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Inaugural Mediterrane Film Festival Sets Lineup Including World Premiere of ‘Deep Fear’

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Introducing the Debut of Mediterrane Film Festival: Unveiling the Lineup with World Premiere of ‘Deep Fear’

Prepare for an extraordinary cinematic experience as the inaugural Mediterrane Film Festival opens its doors this weekend. Set in Valetta, the vibrant capital of Malta, this six-day extravaganza celebrates the art of film, bringing together esteemed actors, producers, and creative minds from the Mediterranean region. With its debut on the festival circuit, Mediterrane aims to foster collaboration and showcase the boundless creativity of artists, all while establishing Malta as a prominent player in the global film market. Attendees can look forward to a rich lineup of workshops, conferences, and screenings, including engaging panels moderated by Steve Weintraub, the esteemed Editor-in-Chief of FilmSweep.


The festival’s inaugural edition proudly presents a competition featuring nine remarkable films from the MED9 countries. Among the highlights is the acclaimed legal drama “Saint Omer” by Alice Diop, which previously represented France in the race for Best International Film at the Academy Awards this year. The lineup also includes “Carmen,” directed by Valerie Buhagiar and starring Natascha McElhone, and “Safe Place,” a Croatian gem directed by and starring Juraj Lerotić. These nine films will contend for the prestigious Golden Bee Award, with the jury led by Adrian Wooton OBE, CEO of Film London and the British Film Commission, along with Zlatko Burić from “Triangle of Sadness,” Tonia Mishiali, Vahina Giocante, Amanda Livanou, Boris Sollazzo, Mario Azzopardi, José Vieira Mendes, Tina Poglajen, and Carlos Reviriego. Hosting the awards will be David Walliams, joined by performances from Rebecca Ferguson and Joseph Calleja, and appearances by Annabelle Wallis and Jared Harris.

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International Stars Shine at Mediterrane Film Festival

Beyond the competition, the Mediterrane Film Festival will also unveil the world premiere of “Deep Fear,” starring Ed Westwick and Madalina Ghenea, with director Marcus Adams in attendance for a Q&A session. This gripping survival thriller follows Naomi (Ghenea), a yachtswoman whose serene solo voyage to Grenada takes a treacherous turn when she gets caught in a storm. The premiere screening and Q&A will take place on Tuesday, June 27.

A star-studded lineup of international guests will grace the festival, hosting captivating masterclasses. Noteworthy appearances include Australian actor Eric Bana, offering insights into acting for film and television, and Daniel Pemberton, the composer of “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” leading a masterclass on film scoring. Additionally, Joaquim de Almeida will share his expertise on acting, Terry Ackland-Snow will explore production design, and Ivana Primorac will delve into the art of hair and makeup design. The festival will also feature conferences with prominent figures such as Malta Film Commissioner Johann Grech and Adrian Wooton. Joining the festivities are Alexandra Ilieva, Andrei Lenart, Daniela Melchior, Darko Perić, Dubravka Turić, Fred Hechinger, Gracija Filipović, Hal Ozsan, Katarina Čas, Klelia Andriolatou, Marta Milans, May Calamawy, Melinda McGraw, Nahuel Perez Biscayart, Nastassja Kinski, Natascha McElhone, Umut Aral, and Yolanthe Cabau.

The Mediterrane Film Festival commences on Sunday, June 25 in Valetta, featuring a captivating lineup of films and workshops. See the complete schedule below.

2023 Mediterrane Film Festival Lineup and Schedule


Director: Juraj Lerotić

Cast: Juraj Lerotic, Snjezana Sinovcic, Goran Markovic

.dog Cyprus

Director: Yianna Americanou

Cast: Andreas Konstantinou, Dimitris Kitsos, Nikos Zeginoglou


Director: Alice Diop

Cast: Kayije Kagame, Guslagie Malanda, Valérie Dréville

MAGNETIC FIELDS (Magnitika pedia) Greece

Director: Giorgoa Gousis

Cast: Elena Topalidou, Antonis Tsiotsiopoulos, Nikos Spanides


Director: Mario Martone

Cast: Pierfrancesco Favino, Francesco Di Leva, Tommaso Ragno


Director: Valerie Buhagiar

Cast: Natascha McElhone, Michela Farrugia, Steven Love

ALMA VIVA Portugal

Director: Cristèle Alves Meira

Cast: Lua Michel, Ana Padrão, Jacqueline Corado


Director: Matevz Luzar

Cast: Gregor Zorc, Gregor Cusin, Jernej Kogovsek


Directors: Carla Simón

Cast: Josep Abad, Jordi Pujol Dolcet, Anna Otin

All panels are open to the general public and can be attended free of charge. Please find the complete list below:



Conference Speakers:

Johann Grech – Malta Film Commissioner

Clayton Bartolo – Minister for Tourism

The Mediterranean Studio Landscape

Panel Discussion Speakers:

Johann Grech – CEO, Malta Film Studios

Tanja Ladovic Blasevic – Croatian Audiovisual Centre

Mark Costa – HBO

Olivia Koterska – Skydance

Kevin Trehy – Warner Bros UK

Masterclass: Production Design for Film & TV

Masterclass and Q&A Speaker:

Terry Ackland Snow

Arthouse and Independent Cinema in the Digital Age: Challenges and Opportunities Amidst Blockbusters and Streaming Platforms

Panel Discussion Speakers:

Ena Rahelić – Kino Mediterran (Croatia)

Marco Martins – Director/Writer (Portugal)

Jure Matičič – Kulturni dom

Valerie Buhagiar – Director (Malta)

Chris Zarb – Director (Malta)

Masterclass: Costume Design

Masterclass and Q&A Speaker:

To be announced

National Broadcasting Stations and Remaining Relevant for Audiences in the Age of Streaming Platforms

Panel Discussion Speakers:

Jelena Milosevic – Children & Youth (Croatian TV)

Despo Karpi – Head of TV Programmes (CyBC)

Natalija Gorsak – Editor at RTV Slovenia / EBU TV Committee Vice Chair

Charles Dalli – Public Broadcasting Service (Malta)

Masterclass: Hair & Make-Up Design

Masterclass and Q&A Speaker:

Ivana Primorac


Sure Start: Film Education


Location, Location, Location

Panel Discussion Speakers:

Tanja Ladovic Blasevic – Croatian Audiovisual Centre

Stavroula Geronimaki – Hellenic Film Commission

Joseph Formosa Randon – Location Scout – Malta

Masterclass: Raising Money for Film

Masterclass and Q&A Speakers:

Matt Hookings – Camelot Films

Gary Raskin – Raskin Law

Public Financing Models (Co-Financing, Co-Production & The Incentive Landscape)

Panel Discussion Speakers:

Maja Vukić – Asst. CEO, Croatian Audiovisual Centre

Diomides Nikita – Ministry of Cyprus

Michel Plazanet – Deputy Director, International Affairs CNC

Eleni Chandrinou – Audiovisual Content Greek Representative at Eurimages

Nataša Bučar – Managing Director, Slovenian Film Centre

Susan Ronald – Research & Policy Manager, Malta Film Commission

Masterclass: The Creative Design Process

Masterclass and Q&A Speaker:

Florian Wieder – Wieder Design

Film Financing Models (US/UK vs EU & Creative Europe Financiers)

Panel Discussion Speakers:

Anita Juka – Producer (Croatia)

Lefteris Eleftheriou – Director at Invest Cyprus

Markos Holevas – President Director’s Board, Greek Film Centre

Danijel Hočevar – Producer (Slovenia)

Gary Raskin – Raskin Law

Masterclass: Light & Camera Equipment Provision across the Mediterranean

Masterclass and Q&A Speaker:


Deep Fear: World Premiere Event + Q&A

Film Premiere (By Invitation Only)


Ed Westwick – Cast

Madalina Ghenea – Cast

Marcus Adams – Director


The Skills Debate

Conference Speakers:

Vince Marmara – Presentation – Sagalytics

Beverly Cutajar – Chairperson, Malta Film Commission

Tanja Ladovic Blasevic – Croatian Audiovisual Centre

Diomides Nikita – Ministry of Cyprus

Tina Lesnicar – Slovenian Film Centre

Adrian Wootton OBE – British Film Commissioner

Masterclass: Visual Effects

Masterclass and Q&A Speaker:

Matthew Pullicino – Stargate Studios Malta

Trends in AI & Digital Technology

Panel Discussion Speakers:

Gavril Flores – Malta Digital Innovation Authority

Stephen Dullaghan – Rupture Studios

Matthew Pullicino – Stargate Studios Malta

André Rittner – ARRI Solutions

Masterclass: Colouring in Post-Production

Masterclass and Q&A Speaker:

Alastor Arnold – Fotokem

Masterclass: Casting Direction

Masterclass and Q&A Speaker:

Suzanne Smith

Data Economy, Entrepreneurship & Marketing in the Film & TV Industry

Panel Discussion Speakers:

Irena Jelic – Croatian Audiovisual Centre

David Rodriguez – Comscore

Tanja Kerševan – University of Ljubljana

Lottie Towler – Ampere Analysis

Anthony David Gatt – Malta Enterprise

The Dive: Mediterrane Premiere Event + Q&A

Film Premiere (By Invitation Only)


Sophie Lowe – Cast

Louisa Krause – Cast

Maximilian Erlenwein – Director


Roundtable: Creative Europe Media Desk

Roundtable Speakers:

Karl Fiorini and Daniela Said

Roundtable: Malta Enterprise


Masterclass: The Role of DIT

Masterclass and Q&A Speaker:

Frank McDonnell – DryLab

Roundtable: Acting with Joaquim de Almeida

Roundtable Speaker:

Joaquim de Almeida

Masterclass: Virtual Production

Masterclass & Q&A Speaker:

Stephen Dullaghan – Rupture Studios

Championing Sustainable Measures – Best Practices

Panel Discussion Speakers:

Irena Jelic – Croatian Audiovisual Centre

Benoit Ruiz – Decarbonation Consultant, ARTFX

Anna Kasimati – Creative Europe MEDIA – Greek Film Centre

Eduardo Vieitez – Creast Network

Roundtable: East 15 Acting School

Roundtable Speaker:

Jesmond Xuereb & Chris Main – East 15 – Acting School

Masterclass: Producing for Film & Television

Masterclass & Q&A Speaker:

Drew Comins – Creative Engine Entertainment

Roundtable: Acting

Roundtable Speaker:

To be announced

Roundtable: Artist International Group

Roundtable Speaker:

Chris Prapha – Artist International Group

Roundtable: Writer’s Corner

Roundtable Speaker:

Trevor Walton

Industry Work Standards (Gender & Inclusion in Film / Setiquette / Diversity)

Panel Discussion Speakers:

Irena Jelic – Croatian Audiovisual Centre

Tonia Mishiali – Producer (Cyprus)

Anna Kasimati – Creative Europe MEDIA – Greek Film Centre

Bostjan Virc – Producer (Slovenia)

Roundtables: Producer Mentoring

Roundtable Speakers:

Marty Katz, Hal Sadoff, Flaminio Zadra

Masterclass: Film Scoring

Masterclass & Q&A Speaker:

Daniel Pemberton

Masterclass: Acting & Auditioning for Film & TV

Masterclass & Q&A Speaker:

Eric Bana

The Golden Bee Awards

Festival Ceremony

Location: Fort Manoel

Roundtable: CAA Talent Agency

Roundtable Speaker:

Bruce Vinokour – CAA

Roundtable: ARRI Solutions

Roundtable Speaker:

André Rittner – ARRI Solutions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Mediterrane Film Festival

What is the Mediterrane Film Festival?

The Mediterrane Film Festival is an inaugural film event held in Valetta, Malta, showcasing a diverse lineup of films, workshops, masterclasses, and panel discussions.

Where is the festival taking place?

The festival is held in Valetta, the capital city of Malta.

What can attendees expect at the festival?

Attendees can expect a range of activities, including film screenings, workshops, conferences, and panel discussions featuring industry professionals. There will also be masterclasses on various topics such as acting, production design, and film scoring.

Will there be any world premieres at the festival?

Yes, the festival will feature the world premiere of the film “Deep Fear,” with director Marcus Adams and stars Ed Westwick and Madalina Ghenea in attendance for a Q&A session.

How can I attend the festival?

The festival is open to the general public, and most events are free of charge. Some film premieres may require an invitation.

Who will be present at the festival?

The festival will host renowned international stars, actors, producers, and industry professionals. Notable guests include Ed Westwick, Madalina Ghenea, Eric Bana, and Daniel Pemberton, among others.

Is there an awards ceremony?

Yes, the festival will have an awards ceremony called the Golden Bee Awards, where films from the competition will compete for recognition. The winners will be determined by a jury of industry experts.

When does the festival take place?

The Mediterrane Film Festival begins on Sunday, June 25 and runs for six days, concluding on Thursday, June 29.

How can I access the full schedule of films and workshops?

The complete schedule of films, workshops, and conferences can be found on the festival’s official website or obtained at the venue during the event.

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CinemaFanatic June 23, 2023 - 9:30 pm

i’ve been lookin forward to this festival since i heard about it! valetta is such a cool place to host it. gonna be a blast with all the film screenings and masterclasses. can’t wait to see the golden bee award winners!

Cinephile92 June 24, 2023 - 11:03 am

i’m so glad the festival is open to the general public. gonna be there for sure! gonna soak up all the film knowledge in those masterclasses. and i’m excited to explore the vibrant mediterranean film scene. gonna be an unforgettable experience!

FilmLover21 June 24, 2023 - 6:20 pm

omg i can’t wait 4 the mediterrane film festival! it sounds so exciting with all the films, workshops, and panel discussions. i hope i can go and see the world premiere of deep fear. it’s gonna be amazin!

MovieBuff101 June 24, 2023 - 8:06 pm

wow, the mediterrane film festival has some big names attendin! ed westwick, madalina ghenea, eric bana, and daniel pemberton? count me in! gonna be a star-studded event with lots of talent. gonna try my best to be there!


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