The Malta Tourism Authority was delighted to be a part of the National Film Awards 2017 held last month at Porchester Hall in London. Attended by a thousand actors, industry professionals and movie fans, Malta was the official travel destination sponsor and Peter Vella, MTA UK Director, was on hand to present the Lifetime Achievement Award category to British sitcom legends Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst.
Set to be broadcast across Sky television at a later date, other A-list attendees included Simon Pegg who beat off stiff competition to win the award for Global Contribution to a Motion Picture. Pegg commented “The National Film Awards is quickly becoming the credible alternative and a very important awards ceremony in motion picture. It is one of the only awards ceremonies to give the power back to the public to nominate and vote for the films they love”. A total of 3.1 million fans are involved in the voting process to nominate their favourite film and television stars.
With its own Hollywood credentials, Malta is famous for its beautiful coastlines, picturesque beaches, and charming villages, which have always been a hit with top film producers. 2017 is set to be another big year for Malta as the island welcomes stars including Johnny Depp, Dame Judi Dench and Michelle Pfeiffer for the filming of Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’.
Peter Vella, MTA’s UK Director, says “Malta’s stunning climate, architecture, historical sites and natural beauty has made it a favourite location for the film industry. It has played host to the full spectrum of films and TV shows, including such greats as Gladiator, Troy, the Da Vinci Code and Game of Thrones, and more recently The Lake, Assassin’s Creed and The Promise. Malta’s contribution to the industry has been enormous.”
Malta is keen to welcome travellers interested in walking in the footsteps of their Hollywood heroes, which include the likes of Angelina Jolie, Emily Blunt, Brad Pitt, and A-list super-couple Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz. With the trendy nightlife, turquoise lagoons, and growing gastronomy scene, it’s no wonder that Malta is one of Europe’s hottest destinations beloved by the world’s most celebrated film stars.
Malta is a short three and a quarter hour flight from the UK, with daily departures from all major airports across the country. For nore information. Visit: www.maltauk.com