An international network of solar-powered mobile cinemas which pop up in numerous outdoor public spaces across the globe has come to Malta this month. Part of the Valletta 2018 Cultural Programme, Solar World Cinema brings new films to unusual places for the general public to enjoy. Each mobile cinema is completely self-sufficient, powered by 100% solar, sustainable energy thanks to photovoltaic panels which capture enough sunlight during the day to produce 10 hours of film screening.

Photo credit: Fran Stivala

Screenings by Solar Cinema are taking place in various public spaces across Malta and Gozo throughout the summer free of charge. The programme offers local and international short films, thought-provoking documentaries, animations and feature films tackling a number of salient social issues. Some of the themes include voyages and migration, island life, water and the environment.

Solar Cinema’s mission is to democratise the access to cinema by creating a platform for spending time outdoors. This unique way of engaging with film also raises awareness and stresses the importance of switching to renewable energy sources. Solar Cinema was already present at the Valletta Green Festival, where it offered a stop-motion film workshops for children.

Visitors are invited to bring their own cushion or a chair to enjoy open-air screenings. For updates on upcoming screenings in various localities visit the Solar Cinema Facebook page.