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City Turned Cinema: The Fifth Edition Of The Valletta Film Festival Is Raising The Cultural Bar

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If you’re just kicking off your summer holidays, or you’ve got a free afternoon or evening and are looking for something to do, you might want to consider watching a film at the Valletta Film Festival. For the fifth consecutive year, our capital of Valletta has turned into a city-wide cinema that promises an enjoyable day out to film buffs and the general public alike.

Now in the second leg of it’s 10-day run, there are still numerous hot titles, both feature-length and short films that have yet to be screened

From a documentary about dreams, to a cartoon about talking dogs, to a drama about a man coming to terms with his sexuality, they’ve got something for everyone. The festival’s programme, which you can access online, is divided into several sections to make it easier for you to find exactly what you want to watch.

Local actor Mikhail Basmadjian breaks down the festival’s programme in this handy and rather cheeky video here;

If you’re lucky, you might catch some of the film directors attending their own screenings and giving some insight into the world of filmmaking.

And engage in post-film discussions with industry professionals and peers who have just watched the film with you. There are also a handful of workshops being held, that you can find here. On Thursday the 20th of June at the Valletta Campus between 9:30am and 13:00, this first edition of the Valletta Film Forum is being held; a new event that brings filmmakers from Malta and other small nations together to discuss topics and interests concerning domestic and collaborative screen production.

The Valletta Film Forum is open to active industry professionals, as well as those with an interest in the film industry. You can sign up here.

On Saturday 22nd, a massive closing party will take place for you to dance the night away

And celebrate the end of what has already been a pretty impressive fifth edition of the Valletta Film Festival. Until then, you’ve still got a few days to visit the capital city and catch a couple of films. If you need any help making your way round, keep an eye out for VFF volunteers who will be able to guide you and provide you with a copy of the programme.

If you want to purchase your tickets before hand, all the information about passes can be found here, or you can book tickets directly through the link for you film of choice. But you could also buy a ticket directly from the venue, just make sure you get there a bit early!

And hey, any excuse to walk around the beautiful city of Valletta is a good excuse right? So might as well catch a film while you’re there.

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Organised by the Film Grain Foundation, the Valletta Film Festival is Malta’s largest cinematic event, screening over forty feature films and twenty-five short films at indoor and open-air cinemas around the city. The festival is made up a competitive sections dedicated to the Cinema of Small Nations and adjudicated by international juries and a number of sidebars that focus on films from different islands around the world, coming-of-age cinema and a retrospective dedicated to established film directors. Another section titled ‘Without Borders’ focuses on a different region of the world. A series of master classes, talks, debates, workshops are also held during the 10 days of the festival.

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