Valletta Film Festival will be held for the fifth time between Friday 14th and Sunday 23rd June 2019.

For ten days, Europe’s smallest capital city will once again transform into a cinema with screenings and events happening at different squares and other historic buildings.

Valletta Film Festival is Malta’s largest cinematic event attracting around 10,000 visitors each year. The festival exhibits over forty feature films and twenty four short films and organises a number of master classes and workshops.

From 2019, the festival will be dedicating its competition selection to productions originating from thirty-four small nations in Europe, Middle East and North Africa.

Twelve feature films or documentaries will be competing for a number of awards in the feature length section of the festival and up to twenty-four short films will be selected to compete for best short film.

These are the countries eligible to participate in the Cinema of Small Nations Competition:

Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Bahrain, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Georgia, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Moldova, Norway, Northern Ireland, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Scotland and Wales. 

Submissions are open to feature films, documentaries and short films completed after 1 July 2018 that have not yet been exhibited online or in Malta and that are produced or co-produced by companies registered in the list of countries made available above. 

Apart from the official competition the festival curates other sections including Islanders that showcases films from or about islands, Without Borders that focuses on the cinema of a specific region or continent, Teens Only – a selection of coming-of-age films and Masters of Cinema, a retrospective of on established directors and other talent.