The 2018 edition might be over but our work doesn’t end there. Indeed, our programmers have received a number of invitations to travel to other festivals as jury members, special guest or to present a selection of Maltese titles.
ILE COURTS INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
9th – 13th October 2018
Since its creation, Île Courts – International Short Film Festival of Mauritius acts as a tool-kit for the development of cinema in Mauritius. Île Courts is meant to be a showcase for a different cinema in Mauritius, and regularly screens movies from all over the world, taking us on a surprising journey into the heart of contemporary cinema. Always active in its endeavour, Île Courts also hosts training workshops, debates, roundtables and professional meetings. It is therefore a place for all the people involved in the production of short movies in the Indian Ocean to meet. Malta was invited to be the focus country of their La tête ailleurs section, and Angelique Muller presented a program of 5 Maltese short films with the support of the cultural export fund atributed by the Arts Council of Malta.
BATROUN MEDITERRANEAN FILM FESTIVAL
6th – 9th September 2018
Representatives of Valletta Film Festival attended the 2nd edition of this festival dedicated to short films from the 21 Mediterranean Sea countries. From the 6th till the 9th of September, audience and filmmakers came along to experience cinema in an enchanting setting of the open-air unique screening venue; an environment that will generate enrichment for both the local audience as well as international filmmakers. A lively cultural event that consists of International and National Competitions, professional workshops, seminars, special events, concerts and hangouts will give every art lover a great cinematic breath.
Our team travelled to Lebanon with the help of the Roberto Cimetta fund.
AVANCA FILM FESTIVAL
25th – 29th July 2018
Ewropej was also invited to Portugal for the Avanca Film Festival, where an international meeting of cinema, TV, video and multimedia was held. Since 2010, the festival organizes an international film conference AVANCA | CINEMA, that has become the most important conference in the field of cinema in the Iberian Peninsula bringing together speakers and participants from around the world.
AEGEAN FILM FESTIVAL
17th – 29th July 2018
Over 12 days, 2 islands and new collaborations with film festivals from near and far, the Aegean has become a distinctive meeting point for filmmakers and storytellers from the med and beyond. Every year, the Aegean Film Festival organizes a storytelling workshop; a unique approach to creative writing, idea generation and development during the festival. VFF was invited to screen Ewropej; an anthology film project produced by the Film Grain Foundation in collaboration with the Malta Arts Council and the Malta EU presidency. The series was premiered at the third edition of VFF in June 2017.
SARDINIA FILM FESTIVAL
28th June – 18th July 2018
Organized by the Sassari Cineclub, founded in 1951, the Festival now in its 13th edition has become a much awaited event on the neighbour island. During the 16 uninterrupted days of cinema traveling in 5 cities, Sardinian audiences are spoilt for choice; documentaries, feature films and shorts as well as numerous master classes. This year Russian cinema was celebrated with Andrei Konchalovsky as a guest of honour. The festival is in partnership with Cinemanchio; a project for the Cultural Accessibility designed for people with sensory and cognitive disabilities, which VFF hopes to replicate on our shores in 2019. Angelique Muller, sat on the international short film competition jury who awarded Spanish short film Maria by Álvaro Gago Díaz.