Popular British comedian David Walliams has been announced as the host of the first-ever Malta Film Awards.
Walliams, known for taking part in the comedy sketch Little Britain and for his role as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent, will add some international star power to the awards, which will take place on 29th January at the Mediterranean Conference Centre.
However, his appointment as host has received some criticism on the grounds given that a foreign presenter will be hosting a show that is specifically meant to promote and celebrate the Maltese film industry.
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The Malta Film Awards will see 18 awards handed out to actors, directors, producers, writers and designers who played a part in the local film industry over the years.
However, the festival’s €400,000 budget has proven controversial among several people in the film industry seeing as only €600,000 have been allocated to the entire annual budget for the national Screen Film Fund.
Some key filmmakers – including Simshar director Rebecca Cremona and Martin Bonnici from Is-Sriep Reġgħu Saru Velenużi – have boycotted the event.
Cover photo: Britian’s Got Talent
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