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Greek-French Co-production Agreement
20 May 2014
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Greek Film Center and the French National Center of Cinematography and the Moving Image (CNC) ratified their last April prior-agreement of co-operation yesterday in Cannes IFF. Along with the world premiere of Panos H. Koutras΄ Greek-French-Belgium co-production of Xenia at the Cannes Un Certain Regard section, the 19th of May marked the beginning of co-operations for both Centers. Signed by Mr. Grigoris Karantinakis from the GFC and his counterpart from the CNC, Frédérique Bredin, the three-year fund will support feature films, animation and documentaries co-productions. For 2014 the total budget will be 1.000.000 €, out of which 80% comes from CNC and the rest from the Greek Film Center

“Cinema is the pinpoint of our modern culture. It conveys our tradition and it is a bold and creative reflection of our time. An identity element but also a passport for the world. Next week’s ratification of the agreement between the Greek Film Center and the French National Center of Cinematography and the Moving Image marks another launching of Greek cinema and, by extension, of our culture” stated Panos Panayotopoulos, Greek Minister of Culture and Sports after meeting with the General Manager of the GFC, Grigoris Karantinakis. 

G. Karantinakis (GFC) and F. Bredin (CNC)

Yannis Iliopoulos from GFC told us that, like the negotiations leading up to it, the signing of the agreement was made in a very good environment, coming after a long effort by both Centers and it is of a great importance, especially for the Greek filmmakers. More specifically, regarding the benefits of the agreement, he stated that the amount of money given by the French National Center of Cinematography to the approved works, will be considerably higher than the percentage the French minor-producer will have in the work. This is important because in that way the total amount given by CNC can be entirely spent for the funding of co-productions of Greek initiative. Moreover, it seems that there will be a flexibility regarding the terrestrial limits in the expenses of the funding by CNC, aiming at strengthening the Greek-French productions. Finally, Iliopoulos added that another important benefit for the Greek producers is the fact that the grants given by this bilateral fund will be non-refundable.

  Grigoris Karantinakis
  Panos H. Koutras
  Festival de Cannes
  Greek Film Center
  Centre national du cinéma et de l`image animée (CNC)
  Greek Film Industry - News at a glance
  Cannes IFF 2014
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