Valletta Film Festival 2018

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 2018. Video animation and editing by Andres Algeciras

Galano Grotesque is a geometric sans in the tradition of Futura, Avant Garde, Avenir and the like. It has a modern streak which is the result of a harmonization of width and height especially in the lowercase letters to support legibility.

Welcome to our fourth edition! 

When the festival team started this venture we hoped audiences would engage with the films we screen and with the stories we showcase. We hoped that others would come to love the festival as much as we do.

As luck would have it, the festival has nestled into the hearts and lives of many. The dedication shown by the entire team of VFFers, including Bojana, Becky, Angelique, Alev, the design team, the technical staff, the production crew, our volunteers – without whom we would not be able to function – and you, our audience, has been truly humbling.” – Message from festival directors Oliver & Slavko

Helvetica or Neue Haas Grotesk is a widely used sans-serif typeface developed in 1957 by Swiss typeface designer Max Miedinger with input from Eduard Hoffmann. Helvetica is a neo-grotesque design, one influenced by the famous 19th century typeface Akzidenz-Grotesk and other German and Swiss designs

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Without Borders Section

Valletta Campus Theatre

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Competition Section

Spazju Kreattiv

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Masters of Cinema Section

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Music Room at Spazju Kreattiv

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The Cinema Bar by City Lights

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Short Film

Herbert Ganado Gardens

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Special Screenings

Embassy Cinemas

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The Phoenicia Malta

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Teens Only Section

Pjazza Teatru Rjal

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Islanders Section

Hastings Gardens

Section posters and illustrations done by Maarten Van Drempt

Photographs taken by VFF photographer Ali Tollervey, Yuri Mikhailovich, Raymond Anastasi