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Malta remains a notable Mediterranean production hub that combines a skilled crew base, competitive filming incentive, studios and enticing sun-blasted visuals. Launched in 2018, Malta has filming incentives that provide a 40% cash-back on productions shot in Malta.
Post pandemic productions shot in Malta include the third German series Das Boot, Apple TV+’s Foundation, and Jurassic World: Dominion.
Malta Film Studios' water tanks are a particular draw. There sare two world-class exterior tanks with a natural horizon that specialise in SFX work. Most recently, Apple's Foundation used all the water tanks at Malta Film Studios. Other water based scenes in productions include Luc Besson's The Lake, thriller Open Water, The Mercy starring Colin Firth Rachel Weisz and Captain Philips starring Tom Hanks have all utilised the facilities.
The island has established a reputation for doubling from Southern France to the Middle East. Recent high-profile features have included 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Michael Bay’s account of the terror attacks on US compounds in the Libyan city of Benghazi in 2012. Justin Kurzel used Malta to depict 15th century Spain for his cinematic adaptation of Assassin's Creed. Stephen Spielberg's Munich also depicted Malta as six different destinations.
Malta has a stable government and flexible, Mediterranean visuals that should continue to help the island nation compete with production rivals like Morocco, Croatia, Jordan and United Arab Emirates.
Malta’s climate is strongly influenced by the sea and is typically Mediterranean. The islands have a daily average of five to six hours of sunshine in mid-winter to more than 12 hours in summer.
Summers are hot, dry and very sunny. Daytime temperatures in summer are often mitigated by cooling sea breezes, but in spring and autumn a very hot wind from Africa, known as the Sirocco, occasionally brings unseasonally high temperatures and humidity.
The temperature averages 14.1C in winter (November to April) and 32C in summer (May to October). The hottest period is from mid-July to mid-September.
Winters are mild, with the occasional short chilly period brought about by the north and north-easterly winds from central Europe.
Annual rainfall is low, averaging 578mm a year, and the length of the dry season in summer is longer than in neighbouring Italy. Sea bathing is quite possible well in to the ‘winter’ months and the peak beach season can last until mid- to late-October.