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.

 

gfc cnc convention cannes 2017

photo: CNC

 

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.

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