Rainbow Bridge: Call for Documentary Production

The project involves the production of a documentary with the aim of providing an insight into LGBT+ migrants everyday lives in Malta so that the viewer is presented with the human aspect and the struggles of LGBT+ migrants. It will also serve as an educational tool following a long vacuum of information regarding this topic.

The documentary will put a spotlight on a number (4 to 6 individuals) of LGBT+ migrants coming from different countries and cultures. We aim to have a diverse spectrum of people to give full visibility to a wide range of people in the migrant community; people that reached the Maltese shores by boat, by airplane, coming from different countries, contests and experiences. 


The LGBT+ migrant community is one of the most vulnerable groups in society because they face racism and also homo/trans phobia both from the hosting population and their home country community. This group faces safety issues in detention and open-centres while also facing administrative hurdles in their request for asylum. This documentary will seek to give LGBT+ migrants a voice by telling their stories, the challenges they met and are still meeting but also their hopes and dreams for the future. 

The priorities therefore are to:

  • Create an education and awareness raising tool of high quality;
  • To engage a diverse range of LGBT+ migrant individuals and to engage them in the telling 
  • To focus on the resilience, courage and humanity of migrant individuals;
  • To facilitate use of the resource through dissemination and the production of accompanying guidance notes as well as the use of subtitles;

Some of the themes the documentary seeks to portray are:

  • What were the reasons that drove the individuals to leave their country?
  • What were the major challenges to arrive in a safe country?
  • What are the problems in the host country as an LGBT+ migrant?
  • What does the future look like?

Q: With reference to the open call for Building Bridges documentary, is it possible to quote for just a component of the Production?

A:  The quote submitted must cover all aspects covered in the expression of interest. However, it is possible to form a partnership or to subcontract parts of the job so long as it is clear who is doing what and who is ultimately responsible for the submission of the final product.


Call Application Deadline29th September 
Contracting of selected service provider6th October
Approval of Storyboard18th October
First Cut20th January
Final Cut28th February 

Terms of Reference 

1. Production Pre-Production / Production – Development of Story Board and Script 

2. Filming Sit down interviews 

3. Filming Day in the life filming of 4 to 6 individuals 

4. Editing 30 minute to 40 minute Documentary 

5. Audio Voice Over recording sessions 

6. Stock Music Tracks Royalty Fee 

7.Graphics Titles + Subtitles Quote should include all filming and production costs including equipment and studio time. 

Eligibility Criteria

Bidders must submit a CV and portfolio with relevant experience within the film industry and should demonstrate ability to produce the work being contracted to the high quality being sought. 

Selection Criteria 

Quality of portfolio presented; 

Knowledge of LGBTIQ and migrants’ issues and LGBTIQ affirmative approach; 

Technical and Financial Bid; 


Maximum funding available is of Eur 9,000 inclusive of VAT. 

Intellectual Property All intellectual property rights related to the Documentary belong to MGRM. 


Individuals may propose working jointly with one or more persons given the tight deadlines envisaged. This must be clearly stated in their submission. Bidders are to attach CV’s of each expert. 

Following the adjudication, any subcontracting to third parties other than the selected service provider/s needs to be approved in writing by MGRM other than for technical elements such as translations or proof reading. 

Bids are to be sent to MGRM on mgrm@maltagayrights.org. For any queries please contact Alex Caruana on +356 99255559. Deadline for quotes is 29 September 2020.