ITS and MSAA Sign Agreement to Elevate Filmmaking Education in Malta

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  • luke
  • 06 Feb, 2024

In a significant stride towards fostering innovation and growth in Malta’s film industry, the Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS) and the Mediterranean Screen Arts Academy (MSAA) have officially signed an agreement. Building on the foundation laid by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed last year, this collaboration is set to redefine filmmaking education in Malta through the establishment of the “Screen Arts Centre.”

This collaborative initiative aims to create a department within ITS solely dedicated to providing comprehensive study programmes and high-level projects in the field of filmmaking education. The Screen Arts Centre will serve as a hub for a diverse range of educational programmes, events, and projects, with a focus on nurturing talent and fostering innovation in the dynamic world of cinema.

One of the key aspects of this partnership is the development of educational programmes that cater to varying levels of competence, spanning from foundational to advanced certification. MSAA, renowned for its expertise in the Media and Entertainment sector, will take charge of drafting the course curricula. These courses are meticulously designed to blend theoretical knowledge with hands-on practice, ensuring that students receive a well-rounded education guided by professionals deeply immersed in the current media industry.

The strategic alliance between ITS and MSAA holds particular significance with the backing of the Ministry for Tourism, highlighting the cooperative efforts between the public and private sectors. This collaboration underscores the commitment to integrating filmmaking education into Malta’s broader tourism product, aiming to position the country as a premier destination for film production.

Mr. Pierre Fenech, CEO of ITS, conveyed his enthusiasm regarding this strategic initiative, highlighting the significance of broadening educational horizons. Fenech underscored the institution’s commitment to not only delivering education in conventional tourism and hospitality sectors but also expanding into niche markets such as filmmaking and diving, both crucial segments for Malta’s thriving industry. The partnership with MSAA, affirms that this collaboration would leverage combined strengths and resources to deliver exceptional filmmaking education.

Roland Joffé, in collaboration with partner Mr. Trevor Walton, emphasise their extensive background in the international film industry, a realm where they actively contribute. Committed to giving back, they are dedicated to imparting their invaluable experiences to both Maltese and foreign students, nurturing a new generation of talent. Highlighting the significance of internationalism in education, Roland underscores the need for an international school, advocating the sharing of cultures and fostering cross-cultural communication. Recognising the evolving landscape of screen arts, especially with the advent of VR and AI, they express a keen focus on encouraging and rewarding students for creatively mastering these emerging technologies at the Mediterranean Screen Arts Academy.

The joint endeavours fuelling this agreement are set to empower the upcoming generation of filmmakers. This collaborative effort is geared towards equipping them with the essential knowledge and skills needed to excel in the fiercely competitive landscape of the film industry.

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