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Greece

Greece Film & Photography Production Services.

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Greece? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.

Want to know more about shooting in Greece? See below for an introduction to Greece locations, permits, when to shoot, costs, talent, crews, fringes and premiums, equipment, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits, film friendly hotels, transport, communications and safety advice.

Film Locations. Picturesque whitewashed towns with blue-domed churches, black and white sand beaches and beautiful azure seas make the Greek Islands perhaps Greece’s most sought after film destination. Islands of particular interest include Santorini, Rhodes, Kefallonia, Zakynthos, Crete, Mykonos and Corfu to name a few. The Windmills of Lasithi Plateau.

Greece offers a great wealth of architectural beauty including:

• Ancient Greece’s archaeological ruins – The Acropolis, Olympia, Delphi, Delos, Epidaurus, The Temple of Epicurean Apollo and Mycenae.
• Thessalonica Early Christian and Byzantine architecture.
• Meteora Monastery built on rocky pinnacles.
• Medieval cities of Rhodes and Mystras.
• Neoclassical architecture in the cities of Ermoupolis and Nafplion.
• Ottoman-influenced buildings in Grevená and Kozáni.
• Modern architecture – Athens Olympic facilities, Thessaloniki Science Center & Technology Museum and the New Acropolis Museum.

Greece’s natural landscape is just as varied as its architectural heritage. Locations of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers include idyllic beaches, towering mountain ranges, wine-producing valleys, vast stretches of olive orchards, lush forests, sand dunes, snowy mountains, caves, gorges, lakes, rivers and national parks.

Athens is the main production centre and all needs to travel from there.

Greece has hosted films such as The Bourne Identity, Before Midnight, and The Guns of Navarone.

Greece Film Location Permits. Filming archaeological locations requires special permission from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Aerial shots, underwater filming and shoots that require closing public spaces require additional permits. Permission to film the New Acropolis Museum requires a very detailed application and strict criteria to be met. There are no citywide permits for Athens, even for smaller shoots that do not require exclusive use of public space. Each Athens location must be permitted individually. Our Greek fixer / service company can package a rate for permits depending on the specifics of each shoot. Please contact us for more location specific information.

When to shoot? Greece has a wide range of microclimates and local variations. Generally speaking Greece has a typical Mediterranean climate with plenty of sunshine, mild temperatures and little rainfall. Winter is from February to March and sees short, heavy showers. The mountains in the north get snowfall and the islands in the south experience a mild winter. April to October are hot with heat waves common in July and August especially in Athens. The height of the summer has 14 hours of daylight. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Epiphany celebrations take place in Piraeus in January. Carnival festivities take place in Athens in February. Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations take place in April, as does the Feast of St George.

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Greece.

Costs. Greece trades in the Euro. Greece is considered to be a relatively expensive place to shoot, however there are ways to film low budget projects, particularly if the projects are small and shoot outside of the centre of Athens. Filming on the islands adds to travel costs as most gear and crew needs to be brought in. That said, our locally based fixers and service producers will negotiate deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget. See here for the current VAT rate.

Talent. Greece offers mainly Greek looks with some Asian, African, and blonde looks available too. All other talent looks need to be brought in from abroad.

Crews. Greece has a small but good pool of directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. There is a good depth of English speaking key crew experienced in servicing all types of productions. Greece’s close proximity to other major European production centres allows easy access to those technical and creative crews should you ever need to look further.

Contact us if you are looking for a Athens or Greek Islands based director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew in Greece.

Fringes and Premiums. Taxes / insurance apply but our Greek fixer / service producer packages deals that cover this.

Equipment. Greece has a range of standard and specialized camera, grip and lighting equipment available locally. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Greece is an ATA carnet country.

Art department and set construction are of a good standard.

Studios and backlots. Greece has several large studios but no backlots at this stage.

Tax Incentives. Conditional funding is available for films shooting in Greece as Greek co-productions. There are no tax incentives for foreign commercials shooting in Greece. Some productions may be eligible for a VAT rebate.

Post Production. Greece has all standard facilities.

Visas and Work Permits. Greece is Schengen Area member state. Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Visiting US film crews can enter visa-free for a period of up to 90 days. Our Greek fixer / service company can provide letters of invitation if required. Contact your local Greek embassy or representative for more information.

Transportation Infrastructure. Roads are up to international standards. Islands are serviced well by ferries and airlines. Several international and regional budget airlines service flights to Greece.

Accommodation. Contact us for film friendly hotels in Athens, Greek Islands or anywhere else in Greece. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments. Hotels of note include:

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Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing.

Safety. See here for up to date travel advice.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Greece, please see below:

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer in Greece, please contact us.

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