The Malta Independent on Sunday

Special edition of the Malta Film Fund

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As part of the government's strategy to aid and foster the local film industry, this year, the Malta Film Commission will be releasing a special edition of the Malta Film Fund.

This call for the production of original Maltese content will aid in the developmen­t of cinematogr­aphic art in our country. The goal of this special edition is to increase substantia­lly the amount of Maltese and Gozitan films, particular­ly in preparatio­n for the event of Malta’s presidency of the European Union next year, and in 2018 when Valletta will be the European Capital of Culture.

New and establishe­d film-makers are invited to present production projects such as films, animations, documentar­ies, and even television series, which are aimed for an internatio­nal audience. Proposed projects will be evaluated independen­tly by a panel of highly esteemed profes- sionals including foreign experts from the film industry.

With a budget allocation of €250,000, selected projects could be awarded a maximum grant of €120,000, with a maximum of €20,000 for Short Films, and a maximum of €2,500 for New Talent Short Films. Beneficiar­ies of selected projects will be provided with training and profession­al mentoring.

This special edition of the Malta Film Fund will open on the 1st of September and will end on the 31st of October. Detailed guidelines, criteria and applicatio­n form for the Malta Film Fund 2016 – Production Support can be found and downloaded from the Malta Film Commission website http://www.maltafilmc­ommission.co m/malta-film-fund/.

All applicatio­ns are to be submitted to the MFC, by hand, by 12 noon on Monday, 31 October 2016.

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