Charles Stroud (Festival Judge)

He has been involved in the theatre world from a very young age, when he started giving a backstage hand to his father and as projectionist handling 35 mm in the village cinema.

He started a career of acting, producing and involving himself in other aspects of the stage, specialising in mime and modern theatre, specialising in novel interpretations and audience relationships.

He was employed by the Malta Film Facilities (1970 - '73), first as a prop boy, but in a few weeks he was promoted to props buyer and later to set dresser, after which he then spent a short spell of work in Pinewood Studios, London.

He was later employed with Television Malta (1973 - '82) as a programme producer and director, where he immediately showed a unique specialisation for drama and documentaries, becoming one of Malta's foremost television directors.

In 1982 he moved on, and was employed in the running of an audio visual presentations department for the Nationalist Party. Here he managed to change the conventional political event of mass meetings with too much political talk, into a popular entertainment all-family feast, with the use of music activities and multi-visual effects. These included full production and coordination of Maltese folk nights, song festivals, poetic evenings, children's film clubs, exhibitions etc. His spectacular flare and sense of mass organisation has given him the opportunity to introduce for the first time in Malta, the use of hot-air balloons, Billboards, Campaign Buses, mobile exhibition trailors, advertising Blimps, laser lighting, circus tents, street performers, gigantic projections, the use of pyrotechnic performances accompanied with music, and many other innovations for outdoor events. He has directed and coordinated numerous Historical Enactments for the Tourism and Cultural Authorities, Opening and closing ceremonies for the Games of the Small States of Europe, Shopping Centre inaugurations, Grand Harbour Spectacles on VE Day, Award nights and many others. The climax of which were Malta's Millennium activities which were completely designed, produced and directed by Charles Stroud himself. These included major musical events, exhibitions and unique outdoor performances with mega spectacles on a 40 meter stage. He was also involved in Malta's accession celebrations into the EU with major events in the Grand Harbour with huge projections on Fort st. Angelo which he directed. He has attended and represented Malta in numerous International Seminars and Conventions connected with Marketing, Film and Television, The Arts and Public activities, held in Cyprus, South Africa, Straubing and Bremen in Germany, Viareggio and Milan in Italy, Prague, London, Rotterdam and Thessaloniki.

With the setting up of NET Television Charles started off as Head of Programmes, moving on to Head of Operations and Production, where his main creative output was Drama, and Documentaries.

Charles, had his own Media Production company, “26th frame” where amongst other work he again directed for Television.

Today he forms part of MITHOLMA a creative cooperative.