11th Malta Short Film Festival 2019

From July 1, 2019 until Sept. 21, 2019


The eleventh edition of the Malta Short Film Festival will be held between July and September 2019 and produced by the Malta Film Foundation (VO/0578).

The festival is open to all short films including animation, fiction, war, drama, thriller anddocumentaries. All genres of film are considered.

The primary contact completing the submission process must be authorized to submit the film for consideration including permission from a distributor or sales agent representing the film and must have obtained necessary permissions for the inclusion of copyrighted music, names and/or images within the film. In certain cases, there might be more than one person who would like to submit their work and in this case, they must submit a joint application. Any legal matter arising from copyright infringement or related to PRS rights, lies solely with the applicant.
It is essential that the application is submitted with the correct spelling in English. The producers cannot be held responsible if there are errors on the application or if they do not match the spelling used in the titles of the film. Certificates and all PR will be issued with the spelling submitted in the application.
Applicants through submission portal ReelPort still are bound by the festival regulations.
Applicants may not impose restrictions on the organisers on the showing of their film if chosen for the official selection. The official selection will be published prior to the festival.
Applicants who are under 18 years of age may participate but must supply a letter from their legal guardian/s stating that they approve of the applicant participating in the festival.

The maximum duration of the films is 15 minutes including the credits or opening/closing logos. There is no minimum duration.

Country of origin
The films can originate from any country in the world.

If the original language of any dialogue or text featured in the film is not English, the preview and screening copy must be subtitled or dubbed in English. The title of the film can be kept in the original language, however this has to be subtitled in English. This also applies to entries from Malta.

A synopsis of the film, including the genre/s the applicant feels it falls into must be clearly stated.

Repeat entries
Submissions can also include films which have already participated in other festivals, however this will not be mentioned when the film is screened or streamed. Filmmakers who have participated previously in the festival can participate with new projects, but cannot submit the same film twice.

In addition to the reproduction of stills and clips of selected films and/or trailer/s for all publicity material, both print, television and the web, excerpts of films may be used for all promotional material. The producers may use stills, synopsis and/or trailer of each
submission on social network sites to create interest in the festival.

Festival screenings
The festival will hold an audience screening and reserve the right to air the selected films on:
– Television via TVM, Malta’s national television public broadcaster
– Online on the festival website and also via TVM digital player for a limited time on
– In a cinema setting during the Malta Film Expo or other outreach programmes by the Malta Film Foundation. Applicants who wish only to be considered for the cinema screening only should clearly indicate this in their application.
Those films selected for television may be required to be submitted in the following format:
XDCAM HD 50Mbps 1080i Op1a 25fps (mxf) sound stereo mix R128 compliant.
Film should be shot at 25fps.

Selection and notification
Successful entrants will be notified in writing first via electronic mail. The complete list will also be posted on the website The festival cannot enter into individual correspondence regarding films that have not been selected.

Entry fees
Fees per application are as follows:
Fee per film €15 or USD equivalent

Submission procedure
The film, promotional stills and application fee can be submitted via
A minimum of 6 stills should accompany each submission. Trailers of the film are most welcome.

Closing date
The closing date of submissions is Friday 31st May 2019.

Trophies awarded
Each year the committee decides which categories to award, depending on the type and quality of submissions received.
The following are the categories for 2019:
Best script
Best local animation
Best international animation
Best comedy
Best documentary
Best cinematography
Best use of sound
Best local young director
Foreign jury award
Most original concept
Best editing
Best director
Best production design
Best Picture

Privacy Policy
All submissions received are non-returnable and will be retained for a period of 5 years from the closing date for administration and auditing purposes in accordance with our GDPR Policy.
The Malta Film Foundation shall ensure that any processing of personal data is in accordance with regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation), the Data Protection Act (Chapter 586 of the Laws of Malta) and any other relevant European Union and national law.

Any queries should be sent via e-mail to or
Festival website:
Foundation website:

Main Competition

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


This Festival was founded in 2008

The Malta Short Film Festival is now in its tenth 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 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.


Malta Film Foundation
PO Box 26, San Ġwann 26
SGN03 San Gwann