‘Filfla’ follows the story of a woman who goes to look for a boy on the mystical island of Filfla, where a terrifying creature is lurking in its midst. The short animation explores Maltese myth and folk in a story of love, grief, perseverance and hope.

Done in an illustration/comic style inspired from the cell animation tradition, Filfla is a self-funded work, done (Art, animation and editing) all by visual artist Fabrizio Ellul.

‘Filfla’ is turned into the ‘Isle of the Dead’ where spirits are trapped inside the Island by an evil creature. A woman fights her own grief in pursue of a boy, who holds the key to defeat this evil creature.

Filfla just like the spirits trapped within it, also seeks to be released.


Story, art work, animation and editing is all done by Fabrizio Ellul. Filfla is a 7 min animation and it is an independent production. The project is self-funded. It is not funded by government funds, grants or private sponsorship.

The animation is inspired by the legend of il Maqluba and Filfla.

Awards/ Official Film Festival selections/ screenings:

  • Kinemastik International Short Film Festival – Audience Award (2019, Valletta, Malta)

Audience Winner Laurel_2019


  • French Riviera Film Festival – Finalist (2019, Cannes, France)
  • Valletta Film Festival – Official Selection (2019, Valletta, Malta)
  • JellyFEST Film Festival – Semi – Finalist (2019, LA, California)
  • Encounters Film Festival – Out of Competition (2019, Bristol, UK)
  • CineXjenza (part of the Science in the City festival) – screening (2019, Valletta, Malta)
  • End of Summer special screening (VFF and the Malta Airport Foundation) – screening (2019, Zurrieq, Malta)
  • European ArtHouse Cinema Day – screening (2019, Valletta)
  • Asia South East Short Film Festival – Special Mention (2019, Cambodia)
  • Finalist - French Riviera Film Festival - 2019VFF Laurel 2019_VFF Laurel 2017

Selection Laurel_2019 Semi Finalist - jellyFEST - 2019-2

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Limited edition prints

To support the work of Filfla Studio we are making available the art work of ‘Filfla‘ as limited edition prints. 

General Information:

  • Art by Fabrizio Ellul
  • Printed in the UK
  • Limited edition: 20
  • All prints are printed on Hahnemuhle Bamboo 290 gsm paper.
  • All prints are signed and numbered.
  • A certificate of authenticity is provided with the print.
  • Sizes: FILFLA19.LIM.ED.1 to FILFLA19.LIM.ED.18: 325 x 183mm; FILFLA19.LIM.ED.19: 210 x 297 mm.
  • All prints come with a c.25mm border.
  • Prices: 90 EUR unframed; 120 EUR framed (shipping not included)

View the works here together with the official booklet