Nine young Greek producers selected to promote their projects at Cannes.

The Greek film industry will have a notable presence on the croisette later this month, despite the absence of any Greek films in Cannes’ Official Selection.

Ile de France Film Commission, the German Media Council of Berlin-Brandenburg and the Film Commissions of Madrid and Rome-Lazio have chosen Greece as the special guest at the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Regions Capitales pour le cinema.

Co-ordinating the event is Olivier-René Veillon of Île de France and Demosthenes Davvetas, the Cultural Affairs Councillor of the Greek Prime Minister’s office, with the backing of the Greek Film Center (GFC).

They will be joined by GFC president George Papalios and GFC general director Gregory Karantinakis.

A group of nine young producers will travel to Cannes to promote their upcoming projects and meet with specially invited foreign producers and financiers.

They include:

Yorgos Tsourgiannis (Horsefly Productions)
1901, dir. Yiannis Veslemes
A sci-fi/fantasy project, in development (budget €1.8m).

Amanda Livanou
Park, Sofia Exarchou
A social drama produced by Guanaco Film, in development (€850,000).

Giorgos Karnavas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis (Heretic)
Hungry Mouth, Argyris Papadimitropoulos
Set to shoot in Jan 2004 (€970,000).

Ivo and Sofia, Elina Psykou
Set to shoot late 2004 (€700,000).

Karnavas is also the Greek representative at the EFP Producers on the Move Cannes initiative.

Maria Hatzakou (Haos Film)
Duncharon, Athina Rachel Tsangaris
In development (€4m).

Kostas Kefalas (Faliro House)
For Ever, Margarita Manda
Seeking post production partners (€350,000).

Alexandra Bousiou (Wrong Men)
Receptions, Filippos Tsitos
A “Felinni-like comedy” (€1.5m).

Golden Day, Vardis Marinakis
Art house drama (€1.5m),

Maria Drandaki (Homemade Films, Pan Entertainment)
A Blast, Syllas Tzoumerkas
Social drama (€ 920,000)
Won the Eurimages co-production development award at the 2012 Sarajevo Cinelink.

Stage Fright, Yorgos Zois’
Budget €900,000. Won the 2011 French CNC Development award and the Torino Film Lab production award in 2012. Will also be presented at the Cannes Atelier.

Maria Tsigka (Argonauts Productions)
Virus, Angelos Frantzis
Environmental drama, set to shoot in Russia (€1.3m).