Official selection

Launch of the 10th edition of The Malta Short Film Festival

The 10th edition of the Malta Short Film Festival will be broadcast from the 20th of July till 14th of September every Friday at 21.00 on TVM and repeated the following Tuesday at 20.50 on TVM2. In total, there are 9 programmes scheduled with the winners will be announced in the final programme. The 8th programme will be a special programme showing out-of-competition films.

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 2017, 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 28 films from 15 countries. There will be 2 films from Malta in competition and 2 more will be screened out of competition. 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 and is endorsed by Valletta 2018.

These are the films in the official selection for the year 2018, in alphabetical order and not according to merit.

Film

Directed by

Country

#Selfie

David M. Lorenz

Germany

16 Weeks

Carlota Coronado

Spain

72 Virgins

Max Lusson

Spain

A Few Knots Away

Mansour Forouzesh

Iran

Beautiful Day

Fabrice Herbaut

France

Bismillah

Alessandro Grande

Italy

Bless Me Father

Paul M Horan

Ireland

Broken

Alex Mironescu

Romania

Catch

Dekel Nitzan

Israel

Chasing the Dragon

Nicolas Chik

France

Einstein-Rosen

Olga Osorio

Spain

Hope in a Box

Mick Dow

United Kingdom

In Tact

Johannes Bachmann

Switzerland

Princess

Karsten Dahlem

Germany

Samedi Cinema

Mamadou Dia

Senegal/USA

Someday

Marco Gadge

Germany

Someone Good will find you

Leelila Strogov

USA

Stella 1

Roberto D’Ippolito and Gaia Bonsignore

Italy

Sunday

Bruce Micallef Eynaud

Malta

The Boy by the Sea

Vasily Chuprina

The Netherlands

The Seat

Remi King

United Kingdom

Out of Competition

Film

Directed by

Country

Cargo

 Karim Rahbani

Lebanon

Eleanor’s Forest

Matt Stroud

Malta

The Legacy

Roy Davidson

Malta

Written/Unwritten

Adrian Silisteanu

Romania