Official selection

Official Selection of the 11th edition of The Malta Short Film Festival

In total, there are 9 programmes scheduled with the winners will be announced in the final programme.

This cultural programme is a platform for local and international filmmakers but also stimulates discussion about media literacy amongst the general public. The festival was the recipient of the Best Cultural Programme of the Malta Television Awards in 2009 after its first broadcast. Since then the festival has gone from strength to strength due to the concept, quality of programme in content and technically, and the constant support of the festival partners. In 2018, the festival has received the EFFE label for the second time, an honour to distinguish excellence in festivals across Europe.

The unique format of the festival will remain that the films will shown, discussed by the resident judges and there will be both local and international public voting. The festival will be screening 25 films from 13 countries. Genres will vary from fiction, comedy, animation, romantic films, documentary, horror, thriller and fantasy.

The judges will be Prof Rev Saviour Chircop, former Dean of the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences at the University of Malta; Mr Charles Stroud, veteran television drama director, Mr Tony Cassar Darien, Artistic Director for the Mediterranean Conference Centre; and Joyce Grech, seasoned cultural journalist and festival producer.

Each programme will be streamed live on www.tvm.com.mt while it is being aired on television.

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

Full profiles available on www.maltashortfilmfest.com in The Team Section.

The festival main supporters are Arts Council Malta through the Cultural Partnership Agreement and TVM.

These are the films in the official selection for the year 2019, in alphabetical order and not according to merit.

Film

Directed by

Country

A Snake marked

Juan Riedinger

Canada

Always Hope

Roy Davidson

Malta

Bitter Sea

Fateme Ahmadi

United Kingdom

Corky

Ty Primosch

USA

Cover up (Handarbeit)

Marie-Amélie Steul

Germany

Delectable you (Belle a croquer)

Axel Courtière

France

Disrepute (Vanheder)

Stephane Mounkassa, Stefan Sundin

Sweden

Game of chicken

Karina Hajdamowicz

Poland

Gelato – Seven Summers of Ice Cream Love

Daniela Opp

Germany

God Never Dies (Dios Nunca Muere )

Barbara Cigarroa

USA, Ireland

Nine Steps (9 Pasos)

Marisa Crespo, Moisés Romera

Spain

Playing House

Özgül Gürbüz, Cenk Köksal

Turkey

Punchline

Vanessa Vella

Germany, Malta

Roake

Joan Cobos

United Kingdom

Second skin (Zweite Haut)

Ismet & Kerem Ergün

Germany

Stoppage Time (Tiempo Anadido)

David Comesaña

Spain

Tally

James Moffett & Sarah Zammit

Malta

The Suburbanight

Eva Colmers

Canada

The Summer of Swans

Maryam Samadi

Iran

The Wind phone

Kristen Gerweck

USA

Thorn Rose

Luke Cassar

Malta

Tied Up (Marbut)

Winston Azzopardi

Malta

Under Mom’s Skirt (Les Trompes de ma Mere)

Sarah Heitz de Chabaneix

France

Voice

Takeshi Kushida

Japan