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First Microwave International feature greenlit for production

Date posted: 28.04.2015

An exciting partnership between the Malta Film Commission and Film London is boosting skills within Malta's film industry and will help deliver a brand new feature film.

Earlier this year, 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.

After careful discussion and consideration, romantic comedy 20,000 Reasons was selected for production through Microwave International: Malta and awarded a €200,000 production budget.

Partnering with Malta

While the country is renowned for the stunning scenery that has appeared in Game of Thrones, Gladiator and Popeye, the Malta Film Commission had identified a need to develop and strengthen the skills, expertise and talent of the country's indigenous film industry.

This led to the partnership with Microwave International: Malta, the first global iteration of our award-winning training through production scheme, Microwave.

"Film London Microwave has helped launch some incredible talent and I'm tremendously pleased that we've been able to export our training, skills and professional mentoring so successfully," says Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission.

"Our home grown filmmakers had the opportunity to train, develop and ultimately engage vital industry skills for the development of their film," adds Malta Film Commissioner Engelbert Grech. "Our collaboration with Film London proved vital for the development of our local talent."

Working with Malta's filmmakers 

One crucial element of the Microwave International programme is Microschool, which offers intense training, support and mentoring to emerging filmmakers, pairing them with experienced industry mentors and ensuring they receive support on everything from script development to sales.   

Five Maltese filmmaking teams took part in the week-long Microschool, an intensive training programme to develop their skills and projects. This included working with industry experts 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)

The teams then pitched to an expert panel, before 20,000 Reasons was selected to enter into production. The team is comprised of writer Malcolm Galea, producer Anthony Bezzina, director Jameson Cucciardi and director of photography Malcolm Debono.

They will now receive further expert guidance and tutelage from Microwave International: Malta's expert industry mentors along with the production funding.

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.

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