Malta attracts another major French film

In September, Malta will be hosting yet another film production that will be shooting in Malta, with the island serving as a backdrop to the story’s plot.

The Malta Film Commission has confirmed that UGC, a major production house in France, will be shooting the film Immediate Boarding in Malta. The production has selected various locations across the island including the water tanks at the Malta Film Studios in Kalkara, Valletta, Vittoriosa, Senglea and Majjistral Park.

Immediate Boarding is a French comedy written and directed by Philippe de Chauveron (pictured above), who last year took the international box office by storm with his hit film Serial Bad Weddings.

With the support of the Malta Film Commission, Philippe visited Malta in 2014 in order to develop his script around the various locations on the island. In the film, Malta will be featured extensively and will surely serve as an advert to promote the island’s beautiful and scenic spots with audiences in Europe and possibly beyond.

Minister Edward Zammit Lewis, who is responsible for the film industry, stated that the film sector is adding substantial value to Malta’s economy. Having a French production portraying Malta as Malta will surely raise our profile overseas to great heights and help boost tourism, he said. The exposure is without doubt invaluable and is the best form of advertising we can have, he added.

Lead talent on the film comes from Medi Sadoun, who is known for his roles in Serial (Bad) Weddings (2014) and Les Francis (2014), along with Ary Abittan who has starred in films such as Vive la France (2013) and Coco (2009).

Immediate Boarding is set to hit French theatres in October 2016. In Malta the production is being serviced by Small Island Films.


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