Funding bodies

Fund Goal

The MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe supports the EU film and audiovisual industries financially in the development, distribution and promotion of their work. It helps to launch projects with a European dimension and nurtures new technologies; it enables European films and audiovisual works including...

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To encourage co-operation between professionals working in different countries by providing financial support to European co-productions.

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Greek Film Center is a public benefit non-profit legal entity. It is administratively and financially autonomous and operates in the public interest. It is governed by private law and by the provisions of the 3905/2010 law. The main objective of Greek Film Center is to support and co-produce films of...

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EKOME administers the Greek Cash Rebate (35% cash return) and Tax Incentive (30% credit) Programs, coordinates the National Network of Film Offices in regions and municipalities across Greece, fostering entrepreneurship and creating the proper infrastructure for the development of audiovisual production...

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For a short stay of up to 90 days visas are not required for the citizens of the following countries: European Union, Albania, Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, St Kitts and Nevis, Switzerland, Taiwan, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City and Venezuela.
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Nationals of the EU/EEA Member States and Switzerland including the latest two countries of Bulgaria and Romania, are able to work without restriction in Greece.
For all other nationalities: they will need to go through a full work permit and residence permit application and it is fair to say that the expansion of the EU has made it more difficult for non-EU nationals to obtain work permits.

There are multiple types of shooting permits in Greece and each one comes from a different location. In order to get a standard shooting permit, which works for most locations, producers must go through the Ministry of Press and Mass Media. Special permits are required to film at archaeological sites, military bases or to film aerial shots or shots requiring the closing of public places. The most common of these special permits are the permits for historical sites. In order to get this permit, producers have to go through the Ministry of Culture. These permits allow supervised shooting in archaeological locations.

Accepts ATA Carnets for Commercial Samples, Exhibitions and Fairs, Professional Equipment. For detailed information visit

VAT standard rate is 23% (since 1 Jul 2010) Reduced Rate 13%, 6.5% (since 1 Jan 2011) Greece VAT Recovery Time: 6-12 months

Authors shall have, with the creation of the work, the right of copyright in that work, which includes, as exclusive and absolute rights, the right to exploit the work (economic right) and the right to protect their personal connection with the work (moral right). Ref: Law No. 2121/1993 on Copyright, Related Rights and Cultural Matters (as last amended by Law No. 3057/2002 (article 81) and by Law No. 3207/2003 (article 10 par. 33) (

An employer is obligated to deduct tax at source from an employee and to make additional contributions to social security as in many other EU member states. The employer's contribution amounts to 28.06% of the salary. The employee's contribution is 16%.

Film Commissions


Established in March 2017, the Hellenic Film Commission (HFC), the directorate of the Greek Film Centre responsible for attracting foreign productions in Greece (Law 3905/2010), is in tune with the global focus on how film and TV productions contribute to give visibility to a country throughout the...

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