Location guide for filming in Cyprus


Overview

Situated in the eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus is the third-largest island in the Mediterranean. A former British colony, it gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1960 and became a Commonwealth republic in 1961. The Republic of Cyprus is a developed country and has been a member of the European Union since 1 May 2004. Cyprus has no film commission or similar organisation. Production companies interested in filming in the country may contact the Press Information Office through Media Desk Cyprus (mediadesk@pio.moi.gov.cy) for advice on Cypriot film companies which might be interested in collaboration.

Permits

 Permitting is a straight forward process with most locations taking no more than a week. 

Tax breaks / incentives

There are currently no financial incentives granted to overseas companies, to film in Cyprus. However, the current policy on the incentives offered is being re-evaluated with regards to the European Directives on Film Industry. In addition, the Council of Ministers has approved the provision of professional services by external experts, with regards to conducting a detailed study on the financial and economic incentives that could be offered to overseas companies to film in Cyprus. This study is expected to be completed by the end of 2008.

Studios

None studios or backlots exist at present.No labs exist locally. Must post abroad.

Locations

Fine white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, gray sand beaches, secluded coves, mountains, ski resorts, citrus orchards and olive groves, rolling vineyards, wide open plains carpeted with colourful wild flowers, to cool pine forests. Ancient Salamis and ancient Kourion ruins, St Hilarion Castle ruins. Byzantine Churches and monasteries.

Equipment

Some basic equipment is available locally. You will need to bring in specialized equipment from abroad. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Cyprus is an ATA carnet country.

Climate

Typical Mediterranean climate. Summers are warm/hot and dry with virtually no rainfall between mid May-mid Oct. Winter is generally mild except in the mountains where snow is quite frequent. Highest rainfalls are from Dec-Feb


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