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Attica Promoted as Filming Location at UK’s ‘Focus 2019’ Expo

Focus 2019

Aiming to promote Attica as a filming location, the Tourism Department of the Region of Attica recently participated in UK’s Focus 2019 exhibition, an international event that every year brings together audiovisual production companies and executives from all over the world.

Focus took place in London between December 3-4 and featured over 250 exhibitors from over 80 countries. The two-day event included presentations, discussions, masterclasses, networking opportunities and B2B meetings.

Photo Source: tlgfocus.com

The Region of Attica was hosted in the stand of the National Centre of Audiovisual Media and Communication (EKOME) along with other Greek regions and presented the services and incentives offered as part of efforts to attract foreign TV and cinema productions.

“We participate in international exhibitions that promote Attica’s competitive advantages and aim, through specific initiatives, to put the area into the spotlight and make it a global brand name,” said Attica Governor Giorgos Patoulis.

During Focus 2019, Attica Region tourism executives held B2B meetings with representatives of national film commissions, location scouts and producers, and presented the area’s numerous filming locations, infrastructure, and competitive advantages.

They also offered information on the cash rebate system, established in Greece by EKOME.

The cash rebate amounts to 35 percent of the eligible expenses incurred in Greece for all beneficiaries. It supports feature films, documentaries, TV drama series, animated films and digital games for which Greece has been chosen as a location in either principal photography and production development and/or post-production stage.

Michael Winterbottom’s latest feature film titled “Greed”, completed three weeks of filming in Greece in autumn 2018. Photo Source: Hellenic Film Commission © GREED Sony Pictures Releasing

A state-run organization, EKOME aims to support the production of foreign audiovisual works in Greece by offering incentives and developing a National Film Offices Network in Greece in collaboration with the Hellenic Film Commission and the country’s state and regional authorities.

About the Author
Eleftheria has worked for several financial newspapers, magazines and websites during the past 19 years. Between 2004 and 2014 she worked as a radio producer, reporter and presenter for the Greek and English language program of “Athina 9.84 FM”. She also has hands-on experience in the MICE industry.

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