15th Kinemastik International Short Film Festival 2019

From July 25, 2019 until July 27, 2019


Submissions are now open for the 15th Kinemastik International Short Film Festival 2019.

Submissions for the 15th Kinemastik International Short Film Festival are now open.
Running on July 25th and July 27th 2019, the 15th KISFF will play host to some very special events and screenings.
KISFF plays a rich selection of the best of contemporary global short cinema and is always on the lookout for interesting new voices.

Submission deadlines and fees:
Early bird: Until midnight GMT, Wednesday, 20th May – €10
Regular submissions: Until midnight GMT Monday 15th June–€15
Late submissions: Until midnight GMT Wednesday 1st July – €20

There are the jury and the audience prizes only at the Festival. Both are not cash prizes but mentions.

Categories for entry
Entries are invited in the following categories: Short Films, Short Documentaries and Maltese Short Films. We welcome all forms of film production – animation, experimental, student work, digital work, etc.

Conditions for Entry
Almost all digital formats are eligible for inclusion: preferably MP4 or Pro Res. Films should be presented in their original versions with English language subtitles or commentary where necessary. We are not screening in DCP.
To be eligible for the short film competitions, films must have been completed since 1 July 2017.

Criteria for Maltese Shorts
Filmmakers not from and from Malta and who are based in Malta;
Filmmakers from Malta but based elsewhere; and/or
Films shot by non-Maltesers throughout the archipelago (Gozo, Comino, Cominotto, Filfla).
Non-English language films
To qualify for selection, all non-English language films must have an English-subtitled screening copy available.

Due to the large amount of submissions received, we will only contact those filmmakers with work selected for the festival.
The selection of films will be announced on the Kinemastik’s website by 20th July when the programme is launched.
Due to the large amount of submissions received, KISFF cannot offer feedback regarding films that are not selected for the Festival.

We do not pay screening fees for films submitted to the festival.

More info on

Maltese Shorts

Currently, there is no open submission period for this competition.

Shorts and Documentaries

Currently, there is no open submission period for this competition.


This Festival was founded in 2005

Kinemastik is an NGO responsible for a year-round cultural programme based around screenings, talks, exhibitions and concerts that culminates with the Kinemastik International Short Film Festival.
The festival will be held over several days between July 25th and July 28th at Garden of Rest, Floriana (Malta). The highlight of the festival is the Westside Selekt weekend, open-air screenings held at one of the most beautiful garden cemeteries.
Kinemastik collaborates with international festivals and filmmakers to bring to our shores a selection of incredible film and directors to experience Malta and meet local residents.
In the past couple of years, Kinemastik has worked with Ben Russell, Eduardo Teddy Williams, Nahuel Perez Biscayart, Basma Alsharif, Lucas Abela etc.
We have hosted representatives from Sundance Film Festival, Milano Film Festival, Sheffield Doc Fest etc.


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