In January 2014 Belinda Peach Director of Peachy Ltd visited the island of Malta as a potential location for a marine based drama called “Skippers” which is in development with a local production company.
Meetings about the location with The Malta Film Commission led to a lengthy discussion about the talent and skills agenda of the film and TV sector on the Island and how the film commission planned to address their skills shortages and also support the unemployed residents on Malta and Gozo so creating a diverse talent pool for the film and TV industry.
“Re Skilling of Workers for the Local Film Industry” is a project supported by the European Social Fund which aims to improve employment opportunities across the European Union. The Malta Film Commission launched the tendering process for the training programme in February offering a selection of courses: Introduction to the Film and Television Industry, Green Champion and Health and Safety, Introduction to the Camera Department, Sound Technician Assistant, Lighting Assistant, Wardrobe and Make Up and various Set Craft modules. .
With experience of ESF, a good understanding of the training and skills agenda within the film and TV sector and a database of local industry professional trainers from the UK Peachy Ltd partnered with a local facility company in Malta, Film Maltese Island. A selection of tenders were submitted to the Malta Film Commission and in July this year it was confirmed that the application to deliver The Green Champion , Sound Assistant and Set Painter courses would go live this summer .
The UK trainers whose work history includes Coronation Street and various live sports events will travel to Malta to deliver the courses to over 100 delegates. Learning styles will be led by hands on activity which will include workshop based programmes, case studies, practical exercises and videos. Accreditation of the training programmes will be awarded locally following the ESF guidance.
For Belinda Peach and Peachy Ltd the visit to Malta at the beginning of the year has proved to be worthwhile and re warding. The drama is still in development with Malta the lead location should the drama secure the funding and be green lit later this year.
For more information please contact: Belinda Peach
firstname.lastname@example.org / 07875 9429882.