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We will be hosting film professionals from all over the world, organising workshops and throwing a great party so be sure to come!

For the 8th consecutive year, open-air screenings will be held on the Valletta and Floriana bastions overlooking the Grand Harbour on Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th of August 2012. For two nights, both local and international Short films shall compete for the much sought after Jury prize, Kinemastik’s Golden Dot.

Alongside the festival, between the 27th of July and the 5th of August 2012, Kinemastik will also be organizing a children’s film festival, a workshop in film directing, talks by American film maker, Matt Lambert, exhibitions by Ali Tollervey and the Bare Bones collective, Deejay sets Kapitol K, and Phil Adams, and a very dark concert in a very dark venue by the very Dark Horses. Be prepared….

horse latitudes & bare bones

The culture filled week shall kick off with the vernissage of photographer Ali Tollervey’s collaborative exhibition with Bare Bones, followed by the Festival’s opening party and its exciting line up of local and international deejays including London-based electronica artist Capitol K, and genre-crashing Rough Trade DJ Phil Adams.

Bare Bones is an self-effacing exercise in free press and publishing. Funded by it’s contributors, Bare Bones is supported by emerging and established artists, photographers, film makers, writers and illustrators. Created in the eye of the global fiscal meltdown, Bare Bones aims to keep low budget/high ideal creativity & community alive and kicking. Published quarterly (ish), each issue is launched with an exhibition featuring work from the contributors. Oh and it’s free. Spread the love lovers

Dark horses
Capitol k
Dolls for Idols

Once upon a time, “Swedish sonic siren Lise Elle on her nocturnal dérive’s along the shores of Seagull City, found five drowned leather boys shivering under the pier… nourishing them with drones and melodies, she baptized them DARK HORSES.”

Next thing we know LISA ELLE (Vocals, Harmonica), BOBBY WATERSON (Organ & Guitar) ANDY BANG (Guitar), STEVE INGHAM (Drums), HARRY BOHAY-NOWELL (Bass, Italian synths) TOMMY CHAIN (Percussion) RICHARD FEARLESS (producer) are shipwrecked on a rocky island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea. So keep an ear out for the siren’s call which shall lead you to a very dark secret venue for just as dark performance on the 28th July.

What Day?

A three-day workshop in film directing for adults will be held in Valletta and coordinated by hugely talented director WIZ who has, made among other works, music videos for David Bowie, Marilyn Manson, Massive Attack, Oasis, Chemical Brothers, Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys and Dizzee Rascal. The events shall cloture with the projection of works created during the workshop .


During those three days, participants will also be able to attend Talks by American filmmaker, Matt Lambert in Herbert Ganado Gardens, Floriana/Valletta.

This doesn’t make any sense.

1st – 3rd AUGUST

Kinemastik seeks to link young filmmakers in Malta to the world of cinema and provide them with a platform for their work, through local screenings as well as through the exhibition of their work. This year we are giving 8 teenagers between the ages of 13 – 17, the chance to attend a three-dayDocumentary Workshopwith Carla MacKinnon at St. James Cavalier. Carla has been producing international film festivals, curating arts programmes and creating illustrative and moving-image work for over 10 years. The course is designed to provide a detailed practical guide to producing a short documentary, from development through to production. To apply, or for more information, email The course is free, but spaces are limited.

4th & 5th AUGUST

….Kinemastik’s Short Film Fest

This year again, Kinemastik has received thousands of films from all over the word, the selection process was tough…but no blood was spilt. Both Maltese and international films will be competing for much sought after Jury Prize, Kinemastik’s Golden Dot.

Screenings will take place in Herbert Ganado Gardens, Floriana/Valletta on the 4th and 5th of August at 8.30pm. The public shall be invited to grant a prize to its favourite film.

Our 2019 Jury:

Roxman Gatt (b. 1989, Mosta, Malta), lives and works in London. The multidisciplinary artist’s work encompasses, text, painting, 3D, video, sound, photography, sculpture, installation and performance. Roxman’s research explores sexuality, identity, gender and consumption. Most recently the artist has been working with themes of humanising and interacting with consumer objects. Making the inanimate iconic and fetishised. Mundane aesthetics and the internet become both a tool and a trigger to produce work. Roxman was awarded the Chris Garnham Prize (2015) as well as the Magnum Showcase Online Photography Award (2013). Recent exhibitions include: Up is a Relative Concept, Fold, London, Uk, Perfiction, Harlesden HighStreet, London, UK, Drawings, 650mAh, Brighton, UK, Visions, Programme 3 | Bedwyr Williams, Nunnery Gallery, London, UK, Here & Now, Valletta Contemporary, Malta, MT, The Well, Open School East, Margate, UK, Homo Melitensis: An incomplete inventory in 19 Chapters, Malta Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Venice, IT, The Sacred 419, The Square Gallery, London, UK, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA, London and Bluecoat Liverpool (2016).

Glen Mcleod is a Senior Creative Producer for Grey London, overseeing campaigns for clients such as Volvo, Emirates and HSBC. He has been on the judging panel for the Creative Review Photography Annual and the Getty Images Prestige Grant. He has a passion for film, with an even bigger passion for Twistees and swimming in Xlendi Bay.

Mark Mangion is an artist and independent curator based in London. He has exhibited internationally including the Thessaloniki Biennial, MAXXI Rome and ICA london. He is also the founder of Malta Contemporary Art.

Antonio Tufigno has ever since his earliest days been a lover of all things unnecessary and mundane. A compulsive collector of collections, he is keen on all cultural forms and engages haphazardly in anything mildly interesting.
The human equivalent of a tumbleweed, he will roll and land anywhere there is a human gathering, leaving a characteristic trail of hair along trodden paths.
An avid observer of ants and their social mores, he has however never overlooked the pleasures of displacing cockroaches and beetles from their habitats and studiously observing their reactions to novel spaces and confines.
Our subject enthuses on inner-harbour decadence and records it photographically. He may be spotted later dancing robotically, in very short shorts, between graves.

Lisa Gwen Baldacchino is a curator of words and an editor of spaces. Her work and her projects are the outcomes of these often overlapping and interchangeable roles. After all, either deals with space and its distribution; with aesthetics, design, interpretation and experience. One focuses on words and type, the other on artworks and installations. Both create images and visuals; both deal with narratives.
Besides an innate passion related to all fields of visual art, Lisa loves playing local tourist. She explores sites and spaces, scrutinising the natural, the built and the ‘other landscape’, through a camera lens.
Lisa has a background in Art History and Cultural Management, and currently works as an Associate in the Strategy and Funding team at Arts Council Malta; she is the founder of the MaltaDoors project.