29 May 2023

Paola, Malta – 26 May, 2023
In an endeavour to nurture the upcoming generation of filmmakers in Malta, the Malta Film Commission (MFC) held an information session at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) in Paola. The ‘Malta Create’ Short Film Fund, launched as part of the Mediterrane Film Festival, aims to provide first-step funding for a short film for up-and-coming Maltese filmmakers.

Students were briefed about the fund, which provides €100,000 towards the production. In addition to the funding, the winning applicants will also be supported and mentored by top names from the

The initiative seeks to bolster the Maltese film industry, kindle creative talent, and provide promising filmmakers a supportive launchpad for their careers.

Johann Grech and Josh Duhamel Clayton Bartolo at Create Short Film Fund Information Session

Johann Grech, the Malta Film Commissioner, said during the event, “Our commitment through the ‘Malta Create’ fund is to foster the future of Maltese cinema. We’re fostering talent, championing creativity, and building bridges for our emerging filmmakers to enter the industry.”

Emphasizing the broader cultural significance of the fund, Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo stated, “The ‘Malta Create’ Short Film Fund extends beyond enhancing our film industry. It stands as a testament to our dedication to advancing the creative arts in Malta, which serve as a cornerstone of our robust tourism sector.”

Johann Grech at Create Short Film Fund Information Session

Education Minister Clifton Grima applauded the initiative, expressing, “The ‘Malta Create’ initiative resonates with our belief in the transformative power of education. By partnering with institutions like MCAST, we’re investing in our youth and offering them practical opportunities to learn, innovate and excel.”

Applications for the ‘Malta Create’ Short Film Fund are open until June 7th, 2023, and the winner will be declared during the inaugural Mediterranean Film Festival. Full guidelines for the fund are available on




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