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In line with the European Union's state aid regulations, the Government of Malta offers incoming productions an incentive in the form of a cash grant. Feature films, television productions, mini-series, animation and documentaries are all eligible for the incentives, provided that they are at least partially produced in Malta and they pass a Cultural Test.
Up to 27% of the eligible expenditure can be obtained as a cash rebate by a qualifying production company once filming is complete. Expenditure incurred during production in Malta on local and EU services is eligible for a cash rebate. This includes the cost of talent and crew, any post-production done in Malta, rental of equipment, accommodation, transportation, 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.
Since the introduction of the financial incentives in 2005, we have helped several international productions obtaining more than €13 million worth of financial incentives.
It is standard practice that as service providers we apply for the rebate on behalf of a production and follow the process until payment is affected. Applications are to be submitted to the Malta Film Commission at least 30 days before commencement of production in Malta and have to include a detailed projection of the Malta budget.
Upon assessment based on specific guidelines and performance in the Cultural Test, the Commission is obliged to grant a provisional approval no later than 3 weeks after receipt of the application. The final approval is granted upon review of a final application, including audited accounts and a detailed analysis of the production expenditure in Malta, after shooting is completed. The cash rebate is normally forwarded no later than 5 months from the date of receipt of the final application.
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