Eurimages to award Konstantinos Kontovrakis and Giorgos Karnavas at the EFAs
- The two Greek producers will receive the Eurimages Co-Production Award at the upcoming ceremony of the European Film Awards
This year's Eurimages Co-Production Award, an award acknowledging the decisive role of co-productions in fostering international exchange, goes to two fellow producers: Konstantinos Kontovrakis and Giorgos Karnavas. The award will be presented during the European Film Awards ceremony on Saturday, 15 December, in Seville.
Konstantinos Kontovrakis was a film critic and journalist while collaborating with the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, for which he worked for ten years mainly as a programmer. In 2010, he turned to production as an executive for the film Wasted Youth by Argyris Papadimitropoulos and Jan Vogel. Konstantinos was an EFP's Producer on the Move for Greece in 2014 and he is the national representative of EAVE in Greece.
Giorgos Karnavas joined Stefi Productions in 1998 and was the General Manager and Head of Events from 2007 to September 2012, and he founded and produced the Synch Festival (2006 Best European Electronic Music Festival). He entered film production in 2010 and is a member of ACE and the European and Greek Film Academies. He was an EFP's Producer on the Move in 2013.
Konstantinos Kontovrakis and Giorgos Karnavas joined forces in order to establish the Athens-based production company Heretic. Heretic is focusing on quality-driven films and international co-productions, looking for projects with an international perspective and ensuring their position in the world-wide market from development till completion. The company produced the Eurimages-supported films Son of Sofia [+see also:
interview: Elina Psykou
film profile] (EFA Feature Film Selection 2017) by Elina Psykou, which won the top prize of the International Narrative Feature Competition at the last edition of the Tribeca Film Festival, and Pari by Siamak Etemadi, which was selected for L'atelier of the Cinefondation of the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. It also co-produced The Harvesters [+see also:
interview: Etienne Kallos
film profile] by Etienne Kallos, supported by Eurimages, which was nominated in the section Un Certain Regard of the last Cannes Film Festival and Sumendia by Miguel Angel Jimenez, also supported by Eurimages, which is currently in post-production. In 2014 Heretic launched Heretic Outreach, the international sales arm of the company that handles internationally outstanding films such as Ralitza Petrova's Godless [+see also:
interview: Ralitza Petrova
film profile] (Golden Leopard, Locarno IFF; EFA Discovery Nominee 2017, Isabella Eklöf's Holiday [+see also:
interview: Victoria Carmen Sonne
film profile] (Sundance World Cinema Competition) and Muayad Alayan's The Reports on Sarah and Saleem [+see also:
film profile] (Special Jury Award, Rotterdam IFF).
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