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PRODUCTION / FUNDING Greece

The Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation unveils its latest funding slate

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- The Greek pubcaster is backing 14 national and international co-productions with a total of close to €950,000

The Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation unveils its latest funding slate
Albanian writer-director Gentian Koçi, whose sophomore feature A Cup of Coffee and New Shoes On is being supported by ERT SA

The Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT SA) has announced that it is supporting 14 Greek and international co-productions at its latest round of financing. This is the latest slate of funding announced in 2020, amounting to a total of €940,000, which is in accordance with the rule that broadcasters should allocate 1.5% of their gross income to Greek cinema. The 14 selected projects – 5 fiction features, 6 international co-productions and 3 documentaries – were submitted from 1 January to 30 April 2020.

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The five selected fiction projects, which have received support totalling €510,000, include the new features by Giorgos Georgopoulos‘ (Not to Be Unpleasant, But We Need to Have a Serious Talk) Patty Is Such a Girly Name (producer: Faliro House Productions) and Periklis Hoursoglou’s (The Building Manager) Ekseliksi (Soul Productions) along with three debutant directors, Thelgia Petraki’s Mikro Chroniko Trelas (Top Spot), Amerissa Basta’s Life In A Beat (Soul Productions), and Dimitris KatsimirisMe Aksioprepia (Frau Films).

Six international co-productions with a Greek producer on board will be funded with €295,000 by ERT SA. They are the sophomore feature by Catalunya’s Nely Reguera (María (and Everybody Else) [+see also:
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), The Grandson (Greek production company: Homemade Films); A Cup of Coffee and New Shoes On, the sophomore feature from Albanian writer-director Gentian Koçi, who is co-producing with Greek outfit Graal SA like he did on his feature debut Daybreak [+see also:
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; while Turkish filmmaker Emin Alper continues his collaboration with Horsefly Productions on Balkaya, his next film after the Berlinale-premiered A Tale of Three Sisters [+see also:
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interview: Emin Alper
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. Furthermore, the other funded projects are the latest feature from Cypriot director Kyros Papavassiliou (Impressions of a Drowned Man [+see also:
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), entitled Caterpillar, Nymph, Butterfly (Graal SA), and the debut fiction features from Italian documentarian Giulia Amati (Shashamane [+see also:
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), called Kristos The Last Child (Bad Crowd), and Tiger, from Romania’s Andrei Tanase (Graal SA), which also received Eurimages support last year.

Finally, three documentaries are being supported to the tune of €135,000. The feature-length titles are the latest project from writer-director Angelos Kovotsos (Europe, the Dream [+see also:
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), entitled When I Went to America (Smiling Sketches); Lithi/To Lenaki by Dimitris Indares (Marital Woes), which is also being produced by the director; and Bras de fer by Yorgos Goussis (Oh My Dog Production).

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