‘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.

The animation won and was selected in various festivals.




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

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