The aim of the KulturaTV Fund is to incentivise the development of difficult audio-visual productions having a cultural and creative content on private broadcasting stations in order to enhance the quality of audio-visual productions in Malta on arts and culture. The scheme will be limited to the following productions that meet the eligible cultural criteria: drama, creative TV documentaries, and culture programmes. Through this funding scheme, Arts Council Malta aims to support the creation of innovative and culturally significant storytelling relevant to contemporary media audiences, with a specific focus on the creative sector in the Maltese islands.
The scheme targets eligible productions on private television stations that require investment to develop works that often lack access to private funding. The scheme provides an incentive to independent audio-visual companies and private stations to produce quality-driven cultural audio-visual productions and will include mentoring by a designated foreign mentor appointed by Arts Council Malta.
The scheme aims to support ambitious audio-visual creations and to encourage the production of original drama, innovative creative documentaries, and culture programmes that include in-depth coverage of the culture and arts scene and behind-the-scenes interviews. Due consideration will be given to proposals focusing on relevant developments in the national cultural landscape, such as public cultural organisations, national festivals, and Arts Council Malta partners.
Who can apply?
The grant is open to undertakings (for which assistance will be granted in line with the General Block Exemption Regulation), within the meaning of Article 107 TFEU [kindly refer to Section 9 of these guidelines for additional information].
Applicants must qualify as one of the following:
• Private stations licenced by the Malta Broadcasting Authority
• Audio-visual companies that are registered with the Malta Business Registry, in accordance with the Companies Act (CAP 386 of the Laws of Malta) requirements in the case of a company or a partnership, and in accordance with the Civil Code (CAP 16 of the Laws of Malta) in the case of a foundation and an organisation/association.
The deadline to apply is Monday 24th July 2023 at noon. Late application cannot be accepted.
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Application Deadline: 24th July 2023
Applicant: Solari Productions Ltd.
Reference number: KTV02-23-2633
Project title: ŻEJTUNE
Amount awarded: €70,000
‘ŻEJTUNE’ is the sophomore feature film of writer-director Alex Camilleri (‘LUZZU’, 2021). The film is a 'neo-realist musical', starring real artists from the seldom-seen world of Maltese għana. The story focuses on rebellious Mar Zahra (29) who is desperate to claim her family inheritance and leave the small island behind for good. However an encounter with Nenu, an elderly troubadour, opens her ears to the mesmerising art of Maltese folk singing, tempting her to fall in love with the country she wishes to escape.
Applicant: Toontuloon Ltd.
Reference number: KTV05-23-2737
Project title: Karamellu tar-Raħal t’Isfel – Animated Series
Amount awarded: €40,000
‘Karamellu tar-Raħal t’Isfel’ is an animated series that adapts the short stories written by Mr Charles Buttigieg into a heart-warming and nostalgic exploration of a bygone era, capturing the essence of Maltese culture, traditions, and the vibrant community spirit of a Maltese village that shaped the protagonist's formative years. Comprised of ten short episodes, the series offers to audiences of all ages a window into the rich tapestry of Malta's past. In addition to providing entertainment through its captivating narratives, the project also aims to educate and raise awareness about Malta's cultural heritage through the real-life memories of the author. The series invites the audiences on a delightful and authentic journey that transcends time and enhances cross-generational understanding of Maltese cultural history.
Applicant: Reel8 Productions Ltd.
Reference number: KTV04-23-2691
Project title: Id-Dar Maltija
Amount awarded: €39,676
A typical Maltese house is all about our own art. From the typical Maltese tiles to the carved stone balusters, from the traditional balcony to the decorative door knockers. In an era where such houses are being more appreciated yet more rare, this documentary will serve as a platform to all the artists whose works depend on Id-Dar Maltija.
Applicant: Mizzi Media House Ltd.
Reference number: KTV08-23-2765
Project title: Randan
Amount awarded: €32,290
‘Randan’ is a captivating Maltese documentary series consisting of 7 episodes that will be aired during the Lenten period. This thought-provoking series offers a comprehensive exploration of the 40-day journey leading to Easter Sunday. It delves into the historical narrative, rich traditions, and profound religious/spiritual elements that define this sacred period. With a focus on Malta's cultural practices, the series showcases the traditional customs deeply rooted in history with the evolving nature of these traditions in the modern context. Through the integration of various disciplines such as art, history, culture, and theology, viewers will experience a holistic and immersive understanding of Lent in Malta. The project offers captivating storytelling that unravels the layers of history, culture, and spirituality surrounding this significant time of the year.
Applicant: Lampa Stampa Ltd.
Reference number: KTV06-23-2739
Project title: Ciao Ciao
Amount awarded: €44,640
‘Ciao Ciao’ follows the story of two reacquainted couples at a friendly reunion dinner. The night devolves from polite etiquette into primal chaos.
Applicant: Emotive Media Ltd.
Reference number: KTV01-23-2608
Project title: VULCAN XM645
Amount awarded: €13,394
It was the 14th of October 1975. As part of their routine practice, several Royal Airforce aircrafts visited Malta for their ‘air practice gallery camp’. After the arrival of 3 Phantom aircrafts, the Avro Vulcan XM 645 approached the RAF Luqa runway for what seemed like another perfect landing approach. Something went wrong. The Vulcan’s port wing was observed hitting the runway and made a rough contact from what seemed to be a hard landing from the Co-Pilot, Flying Officer E. G. Alexander. Lieutenant G. R. Alcock took control of the aircraft and managed to force it back into the air, planning a circuit and an emergency landing. However nothing went as planned. There was no second landing. The Vulcan XM 645 exploded while in flight, with major parts of this mighty aircraft falling onto one of Malta south localities - Żabbar.