The movie industry in Malta — Popular film productions

The movie pro­duc­tion indus­try in Mal­ta is still a rel­a­tive­ly small, yet fast grow­ing sec­tor. Many Hol­ly­wood pro­duc­tions have already used the Mal­tese islands as a film­ing loca­tion, and these have made the island even more pop­u­lar. One of the first great block­busters filmed in Mal­ta was the movie Pop­eye. The movie required a film set to be built — it was a vil­lage entire­ly made out of wood­en hous­es. Wood is rare in Mal­ta, which meant that the con­struc­tion mate­r­i­al had to be import­ed. The vil­lage still stands today and has become the pop­u­lar tourist attrac­tion Pop­eye vil­lage.

A recent movie, By The Sea, star­ring Angeli­na Jolie and Brad Pitt, has been filmed on loca­tion in Gozo last year. It was not the first time for Brad Pitt to film in Mal­ta, parts of the movie World War Z were shot in Val­let­ta. Oth­er great pro­duc­tions were parts of the first sea­son of Game of Thrones, Glad­i­a­tor and Troy. These are only a hand­ful of exam­ples about the pro­duc­tions that were filmed here. Up to date, there have been shot over 100 movie pro­duc­tions and plen­ty of TV series in Mal­ta, and the indus­try has cre­at­ed many jobs.

The gov­ern­ment of Mal­ta offers pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies attrac­tive fis­cal, cash and finan­cial incen­tives. These incen­tives come in form of a cash rebate that apply to the expens­es occur­ring dur­ing film­ing. The VAT is also refund­able. Mal­ta also offers the option of a refund of the cor­po­rate tax of a com­pa­ny that is reg­is­tered in Mal­ta, but owned by a for­eign Hold­ing com­pa­ny or share­hold­ers.

If you are con­sid­er­ing Mal­ta as a film­ing loca­tion you will prob­a­bly also be inter­est­ed in estab­lish­ing a project-based com­pa­ny. At the office of Dr. Wern­er & Part­ner you can get legal advice on com­pa­ny for­ma­tions in Mal­ta. You are wel­come to con­tact us if you require more infor­ma­tion.


About Philipp Sauerborn

In 2005, Philipp Sauer­born joined the firm of St. Matthew in Lon­don, one of the lead­ing Ger­man account­ing firms in Eng­land renowned for its exper­tise in cor­po­rate, com­mer­cial and tax law, as a depart­ment head. After three years, he was a part­ner and man­ag­ing direc­tor.
Towards the end of 2011, he decid­ed to move to Mal­ta, where he first worked at inter­na­tion­al law firms and con­sul­tan­cies in an employed and con­sult­ing capac­i­ty. Since the begin­ning of 2013, he has been a senior employ­ee at Dr. Wern­er & Part­ner. Mr. Sauer­born is cur­rent­ly com­plet­ing his ADIT ‑Advanced Diplo­ma in Inter­na­tion­al Tax.

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