FNE Malta Focus 2023: Rich Industry Programme at First Mediterrane Film Festival


    VALLETTA: The 1st edition of the Mediterrane Film Festival, running in Valletta 25-30 June 2023, offers a rich industry programme with panel discussions, masterclasses, roundtables and conferences. The festival is organised by the Malta Film Commission.

    Mediterrane Film Festival, credit: Malta Film CommissionAmong the announced panel discussions are The Studio Landscape; Art house and Independent Cinema in the Digital Age: Challenges and Opportunities amidst Blockbusters and Streaming Platforms; Public Financing Models (Co-financing, Coproduction & the Incentive Landscape); Trends in AI & Digital Technology; Championing Sustainable Measures – Best Practices; Industry Work Standards (Gender & Inclusion in Film / Setiquette / Diversity; and Location, Location, Location.

    Several masterclasses will be held on topics ranging from Raising Money for Film and Directing for Film to Virtual Production and Visual Effects.

    Scheduled for 29 June 2023, eight roundtables are set around Malta Development Bank; Creative Europe MEDIA Desk; Acting with Portugal-American actor Joaquim de Almeida and Slovenian actress Katarina Čas, respectively; Artist International Group; East 15 Acting School; Writer’s Corner; and Producer Mentoring.

    The list of the confirmed speakers includes Kevin Trehy, EVP of physical production at Warner Brothers UK, Mark Costa, SVP of production at Warner Bros Discovery - HBO/MAX Originals, and Olivia Koterska, manager of production at Skydance.

    Among the speakers and attendees are British actress Natasha McElhone, British Film Commissioner Adrian Wootton OBE, Croatian director Dubravka Turić, Cypriot director/producer Tonia Mishiali, Slovenian producer Daniel Hočevar, Croatian producer Anita Juka, Head of the Slovenian Film Centre Nataša Bučar, Lefteris Eleftheriou (Invest Cyprus), Tanja Ladović Blazević (Croatian Audiovisual Centre), Natalja Gorščak (editor at RTV Slovenia, Slovenia, Ebu TV Committee Vice Chair), Jelena Milosević (HRT, Croatia).

    The festival is organised by the Malta Film Commission and it will be a platform for Malta to attract further film business to the islands, but it will also showcase films from each of the MED9 nations (Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain).

    Nine films from each of the MED9 nations are in the Official Selection.