Founded by Giorgos Karnavas and Konstantinos Kontovrakis in 2013, Heretic is an Athens-based film production company, which focuses on quality-driven films and international co-productions with the goal of working with filmmakers with a natural talent for storytelling and bringing like-minded people together. Holding strong ties to the international film world, we look for projects with an international perspective and ensure their position in the worldwide market from development to completion.
Our films have been selected for A-list festivals and have won numerous awards all over the world. As producers, we have been trained at the Binger Film Lab, EAVE and ACE, and we have both been Producers on the Move, representing Greece in 2013 and 2014. We are both also members of the European and Greek Film Academies, and the recipients of the prestigious Eurimages Co-Production Award- Prix Eurimages 2018.
In 2014, Heretic launched Heretic Outreach, an international festivals and sales arm, headed by Ioanna Stais, which was the first of its kind in the country and one of the very few in the region. Since then, Heretic Outreach has grown to gain its own standing in the business, handling internationally outstanding films such as Ralitza Petrova’s Golden Leopard-winning debut, GODLESS; Alvaro Delgado Aparicio’s BAFTA- and Independent Spirit award-nominated hit, RETABLO; Isabella Ekloff’s Sundance comp film, HOLIDAY; Mahmut Fazil Coskun’s Orizzonti Special Jury Prize-winning title, THE ANNOUNCEMENT; and Muayad Alayan’s Hivos Tiger award-winning film, THE REPORTS ON SARAH AND SALEEM.
Having gained significant experience in fostering a project from its inception to its meeting audiences worldwide, we are also particularly active in a consulting capacity with regards to script development, producing, financing, marketing and sales, serving as mentors, tutors and consultants in markets and programmes such as Cinemart, the Locarno Industry Academy, the Pop Up Film Residency and Midpoint, among others.