Over the past weeks, 130 students aged 9 to 11 have been given a unique experience to learn about film through a hands-on approach. Over a ten-day program, students learned about cinema, film production, scriptwriting, storyboarding, acting, filming, and editing. The culmination of each program was the shooting of a short film, which the students got to develop from a script they co-wrote. The summer camp was made possible through the collaborations of the Malta Film Commission with the Foundation of Educational Services (FES) and the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST).
The engaging hands-on curriculum for the program was developed in collaboration with FACETS, a US-based Film Education organization, which was also entrusted with training and mentoring the film educators delivering the program. The summer camp is one of the various film education initiatives developed by the Malta Film Commission to inspire a new generation of filmmakers while increasing awareness about opportunities in the film industry. “Education is the key to future-proof Malta’s film industry. It is crucial to start integrating the art of film within our education system for all those who aspire to become Malta’s filmmakers. The Government and the Malta Film Commission will continue working hard to offer new avenues through which more people can enter and work in Malta’s film industry,” Minister for Tourism Clayton Bartolo said.
Malta Film Commissioner Johann Grech added: “We are giving more opportunities to our children in film education to increase awareness about the art of film and the potential of the film industry. We are incentivizing work in film because we want to create more opportunities for all, where our children can reach their dreams and have careers in our film industry.”