Malta, China sign film co-production agreement for first ever Chinese film to be shot in Malta

A bilateral film co-production agreement between Malta and China was signed in Beijing following negotiations led by the Maltese Embassy in China and the Malta Film Commission.

This co-production agreement, the second for Malta following the one between Malta and Canada, will pave the way for further collaboration with China and open up new opportunities for Maltese filmmakers and the film servicing industry.

China has the fastest growing movie market in the world and the Malta Film Commission has been increasing its initiatives aimed at attracting interest from Chinese production companies including the participation at the Hong Kong International Film and TV Market (FILMART).

It is thanks to this strategy as well as to the support and cooperation of the Maltese Embassy in Beijing that this year Malta saw the first ever Chinese production, the Malta Film Commission said in a statement. The film was shot on location in Malta and will released later this year. Another production is currently in the works.

The Minister responsible for the film Industry, Edward Zammit Lewis, said that having a feature film set in Malta released in China will translate into an extraordinary marketing campaign for the island and its beautiful locations. Furthermore, these productions should also serve to introduce Malta’s versatility as a film location to other Chinese production houses.

The Commission would like to thank Malta’s outgoing Ambassador in Beijing, Clifford Borg-Marks, for his drive in promoting Malta’s film industry in China.

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