Konstantinos Kontovrakis and Giorgos Karnavas, the founders of Greek production outfit Heretic, have won the 2018 Eurimages Co-Production Award.
The prize will be presented during the European Film Awards ceremony on December 15 in Seville. It “acknowledges the decisive role of co-productions in fostering international exchange” and comes with
The decision marks the first time a Greek company has won the award. Last year’s award went to Foxtrot producer Cedomir Kolar (under the moniker of the European Co-Production Award).
Founded in 2013, Athens-based Heretic focuses on international co-productions and to date has produced Elina Psykou’s Son Of Sofia, which was backed by Eurimages, was part of the 2017 EFA Feature Film Selection, and won a prize in Tribeca. The company’s further credits include Siamak Etemadi’s Pari and Etienne Kallos’ The Harvesters (as co-producer) – the latter played in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard strand earlier this year.
The company’s upcoming projects include Miguel Angel Jimenez’s Sumendia (Volcano), also supported by Eurimages, which stars Emma Suarez and is now in post-production after shooting in Greece and Spain.
In 2014, Heretic launched an international sales arm in the form of Heretic Outreach, which is fronted by head of sales and acquisitions Ioanna Stais.