Funding bodies

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

The Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture is in charge of a broad range of activities including: production of films in Cyprus, Cyprus Cinema Education and festivals, assistance to directors, producers and other contributors to the cinema for their participation in seminars and...

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Fund Goal

CIPA will offer tax incentives to production companies and will also focus on promoting Cyprus’ advantages – good climate, scenic locations, high level professional local staff, short distances etc – as an ideal film production destination.

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Visa is not required for the nationals of the following cuntries for a stay o up to 90 days: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Holy See (State of the Vatican), Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Hong Kong S.A.R., Macao S.A.R.

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Nationals of the EU/EEA Member States and Switzerland, including citizens of the two most recent Member States Bulgaria and Romania, are able to work without restriction in Cyprus.

Citizens from all other States need to go through a full Immigration Permit application that can be obteined as follows:

An application has to be submitted to the Civil Registry and Migration Department. In the case of Category E applications, i.e. persons who have been offered permanent employment in Cyprus, it is necessary to prove that the granting of the permit will not create undue local competition. This means that no suitable candidate was available on the Cypriot or European labour market.

No official permission is required for feature film shoots or any other type of production other than the normal requirement for permission from the owner of the authority responsible for the location in question. Most locations only take no more than a week for permission.

Accepts ATA Carnets for Commercial Samples, Exhibitions and Fairs, Professional Equipment. For detailed information visit

VAT standard Rate is 19% (since March 2012) Reduced Rate 5%, 9% Cyprus VAT Recovery Time: 6-12 months Cyprus VAT Registration Threshold Non-Resident: Euro 15,600

There is no system of copyright registration in Cyprus. Copyright is conferred on works once created, as of right. Copyright law protects Cyprus nationals for their works which are published anywhere in the world, and foreign nationals for their works published in Cyprus. Copyright exists in:·  Scientific works, literary works including computer software, musical works, artistic works including photographs and an original database for a period of 70 years, commencing from the death of the author.·  Films, for a period of 70 years, commencing from the death of the last survivor of the following, irrespective of whether they have been appointed conventionally, or are considered by law, as co-creators: producer, primary director, scriptwriter, screenplay writer, composer of any music specially composed for the film. Ref: Copyright Laws 1976 to 1993 (Law No. 59 of December 3, 1976, as last amended by Law No. 18(I), 1993) (    

Social security rates for 2011: 6.80% for employees on a salary up to a maximum amount of EUR 4'342 per month, 10.50% for employers on a salary up to a maximum amount of EUR 4'342 per month.

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