Malta Film Commission invites bidders to submit proposals for high-end studio

Bidders who answered to an expression of interest for Kalkara studios, invited to submit detailed proposal

30 September 2016, 10:47am
The Malta Film Commission has issued a request for proposals for the construction of film studios in Kalkara.

This is the second phase of the competitive process initiated by the Film Commission to find a strategic partner for the studios.

Earlier this year the Film Commission had shortlisted five international companies and consortia, following an international expression of interest. The bidders included Golden Zephyr (USA), lsland Productions (Italy), Mediente (UK), Pinewood (UK), and Safet (Italy).

The eligible applicants are now being invited to present a detailed proposal outlining their investment and strategy to continue the momentum of the Maltese film industry.

Prospective bidders are required to build the first ever film sound stages in Malta, which are considered to be of utmost importance for the continuous development of the industry.

Apart from a fixed fee, the winner of the bid has to make a yearly contribution to enhance the local indigenous industry as well. The RFP closes on the 22nd December 2016.

“The government is determined to provide a new legislative framework wherein there will be an effective regulator for the film industry which will function at arm’s length from all operators. This will ensure that the studios and the film industry in general are monitored and regulated properly,” the film commission said.