Federation of European Screen Directors (FERA)
The Federation of European Screen Directors (FERA) was founded in 1980 and is the only European organisation representing film and TV directors. Driven by 49 directors associations with members from 35 countries, we speak for more than 20,000 European screen directors, representing their cultural, creative and economic interests at the national and European levels. We work to promote policies that maximize the creative, social and commercial potential of European directors and the audiovisual industry.
We focus on issues of major importance in the creation and promotion of audiovisual works. Our mission is to enhance the recognition of the cultural significance of audiovisual works and to defend their integrity in 21st century Europe. FERA represents directors as the authors and primary creators of audiovisual works. The director is the creative decision-maker in a process of artistic collaboration and takes final responsibility for the aesthetic cohesion and artistic integrity of the work. FERA is committed to safeguarding the craft, artistry and the creative and economic rights of the director as essential components of the diversity of audiovisual culture in Europe and beyond.
UNI-Media and Entertainment Industry (UNI-MEI)
UNI Media, Entertainment & Arts unites unions and guilds to raise standards and enforce rights for creatives, technicians and auxiliary workers. Together, unions from across the world take on pressing problems such as low pay, long hours and unsafe working conditions, and campaign for freedom of expression and association, equality, diversity and a just digital transformation. For workers behind the scenes, UNI Media, Entertainment & Arts builds collective power on a global scale.
Panhellenic Federation of the Audio-Visual sector
The Panhellenic Federation of the Audio-Visual sector is an association comprised of associations and guilds from theatre, cinema, radio, television, music, dance and singing. The Federation was founded in 1956 when historic guilds united to joint action. The Federation at the moment, represents over 30 guilds.
UNION OF GREEK ACTORS
The Greek Actors Guild is one of the most historic guilds in Greece. It was founded in 1917, and since then, it has been uniting Greek theatre, film, and television actors. The Guild, over the years, has achieved to improve the working conditions and payment terms of its members significantly.
GREEK FILM DIRECTORS AND PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION (ESPEC)
The Greek Film Directors and Producers Association was founded in 1991 to promote the interests of Greek film directors. Since 1994, their goals have been promoting Greek cinematography in Greece and abroad and defending the freedom of speech of film creators, directors, producers, etc.
SCRIPTWRITERS GUILD OF GREECE
The Scriptwriters Guild of Greece is the only professional scriptwriters union in Greece. It was founded in 1989 when the first private television channels were created. Today, the Guild has over 130 members employed in the film and television industries. The guild’s goal is to protect the scriptwriters’ work.
GREEK UNION OF FILM, TELEVISION AND AUDIOVISUAL TECHNICIANS
The Greek Union of Film, Television and Audiovisual Technicians is a first-degree trade corporation, which was founded in 1948 and has members from all the specialties in the audiovisual field. Specifically, it includes 81 specialties from the following areas: Direction, Production, Cinematography, Set and Costumes design, Sound recording, Editing, Make-up, Electricians, Special Effects, Laboratory, Television, Broadcasting, Recording, and New Technologies. The aims of E.T.E.K.T. - O.T. are the professional and legal security of its members as well as the rendering of motives for cultural activation. Its offices are located in a privately-owned building (25, Valtetsiou str., Athens), sharing lodgings with its Cultural Center, which includes a Library (with Greek and foreign bibliography), Film Archive and Lecture Hall. Further objectives of the Union are the full technical education of its members, the promotion and recognition of Greek cinematography both in Greece and abroad and the contribution towards improving the cultural identity of our country.
GREEK FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION
The Greek Film Critics Association was founded in 1975. Its goal is to unite all Greek film critics.
GREEK DOCUMENTARY ASSOCIATION
The Greek Documentary Association was founded in 2013 by various creatives -directors, producers, scriptwriters, film editors, etc.- brought together by their shared passion and love for the creative documentary. From the beginning, they supported documentary as a genre in Greece and contributed to its international recognition by organising educational activities, developing ways to promote and distribute documentaries, cooperating with relevant organisations, international festivals and markets, and fighting so that Greek Documentary finds the recognition it deserves.
AUDIOVISUAL PRODUCERS’ ASSOCIATION OF GREECE (SAPOE)
The Audiovisual Producers’ Association of Greece (SAPOE) is a non-profit organization. It was established in 1975 and represents Greek companies active in the production of films, television programs and new media. The Association’s members have high expertise, highly qualified human resources, develop synergies for co-productions and provide production services to foreign productions filming in Greece. Film productions and co-productions by members of the Association have participated in international film festivals. The Association, using the position held by its members in the market of the domestic audiovisual industry, is the representative body of Greek producers and the discussant of the audiovisual industry with other institutions and government bodies. The constant presence of SAPOE as the directly concerned representative organization of producers aims to highlight the contribution of the audiovisual industry to the national economy, and culture and promote our country’s image.
GREEK PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION OF FILM - TELEVISION & MULTIMEDIA
The Greek Producers Association (GREEK FILM TELEVISION & MULTIMEDIA PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION) is the oldest union in the film and mass media industry, dating over 60 years ago.
All the great producers of the industry, including Fillopimen Finos, Klearhos Kinitsiotis, James Paris, Kostas Karajannis, Antonis Karatzopoulos, Soulis Georgiadis, Mihalis Lefakis, George Karajannis, Theodoros (Dodos) Karajannis and others have been among its members and residents.
It should be noted that the Union has had permanent participation throughout all these years in the institutional organizations of the trade, such as the Filmmaking Advisory Council of the Ministry of Culture, the Special Committee of the Ministry of Press and the Mass Media, the Intercorporate Committee of the industry, the intermediary organization of professionals for the evaluation of the proposals submitted to the MEDIA II programme, and so on.
Today it includes about 100 members responsible for about 85% of the total output in the Greek audiovisual industry.
HELLENIC MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND SPORTS
GREEK FILM CENTRE
The Greek Film Centre (GFC) is an active entity, since its establishment (in 1970 under the name “General Film Investments”, as a subsidiary production company of a state bank, the Greek Industrial Development Bank), until today.
The GFC organizes and operates the following Directorates (based on the Law N. 3905/2010): a) Development and Production, b) Hellenic Film Commission, c) Promotion (Hellas Film), d) Financial and Administrative Support. A self-contained Legal Department also operates in the GFC.
Today the GFC is the main institution that exercises cinematic policy in Greece. Its main goals are: a) The protection, support and development of film production in Greece, b) The promotion and diffusion of Greek film productions, both domestically and internationally, c) The promotion of Greece abroad as an appropriate location for filming cinematic and audiovisual productions, as well as the attraction of foreign cinematic and audiovisual productions in Greece, in general.
NATIONAL CENTRE OF AUDIOVISUAL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION
The mission of the National Centre of Audiovisual Media and Communication-EKOME is the protection, support and promotion of public and private initiatives, domestic and foreign, in the field of audiovisual media and communication in Greece. The establishment and operation of EKOME is one of the most important initiatives and most innovative interventions of the Greek administration in audiovisual production, entrepreneurship and education, which aims to support them as key financial development components in the country.
HELLENIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION - ERT
The Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation - ERT is a legal entity within the public sector responsible for radio and television broadcasting in Greece.