Malta is a small Mediterranean country located just south of Sicily. The archipelago has 3 inhabited islands including Malta, Gozo, and Comino. Its long history of occupation by the Romans, Moors, Knights of Saint John, French and British has left it a rich architectural history ranging from Neolithic temples to Baroque palaces. The landscape is lush and green in winter, and dry and barren in summer. The country has no permanent rivers or lakes.
Cost & Rebates
Malta trades in the Euro. Local costs are around the same as the rest of Mediterranean Europe. The need to bring in some key crew and specialized equipment can add to the cost of the production. Our Maltese service producer / fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget. Malta offers an uncapped 40% cash rebate incentive. Qualifying productions include feature films, TV series including pilots, creative documentaries, scripted & unscripted reality programmes, game shows, VFX & post-production (if done in Malta).
When To Shoot
Malta has a climate similar to Los Angeles with sunny weather and long daylight hours throughout the year. April to October are the best months to film for weather. June to September is hot and dry. This is also the peak tourist season. Winters from November to March are mild and rainy.
Malta is a Schengen Area member state. Visiting US film crews can enter visa-free for a period of up to 90 days. Contact your local Maltese embassy / representative for more information.
Cast, Crew & Equipment
Malta has a small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Local crews are non-union. Supporting crew are good but depending on the shoot some key crew may need to be brought in from abroad. Malta’s close proximity to major European production centres allows easy access to those crews should you ever need to look further. Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Talent in Malta is mainly Mediterranean looking with some blonde looks also available. Malta’s close proximity to major European production centres allows easy access to those pools of talent should you ever need to look further. All standard camera, grip and lighting equipment is available locally include some underwater filming equipment. More specialised equipment may need to be brought in from abroad, which is an easy fix given there are several daily flights available from major European production centres. For productions looking to bring in film equipment, Malta is in the EU, and a member of the ATA carnet system.