This Festival is a platform for local and international filmmakers, but also stimulates discussion about media literacy amongst the general public and aims to facilitate the dissemination of quality short film and foster film appreciation and awareness about the local film industry.

Since its inception in 2009, it was the recipient of the Best Cultural Programme of the Malta Television Awards 2009 and has gained strength due to the concept and quality of programme content. In 2017, the festival received the EFFE label for a second time, an honour to distinguish excellence in festivals across Europe. It has also collaborated with UK Foundation Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund, who offered financial incentives to promising upcoming film directors with their Rising Star Award for three consecutive years. It also works in collaboration with various festivals to promote the call for entries and Maltese film and has acted as liaison with a number of Malta embassies abroad in the organisation of film events.

Now in its thirteenth edition, it brings together films of different genres varying from fiction, comedy, animation, romantic, documentary, horror, thriller and fantasy. from around the world. But its uniqueness lies in the fact that it is broadcast on TVM, Malta’s national TV stations, and the programme is also uploaded to the festival website the following day. The selected films are individually discussed and adjudicated by a panel of judges. This enables the filmmaker and the viewer to understand the production value of each entry and its ability to communicate with its audience. Entries are also accepted through international platforms such as FilmFreeway, Festhome and Click for Festivals and other distributors.

The final programme consists of an awards giving ceremony, filmed in a prestigious venue setting, towards the end of September, and is well attended by participants and stakeholders in the field.

The festival was conceived by its director, Mr Tony Parnis, whose career as a film and TV director spans over 40 years. He is also regularly active as judge in film festivals both locally and abroad.

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Tony Parnis 00356 99497676
Charles Stroud 00356 99453982
Alan Fenech 00356 77070701