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Michalis P. Michael: Cyprus Can Develop a Strong Film Industry

Michalis P. Michael: Cyprus Can Develop a Strong Film Industry

The first Cyprus Film Summit was held with the participation of 120 representatives of production and directing companies.

With the aim of promoting Cyprus as a shooting destination and creating a strong audiovisual industry on the island, the first Cypriot Film Summit 2018 was held today 10 October, at the Nicosia Conference Center.

The conference presented the special framework of incentives and benefits that the government has developed for domestic and international productions to be done in our country, as well as the online platform "Film in Cyprus" (film.investcyprus.org.cy), through which interested parties will be able to get information on all developments concerning the audiovisual industry and Cyprus in general and to submit an electronic application.

The first Cypriot Film Summit 2018 is organized by Invest Cyprus, the Cyprus Tourism Organization and the Press and Information Office. Filmmakers from Hollywood, Pinewood (London) and Bollywood attended the film summit, having a total of more than 120 participants from production and directing companies from Europe (Italy, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, France, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Estonia, Portugal, Lithuania), Dubai, Australia, Egypt, Russia and North America, as well as Cyprus.

Chairman of Invest Cyprus, Michalis P. Michael, welcomed all guests to the first Cyprus Film Summit, which aims as he said “to showcase our country’s compelling advantages as a filming destination and present the newly-introduced incentives scheme for the promotion of the industry.”

Michael also mentioned that “the island is a unique natural film studio in itself. Cyprus has a pleasant Mediterranean climate with year-round sunshine, which offers clear distinctions between the four seasons. The sun shines virtually almost every single day. A polymorphic landscape comprising of deep blue seas and sandy beaches, captivating forests and breath-taking mountains, picturesque villages and modern cities, combines in the most authentic way the natural, pure essence with the urban landscape.” He then explained that the rich historical and cultural landscape is reflected in the hundreds of archaeological sites scattered throughout the country, representing various historical periods in the island’s evolution. In such a small island with relevantly short distances, one can literally jump from the one tip of the island to the other, from the coast to the mountains in just a 30-minute drive. This scenery transition is one of a kind offering a wide range of filming attributes like natural light, surroundings, visual perspectives and angles.

Michael also explained that the film industry can have a powerful multiplier effect on the country’s economy, creating jobs, promoting culture and innovation, while acting as a driving force for the further development of other industries as well, such as the tourism industry.

“We are committed to offering businessmen and investors all kinds of facilitation and support in forming and implementing an investment concept in Cyprus, while developing new sectors of the economy and supporting all efforts to enhance the business environment of our country. We are at your disposal for any enquiry or any assistance and we do hope you will find your visit to Cyprus useful, insightful and of course, entertaining” he said.

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