FILFLA to be screened at the Encounters Film Festival in Bristol

FILFLA will be screened at the prestigious Encounters Film Festival in Bristol (Uk) as part of a Maltese film focus day on the 26th September.

Encounters is the UK’s leading short film, animation and virtual reality festival.At the heart of the festival lies the Encounters international competition – one of the world’s leading international competitions for short film, animation and virtual reality, and also an official gateway to the world’s most prestigious awards; the Academy Awards®, BAFTAs and the European Film Awards.

FILFLA has won the audience award at the Kinemastik International Short Film Festival (Valletta). It has been a finalist at the French Riviera Film Festival (Cannes), Official Selection at the Valletta Film Festival (Valletta) and semi finalist at the JellyFEST Festival (L.A).

This is the first animation by Fabrizio Ellul. He has been awarded a travel grant by the  Arts Council Malta to attend the Festival.

This project is supported by Arts Council Malta – Cultural Export Fund

CEF & ACM

A limited print edition is also being made available.

FILFLA is a Semi-Finalist selection at the JellyFEST Film Festival in L.A.

‘FILFLA’ – a short animation by first time filmmaker Fabrizio Ellul – made it to the semi-finalist selection of the JellyFEST Film Festival in Los Angeles in the US.

The JellyFEST Film Festival is a biannual program including live action, animation and documentary short and feature films showcasing emerging new voices and fresh perspectives.

The events are held in and around Los Angeles, California.

FILFLA has recently won the Audience Award at the 15th edition of the Kinemastik International Short Film Festival and was a Finalist at the French Riviera Film Festival and an Official Selection at the Valletta Film Festival.

The short animation is an indie production and self-funded. A limited print edition of the original works of FILFLA are available to support the project.

FILFLA wins KISFF Audience Award!

FILFLA a short animation by Fabrizio Ellul won the 15th edition of Kinemastik International Short Film Festival Audience Award.

It was previously a finalist at the French Riviera Film Festival and an Official Selection at the Valletta Film Festival.

Filfla is scheduled to be screened in the UK in September – more updates on this later on.

The animation is a self funded project. Art, animation and editing all done by Fabrizio Ellul.

A limited edition print is available to support the animation.

27th July: Official Selection screening of Filfla at the Kinemastik International Short Film Festival

As part of the Kinemastik International Short Film Festival, Filfla will be screened in this gorgeous setting along 16 other short films from 12 different countries.

Think sunset drinks on the bastions overlooking Marsamxett harbour, followed by films which will begin shortly after darkness. The jury will announce their selection for the Golden Dot prize at the end of the screenings.


Entrance: €8.50 (at the door)


Party will follow with live performance by Fattima Mahdi, DJ sets by Nigel Baldacchino, Uncle Al, Lucie Grace and Steph Von Reiswitz.

More information on the Festival, competition, jury and party here

Filfla is a self funded indie product that was a finalist at the French Riviera Film Festival and the Valletta Film Festival.

A Limited edition fine art print is available to support the animation

A limited edition fine art print is available to support the animation

19th June: Screening of FILFLA at Valletta Film Festival

FILFLA – a film by Fabrizio Ellul – is to make its Maltese premiere at the Valletta Film Festival on the 19th June at 1900 hrs at the Valletta Campus Theatre.

Info and Bookings can be made from here

FILFLA – is among twenty-six short films that will compete in the first edition of Cinema of Small Nations Competition – Short Film section that will be held during the fifth edition of the Valletta Film Festival.

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.

Filfla was a finalist at the French Riviera Film Festival in the animation section.

Limited edition prints available

Official Selection – Valletta Film Festival!

FILFLA – is among twenty-six short films that will compete in the first edition of Cinema of Small Nations Competition – Short Film section that will be held during the fifth edition of the Valletta Film Festival.

Films from twelve small nations will participate in the competition including four films from Malta.

The selection will be divided into four programmes and will be screened at Valletta Campus Theatre.

The Valletta Film Festival runs between the 14-23 June 2019.

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.

Filfla was a finalist at the French Riviera Film Festival in the animation section.

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.

Support this indie production

Limited edition prints launched

A limited edition prints were launched by ‘Filfla Studio’ during the Malta Artisan Market in Valletta on 10-11 May.

The limited edition prints are original art work from the ‘Filfla’ – a short animation, which has made to the final of the French Riviera Film Festival.

Booklet is available from here

Limited edition prints. All original works.

FILFLA is a finalist at the French Riviera Film Festival

‘FILFLA’ was officially selected as a finalist at French Riviera Film Festival that will happen in the Cannes between the 18-19 May.

FILFLA’ will compete in the animation category together with ‘The Tree of Lost Souls’ by Laura Zamora and ‘Under Covers’ by Michaela Olsen (a Sundance Festival selection).

French Riviera Film Festival 2019 – Trailer

‘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.

The project is self-funded.