Tony Parnis (Festival Director/Producer)

Undertook film studies in Canada and produced and hosted Servizz Xandir Malti on Graham Cable TV in Toronto. Won four Graham Awards for drama in Maltese, Producer of the Year from Graham Cable Television and the Canada Birthday Award for Achievement (Government of Ontario).

 
In 1984 joined Xandir Malta Newsroom as editor / director. Later as Head of Drama of PBS directed and produced TV serials including Dell mill-Imghoddi,  Enigma, Ipokriti L-Armla ta’ Wied Ix-Xtajta, Kafe Chagal, Nhar it-Tieg, Il-Harba ta’ Julian, , Rahal bla Ras, il-Misteru tal-Bombli tal-Fuhhar,  il-Madraggara and various documentaries.
 
Wrote and directed Operation White Dove which was shown at the Ambassador Cinema, Valletta, on TVM and Australian (SBS) Television.
 
Directed Bawxati The Movie, and Pawlu ta’ Tarsu which were also screened at local Cinamas.
 
In 1990, he joined One Productions as head of drama, and produced and directed Xowkeys, Shelly Rayner and Stejjer ta’ Wara t-Tmienja and various award winning documentaries including il-Qtil ta’ Shqaqi.
 
As an independent director/producer for NET TV directed the second season of It-Tfal Jigu Bil-Vapuri, The Inheritance, Marcellino and Scrooge.
 
Won several Broadcasting Authority Awards for Drama and documentaries as well as the BPC Award to Journalism (TV). Also, won the award for Best Cultural Programme with Joyce Grech for the production of the Malta International TV Short Film Festival aired on TVM. 
 
Served as judge on several film festivals, including the Short-Shock 2007 International Film Festival in Anapa, Russia, and The Golden Knight Film Festival in Malta (Malta Cine Circle) and the Malta Journalist Awards.

Tony is the Festival Director/Producer of The Malta International TV Short Film Festival, also co-produced with Joyce Grech.