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Malta and China sign film co-production agreement

Malta and China have entered into a bilateral co-production agreement that is set to help Chinese and Maltese filmmakers navigate the film servicing industry in both countries.

China now has the fastest growing movie market in the world, something the worldwide film industry has seemingly taken notice of, with India, the UK, New Zealand and South Korea all signing co-production treaties with the emerging territory.

For Malta the treaty marks the second successful pact it has made with a country, after also securing one with Canada. The sovereign state has reportedly been trying to entice Chinese production companies to film in the nation, even participating in the Hong Kong International Film and TV Market (FILMART) for extra attention.

Back in March 2015, tourism minister Edward Zammit Lewis announced that Sonata Malta would be the first Chinese film to shoot in the archipelago. The added bonus for Malta being the extra marketing the island would get through the arrangement, hopefully convincing more asian shingles to film in and around its eclectic scenery and versatile locations.

Last year Angelina Jolie shot By The Sea in Malta at Mġarr ix-Xini, giving the country lots of good press, at the end of production Jolie said: “It has been such a fulfilling experience to shoot By the Sea in Malta, and I am honoured to have spent time on this beautiful island learning about its rich history and fascinating culture.”

After generating €28m in the latter half of last year from international productions and investing a further €1m to train Maltese crew, workers and artists, the film industry is trending upwards in Malta.