The Malta Film Foundation (VO/0578) was set up in 2010 by film director Tony Parnis and media producer and journalist Joyce Grech with the main objective of promoting film literacy and film events in Malta. The Board also includes Mr Tony Cassar Darien, festival judge and Artistic Director of the Mediterranean Conference Centre.
Since its inception, the Foundation has produced the Malta Short Film Festival in collaboration with PBS Ltd., a festival which won local award for the Best Cultural Programme in the Malta Television Awards in 2009, the first year of its production. In 2015, the festival was the only local film festival to be given the European award, EFFE Label for Festivals and it was once again awarded this quality label in 2017.
The Foundation has also collaborated with UK Foundation Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund who offer financial incentives to promising upcoming film directors with their Rising Star Award for three consecutive years and plan to continue this collaboration.
The Foundation works in collaboration with various festivals to promote call for entries and Maltese film and has acted as liaison with a number of Malta embassies abroad organising film events from Malta.
The Foundation has benefited from public funds including the Malta Arts Fund, Local Culture Initiative Fund, the Malta Film Commission and Good Causes Fund This year, the Malta Film Foundation has successfully been chosen as a beneficiary of the new fund Cultural Partnership Agreement, which is a 3 year contract to expand the Malta Short Film Festival.
The Foundation has also been responsible for hosting various film events such as Tribute to Joseph Calleia, and the Early Years Film Festival with Valletta Primary and the Ministry of Education. It is also planning a youth film festival to encourage new talent and showcase creativity with workshops.