The Greek Film Centre announces its first funding slate of 2019
by Vassilis Economou
- Eighteen projects have received support, including many international co-productions and first-time directors
The Greek Film Centre (GFC) has announced its first round of funding pre-approvals for 2019, which covers 18 projects spanning four different programmes. The support granted totals over €1,766,000, and the GFC has also confirmed that, from now until 2022, a total amount of €4 million will be provided to new productions.
More precisely, 16 projects will be supported by the GFC under the Basic Film Production Program, which covers submissions from February 2017 to January 2018. Out of the 24 projects submitted, ten were approved for production support. The selection includes Panos H Koutras’ (Xenia [+see also:
interview: Panos H. Koutras
film profile]) new feature, entitled Dodo (produced by 100% Synthetic Films Ltd); the debut feature by award-winning short filmmaker Jacqueline Lentzou, SELENE 66 Questions (Blonde SA); Christos Dimas’ (The Island) Mnimosyni (Argonauts SA); Alexis Tsafas’ (Zenaida [+see also:
film profile]) international co-production Dresden Porcelain Dolls (Inkas Film Productions); and the coming-of-age, gay folk tale Peter and the Wolf by first-time feature filmmaker Thanasis Neofotistos (Argonauts SA), who has received a slew of awards for his short films.
Furthermore, other supported directors include Eleni Alexandraki’s (Angel and the Weightlifter) Tholos Vithos, Alexandros Voulgaris’ aka The Boy’s (Thread [+see also:
film profile]) Vgainoun Mesa Ap’ti Margo (Logline), CineLink-awarded debutant filmmaker Araceli Lemos’ Holy Emy (StudioBauhaus), Daphne Charizani’s Friendly Fire (Viewmaster Films), and Vasilis Douvlis’ (The Homecoming) 18 (Kakavias Films). Also, six more projects will be supported for script re-writing.
Finally, in the Program of Incentives to Attract Foreign Productions to Greece (for which the movies must have a Greek producer as a minority partner), Do Not Hesitate by Shariff Korver (The Intruder [+see also:
film profile]) has been selected, with Heretic serving as the Greek producer. In the Production Program for Films for Children, I Omada tou Pele by Marios Karamanis, produced by Argonauts SA, was the project chosen to receive the GFC’s support.
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