Official selection

The 9th edition of the Malta Short Film Festival will be broadcast from the the 5th of July till the end of September every Thursday after the 8pm news bulletin on TVM and repeated the following Monday at the same time on TVM2. 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. This year 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 29 films from 14 countries. There will be 4 films from Malta and 2 from Maltese directors residing in different 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 and will then be uploaded to the festival website the following day.

The festival will span over 13 programmes with the final ceremony filmed at the grandeur venue of the Ballroom at the Radisson Blu Resort, St Julians.

For the third consecutive year, the Festival will be awarding the Rising star award, in collaboration with the Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund from the UK. The prize consists of a cash prize and an opportunity for film set experience in the UK. The award is given to a filmmaker who has a promising career. Last year this award was given to brothers Nicholas and Mark Caruana.

Through our collaboration with Hands On Malta, School of Filmmaking, the Festival offers free training courses in specialised areas of filmmaking.

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, Radisson Blu Resort and TVM.

The festival is also supported by : Creative Europe, Sports Experience, The Resin and Membrane Centre, Deborah Milano, TEC Furniture, Camilleri wines, Maxell.

These are the films in the official selection for the year 2017, in alphabetical order and not according to merit.

 

Name

Country

Agata

Italy

Albedo Absolute

USA

Alicia

Malta

Ambivalent

Malta

Antoine

Luxembourg

A whole world for a little world

France

Black Cat

Australia

Common denominator

France

Dasha the Fool

Russia

Diversion

UK

Entrapment

Spain

Everyday

France

Hotel Eden

Spain

Magic Mouse

USA

Martina oh Martina

Spain

Pebbles

Ireland

Rabbit Blood

Australia

Room service

Spain

Silence

Netherlands

Sleepover

Spain

Son

Luxembourg

The bagpiper

UK

The guy who came on horseback

Iran

The last grain

Malta

The Musician

Spain

The Pinnacle of Excellence

Malta

The story of 90 coins

China

Zapp Galura

Austria

Ziemel

Malta