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Cyprus

Cyprus Film & Photography Production Services

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Cyprus? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.

Want to know more about shooting in Cyprus? See below for an introduction to Cyprus locations, permits, when to shoot, costs, talent, crews, equipment, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits, film friendly hotels, transport, communications and safety advice.

Cyprus Film Locations

Cyprus is politically divided between the Greek south and Turkish north, with the capital Nicosia also divided. The Nicosia International Airport, for instance, now sits abandoned in the demilitarized zone between two countries.

The south is best known for its fine white sand beaches, turquoise waters, secluded coves, rugged mountain interior, pine forests, vineyards, citrus orchards and olive groves, Byzantine churches, and antiquities.

Monasteries of note include Stavrovouni Monastery, Machairas Monastery, Trooditissa Monastery, and Agios Neophytos Monastery.

The Troödos mountains are home to many traditional villages and monasteries. Mount Olympus is the highest peak in Cyprus.

Larnaca is known for Finikoudes Beach, Mackenzie Beach and the Church of Saint Lazarus.

Ayia Napa is home to Nissi Beach, Grecian Bay, and Makronissos Beach.

Other Cyprus beaches of note include Pissouri Beach, Coral Bay Beach, Fig Tree Bay, Konnos Beach, Lara Beach, and Latchi Beach.

Ruins and archeology are the main attractions in the town of Paphos. Of note are the House of Dionysus, House of Theseus, Tombs of the Kings, and Paphos Fort.

Also of note are the ancient Greek ruins of Salamis and Kourion.

Limassol has an impressive old town and castle. Kolossi Castle is nearby.

The less developed Turkish north of Cyprus is known for its castles and mosques.

Kyrenia is a harbor town in Turkish Cyprus that has the stunning Pentadaktylos Mountains in the background.

Cyprus Film Location Permits

Permitting is a straight forward process with most locations taking no more than a week. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Cyprus enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with abundant sunshine all year round. Long, dry summers (May to September) and mild winters (November to March) are separated by short fall and spring seasons. Summer has cloudless skies with occasional sea breezes cooling the high temperatures. Winters are mild, with some rain and snow on the Troodos Mountains. April to November are the best months to film for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

The colourful Limassol Carnival takes place in February / March every year.

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Cyprus.

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. Southern Cyprus trades in the Euro and northern Cyprus trades in the Turkish lira. Locations, local talent and support crew are inexpensive. Although key crew and some specialized equipment may need to be brought in. Our Cypriot fixer / service producer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget. See here for the current VAT rate.

Tax Incentives. The Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA) offers qualifying productions a 35% cash rebate.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Cyprus has a small pool of directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Key crew should be brought in from abroad. Cyprus’s close proximity to major European production centres allows easy access to those pools of crew should you ever need to look further.

Contact us if you are looking for a Nicosia based based director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew in Cyprus.

Talent is non-union. Day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Cyprus offers mainly Greek and Turkish looks. All other talent looks need to be brought in from abroad.

Cyprus Film Equipment

Some basic camera, grip and lighting 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.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction is somewhat basic.

Studios and backlots. None exist at present.

Post Production. Best to post abroad.

Visas & Work Permits

Although Cyprus is not a Schengen Area country, crew travelling on passports of western countries can enter Cyprus visa-free for stays of up to 90 days. No work permits required for short-stay filming.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. EU citizens can travel between north and south Cyprus using official crossing points, regardless of their point of entry to the island. Roads are up to international standards. Several international and budget airlines service flights to Cyprus.

Accommodation. Contact us for special rates at film friendly hotels in Cyprus. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments. Hotels of note include:

Apokryfo Traditional Houses, Lofou

Final Notes

Safety. Cyprus is a very safe place for foreign productions to visit. See here for up to date travel advice.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Cyprus, please see below:

Hire Cyprus Production Support & Shooting Crew

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Cyprus, please contact us.

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Cyprus, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

We are able to provide you with answers, references and bids quickly.