Valletta Film Festival 2017

Every year, since the beginning of this young festival in 2015, a new visual identity is created that follows the theme of the festival. The process of creating a festival identity usually begins with the main poster, on the basis of which other materials are developed. This is at least the case for the first two festivals (2015-2016). The process itself was something different for the coming ones. As the festival grows, so the needs of the festival itself change. The last visual identity (2019) had a somewhat different design process where the initial approach required a broader view of the festival and its needs. New sections were born (Cinema of Small Nation Competition). New sub-projects of FGF and VFF were born (VFF Weekend , Valletta Film Lab…) In addition to the design of the main poster, merch, programs, catalogs and print materials, promo video and animations, marketing materials and VFF Daily Paper are taken into account in the process. It is not enough to design a poster that dictates all of the above. It is necessary to understand all the needs of the film festival, the way it is expanding and developing as well as the demographics are changing from year to year. VFF6 2020 here we come! 🎬

Promotional video for Valletta Film Festival 2017 by Andres Algeciras

closing film @ Herbert Ganado gardens

bright sunshine in

Bebas Neue is a display family suitable for headlines, captions, and packaging, designed by Ryoichi Tsunekawa. It’s based on the original Bebas typeface.

From Guy Lodge (Film Critic, Variety):

Luminously headlined by Juliette Binoche, Claire Denis’s delightful foray into romantic kinda-comedy retains all the director’s signature sensual delicacy.
Perfectly small rather than slight, and radiantly carried by Juliette Binoche — in a light-touch tour de force to be filed alongside her work in Kiarostami’s Certified Copy — this turns out to be a subtler departure than it outwardly appears for Denis, most evoking her other Parisienne drifting-hearts study, Friday Night in its bittersweet tone.

Raleway is an elegant sans-serif typeface family. Initially designed by Matt McInerney as a single thin weight, it was expanded into a 9 weight family by Pablo Impallari and Rodrigo Fuenzalida in 2012 and iKerned by Igino Marini. A thorough review and italic was added in 2016.


Competition Section


Without Borders Section


Islanders Section


Special Screenings Section


Teens Only Section


Masters of Cinema


Short Film Section

Glimpse of VFF experience

Photographs taken by VFF photographer Ali Tollervey