Greece launches new filming incentive
Greece has launched a 25% cash rebate as its first national filming incentive in a bid to attract high-end TV shows and features.
Producers will have access to the support when they spend at least €100,000 locally and satisfy a cultural test, but the per-production cap is set at a relatively low €5m.
Greece’s National Center for Audiovisual Media & Communication is administering the filming incentive, which will be paid back to producers within six months of costs being incurred.
The country has struggled to attract international productions in recent years, partly as a consequence of its national financial crisis.
Paul Greengrass’ 2016 action sequel Jason Bourne used Tenerife as a stand-in for Athens and Richard Curtis’ musical follow-up Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again doubled Croatia for a fictional Greek island.
Greece offers unique historic locations but faces a challenge developing a film-friendly reputation.
Just in the last few weeks the BBC’s co-production The Little Drummer Girl was initially refused permission to film at the Cape Sounio historical site – that includes the temple of Poseidon – some 40 miles from Athens, a decision that had to be directly overturned by the Greek government.
See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Greece.
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