The Malta Film Commission has been awarded €500,000 as part of the European Social Fund Cohesion Policy Operational Programme II 2007-2013, which aims to improve employment opportunities in the European Union and aid to develop a skilled an adaptable workforce.
Minister of Finance, the Economy and Investment Tonio Fenech commented that Malta is a viable contender in the international film production network, and has played host to a number of big-budget film productions over the years. As competition increases in the television and film industries, Malta must remain desirable to foreign film producers. Investing in the creation of a skilled labour force can provide quality assurance to international productions, thus maintaining and increasing Malta’s competitive edge.
Therefore, the Malta Film Commission will be initiating a certified training programme encouraging individuals of all ages to further their studies, as well as develop their skills in order to increase their opportunities for employment in the film servicing industry. Training will target below-the-line services, including Wardrobe Management, Location Scouting, Special Effects and Lighting for the Film and Television Industries.
Film Commissioner Peter Busuttil referred to the ESF funding approval, pointing out that this allocation will be invested towards accredited courses in the filming production sector for those interested in starting a career in this industry or in improving their expertise in the field. The commission aims to increase the number of persons adequately skilled in the filming industry with the potential to increase innovation opportunities in this sector. It is intend that these courses will commence around first quarter of 2013. For further information about these courses please send email to email@example.com
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