In the decade 1955-1965 Greece attracted the interest of various international producers who decided to exploit the country’s light, its landscape but very often also its myths. These films were major international box office hits. To name but a few, who can forget “Boy on a Dolphin” (1957) starring Sophia Loren and Alan Ladd, “The Guns of Navarone” (1961) with al all-star cast that included Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn and Irene Papas and “Zorba the Greek” (1964) with Anthony Quinn and Alan Bates in the leading roles. To date films of all genres have been shot in Greece from time to time, as well as television programs and commercials, which, however, were filmed mostly on the Greek islands. The visual wealth of the Greek hinterland, slightly familiar from the films of Theo Angelopoulos, is, in essence, virgin territory. The need for new images in the film industry has led to a boom in optical effects and the quest for visually pristine locations. Just think, how many more romantic comedies can still be filmed in Paris? At a time when the film industry has exhausted, visually, many regions of the planet, Greece offers a wide variety of natural locations that are rich in unique historical monuments and traditional architecture.
Greece has this visual wealth of natural landscapes to offer in regions like Thrace, Macedonia, Epirus, Thessaly, the Greek mainland, the Peloponnese, Crete and of course the islands in the Aegean and the Ionian seas.
But apart from its natural beauty the country also offers a modern infrastructure for handling international film productions, production companies with a record of participations in international productions, experienced crews and service companies that can provide you with the necessary equipment.
In Greece you will not find large studios. Those you can find in other countries. What we have here are excellent locations, unique monuments, history and myths that you will not find in other countries, all under the best light of the sun.
Since 1974, the Greek Film Centre, which is supervised by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, has supported the production and promotion of Greek films and has attempted to foster the participation of Greek producers in foreign productions. In 2007, within the framework of GFC operations, the Hellenic Film Commission Office was established for the purpose of providing every possible service so that you can shoot your film in Greece.