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The Islander, a Hollywood film, recently achieved a significant milestone. It secured a deal with film sales agents during its presence at the American Film Market (AFM). Stelana Kliris directed and produced the film in Cyprus under the banner of Meraki Films. It also features the famous actor Harry Connick Jr. and includes his original songs.

Lefteris Eleftheriou, the Director & Head of Filming at Invest Cyprus, highlighted the magnitude of this accomplishment. He emphasized that not all films, even those from major studios, manage to secure such agreements. According to Eleftheriou, the AFM is a paramount event for film acquisition and networking. Every year, filmmakers at various stages of development close substantial distribution and financing deals at this event.

Harry Connick Jr. - The Islander
Harry Connick Jr. in The Islander

The Islander revolves around a struggling rock star who relocates to a remote cliffside house on an island. Once there he uncovers its unfortunate notoriety. The film showcases the scenic beauty of Cyprus. It includes around 70-80 Cypriots who contributed to its production and gained valuable experience in the process.

Moreover, Eleftheriou expressed satisfaction with the film’s representation of Cyprus. It exhibits the island’s charm through beautiful locations in Peyia and Kaimakli, featuring stone houses and breathtaking scenery. The Cyprus Film Commission granted its final approval after a private screening, further endorsing the film.

Lefteris Eleftheriou, Director & Head of Filming at Invest Cyprus
Lefteris Eleftheriou, Director & Head of Filming at Invest Cyprus

Looking ahead, Eleftheriou hinted at another production under examination, holding back any details for now. Meanwhile, two reality shows, one by Paramount and another by Warner Bros, have recently finished filming in Cyprus. Furthermore, Cyprus shot an entire TV series based on the 1980s film Shirley Valentine, and it is nearing completion.

To support the local audiovisual industry, the Ministry of Finance has requested parliamentary approval for funds amounting to €664,711, aligning with Cyprus’ cash rebate scheme. This financial injection aims to reimburse The Islander’s producers. Invest Cyprus, represented by Eleftheriou, recently participated in the Thessaloniki Film Festival. It fostered connections with filmmakers from various countries and presents Cyprus as an attractive destination for future film projects.

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