After Greece’s Central Archaeological Council (KAS) approval for BBC to shoot the series “The Little Drummer Girl” at the Temple of Poseidon, Cape Sounion, another license was granted to a Chinese production. A plan to simplify the licensing for film shoots in monuments and archaeological sites is in the pipeline, and a new electronic platform will be available soon for producers to submit proposals for funding. The Chinese series that was given the green light is “My Poseidon” produced for Mango TV, China’s largest channel after state-owned CCTV.
In an interview on ERT1, Digital Policy Minister Nikos Pappas said that the new platform, on which producers can submit their proposals in order to secure financing, will be up and running in the next few days. “Producers do not only want money, but also an institutional framework to ensure that productions are completed on time, while ensuring the monuments’ protection”, he noted.
At the same time, a plan is underway to simplify the licensing procedures for filming in monuments and archaeological sites. According to the plan, a fee will be required, the amount of which, will depend on the duration, the season and the type of shooting. Regulations are also being considered that will offer financial incentives and tax relief to producers. “Anyone who uses emblematic monuments must pay, even a bit more than in other countries; we should not become a cheap audiovisual production country. However, we have to be very strict regarding accuracy and consistency” said the General Secretary for Information and Communication, Lefteris Kretsos in an interview on ERT1.
With the Digital Policy Ministry recent bill, 75 million euros are already available to producers, while another 375 million euros have been budgeted towards the support of audiovisual productions. A large foreign production can benefit more than 150 industries that are related to audiovisual productions, while the country’s exposure abroad, will have a positive impact in tourism.