Malta

Funding bodies

Fund goal

The MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe supports the EU film and audiovisual industries financially in the development, distribution and promotion of their work. It helps to launch projects with a European dimension and nurtures new technologies; it enables European films and audiovisual works including...

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Fund goal

The Malta Film Commission offers generous financial incentives to audiovisual productions filming on the island. 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...

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Regulation

Nationals of the following countries need to have a

Afghanistan, Guinea-bissau, Qatar, Albania, Guyana, Russian Federation, Algeria, Haiti, Rwanda, Angola, India, Sao Tome And Principe, Armenia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Senegal, Bahrain, Iraq, Serbia , Bangladesh, Jamaica, Sierra Leone, Belarus, Jordan, Solomon Islands, Belize, Kazakhstan, Somalia, Benin, Kenya, South Africa, Bhutan, Kosovo, Sri Lanka, Bolivia, Kuwait, Sudan, Bosnia And, Herzegovina, Kyrgyzstan, Suriname, Botswana, Laos, Swaziland, Burkina Faso, Leban, Syria, Burundi, Lesotho, Tajikistan, Cambodia, Liberia, Tanzania, Cameroon, Libya, Thailand, Cape Verde, Madagascar, Togo, Central African Republic, Malawi, Tonga, Chad, Maldives, Tunisia, China, Mali, Turkey, Comoros, Mauritania, Turkmenistan, Congo, Micronesia, Uganda, Cote D’ivoire, Moldova, Ukraine, Cuba, Mongolia, United Arab Emirates, Dem Republic Of Congo, Morocco, Uzbekistan.
For more details please consult: http://foreignaffairs.gov.mt/en/Pages/HomePage.aspx

All foreign nationals require a work permit to work in Malta. Such work permits are issued to employers wishing to engage foreigners for a determined period and for a specific purpose, ONLY after it has been ascertained that every effort has been made to engage a suitable Maltese citizen.
Conditions for the Issue of a Licence :
1. The applicant must be in possession of a job offer from an employer in Malta.
2. The applicant must possess a specialist skill or qualification which is lacking in Malta.
3. A significant demand must exist in a particular sector e.g. construction workers, qualified nurses, tourist guides with particular language skills... Upon the request of a potential employer and on satisfying the above criteria, an employment licence will be issued by the Director of Labour.

Public Locations: Permits for the use of government property for filming activities are obtained from the Estate Management Department of the Government Property Division. However filming activities in specific areas such as palaces, forts, towers, beaches and other listed sites and protected locations normally require additional permits or approval from the Malta Environment and Planning Authority, Heritage Malta and/or other relevant organisations. Producers and Location Managers can request permission for the use of any government property directly from the relevant responsible entities, or contact the Malta Film Commission for further information. All public authorities and organisations apply different location fees and administration prices. Private Locations: When filming on a privately owned location, it is always advisable that a location contract stipulating the terms and conditions of filming be signed between the film company and the owners prior to preparation or shooting.

The ATA Carnet System is in force in Malta. Cf. http://www.merchandisepassport.org/

VAT standard rate is 18% Reduced rates 7% and 5%. VAT is paid quarterly.

Copyright is protected in Malta by virtue of certain provisions found under the Copyright Act. Thus, copyright protection is afforded by the Act over any of the works (artistic works, audiovisual works or films, databases, literary works and musical works) as long as the author of the work is a citizen or is domiciled or is permanently resident in Malta or in a State in which copyright is protected by an international agreement to which Malta is also a party, for instance : the Berne Convention or the TRIPs Agreement. Formal protection for Industrial Property in Malta is through registration at the Commerce Department. Copyright works receive statutory protection automatically once they are placed in the public domain, and protection lasts up to 70 years after the demise of the copyright holder. Ref: http://europa.eu/youreurope/business/competing-through-innovation/protecting-intellectual-property/malta/index_en.htm

The rate payable by employees and employers represents 10 percent of the basic weekly wage matched by the State contributions equivalent to 50 per cent of the total amount paid by both employee and employer.

All filming activities require the coverage of an insurance policy. It is a legal requirement. Insurances should cover sickness, accident, death (of crew, cast etc.), physical loss and damage to equipment and assets, employers and public liability. It insures employees in the event of bodily injury, disease or death arising out of their work, and must be referred to in an employee's contract. Public liability insurance provides cover for a production in respect of bodily injury or property damage caused by the production's activities. It is usual to have cover up of up to US$7m. Props and sets insurance is important if filming is taking place in a historic building, since a special insurance policy reflecting the value of the building and its contents may be required. Proof of insurance can be demanded by location owners, equipment companies, local authorities and studios. This must include a document bearing the contact details of the relevant insurance company in order for a validity check in the event of necessity.>

Film commissions

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The Malta Film Commission has the responsibility: - to assist the production of films in Malta and the set up of industries for the production of films in Malta and to market the locations, facilities, skills, talent and expertise available in Malta in order to attract inward investment in the form...

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Coproduction Treaties

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