also include two open lectures on script development, which will take place in Athens, Greece, giving the opportunity to as many Greek filmmakers as possible to further widen their knowledge on the subject. The Greek cinema community will also have the possibility to be in contact and interact with the wider dynamic community of acclaimed film professionals and guests with whom the Torino Film Lab collaborates.

 

We remind all who wish to participate that the applications are submitted till December 1, 2017, to the Torino Film Lab website: www.torinofilmlab.it/programmes//programmes/p2-scriptlab

 

Greek applicants are urged to also inform the Directorate of Production and Development of the GFC by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (tel. +30 210 3678538), noting in the email subject “Participation in the Torino Film Lab 2018”.

 

The projects which will participate in the ScriptLab 2018 will be chosen by the Torino Film Lab.

 

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The annual meeting of the country members of the SEE Cinema Network took place in Thessaloniki, during the International Film Festival, on November 9, 2017.

 

In the meeting, it was decided to support six (6) of the nine (9) feature length film projects submitted for Development, as well as (7) of the ten (10) submitted short film projects for Production.

 

More specifically, the following projects were approved for funding:

 

1. FEATURE LENGTH FILM PROJECTS - DEVELOPMENT

 

ALIVE IN MOSCOW
Director: Grigore Bechet
Producer: Tangaj Production (Anamaria Antoci)
Country: Romania
Funding: 8,500 €

 

BROTHERS
Director: Yianna Americanou
Producer: Monica Nicolaidou
Country: Cyprus
Funding: 8,500 €

 

HOLY EMY
Director: Araceli Lemos
Producer: StudioBauhaus (Konstantinos Vassilaros)
Country: Greece
Funding: 8,500 €

 

HOW I LEARNED TO FLY
Director: Radivoje Andric
Producer: SENSE Production (Maja Popovic)
Country: Serbia
Funding: 8,500 €

 

MY LAKE
Director: Gjergj Xhuvani
Producer: Britan Huqi
Country: Albania
Funding: 8,500 €

 

SISTER
Director: Dina Duma
Producer: Marija Dimitrova (List Production)
Country: FYRoM
Funding: 8,500 €


2. SHORT FILM PROJECTS - PRODUCTION

 

6PM TRAFFIC
Director: Racula David
Producer: Tangaj Production
Country: Romania
Funding: 8,000 €

 

COMING FROM DREAMS
Director: Klajd Papadhimitri
Producer: Eurofilm Company (Vladimir Prifti)
Country: Albania
Funding: 4,000 €

 

CRISIS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
Director: Stefan Djordjevic
Producer: Andrijana Stojkovic
Country: Serbia
Funding: 8,000 €

 

THE POET
Director: Atina Laco
Producer: Atina Laco (Teo Film)
Country: Albania
Funding: 4.000 €

 

SCAR
Director: Thanos Psichogios
Producer: Bad Crowd
Country: Greece
Funding: 8,000 €

 

TROPICAL DREAMS
Director: Vaggelio Soumeli
Producer: The Coffee Films (Louis Patsias)
Country: Cyprus
Funding: 4,000 €

 

THE YOUNG HUNTER
Director: Dinos Gregoriou
Producer: Marios Petrondas
Country: Cyprus
Funding: 4,000 €


It is also noted that this year the SEE Cinema Network has expanded with the admission of two more country-members. Kosovo-UNMIK and Montenegro joined the Network, as its General Assembly approved the relevant requests submitted by the Film Centers of the aforementioned countries.

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 €