Film policy

Ministry of Culture and Sports
Greek Film Centre
Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Greek Film Archive Foundation
Key objectives of the measure:

The key objectives of film policy are to promote new artists, create new jobs, increase investments in film production, attract foreign producers and enhance the outward-looking character of the Greek film industry.

Scope of the measure:
National, International
Nature of the measure:
legislative, financial, institutional
Main feature of the measure:

According to the national law 3905/2010, there had been a special tax included in the price of movie tickets, which was used for the enhancement of Greek film industry. Until 2015, when this tax was abolished, the revenue generated from this tax was allocated annually to: the Greek Film Center for the implementation of its policy; to Greek film producers; to the owners of cinema theater where Greek films were screened, and to many other agencies active in the domestic film sector.  

Another source of funding for the development of Greek cinema comes from the obligation of the public Greek Radio Television Company (ERT SA) to allocate 1.5% of its annual turnover to the enhancement of Greek film production, while the private television stations and ICT companies would also pay 1.5% of their annual income from advertising to the same purpose. The state has difficulties in collecting these revenues. 

In addition to the legal measures, while also based on them, there are a further two main measures that are used to accomplish the objectives mentioned above: providing financial support to the Greek Film Center and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, and the import and export stategy.

The Greek Film Archive Foundation (GFAF) is another non-profit cultural organization subsidized by the state on a regular basis, whose purpose is the research, collection, conservation and promotion of the Greek and international film heritage.It promotes world cinema to Greek audiences and promotes Greek cinema abroad, through a large number of activities. 
Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

The enhancement and promotions of Greek film industry, the mobility of film professionals and the promotion of world cinema to Greek audiences.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

 Financial resources allocated by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, MEDIA program and other sources.

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts