Greece Film & Photography Production Services & Camera Crews
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Filming in Greece
For an introduction to shooting in Greece see below notes on film locations, permits, when to shoot, unique local stories, costs, tax incentives, crews, talent, equipment, communications, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits for filming, transport, film-friendly accommodation, and safety advice.
Greece Film Locations
Greece is blessed with a long architectural history dating back thousands of years from the Bronze Age, through to Ancient, Medieval, and Modern Greece.
Greece’s natural landscape is just as varied as its architectural heritage with its idyllic beaches, snowy mountain ranges, wine-producing valleys, lush forests, sand dunes, caves, gorges, lakes, rivers, and national parks.
International shipping is Greece’s largest industry. Agricultural film locations include vast stretches of olive orchards, vineyards, cotton, pistachios, rice, figs, almonds, and tomato fields. The country also has marble quarries.
The 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.
Greece has hosted productions such as The Little Drummer Girl (2018), The Bourne Identity (2002), Before Midnight (2013), Mama Mia (2008), and The Guns of Navarone (1961).
Locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers can be divided by the following regions:
Includes the regions of Attica, Central Greece, Peloponnese, Western Greece, Thessaly, Epirus, Western Macedonia, Central Macedonia, Eastern Macedonia & Thrace, and the autonomous region of Mount Athos.
Central Greece. The ancient city of Athens is Greece’s capital and main film production centre where most crew and equipment are based. The Acropolis (Parthenon, Propylaia, Erechtheion, and the Temple of Athena Nike) is Greece’s most famous film location. Athens also has modern architecture such as Athens 2004 Olympic venues and the New Acropolis Museum. Green locations of interest include the National Garden and Diomidis Botanical Garden.
Within a couple of hours drive from Athens you can reach Cape Sounion’s Temple of Poseidon ruins looking out on to the sea, Mount Parnitha National Park, the mountain town of Arachova, Karpenisi Velouchi Ski Resort, Schinias Beach, Daphni Monastery, and the archaeological ruins of Delphi. Hydra is a beautiful seaside village on the Saronic Islands.
Peloponnese is rich with archaeological history including Olympia, Epidaurus Theatre and Temple of Asklepios, Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae, and the ruins of Mycenae. Mystras is an impressive Medieval town. Nafplio is a picturesque seaport town with Neoclassical architecture. The village of Vathia is known for its abandoned houses, towers and chapels. Karytaina is a beautiful mountain village. Just off the mainland is the hidden town of Monemvasia, located on an island that is connected by a bridge. The Corinth Canal makes for an interesting film location. The water castle of Bourtzi is located in the middle of the harbour of Nafplio.
Epirus. Northwestern Greece’s locations of interest include Vikos–Aoös National Park, Roman ruins at Nikopolis, and Syrrako mountain village. Zagorohoria is a region in the Pindus mountains home to 46 traditional mountain villages including Mikro Papigo, Monodendri, and Vitsa. The seaside town of Parga is known for its scenic beauty, Venetian castle, and the exquisite beaches of Lichnos and Valtos.
Thessaly. Meteora Monastery is built on rocky pinnacles. Mount Olympus is Greece’s highest peak. The Pelion region has picturesque villages. Ampelakia is a historical town.
Macedonia. Greece’s second largest city, Thessaloniki is known for its Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman heritage. It also has modern architecture such as the Thessaloniki Science Center & Technology Museum. The Macedonia region has Ottoman-influenced buildings in the towns of Grevená and Kozáni. Palaios Panteleimonas is a picturesque mountain village. Kastoria is a beautiful lakefront city with snow-capped mountains. Mount Athos is an autonomous monastic state where only men are allowed.
Thrace. Northeastern Greece is known for its natural beauty as well as its Byzantine, medieval, and Ottoman heritage.
Includes the regions of North Aegean, South Aegean, Ionian Islands, and Crete.
Aegean Islands. Santorini is one of the world’s best known islands famous for its stunning sunsets and whitewashed buildings. The island of Rhodes is known for the medieval towns of Rhodes and Lindos. Mykonos is a popular party island. The neighbouring island of Delos has archaeological ruins. Skopelos Island has beaches, lush green forests and picturesque villages such as Skopelos or Glossa. Milos Island has beautiful beaches and picturesque white-washed homes. Other locations of interest include Achilleion palace on Corfu Island, the Monastery of St John the Divine on Patmos Island, the castles and windmills of Leros Island, Neoclassical architecture in the town of Ermoupolis, photogenic Symi Harbour, Lemnos sand dunes, and Tourlitis Lighthouse located off the coast of Andros Island.
Ionian Islands are located on the west coast of Greece. Kefallonia is the largest of the islands. It is known for its quaint mountain villages, Byzantine monasteries and beautiful beaches such as Myrtos Beach. Keffallonia is also home to Drogarati Cave and Melissani Lake. Zakynthos Island’s Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Bay) is a spectacular location popular with photographers for its rusting shipwreck resting on a paradise beach.
Crete is Greece’s largest island. Locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include Elafonisi beach, the windmills of Lasithi Plateau, Samaria Gorge, Dikteon Cave, Gournia archaeological site, the picturesque fishing village of Agia Pelagia, and Gramvousa and Balos Lagoons. The ancient olive tree of Vouves has been bearing fruit for at least 2,000 years. Knossos was one of Europe’s first cities. Ring House is a beautiful modern home in Agia Galini.
Greece Film Location Permits
Filming archaeological locations requires special permission from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The Acropolis and Temple of Poseidon, which are very restricted film locations, hosted The Little Drummer Girl (2018) miniseries. 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.
Events of interest to filmmakers and photographers include:
• Epiphany celebrations take place in Piraeus in January.
• Carnival festivities take place in Athens in February.
• Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations (such as the Rocket War of Vrontados) take place in April, as does the Feast of St George.
• The Aegean Regatta takes place in August in the Dodecanese.
Greece is a predominately Greek Orthodox Christian country.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Greece.
Unique Local Stories
Brands are looking for local stories that match their brand narrative. Our local teams are a great lead for sourcing those unique stories and characters.
If you are looking for stories for your next shoot, send us your brief and we will pitch you ideas.
If you have a unique story you would like to pitch to a brand anywhere in the world, pitch us your idea. We have well-established processes to ensure that your ideas are properly seen and protected.
Costs & Tax Incentives
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.
Tax Incentives. Greece offers a 40% cash rebate for qualifying productions. The country’s separate tax relief program, which covers up to 30% of eligible costs deducted from net taxable income, can be combined with the rebate to total up to 50% of the overall production cost. This is extended to 60% for EU co-productions.
Film Crew & Talent
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.
Talent. Buyouts and day rates are negotiable.
Greek is the official language.
Greeks are the largest ethnic group. Minorities include Turks, Albanians, Roma, Macedonians, Bulgarians, and Armenians. Some Arab, Asian, African, and blonde looks are available too. Greece’s close proximity to other major European production centres allows easy access to those pools of talent should you ever need to look further.
Greece Film Equipment
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.
Communications. Communication is key. Our agility and global experience allows us to customise the right communications systems for every shoot.
Web posted casting, scouting, and videoconferencing.
For clients that are unable to attend set we offer a virtual video village solution. This dedicated and secure high-resolution video streaming platform allows clients from one or multiple timezones to view setups without compromise and to participate in real-time with the team on set. Separate systems can be set up for the discrete conversations that are required to make a job run right. Working remotely with our local teams reduces your content production costs, turnaround times, carbon footprint, and risks associated with unpredictable global events.
Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production
Art department and set construction are of a good standard.
Studios and backlots. Greece has several large studios including Thessaloniki Film Studios.
Post Production. Greece has all standard facilities.
Visas & Work Permits
Greece is a 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.
Transport & Accommodation
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:
Safety. See here for up to date travel advice.
Down Time. Take a couple of days off in the Greek Islands.
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:
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