About Malta and Film

Northern Towers are located in the Heart of the Mediterranean and form a bridge between Europe and North Africa on the island of MALTA

The Maltese archipelago consists of Five islands:

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area smaller than Philadelphia. Malta is located in the Mediterranean Sea, about 60 mi (97 km) south of the southeast tip of Sicily.

Malta has countless megaliths, medieval dungeons and atmospheric towns and villages. Meandering streets contain Renaissance cathedrals and Baroque palaces. Malta is the largest island; rural Gozo is next in size. Expansive beaches, vibrant nightlife and 7000 years of history lure visitors to these Mediterranean isles. Don’t miss the UNESCO-designated Hypogeum ruins and St John’s Co-Cathedral with its Caravaggio masterpieces.

Besides this rich cultural heritage, Malta offers a solid business and an industrial background that goes back 50 years. Testimony to this, the island is home to hundreds of foreign companies all operating within a well-developed economic and industrial structure.

Today, Malta is a well connected investment location boasting an advanced communications setup and a business environment which gives every incentive for companies to invest, grow, innovate and compete in a global marketplace. Boasting a highly productive English speaking workforce, a European time zone, a Mediterranean lifestyle, a competitive incentives package, as well as frequent air and sea connections, Malta is a sure choice for foreign direct investment and international trade. In addition, Malta’s status as an EU Member State, together with the adoption of the Euro on 1st January 2008, further enhances the country’s attractiveness as a centre for international business in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

We invite you to VISIT  Malta to explore the multitude of business opportunities that one can find here while enjoying the easy Mediterranean lifestyle that only an island can offer.


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The strategic importance of Malta was recognized by the Phoenicians, who occupied it, as did, in turn, the Greeks, Carthaginians, and Romans. The apostle Paul was shipwrecked there in A.D. 60. With the division of the Roman Empire in A.D. 395, Malta was assigned to the eastern portion dominated by Constantinople. Between 870 and 1090, it came under Arab rule. In 1091, the Norman noble Roger I, then ruler of Sicily, came to Malta with a small retinue and defeated the Arabs. The Knights of St. John (Malta), who obtained the three habitable Maltese islands of Malta, Gozo, and Comino from Charles V in 1530, reached their highest fame when they withstood an attack by superior Turkish forces in 1565. Napoléon seized Malta in 1798, but the French forces were ousted by British troops the next year, and British rule was confirmed by the Treaty of Paris in 1814.

Malta suffered heavy attacks by German and Italian aircraft during World War II, but was never invaded by the Axis powers. It became an independent nation on Sept. 21, 1964, and a republic on Dec. 13, 1974, but it remained in the British Commonwealth. In 1979, when its alliance with Great Britain ended, Malta sought to guarantee its neutrality through agreements with other countries. Although Malta applied for membership in the European Union, the Labour Party, after winning the election in Oct. 1996, froze Malta’s EU application and withdrew from the NATO Partnership for Peace program in an effort to maintain its neutrality. When the Nationalist Party won the Sept. 1998 elections, however, it revived the EU accession bid, and in May 2004 Malta joined the EU. In July 2005, Malta ratified the proposed EU constitution.


Malta offers a colourful and varied background both historic from stone-age to modern sites which entirely favours the film industry. The island could double up for practically any place, old and new. The island is famous for its fusion of Mediterranean lifestyle; baroque architecture and modern freshness. With a countryside that is opulent and green in winter and arid and barren in summer; modern urban areas and Mediterranean villages; grand cathedrals and small, wayside chapels; small islands and steep cliffs; and large marinas  as well as tiny fishing villages – Malta offers eclectic, modern, traditional environments that lend themselves very favourably to an array of film settings.

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The Malta Film Industry

Nicknamed in 1999 as “a Hollywood in the Mediterranean” (CNN journalist), Malta retained this momentum for the last decade or so. The last ten years have seen such an influx of productions that resulted in local crews struggling to keep up between one shoot and another. In the last four years the Maltese economy yielded €105 million from this industry. With 65 different productions, 26 films or TV series, such industry has highly contributed to job creation in Malta for a range of sectors including hotels, transport and logistics, catering, costume-makers and others involved in building film sets.

Besides offering the right ambience for film productions, Malta also offers different cash, financial and fiscal incentives that benefit the film industry. Malta’s Film Fund has also been established with the aim of encouraging emerging and experienced film-makers to develop their potential and support original and exciting ideas and stories for new works or the completion of film projects.

With the intent of increasing the workforce specialised in this industry, the Maltese government and the Commission are also stressing the importance of adequately educating workforce that will be skilled and specialised in the filing industry. In the 2012 Budget, Finance Minister Tonio Fenech, who is in charge of the film industry, outlined a number of initiatives aimed at establishing and promoting a local film industry, including the continuation of a programme of EU-funded basic courses in screen-writing, and documentary-making.

Big Screen Films Made in MALTA


Film Name


2014 The Whale
2013 Pirate Pete
2013 Captain Phillips
2013 World War Z
2012 Asterix et Obelix: Au service de Sa Majeste
2012 Kon-Tiki Mediterranean Film Studios
2012 Die Manner der Emden
2011 Le Cochon de Gaza
2011 Wickie auf großer Fahrt
2010 Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa
2010 The Devil’s Double
2009 Agora
2009 Wickie und die Starken Manner
2008 U-900
2008 A Previous Engagement
2008 Nie kłam, kochanie
2008 Novaya Zemlya
2008 Nepobedimmy
2007 Ein Fliehendes Pferd
2007 Eichmann
2007 Pars: Kiraz Operasyonu
2007 Largo Winch
2007 Tempelriddernes skat III: Mysteriet om slangekronen (Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar)
2007 Sommer
2006 The Da Vinci Code
2006 Open Water 2: Adrift
2006 Ghost Boat VallettaSliemaWied Iz-Zurrieq
2005 Munich VallettaSliemaBuġibbaMarsaxlokkCospicua (Bormla – Dock No.1), MarsaMalta International Airport,CospicuaRabat
2004 A Different Loyalty
2004 Troy Fort RicasoliMellieħaBlue Lagoon (Comino)
2004 Alexander
2003 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
2003 The Death of Klinghoffer
2002 The Count of Monte Cristo
2002 Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre
2002 Swept Away Blue Lagoon (Comino)Xatt ir-Rizq (Vittoriosa)Xara Palace Hotel (Mdina)
2002 Pinnochio Kalkara
2001 The Emperor’s new Clothes
2001 Revelation
2000 U-571 Mediterranean Film StudiosGrand HarbourSt. Paul’s Bay
2000 Gladiator Fort RicasoliCouvre Port (Vittoriosa)
1996 Merisairas
1996 White Squall
1995 Cutthroat Island
1994 Casque bleu
1993 Voyage
1992 Christopher Columbus: The Discovery
1990 Les 1001 Nuits
1990 Der Skipper
1989 Erik the Viking
1989 Leviathan
1988 Black Eagle
1987 Iron Warrior
1986 Pirates
1985 Les Loups entre Eux Grand HarbourFort St ElmoVallettaGolden Bay
1985 Final Justice
1984 Der Scheenman
1983 Trenchcoat Malta International AirportSt. John’s Co-Cathedral“il-Monti” market (Valletta)Mdina
1982 Samraat
1981 L’ultimo squalo
1981 Inseminoid
1981 Clash of the Titans
1980 Popeye Popeye Village, Blue grotto, Mellieħa
1980 Raise the Titanic Mediterranean Film Studios
1978 Warlords of Atlantis
1978 Sweeney 2
1978 Force 10 from Navarone
1978 Midnight Express Fort St ElmoValletta
1977 Orca
1977 Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger
1976 Shout at the Devil
1976 Charas
1975 Il lupo dei Mari
1975 Children of Rage
1974 L’Invenzione di Morel
1974 Voir Malte et Mourir
1974 The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
1973 The Mackintosh Man
1972 Pulp
1971 Murphy’s War
1971 When Eight Bells Toll
1971 Zeppelin
1970 Hell Boats
1970 Mister Jerico
1970 Eyewitness
1970 Adventures of Gerrard
1969 Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?
1969 Vendetta for the Saint
1969 Battle of Britain
1968 A Twist of Sand
1966 Death is a Woman
1965 The Bedford Incident
1963 Treasure in Malta
1958 The Silent Enemy
1956 The Baby and the Battleship
1956 The Battle of the River Plate
1953 Single Handed
1953 Malta Story
1953 They Who Dare
1931 Tell England
1928 Bolibar
1927 The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands
1925 Sons of the Seas

The Malta Film Commission

The Malta Film Commission is a government body established by Chapter 478 of the Laws of Malta, The Malta Film Commission Act. The main aim of the Act is to make provision for the promotion, development and support of the audio-visual industry, including the film servicing industry, in Malta, and for the establishment of the Malta Film Commission and of the Film Commissioner, to determine their respective functions and powers and to provide for matters ancillary or incidental thereto.

The Film Commissioner has the responsibility to assist the production of films and the setup of industries for the production of films in Malta and to market the locations, facilities, skills, talent and expertise available in Malta in order to attract inward investment in the form of international audio-visual productions shooting on the island.

It is also the Commissioner’s function to analyse, assess and certify the eligibility of projects and, or beneficiaries for tax or other incentives provided by the Government of Malta, to app   rove co-productions and represent Malta and its audio-visual industry on international film bodies.

Our Malta Film Team

Our media and entertainment law team advises clients in this area on all the following aspects:

Legal Assistance  – setting up and restructuring of film and television production companies, including administration and back office services

Contracts, including negotiation, start-up, underlying material rights, exploitation of rights

Location procurement and arrangements, including permits,  licensing and authorisations issues

Employment agreements and work permits

Bank and finance

Tax, financial and other incentives

international co-production issues, including negotiation, drafting and finalisation of any arrangements, qualification issues and liaison with local authorities

Property purchases, leasing or temporary accommodation issues

tax advice and fiscal incentives

insurances procurement

intellectual property protection

dispute resolution, including court litigation, mediation or arbitration.

More Malta Facts

Total area:
 124 sq mi (321 sq km)Facts

Population (2010 est.): 406,771 (growth rate: 0.4%); birth rate: 10.3/1000; infant mortality rate: 3.7/1000; life expectancy: 79.6; density per sq km: 1,277

Capital (2015 est.): Valletta, 194,200 (metro. area) 6,900 (city proper)

Largest city: Birkirkara, 21,600

Monetary unit: Euro