Cinema of Cyprus

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Cinema of Cyprus
Movie XD 6D cinema Ledra street Nicosia Republic of Cyprus.jpg
Movie XD 6D cinema in Nicosia
No. of screens30 (2011)[1]
 • Per capita2.9 per 100,000 (2011)[1]
Main distributorsFour Stars Films 40.7%
Odeon Cyprus 23.3%
Feelgood 18.9%[2]
Produced feature films (2011)[3]
Number of admissions (2011)[5]
 • Per capita1 (2012)[4]
Gross box office (2011)[5]
Total€7.11 million

Cypriot cinema refers to the cinema of Cyprus, which was born much later than the cinema of most other countries.

Notable productions[edit]

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, George Filis produced and directed Gregoris Afxentiou, Etsi Prodothike i Kypros, and The Mega Document. In 1994, Cypriot film production received a boost with the establishment of the Cinema Advisory Committee. In 2000, the annual amount set aside for filmmaking in the national budget was CYP£500,000 (about €850,000). In addition to government grants, Cypriot co-productions are eligible for funding from the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund, which finances European film co-productions. To date, four feature films on which a Cypriot was an executive producer have received funding from Eurimages. The first was I Sphagi tou Kokora (1996), followed by Hellados (unreleased), To Tama (1999), and O Dromos gia tin Ithaki (2000).[6]

In 2018, Marios Piperides received critical reviews at Sarajevo Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival, with Smuggling Hendrix.[7][8][9] The most renowned Cypriot director to date is Michael Cacoyannis with the renowned Zorba the Greek.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Table 8: Cinema Infrastructure - Capacity". UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Table 6: Share of Top 3 distributors (Excel)". UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Table 1: Feature Film Production - Genre/Method of Shooting". UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Country Profiles". Europa Cinemas. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Table 11: Exhibition - Admissions & Gross Box Office (GBO)". UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Film Birth – History of Cinema – Cyprus Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine".
  7. ^ "Smuggling Hendrix (2018)
  8. ^ "Variety: Film Review: 'Smuggling Hendrix'
  9. ^ "CineEuropa: Smuggling Hendrix