Our Team

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 ...

Joyce Grech (Executive Producer/Judge)

She has worked as a media presenter and producer since 1992. To date she has worked with various television and radio stations and contributed as journalist and critic for the print medium. She has been employed in the media as producer, presenter, and director. Her profile consists of programmes for ...

Melchior Vella Cesare (Producer/Web Master)

Melchior Vella Cesare graduated in Commerce, majoring in Economics and Public Policy, then in B.Com. (Hons) in Economics (First Class) from the University of Malta. He is currently an Economics Officer at the Economic Policy Department within the Ministry for Finance and is a member of the Working Group ...

Tony Cassar Darien (Festival Judge)

Tony Cassar Darien was appointed Principal of the Manoel Theatre Academy of Dramatic Arts (MTADA) in 1981. He resigned in 1993 to become the first ever Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Malta. During his tenure marked improvements in both the physical and aesthetic aspects became apparent. ...

Winston Azzopardi (Festival Judge)

Winston Azzopardi was appointed by the Government of Malta to prepare a proposal and eventually entrusted to set up the Malta Film Commission and in January 1999 was appointed the first Malta Film Commissioner, a position he occupied until September 2002. During this time he took a very proactive ...

Rev. Professor Saviour Chircop (Festival Judge)

Rev. Professor Saviour Chircop B.S.Th.,M.S.Th.,M.A.(Cal.State)Ph.D.(Syr) Is a member of the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences at the University of Malta

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 ...

Roberto Bentivegna (Foreign Jury)

Roberto Bentivegna was born in London of Italian parents. He grew up in Milan and London, attending Emerson College in Boston before pursuing an MFA at Columbia University. His short films have screened at international film festivals including Locarno, Atlanta, and Miami, and are distributed by Film ...

Tonia Mishiali (Foreign Jury)

Tonia is a director, screenwriter and producer from Cyprus who loves making films that deal with social and women's issues. She is Berlinale Talents alumna, Artistic Director of Cyprus Film Days International Festival, a Board member of the Directors Guild of Cyprus and a member of the European ...

Simona Meriggi (Foreign Jury)