Sunday 01 October 2023

The National Film Competition celebrates its 62nd Anniversary

Photo above: Last Night

The National Film Competition, organised by the Malta Cine Circle, this year reaches its 62nd edition. This makes it the longest running film competition in Malta and one of the most longstanding of its kind both in Europe and worldwide.

The first film competition was organized in 1955, with just three participants, but soon, as more members started buying their first cine camera, the competition gained in popularity.  Within a few years, an average of 20 productions were participating.

Above: Other Plans

Thanks to these competitions and other workshops which the Circle ran from time to time, the Maltese short film maker became quite proficient and soon started participating in competitions overseas achieving some  excellent results.

In 1962, the Golden Knight Malta International Film Festival was launched which firmly established the Circle on the international film scene. This year, the Golden Knight is celebrating its 60th anniversary

In the absence of a film school in Malta, the Malta Cine Circle played an important role, even if in the film genre, in promoting film making.  Several of today’s Maltese film makers, know their roots in the Circle competitions.  

Last week, this year’s participating productions in the Malta Cine Circle’s National Film Competition were presented to a panel to judges and these are the results:


This is Matt Mason

Produced by Jonathan Backman

Award for Cinematography

Other Plans

Produced by Roy Davidson

Award for Direction

The Soap Box

Directed by Bruce Micallef Eynaud

Award for Editing


Edited by Jeremy Vella

Award for Use of Sound

No Man’s Land

Produced  by Andrew Bonello

Award for Best Male Acting Performance

David Muscat

for his role in the film This is Matt Mason

Award for Best Female Acting Performance

Alexia Manduca

for her role in the film Last Night

The Jury Special Awards for an Outstanding Achievement

Roy Davidson forproducing informative, educational and entertaining documentaries

Andrew Bonello for his ability in mastering the various skills of film making.

The show of the winning films and presentation of awards will be held on Friday 5th. August at 7.30pm at the Amphitheatre Hall, the Marriott Hotel, Balluta. Admission is open to the public free of charge. For reservations, you may e–mail: or call 9946 0866

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