4th Valletta Film Festival

From June 8, 2018 until June 17, 2018


The 4th edition of the Valletta Film Festival will be held in Valletta, Malta from Friday 8 to Sunday 17 June 2018.

The submission process is open for the competitive sections of the film festival, however, the Selection Committee of the Valletta Film Festival decides in which section a film can participate.

The competitive sections of the festival are open for feature films, documentaries and short films completed after 1 July 2017 that have not yet been exhibited online or in Malta.

Feature films and documentaries have to have a duration over 60 minutes.

The duration for short films is limited to 25 minutes including credits.

Submission of the film represents agreement with the regulations of the festival. It is the policy of the festival not to offer comments or reasons for not including a submitted film in the program.

The early-bird submission deadline for the third edition of the Valletta Film Festival is 31 December 2017.

The regular submission deadline for the third edition of the Valletta Film Festival is 28 February 2018.

Late entries will be accepted until 31 March 2018.

Submissions may not be in work-in-progress form; works that are not final cuts will not be allowed entry.

The Film Grain Foundation charges the following entry fees:

• Early Bird Entry Fee for Features Films and Documentaries – € 25
• Early Bird Entry Fee for Short Films – € 10

• Regular Entry Fee for Features Films and Documentaries – € 30
• Regular Entry Fee for Short Films – € 15

• Late Entry Fee for or Features Films and Documentaries – € 35
Late Entry Fee for Short Films – € 20

The submission fee is waived for films that have 50% or more of the film footage shot in Malta. No other waivers or exceptions will be granted. Please do not ask.

Films can be submitted through the Festival’s partner submissions platforms WITHOUTABOX or REELPORT.

For Vimeo/online screener submissions, please email the link to  with your tracking number

If you cannot send your film electronically you can send your submission in the following formats:

Blu-Ray, DVD or digital media

These formats must be sent by mail directly to Valletta Film Festival.

The package should read “For cultural purposes only” and “No commercial value”. For any materials sent by express parcel service, payment for delivery must have been made in full, including any duty and taxes. Otherwise, the Festival reserves the right not to accept the package. It is also possible to make delivery in person or by courier. (Please check our office hours in advance.)

Film Grain Foundation appoints independent international juries for each competition section and the jury is responsible for all adjudications. All decisions by the juries are final.

Filmmakers having their feature film selected for feature film and documentary competition will be invited to Valletta to personally present their film at the festival.

The Film Grain Foundation will announce the official selection by Friday 25th May 2018.

Producers or Directors of selected films will be notified by the Foundation before the official press conference.

The Selection Committee will accept films:

•WITHOUT subtitles if the original language is English.

•WITH English subtitles for all other original languages

In unspecified cases, the Festival Management will make a final decision

Official Competition - Short Films

Regular Period deadline: Feb. 28, 2018 for 15.00 €

Official Competition - Documentaries

Regualr Period deadline: Feb. 28, 2018 for 30.00 €

Official Competition - Feature Film

Regular Period deadline: Feb. 28, 2018 for 30.00 €


This Festival was founded in 2015

The Valletta Film Festival is Malta’s largest film event, a live and communal affair that transforms Valletta into a city-sized cinema, with over 40 feature films and 25 short films being screened at several open-air venues and established cinemas around the capital. Masterclasses, panel talks, conferences, and debates also provide a platform through which participants can discuss film and contemporary affairs over the course of the festival’s programme.


Film Grain Foundation
Triq San Luqa 9
PTA 1027 G'Mangia