Johann Grech, Malta Film Commissioner
The German TV Series, "Das Boot" has chosen Malta as its filming location for the third time. The series has been filming in Malta for its previous two seasons, commencing its first production in 2018.
This year, "Das Boot" has increased its production days in Malta from 72 days to 120 days. The production is filming in a number of locations around the Maltese Islands, including the Malta Film Studios, Fort Ricasoli, the AFM Barracks, San Anton Gardens, Kalkara, Valletta, Mdina, Marsa, Paola and Mellieha. Das Boot’s production in Malta consists of over 800 production crew, cast and extras.
Malta Film Commissioner Johann Grech said that this production had spent €3 million per year during the first and second series, and is now spending over €7 million to produce its third series in Malta. Johann Grech said “Though this time wasn’t easy due to COVID, we still managed to secure 'Das Boot' in Malta because we have always been pro-active in our determination to make things happen for our film industry. 'Das Boot' is the second big TV series shooting in Malta this year. Second month, second production.” Grech also mentioned how the local film industry kept working and the ambition is to turn occasional job opportunities into careers, for the many not the few.
Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection Clayton Bartolo said that the Government of Malta is currently laying foundations and necessary groundwork for Malta Film Studios to be equipped with the first soundstages in Malta, making it more attractive to film makers. The Minister welcomed the "Das Boot" Production Team and expressed that this is a proven example of how Malta is being resilient even during these tough times. The Minister concluded that Malta has extended its cash rebate financial incentive for the coming years, confirming Malta’s commitment to film-makers.
Executive Producer of "Das Boot", Moritz Polter thanked the Malta Film Commission under the stewardship of Johann Grech for their commitment and support for this production to take place in Malta. Polter said that he feels proud that "Das Boot" is filming for the third time in Malta and is looking forward to filming the fourth season on the islands.
Though this time wasn’t easy due to COVID, we still managed to secure 'Das Boot' in Malta because we have always been pro-active in our determination to make things happen for our film industry.” Johann Grech Malta Film Commissioner