During the most recent Cannes International Film Festival, the Greek Film Center (GFC) renewed the convention with France’s Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC) that aims to support Greek-French cinematic co-productions.
Of the 17 submitted feature projects – 15 fictions and two documentaries – five have been selected to be supported by the mutual Greek-French fund that has a total budget of €600,000. €400,000 of this is coming from the French side and €200,000 from the Greek side.
The selection includes Alexis Alexiou’s ("Wednesday 04:45") much-awaited new feature, the upcoming film by Yiannis Economides ("Stratos"), Basile Doganis’ debut, which has just entered post-production (see the news) and which is also the sole film with a Greek production company as a minority partner, and Sarajevo CineLink winner Araceli Lemos, while Greek-American filmmaker Alethea Avramis is directing the only documentary.
The funded projects are:
"Mesogia" – Alexis Alexiou
Producers: Senorita Films (France), View Master Films (Greece)
"The Ballad of a Pierced Heart" – Yiannis Economides
Producers: EZ Films (France), Argonauts Productions S.A. Greece)
"Holy Emy" – Araceli Lemos
Producers: Mezzanine Films (France), StudioBauhaus (Greece)
"Meltem" – Basile Doganis
Producers: Elzévir Films (France), Blonde SA (Greece)
Sundays – Alethea Avramis
Producers: Mezzanine Films (France), Heretic (Greece)
Furthermore, the GFC has announced the selection of three international projects that have a Greek producer as a minority partner and which will receive financial support of €40,000 each:
"Kal-A-Zar" – Janis Rafailidou (Netherlands/Greece)
Greek producer: Heretic
"Meltem" – Basile Doganis (France/Greece)
Greek producer: Blonde SA
Finally, the GFC has pre-approved 20 short films to receive financial support amounting to €345,000, two feature-length documentaries to be financed with a total of €90,000, and €25,000 to be divided between two fiction feature projects that are currently in development.