An exciting partnership between the Malta Film Commission and Film London is boosting skills and helping deliver a new low-budget filmmaking infrastructure for the country.
Following the framework of Film London's landmark feature film scheme Microwave, this training ground gives emerging Maltese talent the skillset to deliver their first feature.
Currently, romantic comedy 20,000 Reasons is in production through the scheme. The project is receiving a €200k budget, along with expert guidance and tutelage from industry mentors including award-winning filmmaker Desiree Akhavan (Appropriate Behaviour) as director mentor.
About the selection process
Five shortlisted filmmaking teams in Malta took part in Film London's acclaimed training programme Microschool, developing their projects and engaging with expert mentors and instructors including:
- Producer Tristan Goligher - Weekend, The Goob
- Angeli MacFarlane - Death of a President
- Shefali Malhoutra - The Lady
- Pierre Haberer - The Square
- Guy Mahill - The Goob
- Deborah Sathe - Head of Talent Development & Production, Film London
After careful discussion and consideration, romantic comedy 20,000 Reasons was selected for production, and awarded a €200k production budget.
"Apart from the funding 20,000 Reasons is also receiving an invaluable amount of guidance from the local and London teams," says filmmaker Malcolm Galea.
Meet the first feature
Sophie's in a bind: she's all set to receive her hefty family inheritance on her 30 birthday, but a clause indicates that first she must be married. With the clock ticking, she decides to enter into a sham marriage with the family handyman names Ramon - agreeing to pay him €20,000 in return.
Prolific comedian, actor and playwright Malcolm Galea created the screenplay for the film and is part of a filmmaking team with producer Anthony Bezzina, director Jameson Cucciardi and director of photography Malcolm Debono.
"Since this is essentially a training programme aimed at helping to jump-start a local film industry, the majority of our crew will comprise of fellow Maltese filmmakers," says Galea.
This project has been made possible through funds awarded to ESF2.186 "Re-skilling of Workers for the local Film Industry" as part of the European Social Fund Cohesion Policy Operational Programme II 2007-2013 in Malta, which aims to improve employment opportunities in the European Union and aid to develop a skilled and adaptable workforce.
Film London was extremely proud to be a part of the festival, from delivering the Production Finance Market and supporting the Mayor of London's Gala, to showcasing new shorts from upcoming filmmakers and seeing so many of our alumni involved across the programme.