The Malta Independent 19 April 2024, Friday
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Mediterrane Film Festival cost €3.7 million

Wednesday, 28 February 2024, 18:15 Last update: about 3 months ago

The Mediterrane Film Festival cost €3,790,776, according to an economic impact assessment tabled in parliament on Wednesday

The report was tabled by Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo on the same day that the House is debating the Jean Paul Sofia public inquiry, possibly to avoid attracting too much attention to it.

The 92-page report gives details on the expenditure and "direct, indirect and induced" economic impact of the festival, and comes after the ministry was forced by the courts of law to divulge the €120,000 payment to David Walliams to present the Malta Film Awards in 2022.

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According to the report tabled Wednesday, the largest expenditure was om "Creative Arts & Entertainment Activities," which totalled €2,439,245. The second largest spend was on advertising and marketing research, which cost the taxpayer €376,402.

€304,930 was spent on accommodation for guests, while the cost of air transport to bring them to Malta cost €344,175.

The report says that a total of 249 international guests were brought over to Malta at the expense of the taxpayer.

The festival's potential economic output amounted to €7,026,621 and, "created or enhanced a total employment impact of 53 jobs at the Direct, Indirect, and Induced levels."

Malta will once again host the Mediterrane Film Festival later this year.

 

 

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