Archive for category Malta

Commitment to the film industry

by Edward Zammit Lewis Malta hosted a number of international film productions in past years such as Troy, Munich, World War Z, Captain Phillips, Midnight Express, Gladiator and many more. In view of this huge potential the Tourism Ministry, toget­her with film industry stakeholders and following a wide public consultation, drafted a policy focused solely […]

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Towards a sustainable film industry

By Edward Zammit Lewis Ninety years ago Malta witnessed the start of its film industry. Since then this dynamic sector has expanded in such a manner that it is also having a relevant and positive impact on our economy This industry is now creating new jobs and generating more wealth than ever before. The film […]

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Film industry expected to inject €100 million into economy

Seventh edition of Malta Short Film Festival launched, winner of the Rising Star award will get to work on a film set in the UK Tim Diacono The film industry is expected to directly inject €100 million into the local economy this year, Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis said, revising his earlier prediction upwards by €20 […]

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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 […]

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Michael Bay Libya film funnels $50 million into Malta’s coffers

Teodor Reljic Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis says Michael Bay film pumped $50 million into the Maltese economy, during a set visit on the penultimate day of production, while producer Erwin Stoff praises the efficiency of Maltese crew During a set visit for the press, Hollywood producer Erwin Stoff praised Malta as a film location, […]

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Postgrad course in Film Studies aims to create jobs in sector

A new Master’s course at the University of Malta will aim to create more jobs within the local film servicing industry, while also addressing the needs of the burgeoning indigenous film industry. Teodor Reljic Launched by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Malta in collaboration with the Malta Film Commission and the Ministry […]

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Malta not eligible for European Union funding for film production

Malta is being discriminated against when it comes to EU funds for film production, particularly because it lacks a track record to present.  The country has found itself in a catch-22 situation, not being able to kick start a film industry, because it does not yet have one. In addition, for reasons of economic scales, […]

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Malta film industry: The best is yet to come – minister

The filming industry had already injected €29 million into the economy but the best was “yet to come” this year, Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis said in Parliament today. He was answering a parliamentary question by opposition MP Jason Azzopardi. Dr Zammit Lewis said figures for this year’s expectations would be announced soon. To a […]

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Malta to get its first national film policy

National film policy to focus on attracting foreign film productions, improving the local film industry and local film training, and providing better salaries and conditions for workers in the industry. Tim Diacono Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis has set up a consultative committee to draft Malta’s first national film policy. “This is the first step […]

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A strong film industry

 by Edward Zammit Lewis The film industry found its roots on the Maltese islands about 90 years ago. Recently, Malta has been making headlines in the movie world through major high budget films and episodes of popular TV series and documentaries that were totally or partly produced here. Apart from the very positive impact on […]

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