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WATCH: Malta film shooting for a Canadian-Maltese co-production with a €2m budget

Film shooting is currently underway of a Canadian-Maltese co-production, which is expected to be transmitted on the Canadian station, Hallmark. It is expected that the film will attract audiences of at least 20 million people.

TVM visited the Malta Stock Exchange which is being used for the first time by a cinema production.

The film cast consists of around 200 persons – Maltese and foreigners – in the film shooting of To catch a spy, a co-production with a two million euro budget.

Leif Bristow, one of the film producers, said that the production is based on an action and drama filled story, with a spy being hunted by someone and is running out of time to deliver a luggage with secret documents to the American embassy. He is killed before he could reveal the murderer’s identity, and the story complicates itself when the documents are stolen.

He said that the production is being directed by Jeff Beesley for Hallmark station.

”When we discovered Malta it provides such a beautiful backdrop to do stunning stories, with great crews, incredible support from the film commission and the government to make these happen so it’s always just been a real priority location to come to return to.”

The current film shooting is expected to end by April in various iconic places in Malta including Marsaskala, Mdina, and St John’s Co-Cathedral.

Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo said that the films industry is generating creative jobs for the Maltese. “This is the most resilient industry in the country where, despite the pandemic, the ongoing productions are a guarantee of jobs for those interested in the industry”.

Films Commissioner Johann Grech said that the industry is being strengthened despite Covid challenges, while Malta’s international reputation in the industry is leading to the building of relations with renowned films companies and studios.