This draft policy addresses important issues related to film infrastructure, targeted financial incentives, the indigenous industry, the employment sector, education, In the 2017 Budget, Finance Minister Edward Scicluna announced that plans have been made for the Malta Film Commission to offer a better package of incentives to attract more films to Malta, particularly optimal fiscal incentives. 1968 Hieronymus Merkin Qualifying Productions: feature films, television productions, mini-series, animation and documentaries are all eligible for the incentives, as long as they are at least partially produced in Malta. 1980 Raise the Titanic The Authority will give priority to productions that will broadcast a documentary on the ‘The Making of' the film/episode. 1969 David Copperfield Tax Credits. 1972 Pulp 2007 Warriors 2005 Munich 1975 Shout at the Devil 1985 Iron Warrior 1974 Sea Wolf 2002 Julius Caesar 2008 Terra Nova Financial Incentives for the Individual Industry. 1999 U-571 2009 The Golgotha File 2000 The Count of Monte Cristo Proposals will be reviewed on a case by case basis and only those considered beneficial to MTA's marketing plan for the country concerned will be selected for assistance. The Malta Film Commission The Financial Incentives for the Audiovisual Industry is a financial incentive scheme managed and administered by the Malta Film Commission under the auspices of the Ministry for Tourism. The tank was later kept in operation for other potential films and aka Malta Film Facilities or MFF was born. It is important to note that Malta is not the first country to offer cash rebates to filmmakers. 2005 Miracles of Jesus Writers,Development,Production & Distribution Grants. 2004 Die Patriachin 2000 Close and Innocent 2003 Troy 1990 Howard’s Way A number of promotional slots are to be featured in TV films/episodes before the scheduled screening. 1994 Hooked Combined with a generous filming incentive support, which comes in the guise of a 30% base rebate (rising to 40% if the production meets specific conditions), Malta is often on the shortlist of major international shoots looking to film water-based scenes in a controlled environment. Although each production is treated on a case by case basis, the film production company will be required to comply with the following artistic merits in order to qualify for consideration for financial assistance. The Malta Film Commission offers specific financial incentives to audiovisual productions shooting on location in Malta. These incentives are in the form of a cash rebate given to qualifying companies on eligible production expenditure incurred in Malta, with qualifying EU expenditure on the island also being eligible. 1986 Inside Story 2008 Varus 5% Corporate Tax Rate – under Malta’s ordinary corporate tax rate, filmmakers have the possibility to produce and distribute audiovisual productions from Malta and pay the lowest corporate tax rates in the European Union. 2002 Dinotopia Funding is through national funds and is awarded to qualifying companies with qualifying productions that 2006 The Roman Mysteries 2009 Moby Dick Investment aid – is offered in the form of tax credits to a qualifying productions in regards to an initial investment project. 2007 Carabinieri The Government remains fully committed, through logistical support and financial incentives, to generating income and publicity from filming in Malta.The key point of contact with the Government is the Malta Film Commission (under the Ministry of Tourism) which is based at the Malta Film Facilities.The Commission is often the first point of contact a production will have in Malta (we hope … 2002 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Malta investment funds are usually promoted to authorised or experienced investors and are not subject to any investment or borrowing restrictions. 1931 Tell England aka The Battle of Gallipoli, 2010 Kammerspiel Productions that choose Malta as its filming destination can receive financial incentives of up to 27% cash rebate. Film Incentives Malta to be featured prominently in the script and locations featured to be authentic. 1977 The Spy Who Loved Me MALTA FILM COMMISSION Malta Film Studios Kalkara, KKR 9062 Malta +356 2180 9135 [email protected] 2005 Ghostboat 2000 Asterix et Obelix – Cleopatre Upon assessment, the Commission would grant a provisional approval within 3 weeks after receipt of the application. Fortunately the government listened this time and also took heed of the advice pouring in from its own film commission. 1984 Final Justice 2008 Agora 2002 Daniel Deronda 2004 A Previous Engagement 1966 Casino Royale The MFC offers specific financial incentives in the form of cash rebates to audiovisual productions shooting on location in Malta. Malcolm Scerri-Ferrante writes about how financial incentives for foreign producers and the engagement of local crews can be affected by new fixes. 1989 Erik the Viking 2005 Blackbeard Assistance may either be given in terms of directly supporting the above items of expenditure or in the form of a lump sum grant established on the basis of estimated costings. Cash rebates are subject to State Aid Approval. Creativity and an eye for detail coupled with our passion for the job and our islands convinced us to set up Malta Uncut – a company which focuses on people and relationships first and foremost. 2003 Byron The co-produced work must also meet the definition of a European cinematographic work set forth in Appendix II to the Convention. The Malta Film Commission offers generous financial incentives to audiovisual productions filming on the island. is a public limited company licensed to carry out the business of banking and investment services in terms of the Banking Act (Cap. Cultural Test. Directed by Brian Desmond Hurst. 1998 Jesus In a TV series, episodes should depict or mention Malta with a minimum of 50% in each episode to be shot locally. 1989 Scheherazade 1975 Sinbad in the Eye of the Tiger 1978 The Martian Chronicles Advertisement. Such a positive trend, both through the foreign and local market, is also expected for the following years. For more than 50 years, international producers have been coming to Malta, Gozo and Comino to shoot movies and TV productions. 1979 Popeye 2002 Held der Gladiatoren High standards, quality and innovation are keywords at the Malta Uncut office. 2009 Mesternes Mester Kicking off the list with a ton of lens flare and twenty-five tons of explosive is Michael Bay’s take on the 2012 attack on a U.S. compound in Libya. 1968 A Twist of Sand Malta Film Commission Incentives. 1942 and the island of Malta is battling for survival. 1967 Eyewitness 2007 Man of East Malta Film Fund. 2003 A Different Loyalty Producers decry lack of consultation over film industry incentives. 2005 Adrift short brief about Schemes & Incentives. Over the past 17 years, the Film Commission’s efforts to support the local film industry resulted in various financing incentives, including a financing incentive programme in 2005, the successful Malta Film Fund in 2008, and a Co-Production fund in 2014. 1994 Cutthroat Island 1995 White Squall 2001 Swept Away The Malta Film Commission is a government body set up with the aim of assisting in the production of films in Malta and promoting the islands as a filming location. Cash rebate financial incentives whereby production companies in Malta may obtain a rebate of up to 22% of the eligible expenditure, which is granted upon completion of filming. Qualifying Productions: feature films, television productions, mini-series, animation and documentaries are all eligible for the incentives, as long as they are at least partially produced in Malta. The threat of invasion by Axis forces is increasing as air raids wear down its defence. We believe that building relationships and listening to understand is the way to create a successful and personalised event. A minimum of 30% the eligible expenditure can be obtained as a cash rebate by a qualifying production company once filming is complete. they are entitled to the benefits granted to the latter. Registered Office:58, Triq San Żakkarija, Il-Belt Valletta VLT 1130 - Malta Registration Number: C 2833 Bank of Valletta p.l.c. 2000 Paul of Tarsus “Over the past 20 years, the Film Commission’s efforts to support the local film industry resulted in various financing incentives, including a financing incentive program in 2005, the successful Malta Film Fund in 2008, and a Co-Production fund in 2014,” described Johann Grech, Malta Film Commissioner to Señal News. There has never been a better time to film in Malta. 1990 Killer Cruise 1987 Black Eagle 1994 Seasick With Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Steel, Muriel Pavlow. FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS AND LOGISTICAL SUPPORT FOR FILMING IN MALTA. A copy is to be forwarded to the authority. Entering this maelstrom is Flight Lieutenant Peter Ross, an RAF photo-reconnaissance pilot. 2005 The Da Vinci Code The Malta Tourism Authority is offering financial assistance for film and television productions that choose to film in Malta depicting ‘Malta' directly. Flights to and from Malta where there are direct routes served by Air Malta. 2002 The Death of Klinghoffer The Malta Film Commission offers generous financial incentives of up to 40% to audiovisual productions filming on the island. There are also no Maltese capital gains taxes imposed on the disposal of units in both prescribed and non-prescribed funds. 1978 Clash of the Titans 1984 Remington Steele Up to 27% of the eligible expenditure can be obtained as a cash rebate by a qualifying production company once filming is complete. 1970 Murphy’s War 1968 Hellboats The aims of this Convention are to promote the development of European multilateral cinematographic co-production, to safeguard creation and freedom of expression and defend the cultural diversity of the various European countries. Value Added Tax, stands at 18% and is fully refundable to productions on all goods and services. The distribution of income of a scheme to foreign investors is not taxed in Malta. 2005 Pamir In a TV series, episodes should depict or mention Malta with a minimum of 50% in each episode to be shot locally. 2009 ‘Poirot’ Murder on the Orient Express 1974 The Mackintosh Man A PIF may be set up as an incorporated open or close-ended investment company (SICAV or INVCO respectively), a limited partnership or a unit trust. 1977 Midnight Express 1988 Leviathan 1992 The Voyage Depending on the Authority's evaluation of a production's suitability to the marketing of the Maltese Islands, certain expenditure of the production costs will be covered directly by the Authority to facilitate the filming activities during principal photography. As with all Malta Investment Funds, Malta offers a low tax, cost-effective and flexible environment to Media Funds Operators and investment advisers established in Europe and the US. 1969 The Oxbone Buccanneers 1984 Christopher Colombus In line with the film commission's recommendations, Scerri-Ferrante recommended a minimum rebate of 20% with an added incentive for films showing Malta as Malta. Locations fees in public areas that are administered by the Central Government or local councils. The Convention also covers the following: the minimum and maximum proportions of contributions from each co-producer; the right of each co-producer to co-ownership of the original, the picture and the sound; the general balance of investments and compulsory artistic and technical participation; the measures to be taken by the Parties to facilitate the production and export of the cinematographic work and the right of each Party to demand a final version of the cinematographic work in one of the languages of that Party. 1953 The Malta Story 1983 Trenchcoat Other qualifying expenditure includes wardrobe rentals, courtesy payments, telecommunications, craft service, laundry and cleaning services and professional services. “Luzzu” shot in Malta and was made with the support of the Malta Film Fund and financial incentives from the Malta Film Commission and the Government of Malta… The Government of Malta has recently upgraded the cash rebates for filmmakers making the financial guidelines more attractive to the film industry. 1976 Warlords of Atlantis Procedure: to apply an application must be made to the Malta Film Commission, including a detailed projection of the Malta budget for the production and completion of the Cultural Test as included in the application form. 1978 The Sandbaggers Malta Film Commission Incentives; The Energy And Water Agency Schemes; Arts Council Malta - Funds & Opportunities; Go Back Next . 2009 Pater Castell For films which portray Malta as Malta and/or have special Maltese cultural content, the rebate can be as high as 35%. 1971 Zeppelin 1972 The Protectors 1953 Single Handed aka Sailor of the King Once these conditions have been fulfilled, the Convention assimilates all co-productions, which have been given the prior approval of the competent authorities of the Parties, with national films; i.e. READ NEXT: WATCH: ’The First Vice’ Trailer - An Intimate Portrait Of Roberta Metsola, One Of Malta… 2001 Revelation Qualifying Productions: feature films, television productions, mini-series, animation and documentaries are all eligible for the incentives, as long as they are at least partially produced in Malta. 1976 Orca The Killer Whale Share with a film lover! 1992 Christopher Colombus – The Discovery 2008 Savage Shore Malta Producers’ Association calls out Malta Film Commission over its lack of consultation with local stakeholders. 5% - Malta features as Malta or local usage of facilities; 5% - Maximization of local resources; 25% on all eligible animation/VFX expenditure. 2005 Survivors 1982 Reilly Ace of Spies 2007 Largo Winch 1972 Mrs Pepperpot 2007 Roman Mysteries 2 All expenditure submitted should be net of V.A.T, currently 18%, which is fully refundable on all goods and services. 1991 The Mountain of Diamonds Co-Production Fund. It is typically a non-retail fund which is not subject to any restrictions on its investment or borrowing powers. 1982 Airline Following recent amendments to regulations in Malta there is an opportunity for film producers to benefit from a cash incentive in the form of a grant given to eligible productions on qualifying expenditure incurred in Malta. 1964 Mask of Janus 2009 Cloud Above the Slope One small country in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta, knows well the effect of a strong and thriving film industry. Financial incentive: Two-tier cash rebate system provides 40% for film services (including services related to post-production, artistic, and technical services), and another 20% for film logistical services (including services provided for transport, accommodation, and food) 1989 A Fine Romance 2007 Kryminalni The rebate may amount to a maximum of 80% of the production budget. In 1980 a second tank, this time concave-shaped, was built by British producer Lord Grade for the film “Raise the Titanic”. In order to obtain co-production status, the work must involve at least three co-producers, established in three different Member States, which have signed up to the Convention – this does not exclude the participation of one or more co-producers who are not established in such Member States is possible, provided that their total contribution does not exceed 30% of the total cost of the production. Along with locations, film tax incentives play a huge role in determining the most cost-effective places for filming. 1984 Pirates 2009 Commissario Rex 2007 Harbour of Hope Qualifying Expenditure: covers expenditure incurred during production in Malta on EU services, for example: EU below-the-line labour, accommodation, transportation equipment and hire, location fees, catering services, per diems, leasing of offices, computer equipment, props, property,  animals, equipment, vehicles, and boats. Investment aid for audiovisual facilities is also available under the Malta Enterprise Act, which is offered in the form of tax credits to a qualifying company in respect to an initial investment project in relation to qualifying expenditure. MALTA FILM COMMISSION Malta Film Studios Kalkara, KKR 9062 Malta +356 2180 9135 [email protected] In short, the incentives are in the form of a cash grant given to eligible productions on the qualifying expenditure incurred in Malta. 2002 Pinocchio 1996 The Odyssey 1985 Among Wolves 1969 Mr Jerico 2007 Coronation Street The frequency of international filming in Malta increased tenfold over the last two decades, with a noticeable climb … 2006 What We Did On Our Holiday 2007 Eichmann The MTA are authorized to use the footage for marketing purposes only after the film/TV episode have been released to the general public. The final approval would be granted upon review of a final application, including audited accounts and a detailed analysis of the production expenditure in Malta, after shooting is completed – with the rebate being given no later than 5 months from the date of receipt of the final application. 1993 Casque Bleu Malta has been a member of the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production since September 2001. 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