Malta was present at the annual event in Russia called International Cultural Forum (7-9 December), that gathers representatives of different art spheres from all over the globe. The Forum is a comfortable space for promotion of innovative ideas and projects in the Russian and international cultural context, cultural project launches and demonstration of the artistic achievements. Throughout the Forum, discussions were held on topical issues of development and conservation of culture as well as implementation of state programmes in the area of culture, funds and cultural organizations interested in cooperation with the Government of St. Petersburg and regions of Russia. A number of important cultural projects in St. Petersburg in 2014 were launched. During this event, U-Film had meetings with the major players of the Russian film industry. Following various agreements reached during the forum, new productions are expected to take place in Malta in the coming years.
U-Film Malta was represented by Marina Budykho. U-Film is an established movie production company located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea: Malta. The Maltese islands have for the past century been an important and unique location for film productions from all over the world. It is a unique filming destination, providing breath-taking backgrounds from different historical, cultural and architectural eras, all within 30km sq.
U-Film Malta is one of those few shooting companies capable of providing its own highly professional staff and equipment, which allows for underwater filming, even at great depths. It continuously invests in new technology, such as new 3D cameras, as well as its new submersible, the formidable Triton 3000/3, which is the most reliable sub around, which can take a pilot and two passengers, in perfect comfort and safety, to depths of 3300 feet (1000 meters). This investment supports U-Film’s efforts in providing state-of-the-art production services for marine documentaries, providing unique access of wonderful underwater treasures to the world.
U-Film has made it its mission to provide a sterling service in the field of audio-visual productions, combined with high quality infrastructure, on-going technical support and budgeting advice. We are a multilingual, one-stop production company whose expertise covers the entire spectrum of services required for successful filming in Malta, from the creative, financial to logistics and production. We have full-time, trained staff in all departments who work on incoming productions, as well as on promoting Malta as a premier filming location.
Ms Budykho spoke of the latest news whereby the European Commission has given the green light to Malta’s cash rebate as part of the financial incentives on the basis of EC Treaty State Aid rules. The scheme aims to use financial based incentives to encourage filmmakers to film in Malta. The 27% cash rebate will remain in force until31 December 2018. This announcement cements the new guidelines issued by the Malta Film Commission dated April 2014 which includes post production and extended rebates to TV series and transmedia. The revised Cultural Test has allocated an additional 2% which productions can benefit from only upon the inclusion of Maltese cultural elements within the storyline.