Malta's planning authority has approved plans for the construction of Malta's long-awaited first soundstage.
This is a crucial step in the development of Malta's film infrastructure, insisted minister for tourism, Clayton Bartolo, in a statement.
He hopes the new soundstage will attract even more international productions to Malta, which has recently hosted a number of big projects, including Universal's Jurassic World: Dominion, and Apple's new Napoleon biopic, directed by Ridley Scott, and TV series Foundation.
Malta film commissioner, Johann Grech, noted the project's decades-long gestation period and welcomed the news: “For [almost 60 years], we’ve been hearing that soundstages were going to be built in Malta. Today, we are writing our history.
The new facility forms part of a €35m 'masterplan' investment in the regeneration of the Malta Film Studios.
The country recently also introduced an increased cash rebate of 40% for international film productions that includes a new above-the-line cap at either €1m or 30% of total Malta eligible spend.