The Festival

The Malta Short Film Festival is now in its ninth edition. It brings together films of different genres from around the world. But its uniqueness lies in the fact that it is broadcast on TVM, Malta’s national TV station. The films are discussed and partially adjudicated by a panel of judges, and partially by public vote. This enables the filmmaker and the viewer to understand the production value of each entry and its ability to communicate with its audience.

The resident judges are Prof Saviour Chircop, Winston Azzopardi, Joyce Grech and Tony Cassar Darien. Films hail from various the 5 continents and over 100 entries are received annually.

The public also has the opportunity to vote via text message in Malta and internet. All programmes are originally filmed in Maltese but subtitled in English. The programmes are streamed on the festival you tube channel (

The final programme consists of an awards giving ceremony which is filmed in a prestigious hotel setting towards the end of September and well attended by stakeholders in the field.

Tony Parnis is the festival director and Joyce Grech the Executive Producer. For more information about the whole team please visit the about us section in this website.