This is the first film festival of its kind, and it’s totally building bridges between India and Malta. This wonderful platform will give the opportunity to film-makers across the world to showcase their work.
The Brand Ambassador and Jury Member at the festival will be Vidya Balan, an Indian actress who’s been making waves in the scene lately.
She will be joined by Hindi blockbuster director, Vijay Krishna Acharya. One of Acharya’s long-awaited movies, Thugs of Hindostan, will be shot in Malta.
“Malta holds a very special place in my heart, both as a filming location and as a gorgeous country with truly wonderful people. I am extremely happy to be a part of the first Malta India Film Festival and I look forward to a greater cultural exchange between our two countries.” Acharya said during the press conference.
“It is always a pleasure to be part of a cinematic platform that encourages film-makers. The Malta India Film Festival brings forth not only a unique opportunity for talent to come together but also the beautiful and magical country of Malta,” Vidya Balan said during the press conference.
“With the support of the Government of Malta and backing of Streamcast Studios, I am sure this is only the beginning of a new venture for the Indian film industry,” she said.
This long-awaited film festival will be held in Malta from the 14th till the 16th of December later this year.
It will be open for film-makers across the world who will be using either local or Indian elements in their movies.
There will be all sorts of categories and genres for this festival, including feature films, short films and also documentaries. Shortlisted entries will be graded by the jury during a three day screening in Valletta.
The Minister of Tourism, Konrad Mizzi was in India to support the Festival in Mumbai on August 9th.
“We are thrilled that Streamcast Studios has initiated this exciting platform of the Malta India Film Festival. Malta and India have a lot of commonalities including their love for food, fireworks and films. Malta has been a partner to many iconic Hollywood films and we’ re thrilled that ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ has paved the path for Indian blockbuster cinema in Malta,” Mizzi said.
“From our end, we are committed to providing every possible support and facility that we can to make Malta a preferred destination for the magical and musical cinema of India” he said.