THE TRIP TO GREECE

In early summer 2019 Michael Winterbottom, the world-renowned and multi award-winning British film director, comes back to Greece to shoot the Sky One TV series The Trip to Greece choosing Greece as a filming destination for the second time within a year after he shot here his latest feature film titled Greed in autumn 2018.It isthe fourth part of the critically acclaimed TV series (The Trip, The Trip to Italy, The Trip to Spain) that gained worldwide recognition on the BBC (The Trip & The Trip to Italy) & Sky Atlantic (The Trip to Spain). The Trip series are also popular feature films in the US, Australia, and many other worldwide territories and have premiered in various international film festivals including Toronto Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival.

It stars two of the most recognizable actors in the UK: Steve Coogan (BAFTA nominated for his portrayal of Stan Laurel in Stan & Ollie) and Rob Brydon (BAFTA nominated Actor & Comedian known for UK Productions such as Gavin & Stacey, Would I lie to you, Marion & Geoff).

The Trip to Greece takes as its inspiration Homer’s Odyssey and Odysseus’ journey back home to his family in Ithaca. The actors play fictionalized versions of themselves as they go on a six-day trip around the beautiful country of Greece. Being a culinary and cultural road trip, the aim of The Trip to Greeceis to show the actors enjoying some of the best that Greece has to offer in terms of culture, food and hospitality.  

The project includes a lot of shooting in archaeological sites such as the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, the Ancient Agora of Athens, the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, the unique island of Hydra, the Caves of Diros, Nestor’s Palace, Niokastro Fortress in Pylos, and Ancient Stagira, as well as a lot of shooting in restaurants and hotels in Athens, Hydra, Lesvos, Chalkidiki, Pelion, Kavala, and at the Peloponnese.

In each site issues such as the history of Athens and the development of Acropolis, Democracy and the idea of the Polis and the city-state in Greece, as well as the history and origin of Drama, Tragedy and Comedy will be discussed.

What Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have to say about the comedies of Aristophanes and the great tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides along their way? About the Temple of Apollo, the functioning of the Oracle and the importance of The Pythia over the course of 1000 years of Greek history? About Democracy vs Tyranny? About Plato’s account of the death of Socrates? About the Athenian and the Peloponnese war?

The Trip to Greece is a Sky original andwill be shown on Sky One in the UK and will be released as a feature film worldwide in 2020. Produced by Melissa Parmenter & Josh Hyams, the production companies are Revolution films, Baby Cow and SmallMan Productions. International sales of the film are handled by Tristan Whalley at Goalpost. Distribution in Greece will be through Filmtrade.

The Location Manager for The Trip to Greece is Eleni Fanariotou (her company is Fixer in Greece). The crew consists of 5 core Greek crew members and 15 crew members from the UK.

The Hellenic Film Commission of the Greek Film Centre attended the shoot at the Ancient Agora of Athens, and had the chance to get interesting quotes about the experience of filming in Greece.

We discussed where we would go after Spain and Italy and Greece came up because of the obvious very rich Greek mythology and philosophy. But, also because of modern politics there’s another dynamic now. Some people in the UK find something inspiring in this challenge in the status quo, challenging the way things have always been. Rob and I play with the idea of who we are. We will be talking about each other and self-indulgent stuff like who we fancy etc. It’s a vehicle for Rob and I to explore ourselves as middle-aged men in middle life crisis and also the culture and mood of another country. And in Greece we want to look at Democracy, Greek mythology, Greek philosophy, the politics of modern Greece -which is interesting in regards to Europe -, and also Britain’s relationship to Europe. We ask big questions, but also the simple questions in life in relation to the big questions. And we eat real food in the restaurants, from very high-end menu to simple restaurants; it’s an exploration of the culinary side of Greece”, Steve Coogan starring The Trip to Greece commented to Venia Vergou, Director of the Hellenic Film Commission.

“Spending a month in Greece was the most magical experience and we saw so much of it! The beauty and variety of the landscape, the food, the incredible cultural heritage and the wonderful crystal clear seas. I’ll never forget my time there”, Rob Brydon starring The Trip to Greece stated to Hellenic Film Commission.

Venia and the whole team at the Hellenic Film Commission have worked tirelessly alongside our wonderful Location Manager Eleni Fanariotou of Fixer In Greece, and the Ministry of Culture and Sports and Ministry of Digital Policy, to help us secure all our permits for such incredible archaeological sites here in Greece - we are very grateful and thrilled to have had such wonderful support”, notes Melissa Parmenter, PRODUCER

The Hellenic Film Commission of the Greek Film Centre supported The Trip to Greece by providing guidance to the production company and by facilitating the filming permits for the archaeological sites requested for filming by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.

The Greek Film Centre (GFC) will provide 10 scholarships (covering for 100% of the tuition fees) for the Greek filmmakers (producers, production managers, DoP's and post-production managers/supervisors) participation at the Digital Production Challenge (DPC II) that will run from 28 November-1 December in Athens.

The DPC II approach is hands-on, offering participants personalized expertise to overcome the real-time challenges they are encountering on the projects they have brought to the workshop. The workshop offers technical solutions via intriguing case studies, expert panel discussions and group sessions to overcome workflow dilemmas. So even if you don’t attend the workshop with a project, you will leave primed with the skills and tools to manage future workflow. The experts will explain the step-by-step process of decision-making, on set and during post-production, guiding participants in terms of delivery materials and media archiving.

The GFC is not involved in the process of candidate selection and evaluation, for which DPC II is solely responsible.

Application Deadline: November 6, 2018

Application form, here.

More info about DPC II, here.

THE DURRELLS season 4, the highly popular ITV and PBS mini TV series, completed filming in Corfu island in Greece on October 11, after 33 shooting days. All previous seasons of the series have been filmed in Corfu island including Corfu old town, one of the eighteen (18) UNESCO protected monuments of Greece. See more here.

“Copa-Loca”, the short film by Christos Massalas has qualified for the Oscars 2019 and is the only short film representing Greece this year.


The film received Oscar-Qualifying awards at Festival Nouveau Cinema in Montreal and Leeds International Film Festival.


Following its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, Directors’ Fortnight 2017, “Copa-Loca” screened at over 100 film festivals, including Clermont-Ferrand, Sarajevo, AFI Fest and Reykjavik. The film also screened at MoMA for New Directors/New Films.


Among its many accolades, “Copa-Loca” was nominated for the European Film Award and won the Greek Academy Award 2018.


Christos Massalas was born in Greece, 1986. He studied Filmmaking at the London Film School. He is currently preparing his debut feature titled “Broadway”, which was selected for the Sundance Lab.

 

COPA-LOCA


Writer/Director: Christos Massalas
Director of Photography: Konstantinos Koukoulios
Starring: Elsa Lekakou, Jenny Hiloudaki, Pavlos Iordanopoulos, Talat Iqbal, Stathis Stamoulakatos, Michalis Pitidis, Fotis Stratigos, Nadia Katsoura, Panos Iosifidis, George Ramantanis, Jon Simvonis
Production Manager: Maria Repousi
Editing: Christos Massalas
Original music: Σtella
Costume Design: Marli Aliferi
Make-up: Ioanna Lygizou
Sound: Dimitris Kanellopoulos, George Ramantanis
Produced by: Christos Massalas
Co-produced by: Giorgos Karnavas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis
Running time: 14’
Country of production: Greece
Supported by the Greek Film Centre (GFC)

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Euro Connection is the European Short Film Co-production Forum taking place each year at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market. This business platform aims at fostering partnerships between European production companies for short film projects.

 

The next edition of Euro Connection will take place on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 February 2019 during the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market. Euro Connection is organised by Sauve Qui Peut le Court Métrage (Clermont-Ferrand) in association with the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, with the support of the Creative Europe MEDIA sub-programme and the PROCIREP.

CALL FOR PROJECTS 2019

What is Euro Connection?

Each year 13 short film projects are selected across Europe to participate in Euro Connection. The producers of the selected projects are invited to present their projects to an audience of potential co-producers. The invitation includes a travel grant, hotel accommodation, meals and a free accreditation to the Short Film Market in Clermont-Ferrand.

The selected projects are described in the Book of Projects and Producers, with a profile of their authors and producers. Its online publication (mid-January) is announced to European producers, broadcasters, fund representatives and financial backers registered to Clermont-Ferrand, who are invited to secure attendance to the pitching sessions during Euro Connection.

The event revolves around:

- Pitch training workshop (Monday 4 February 2019).

- Pitching sessions (Tuesday 5 February).

- Facilitated networking for producers and participants.

- One-on-one business meetings (Wednesday 6 February).

150 industry delegates take part in Euro Connection each year.

So far, 80 films were completed, including 39 European co-productions as a direct result from the first nine editions of Euro Connection.

Producers officially located in one of the associated countries must send their application by email to the national correspondent in their country no later than October 20, 2018 (more info, eligibility criteria, entry form and contacts here).

 

Funding of Development Projects for Feature Films

by the South Eastern Europe Cinema Network (SEE)

 

The Greek Film Centre (GFC) announces that the South Eastern European Cinema Network (SEE) launches a contest between its member states for the funding of Development Projects for Feature Films.

In its next meeting, to be held this coming October 2018, the Network will examine the submitted proposals and select the best among them to be funded.

 

Interested parties may obtain application forms and the analytical regulation here.

Applications must be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. & This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Deadline: September 17, 2018 & time: 11.00 (EEST)

For further clarification or information, please call +30210 3678501.

 

The Greek Film Centre is currently recruiting for a full-time Head of the Creative Europe Media Desk Greece, based in Athens.  

The Officer will promote the MEDIA sub-programme, provide assistance to potential applicants for Creative Europe funding, and design and deliver a variety of events. The candidates should have excellent command over the Greek and the English language (both oral & written). Find out more here (in Greek).

Applications must be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Deadline: September 10, 2018 & time: 16.00 (EEST)
A confirmation email will be sent once the application is received.

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.

Read more here

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

 

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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".

See (in Greek) here

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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