The Malta Independent 31 May 2016, Tuesday

National Film Policy launched this morning set to maximise potential of the local film industry

Saturday, 16 January 2016, 14:51 Last update: about 5 months ago

This morning marked the launch of the National Film Policy, which will set the overall vision up till 2020.

Its aim is to maximise the potential of both Malta’s film servicing industry as well as the growing local film sector.

During this morning’s launch, Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis reiterated that the national policy is the only one of its kind in Malta’s 90 year history of film.

In a press release issued this afternoon, it was said that the aim of this policy is to also maintain a clear direction within the sector. It added that the last two years have seen the film industry take on a whole new dimension and has become an important contributor to the local economy.

It was said that momentum must be maintained and by keeping a clear vision, with long-term strategic implementation, Malta’s competitiveness will be ensured.

Minister Zammit Lewis said that the potential of the film industry is continuously increasing. He added that through a 5-year strategy, the potential of both local and foreign films will be maximised. This policy will serve to cement Malta’s position within the industry. It will also serve to attract film makers due to its unique and attractive location, Minister Zammit Lewis added.

To this end, the Ministry of Tourism took the initiative and set up an advisory committee appointed last March, which was formed by stakeholders of the film industry who worked collectively to draw up the first national film policy.

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