Film Commission says local film industry 'going strong'

Announcing the production of a new American film series in Malta, the Film Commission has expressed confidence in the local film industry.

Stills from By the Sea, filmed in Gozo and starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Copyright: Entertainment Weekly/Merrick Morton
Stills from By the Sea, filmed in Gozo and starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Copyright: Entertainment Weekly/Merrick Morton
Paul Portelli in Limestone Cowboy, and indigenous film production
Paul Portelli in Limestone Cowboy, and indigenous film production

A US TV series with a biblical story has chosen Malta as its location. The production is already on the island and is due to begin shooting in a few weeks time.
 
This is the first time that Malta has four international productions at the same time. The other productions are Clavius (starring Joseph Fiennes), Andron (starring Danny Glover and Alec Baldwin) and most prominently, the Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt vehicle By the Sea.

The local indigenous industry is also making progress, with two Maltese feature films currently in production, Limestone Cowboy and Phobia.

Minister Manuel Mallia expressed his satisfaction to this year’s results. He remarked that Malta is widely known for its versatile locations and is really becoming a Hollywood destination in the Mediterranean. 

Film Commissioner Engelbert Grech said that there is a lot of positive energy, with a high level of film activity. The Film Commission put together a very competitive package for film producers and the consistent marketing campaigns are making Malta much more visible on the international scene.

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