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Fund Goal

The MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe supports the EU film and audiovisual industries financially in the development, distribution and promotion of their work. It helps to launch projects with a European dimension and nurtures new technologies; it enables European films and audiovisual works including...

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Fund Goal

To encourage co-operation between professionals working in different countries by providing financial support to European co-productions.

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Fund Goal

To support the Turkish film industry and to manage administrative issues related to laws on copyright and audiovisual works

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For a stay of up to 90 days, citizens of the following countries od not need a visa:Albania,  Andorra,  Argentina,  Belize,  Bolivia,  Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Brazil,  Brunei,  Bulgaria,  Chile,  Colombia,  Czech Republic,  Denmark,  Ecuador,  El Salvador,  Estonia,  Finland,  France,  Georgia,  Germany,  Greece,  Guatemala,  Honduras,  Hong Kong,  Hungary,  Iceland,  Iran,  Israel,  Italy,  Japan,  Jordan,  Kosovo,  Kyrgyzstan,  Lebanon,  Liechtenstein,  Lithuania,  Luxembourg,  Macedonia,  Malaysia,  Monaco,  Montenegro,  Morocco,  Moldova,  New Zealand,  Nicaragua,  Panama,  Paraguay,  Peru,  Qata,  Romania,  Saint Kitts and Nevis,  San Marino,  Serbia,  Seychelles,  Singapore,  Slovakia,  Slovenia,  South Korea,  Sweden,   Switzerland,  Trinidad and Tobago,  Tunisia,  Ukraine,  Uruguay,   Vatican City,  Venezuela.

For a stay of up to 60 days, citizens of the following countries od not need a visa: Russia.

For a stay of up to 30 days, citizens of the following countries od not need a visa: Azerbaijan,  Belarus,  Costa Rica,  Kazakhstan,  Latvia,  Macao,  Mongolia,  Tajikistan,  Thailand,  Turkmenistan,  Uzbekistan .

Northern Cyprus citizens do not require a visa to enter, stay, study, work idenfinetly in Turkey.

For more details please consult: http://www.mfa.gov.tr/visa-information-for-foreigners.en.mfa

Foreign residents who are interested in working in Turkey must obtain a work permit.

To obtain work Permit: A work permit may be obtained, subject to an investigation to ensure that the worker is skilled, and has no criminal record. The Turkish employer must deal with obtaining a work permit before the arrival of the employee. A work permit is usually valid for two years, with an option to extend.

There are no set rules. Permitting for historic sights needs to be processed with the municipality and usually takes a week or two.

For Professional Equipment items, Turkish customs strictly requires the Holder or her/his representative(s) to hold a foreign passport. Accepts ATA Carnets for Commercial Samples, Exhibitions and Fairs, Professional Equipment. For detailed information visit http://www.tobb.org.tr/eng/index.php

VAT standard rate is 18%. Reduced tax of 8% and 1% for goods and services as defined in law. VAT is charged on assets and services in Turkey as well as on imports into Turkey. Exports are not subject to value added tax. The period for reporting to the VAT authorities is once a month. The payment is made by the 26th day of the month after the end of the current month.

Turkey is revising its intellectual property rights laws in order to align them with WIPO standards.    Currently, screenwriters, actors and directors are not granted full rights to ensure they receive copyrights payments when TV dramas or films they worked on are broadcasted repeatedly by TV channels. Ref: http://www.wipo.int/wipolex/en/details.jsp?id=3877  

The employer's contribution is 19.5%-25% of the salary (to the limit specified in law). The employee's contribution is 14% of the salary. Employers pay additional 2% to unemployment fund, employees pay additional 1%.

Film Commissions


The Directorate of Cinema aims to develop multi-faceted policies of Turkish cinema and create a brand value of Turkey as one of the most important film production centers in the world.

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