Malta’s positive economic turn has had its effects on Gozo, the archipelagos’ second island. However, Gozo is not just relying on big sister Malta to fuel its advancement. It has found ways and means by which to offset its connectivity issues to develop into a flourishing business centre.
Stargate Studios Malta and its visual effects work is increasingly finding recognition among its peers, yet this area of work is experiencing a strong demand for skilled specialists, says James Spiteri Tanti, VFX Recruiter and Communications Coordinator at Stargate Studios Malta.
The hospitality of the Maltese is second to none, however, the country’s main tourism school needs an upgrade if the industry’s professionals want to keep up with the more refined tourist cohort landing in Malta. Tourism Minister, Dr Edward Zammit Lewis explains that help is on its way.
2015 was a record-breaking year for the Maltese film industry, says Film Commissioner Engelbert Grech. The future looks bright as Malta is investing in human resources and infrastructure, including the building of state-of-the-art film studios where productions can film all year round.
When Engelbert Grech took over as Film Commissioner in December 2013, he was faced with a lull in the film industry which had generated €5 million that year. Two years and a glittering list of big Hollywood names later, 2015 has proven to be a record-busting year for the Maltese film servicing industry, with figures in hand already topping the €100 million mark.