Govt should recognize Film and TV as critically hit – MPA

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The Malta Producers Association (MPA) is disappointed that the Film & Television industry are excluded from the support measures for critically hit sectors due to coronavirus.

In a statement, the MPA referred to the new financial package that Prime Minister Robert Abela unveiled on Tuesday evening which was aimed at supporting the worst affected sectors.

The association stated that it should have been ‘naturally understood’ that the Film & TV industry would be included as part of the Creative Arts and Entertainment category, however, this was not the case. The MPA believes that this may have been an oversight due to the misleading classification of the Film and TV industry within the NACE categorization system.

On behalf of all professionals working in these sectors, the MPA is urging Prime Minister Robert Abela and Tourism Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli to recognise all Motion Picture, Video and Television production activities as sectors heavily hit by the coronavirus situation.

All around the world, hundreds of freelance crew, talent and film and TV production companies have been left in the lurch with zero income and Malta is no exception, said the Malta Producers Association.

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