JOINT STATEMENT FROM MPA & MEIA ABOUT VISION 2030 LAUNCHED TODAY BY MINISTER FOR TOURISM

24/01/22

WE MUST ACT NOW



Echoing the objectives of the campaign CelebrAZZJONI, MEIA and MPA welcome the call made today by Minister Clayton Bartolo that “we must act now” to create an effective and sustainable film and television sector.


MEIA and MPA welcome the overall intention of Vision 2030. The four pillars of Vision 2030 highlighted by Minister Bartolo – Infrastructure, Film Culture, Education and Finances reflect the proposals that both organisation have been advocating for years.


Both organisations recognise the commitment given by Film Commissioner Johann Grech to embrace dialogue with all stakeholders.


Both organisations are of the opinion that the Ministers responsible for Film and TV should immediately set up a permanent working group that should, amongst others, include industry representatives to discuss the state of the industry and produce a holistic strategy for the sectors that will truly give priority to the Maltese film and tv industry. 


MEIA and MPA also note that although some of the points raised in October 2021 are still being considered, it remains unclear what the future of the co-production fund will be and whether Screen Malta will increase later in the year.


Both organisations look forward to learn more about the plans the government has for Malta Film Studios and Fort Ricasoli, the newly announced Malta Film Institute and the alternative ways of financing mentioned by Minister Bartolo.


Members of MEIA and MPA are currently attending the various panel discussions at Malta Film Week. Both organisations hope that this week will be the start of a long-lasting dialogue with all stakeholders that will lead to a change in the way of how the film sector is organised, supported and promoted. 

 

MPA PRESS RELEASE RE MALTA FILM AWARDS

05/11/21

Verżjoni bil-Malti taħt


The Malta Entertainment Industry and Arts Association (MEIA) and the Malta Producers Association (MPA) stand by their members, many of whom are major Maltese filmmakers who have recently confirmed that they have opted not to submit their film nominations and/or voluntarily withdrawn their submission from the Malta Film Awards. 

The associations confirm that the story as reported in the media is a reality, highlighting that a significant group of prominent Maltese Film Makers have repeatedly expressed the need for solid action. These concerns, which have been voiced for years, have reached breaking point recently with the announcement of the Film Awards and its allocated budget, when compared to the funding given to the local filmmakers. 

Both associations tried to reach a solution to these grievances prior to the submission deadline. Whilst there seemed to have been a verbal agreement, no commitment for action was forthcoming. Yesterday, MEIA received in writing from the Malta Film Commission that it is in agreement with 4 out of the 5 requests. The MEIA and MPA acknowledge that this is definitely a welcomed step in the right direction which will certainly help Maltese Film. Discussions on the outstanding point regarding meaningful industry consultation remain ongoing. 

The 4 points which are now in agreement with the Malta Film Commission include:

  • additional budget for Maltese film makers to produce films 

  • the re-introduction of the co-production funds, 

  • removal of the De Minimis rules, and 

  • the removal of recoupment clause from Screen Malta.

This latest development does not change the fact that a number of filmmakers, who felt it would be morally incorrect to participate in the Film Awards when essential priorities were being overlooked, have now missed their deadline to be included in the Film Awards. The MEIA and MPA further note that the points also require a further commitment from the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Finance in order to be implemented.

Malta will not have a real industry unless drastic steps are taken. In comparison to the rest of Europe the situation is untenable. Whilst the budget to support Maltese film is only EUR600,000 per year, the budget for the Malta Film Awards is EUR400,000 and this underlines the crux of the problem. Such an imbalance was and still is insulting to filmmakers, artists and crew who work tirelessly to produce creative work for Maltese and international screens. 

Filmmakers, their crew and cast at the awards deserve to celebrate what is rightfully theirs. One night of celebration is always welcomed but priorities need to be placed in the right order.

Both associations acknowledge that a lot has been done to attract international films to the island. Failure to act upon such agreement between all parties concerned will leave local filmmakers with just an expensive marketing campaign and the same issues will continue to haunt the industry when the red carpet of the Malta Film Awards is rolled back into storage. 

Verżjoni bil-Malti 

L-Assoċjazzjoni Maltija għall-industrija tad-divertiment u l-arti (MEIA) u l-Malta Producers Association (MPA) jgħatu l-appoġġ lill-membri tagħhom, li ħafna minnhom huma produtturi tal-films Maltin ewlenin li reċentement ikkonfermaw li għażlu li ma jissottomettux in-nominazzjonijiet tal-films tagħhom u/jew irtiraw volontarjament s-sottomissjoni mill-Malta Film Awards.


L-assoċjazzjonijiet jikkonfermaw li l-istorja kif irrappurtata fil-mezzi tax-xandir hija realtà, filwaqt li enfasizzaw li grupp sinifikanti ta’ produtturi tal-films prominenti Maltin ripetutament esprimew il-ħtieġa ta’ azzjoni immedjata biex jiġu indirizzati numru ta’ nuqqasijiet. Dan it-tħassib, li ilu għaddej għal numru ta’ snin, laħaq punt kritiku dan l-aħħar bit-tħabbira tal-Malta Film Awards u l-baġit allokat, meta mqabbel mal-fondi mogħtija lill-produtturi tal-films lokali.


Iż-żewġ assoċjazzjonijiet ippruvaw jilħqu soluzzjoni għal numru ta’ lmenti qabel l-iskadenza tas-sottomissjoni. Filwaqt li deher li kien hemm qbil verbali, ma kien hemm l-ebda impenn għal azzjoni konkreta. Ilbieraħ, il-MEIA rċeviet bil-miktub mingħand il-Malta Film Commission li taqbel ma’ 4 minn 5 talbiet. Il-MEIA u l-MPA jilqgħu dan l-iżvilupp u jirrikonoxxu li din hi direzzjoni tajba li żgur ser tgħin lill-Film Malti. Id-diskussjonijiet dwar il-punt pendenti rigward konsultazzjoni sinifikanti mal-industrija għadhom għaddejjin.


L-4 punti li issa huma bi qbil mal-Malta Film Commission jinkludu:


- baġit addizzjonali għall-produtturi tal-films Maltin biex jipproduċu films

- l-introduzzjoni mill-ġdid tal-fondi ta' koproduzzjoni,

- it-tneħħija tar-regoli De Minimis u

- it-tneħħija ta' klawżola ta' rkupru minn Screen Malta.


Dawn l-aħħar żviluppi ma jbiddlux il-fatt li numru ta’ produtturi tal-films, li ħassew li jkun moralment skorrett li jipparteċipaw fil-Film Awards meta prijoritajiet essenzjali kienu qed jiġu injorati, issa tilfu ic-cans tagħhom biex jiġu inklużi fil-premijiet. Il-MEIA u l-MPA wkoll jinnutaw li l-punti jeħtieġu wkoll impenn ieħor mill-Ministeru tat-Turiżmu u l-Ministeru tal-Finanzi biex jiġu implimentati.


Malta mhux se jkollha industrija reali sakemm ma jittieħdux passi drastiċi. Meta mqabbla mal-bqija tal-Ewropa, is-sitwazzjoni preżenti mhux sostenibbli. Filwaqt li l-baġit għall-appoġġ tal-film Malti huwa biss ta' EUR600,000 fis-sena, il-baġit għall-Malta Film Awards huwa ta' EUR400,000 u dan jenfasizza l-qofol tal-problema. Żbilanċ bħal dan kien u għadu insult għall-produtturi tal-films, artisti u tekniċi li jaħdmu bla heda biex jipproduċu xogħol kreattiv għall-iskrins Maltin u internazzjonali.


Il-produtturi tal-films, l-ekwipaġġ tagħhom u l-cast jistħoqqilhom jiċċelebraw dak li hu tagħhom bi dritt. Lejla waħda ta' ċelebrazzjoni hija dejjem milqugħa iżda l-prijoritajiet iridu jitqiegħdu fl-ordni t-tajba.


Iż-żewġ għaqdiet jirrikonoxxu li sar ħafna biex jiġu attirati films internazzjonali lejn il-pajjiż. Jekk ma titteħidx azzjoni immedjata fuq il-ftehim milħuq bejn l-imsieħba kollha, l-produtturi tal-films lokali ser jibqgħu biss b’kampanja ta’ riklamar u l-istess kwistjonijiet se jkomplu jolqtu l-industrija anke wara li t-tapit l-aħmar tal-Malta Film Awards jerġa’ jitrembel lura fil-maħżen.