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Malta Film Industry

Financial Incentives for the

Audiovisual Industry

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  • Cash Rebates
  • Tax Incentives
  • Co Productions
  • Investment Funds

22% Cash Rebate

Of up to 22% of eligible Malta expenditure given to  qualifying productions once filming is complete.

Qualifying Productions: feature films, television productions, mini-series, animation and documentaries are all eligible for the incentives, as long as they are at least partially produced in Malta.

Procedure: to apply an application must be made to the Malta Film Commission, including a detailed projection of the Malta budget for the production and completion of the Cultural Test as included in the application form. Upon assessment, the Commission would grant a provisional approval within 3 weeks after receipt of the application.

The final approval would be granted upon review of a final application, including audited accounts and a detailed analysis of the production expenditure in Malta, after shooting is completed – with the rebate being given no later than 5 months from the date of receipt of the final application.

Qualifying Expenditure: covers expenditure incurred during production in Malta on EU services, for example:

EU below-the-line labour, accommodation, transportation equipment and hire, location fees, catering services, per diems, leasing of offices, computer equipment, props, property,  animals, equipment, vehicles, and boats. Other qualifying expenditure includes wardrobe rentals, courtesy payments, telecommunications, craft service, laundry and cleaning services and professional services.

All expenditure submitted should be net of V.A.T, currently 18%, which is fully refundable on all goods and services.

Tax Credits

Investment aid for audiovisual facilities is also available under the Malta Enterprise Act, which is offered in the form of tax credits to a qualifying company in respect to an initial investment project in relation to qualifying expenditure.

Value Added Tax, stands at 18% and is fully refundable to productions on all goods and services

5% Corporate Tax Rate – under Malta’s ordinary corporate tax rate, filmmakers have the possibility to produce and distribute audiovisual productions from Malta and pay the lowest corporate tax rates in the European Union.

Investment aid – is offered in the form of tax credits to a qualifying productions in regards to an initial investment project.


Malta has been a member of the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production since September 2001. The aims of this Convention are to promote the development of European multilateral cinematographic co-production, to safeguard creation and freedom of expression and defend the cultural diversity of the various European countries.

In order to obtain co-production status, the work must involve at least three co-producers, established in three different Member States, which have signed up to the Convention – this does not exclude the participation of one or more co-producers who are not established in such Member States is possible, provided that their total contribution does not exceed 30% of the total cost of the production.

The co-produced work must also meet the definition of a European cinematographic work set forth in Appendix II to the Convention.

Once these conditions have been fulfilled, the Convention assimilates all co-productions, which have been given the prior approval of the competent authorities of the Parties, with national films; i.e. they are entitled to the benefits granted to the latter.

The Convention also covers the following: the minimum and maximum proportions of contributions from each co-producer; the right of each co-producer to co-ownership of the original, the picture and the sound; the general balance of investments and compulsory artistic and technical participation; the measures to be taken by the Parties to facilitate the production and export of the cinematographic work and the right of each Party to demand a final version of the cinematographic work in one of the languages of that Party.

There are currently 35 states member to this Convention.

Malta also has a bi-lateral co-production treaty with Canada.

Investment Funds

As with all Malta Investment Funds, Malta offers a low tax, cost-effective and flexible environment to Media Funds Operators and investment advisers established in Europe and the US.

Malta investment funds are usually promoted to authorised or experienced investors and are not subject to any investment or borrowing restrictions.

The distribution of income of a scheme to foreign investors is not taxed in Malta. There are also no Maltese capital gains taxes imposed on the disposal of units in both prescribed and non-prescribed funds.

A PIF may be set up as an incorporated open or close-ended investment company (SICAV or INVCO respectively), a limited partnership or a unit trust. It is typically a non-retail fund which is not subject to any restrictions on its investment or borrowing powers.

Selected Malta Filmography

Feature Films

2010 The Devil’s Double
2008 Agora
2008 Terra Nova
2007 Eichmann
2007 Largo Winch
2007 Man of East
2005 Adrift
2005 Munich
2005 The Da Vinci Code
2004 A Previous Engagement
2003 Troy
2003 A Different Loyalty
2002 Pinocchio
2002 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
2001 Revelation
2001 Swept Away
2000 Asterix et Obelix – Cleopatre
2000 The Count of Monte Cristo
1999 Gladiator
1999 U-571
1998 Jesus
1995 White Squall
1994 Cutthroat Island
1994 Seasick
1993 Casque Bleu
1992 Christopher Colombus – The Discovery
1992 The Voyage
1991 The Mountain of Diamonds
1990 Killer Cruise
1989 Erik the Viking
1989 Scheherazade
1988 Leviathan
1987 Black Eagle
1986 Crash
1986 Inside Story
1986 The Fifth Missile
1985 Among Wolves
1985 Iron Warrior
1984 Final Justice
1984 Pirates
1983 Trenchcoat
1982 Airline
1982 Samraat
1980 Raise the Titanic
1979 Popeye
1978 Clash of the Titans
1978 Force Ten From Navarone
1977 Midnight Express
1977 The Spy Who Loved Me
1976 Orca The Killer Whale
1976 Warlords of Atlantis
1975 Shout at the Devil
1975 Sinbad in the Eye of the Tiger
1974 Sea Wolf
1974 The Mackintosh Man
1972 Mrs Pepperpot
1972 Pulp
1971 Zeppelin
1970 Murphy’s War
1969 David Copperfield
1969 Mr Jerico
1969 The Oxbone Buccanneers
1968 A Twist of Sand
1968 Hellboats
1968 Hieronymus Merkin
1967 Eyewitness
1966 Casino Royale
1964 Mask of Janus
1964 The Spies
1953 Single Handed aka Sailor of the King
1953 The Malta Story
1931 Tell England aka The Battle of Gallipoli


2010 Medium

2010 Kammerspiel
2009 ‘Poirot’ Murder on the Orient Express
2009 Commissario Rex
2009 Moby Dick
2009 Pater Castell
2009 The Golgotha File
2009 Mesternes Mester
2009 Cloud Above the Slope
2009 On Tour With The Queen
2008 Varus
2008 Savage Shore
2007 Roman Mysteries 2
2007 Carabinieri
2007 Coronation Street
2007 Harbour of Hope
2007 Warriors
2007 Kryminalni
2006 The Roman Mysteries
2006 What We Did On Our Holiday
2005 Elizabeth David
2005 Ghostboat
2005 Pamir
2005 Blackbeard
2005 Survivors
2005 Miracles of Jesus
2004 Die Patriachin
2003 She’s Gone
2003 Byron
2002 Held der Gladiatoren
2002 Helen of Troy
2002 Daniel Deronda
2002 Dinotopia
2002 The Death of Klinghoffer
2002 Julius Caesar
2001 Submerged
2000 Fuga d’Amore
2000 Paul of Tarsus
2000 Close and Innocent
1997 Shipwreck
1997 The Count of Monte Cristo
1996 The Odyssey
1994 Hooked
1990 Howard’s Way
1989 A Fine Romance
1984 Christopher Colombus
1984 Remington Steele
1982 Reilly Ace of Spies
1978 The Sandbaggers
1978 The Martian Chronicles
1972 Sweeney 2
1972 The Protectors
1968 Vendetta of the Saint