Great Films, Glorious Setting

Valletta Film Festival have teamed up with the Malta Airport Foundation to bring the ultimate cinematic experience. Over eight starry summer nights, Pjazza San Gorg, Valletta’s most prominent square, will be transformed into an open-air cinema. With a carefully curated selection of unmissable titles, audiences are given the chance to come together and enter the fantastical world of film…and all for FREE!

Valletta’s scenic surroundings are elevated to dizzying heights, thanks to state-of-the-art projection and surround sound. A selection of classic films, special screenings and curated short-film programmes will make up the programme.

Four films with important anniversaries in 2019 will be celebrated: ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ with Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, and Kristin Scott Thomas will screen on Saturday 15 June 2019; ‘Easy Rider’ with Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson will play on Sunday 16 June 2019; ‘Agora’ with Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac and Max Minghella will play on Friday 21 June 2019 and the animation ‘Coraline’ based on Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling book will play on Saturday 22 June 2019.

Several short films will play during the week. Every evening, prior to the main screenings, the festival will showcase two marine documentaries about the islands of Comino and Filfla, which were funded by the Malta Airport Foundation. This is the first time that these two documentaries will be shown in public on a big screen.

On Monday 17 June the festival will play a selection of short films from Lebanon and on Tuesday 18th June the square will host a short-film programme from the island of Menorca.

On Wednesday 19 June 2019 there will be a special screening of an Arté documentary Comment Erasmus m’a changé (Citizen Europe). Directed by Angeliki Aristomenopoulou and Andreas Apostolidis, this film uses the Erasmus Exchange programme to examine the Europe of today.

On Thursday 20th June, the festival in collaboration with UNHCR Malta will commemorate World Refuge Day 2019 with the screening of a number of short films that highlight issues that refugees and migrants face around the world.

Through their collaboration, Valletta Film Festival and the Malta Airport Foundation are offering audiences a truly unique summer experience for people of all ages.

“We are delighted to be lending our support to make this unique festival, backdropped by some of the most beautiful spots around our capital, an even more successful event, which serves to further enhance our visibility on the international stage as a film destination. Beyond providing an excellent platform for filmmakers, the VFF provides training and networking opportunities for aspiring writers, directors and producers. Thus, we believe that our support of the festival is by extension an investment in future film and documentary makers,” said Malta Airport Foundation Chairman Fredrick Mifsud Bonnici, going on to highlight that the Foundation has already used two documentaries to disseminate a message of conservation of our underwater heritage.

The Malta Airport Foundation was established in 2014 to support local organisations in realising projects and initiatives, which are aimed at safeguarding Malta’s cultural, environmental and artistic heritage. The Foundation’s main aim is to preserve our heritage for future generations, whilst elevating the product of the Maltese islands for the enjoyment of tourists and locals alike.

Run by a board of administrators, the independent Foundation has already been instrumental in implementing several initiatives and overseeing a number of projects, such as the launch of the Comino and Filfla documentaries, the restoration of the Combined Operations Room in Valletta, and the restoration of 17th-century Torri Xutu in Wied iż-Żurrieq. The Foundation’s combined investment in these restoration projects exceeds half a million euro, and these newly restored places of interest are set to open their doors to the public later on in 2019.

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