The second day of the Malta Film Week, themed ‘It’s About the Economy, Creating Careers’, started with a panel discussion with Maltese Government executives and professionals where the best strategies to push the local audiovisual industry were discussed. The main objective is to strengthen the domestic tv and film industry by education, training and funding to expand internationally after.

Amongst those participating in these sessions, there were Minister for National Heritage, Arts and Local Government Jose Herrera, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry for Tourism and Consumer Protection Ronald Mizzi, Film Commissioner Johann Grech, amongst other professionals.

Minister for National Heritage, Arts and Local Government Jose Herrera said that Malta offers a unique and particular environment for the Film Industry at large. He said that Malta has attracted film producers for decades, since it offers a unique and particular environment, including unique heritage, traditions, and buildings.

Permanent Secretary for the Ministry for Tourism and Consumer Protection Ronald Mizzi said that the Malta is not only home to great people and talent but also home to great infrastructure with training institutions and education. 

Film Commissioner Johann Grech, highlighted that the Malta Film Commission is committed to keep creating opportunities for the generations to come. He stressed that the Malta Film Commission is committed to support further local co-productions and also to increase funding opportunities for Maltese producers working on foreign productions.

During the panels that followed, a discussion was held related to the current financial incentives and schemes relating to the Film Industry. During the panel discussion, it was mentioned that the Government of Malta has recently updated its cash rebate to 40% of eligible expenditure. Feature film, Television film or Television Series or Mini-Series, Animation, Creative documentary, Transmedia and Cross-media productions are all eligible for the incentives, provided that they are all or partially produced in Malta. Local Film Incentives, such as incentives from Screen Malta were also discussed in detail during the panel discussion.Day 2 was concluded with a Masterclass session entitled, “The Art and Business of Film Production, where veteran Hollywood producer Craig Baumgarten offered his insight into the complex world of producing film content for the international market.