Reacting to the recent discussion surrounding Malta’s cash rebate programme, film commissioner Johann Grech has stated that an attack on the programme is “an attack on Malta.”
This comes in light of the revelation that the film company producing the Gladiator sequel was to be granted €47 million, as part of the 40% cash rebate programme for production companies deciding to film in Malta.
In a recently-published 5-minute video, Grech stated that such discourse was motivated towards pushing away foreign investment into our country’s film industry and anyone attacking the programme is attacking the crews and workers involved in this same industry.
The film commissioner stated that Malta’s crews are one of the main reasons that so many foreign productions come to Malta, pledging that he will not let anyone stifle their work.
While some have criticised the scheme, citing industry insider statements saying that production companies come to Malta because of its ‘generous’ cash back scheme, with Grech stating that Malta is not the only one to offer such a plan, which is also EU-approved.
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