Two British companies, Pinewood Studios and Mediente, are among the five shortlisted firms that have been invited by the Malta Film Commission to present proposals for renovating and operating the Mediterranean Film Studios in Kalkara.

The companies were selected following an initial expression of interest.

The winning bidder will be required to build sound stages as part of the overhaul and to make a yearly contribution to enhance the local indigenous industry.

Golden Zephyr (USA) and Island Productions and Safet (both Italy) are also on the shortlist.

The deadline for proposals is 22 December.