The Greek Film Centre announces its first funding slate of 2018
by Vassilis Economou
- The GFC is granting over €850,000 in support of new directors, documentaries, low-budget films, and projects in scriptwriting and development
The Greek Film Centre (GFC) has announced its first round of funding pre-approvals for 2018. Divided into four different programmes, the support granted totals over €850,000. More precisely, 11 feature films will receive the centre’s support, in the New Directors, Documentaries, and Low Budget programmes. Also, 25 projects that are currently at various stages of scriptwriting will be supported through the Script Writing/Development programme, to the tune of €160,500. This is the first session of pre-approval grants decided on by the new GFC board of directors, which took office earlier this month.
Three projects have been selected out of the seven submitted for the New Directors programme (intended for first or second feature films), with the amount of support granted totalling €296,000. One of the projects is Behind the Haystacks, written and directed by debutant Asimina Proedrou; it also participated in First Films First (see the news) and Thessaloniki’s Agora in 2016 (see the news), and is being produced by Ioanna Bolomyti (Argonauts Productions). The Dragon Has Come is the directorial debut by actor Christos Passalis, written by Passalis and Eleni Vergeti; the project was presented at the CineLink Co-production Market in 2017 (see the news) and is being staged by Maria Drandaki (Homemade Films). Finally, Michail Michail tou Michail – Oi Komikoi by seasoned writer-director and actor Dimitris Piatas, produced by Commedia, has received support for script rewriting.
In the Documentary programme, six projects out of the nine submitted will receive a total grant of €285,000. In detail, the feature-length documentary projects are O Sporos tou Kolomvou by Marianna Oikonomou (producer: Stefi & Lynx Productions), Evropi O Evropi by Elina Psykou (Αnemon Productions), 1,000sq Chronou by Maro Anastopoulou (Inkas Film Productions), I Epistrofi tou Dionisou by Spyros Tsiftsis (Portolanos Films), O Telefteos Partizanos by Andreas Hadjipateras (Exile Films) and Made in Vain by Michalis Klioumis (Heretic).
For the Low Budget programme, two projects out of seven have been granted €110,000. The projects are The Mountain Tears by Stelios Charalampopoulos (Periplus) and To Tholami by Vassilis Noulas (Nova Melancholia).
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