Filming Greece

The country with the world's most film-friendly light in its DNA

The camera lens can capture more shades of blue in Greece than anywhere else in the world. With its stunning locations and backdrops, and its amazing Mediterranean climate with plenty of sunshine throughout the entire year, Greece offers far more than a unique and physical décor; versatile both in terms of landscapes as well as historical periods within short distances.

Greece offers tailor-made stage sets which can accommodate a huge range of visual projects

An Ideal Filming Destination

From classical Athens and the mountainous hinterland to its 6000 islands, the whole of Greece offers tailor-made stage sets which can accommodate a huge range of visual projects, from modern to period, commercial to fiction: picturesque traditional villages, unique islands, amazing beaches, forests, snow-capped mountains, baths, gorges, volcanoes and barren expanses. An infinity of choice for location managers. Greece's architecture spans the millennia with examples from different eras, from historical landmarks with ancient temples and ancient theatres, fortified Byzantine cities, monasteries and medieval fortresses to the island homes of wealthy seafarers, neoclassical mansions and sophisticated lofts in cosmopolitan Athens.

A film friendly country since the beginning of the 20th century –when Joseph Hepp shot The adventures of Villar (1924) in Athens–, Greece is proud to have provided perfect locations and excellent crews to international classics (Zorba the Greek, Topkapi, America America, The Guns of Navarone), big Hollywood productions, (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, The Bourne Identity, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: the Cradle of Life, Mamma Mia!, Before Midnight, The Two Faces of January), high-end TV productions (The Durrells) and animation masterpieces such as the 2017 sensation Loving Vincent.

During the last three years approximately 30 foreign film and TV productions (from USA, South Korea, China and Europe), experienced all the good reasons of what it means to film in Greece: one of the safest, most stable and extrovert countries in the region with English-speaking Greek crews who have the expertise to collaborate flawlessly with international productions. From outstanding drone operators and post-production facilities equipped with high-end industry technologies to world-class production service companies, the Greek Industry Guide provides dream teams of "dedicated maniacs".

Thriving film and TV sectors deliver real benefits to national, regional and local economies. The growth of these sectors positively influences the employment, the development of new skills and provides infrastructure for innovation. In tune with the global focus on how film and TV productions contribute to give visibility to a country throughout the world, the Hellenic Film Commission, a member of Filming Europe - European Film Commissions Network (EUFCN), is the directorate of the Greek Film Centre responsible for promoting Greece internationally to attract foreign audiovisual productions. For any inquiries regarding your plans to film in Greece your primary contact point is the Hellenic Film Commission of the Greek Film Centre.

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Filming in Greece

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Zorba the Greek is one of those stories that capture the magic of Greek life. In it, Basil (Alan Bates), a young English man who has Greek roots heads to Crete so that he could inspect an abandoned mine that his father owns. While on the island, he meets an intriguing Greek man named Zorba (Anthony Quinn) and they strike up a friendship. Basil quickly learned that life wasn’t always easy and filled with happy times. However, with Zorba’s help, he learned how to enjoy life even when things were less than perfect.


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This film was a major box office success and became one of the 1961 most important films. Many famous actors starred, like Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Baker, and Irene Papas.