Screen Malta 2021 has been launched through the Malta Film Commission and the Ministry for Tourism and Consumer Protection. Screen Malta aims at creating new methods for financing local productions with an annual budget of €600,000. Screen Malta is offering an opportunity to the local film makers to continue to grow further in this industry.
The Malta Film Commission explained that this fund is expected to take into consideration projects which can boost various economic aspects in the country whilst providing direct support locally to this indigenous industry, with the aim of promoting investment by local film makers towards this national project. This initiative is open to production of films as well as television, which also includes drama and documentaries, amongst others.
Screen Malta is financially supporting local film makers to write, develop, and produce qualifying audiovisual works, with the aim of boosting and encouraging employment in this sector.
More than 40 film makers with an estimate of €1,400,000 spent, have benefited from this scheme in the past 3 years.
The Malta Film Commission will be following up on the outcome of these productions on a commercial level, their distribution both locally and internationally, and also for theatrical activities, festivals and TV broadcasts.
Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection Clayton Bartolo stated that the film industry in Malta is increasingly strengthening, and being one of the most resilient sectors in Malta. “We are investing in infrastructure whilst looking forward to build the first sound stages in Malta. We are also investing in our people through the Screen Malta scheme which is intended to give more opportunities to the Maltese film makers. The Government’s commitment remains to attract new people to this industry to meet our vision in creating a world class film industry in Malta for the generations to come” Minister Clayton Bartolo concluded.
Malta Film Commissioner Johann Grech said that through Screen Malta, we are continuing to help local film makers to continue to grow and succeed not only in Malta but also internationally. Johann Grech said that the Government is continuing to invest in the film industry as since 2008, the budget of the Screen Malta scheme has increased from € 250,000 to € 600,000 annually. Together with Minister Clayton Bartolo we are creating a sustainable industry where opportunities are for all. ” concluded Film Commissioner Johann Grech.
Screen Malta Applications are open until end of June and can be accessed online on www.screenmalta.com