A study has shown that last year, the film industry left €68 million in the economy from 22 different International productions. It was also revealed that from 2020 up till December of last year, the local film industry generated a whopping €98 million in the economy. This despite the difficulty experienced during the COVID-19 which left devastating effects on several sectors.
This was announced by Film Commissioner Johann Grech during a press conference alongside Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo. The Commissioner explained how during the pandemic, 31 productions took place in Malta – varying from local to international works.
International works include productions from Japan, Norway and Italy. ‘This means job opportunities, so last year we continued to work on our strategy to create even more opportunities and careers in a sector which is having massive success in our country’ said the Commissioner. Grech said that thanks to hard work starting from 2019 onwards, the film industry in Malta is leaving fruit. So much so that during the last three years, over 2,000 jobs were generated.
Minister Clayton Bartolo highlighted the importance of the film industry, saying that it was extremely resilient even in the face of a pandemic. ‘This is all thanks to the local productions and all the productions we bring throughout the year in order to make this industry into a sustainable one instead of a seasonal one’ said the Minister.