TRC: What are your main target markets, and what connections do you have with the British film industry? What do you think will be the impact of Brexit on the sector and how is Malta planning to retain and strengthen its relationship with the UK, especially with regard to movie-making?
EG: Since its earliest days, Malta's film sector has had very close ties with the British film industry. Nonetheless, in recent years, Malta has also worked hard at developing new and strong links with many other key regions.
A quick glance at the filmography of productions shot in the past decade on our shores is enough to appreciate the variety and diversity of countries we've worked with. Productions hailing from all parts of Europe stand alongside others coming from Russia and the United States. Canadian productions are also commonplace due to the Malta-Canada coproduction agreement.
We're also always looking at new horizons with recent initiatives aimed at also entering the Chinese and Indian markets. Brexit's implications are varied and the outcome could have an economic impact, but it won't damage our strong ties. It is too early in the day to conclude what the actual impact will be, but should Britain be able to negotiate its departure from the EU but remain in the European Economic Area, the direct economic implications of Brexit on Malta's film industry will be negligible. In any case, even if Britain leaves both the EU and the EEA, British productions will still be eligible to access Maltese financial incentives, albeit to a lesser extent than they currently do.
Whatever the outcome, we're convinced that we have some unique selling points that will still attract British productions or international productions based in the UK. Amongst these are the unique water-filming facilities, varied Mediterranean locations, the long hours of daylight and highly experienced English-speaking crews.