TIRANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Agron Domi Drector of TIFF
The TIRANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (TIFF) is the first and only international cinema festival of its kind in Albania. Created in 2003, this extraordinary cultural event takes place under the auspices of the Municipality of Tirana, the Ministry of Culture and the Albanian National Center for Cinematography (QKK).
The competition features four distinct sections: 1. Feature Film Competition
2. Short Film Competition
3. Albanian Film Competition
4. DIGIART, Television Short Film Competition
All the daily programs of the TIFF festival combine features and short films in all formats and genres – fiction, documentary, animation and experimental.
The aim of the TIRANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is to create a meeting point for film artists and cinema enthusiasts from Albania, the Balkans and the entire world to come together and share their linked passion and knowledge of the motion picture art form.
By bringing together these distinct voices and their work, the TIRANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL commits itself to introducing audiences to alternative visions of extraordinary diversity.
In the last edition of TIFF 2014, 5,464 films from 107 countries around the world have applied to the 12th 207 edition.
Awards & Prizes will be presented in the following categories:
BEST FEATURE FILM, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST SCREENPLAY,
BEST EDITING “Luc Barnier”, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY,
BEST FICTION SHORT FILM, BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM,
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT, FILM BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM, BEST BALKAN FILM, BEST FILM IN ALBANIAN,
BEST FIRST SHORT FILM “Ron Holloway”
MEDIA AWARD AUDIENCE AWARD INTERNET VOTE
Director and General Manager of “AniFestROZAFA” Film Festival
The 6th (sixth) Edition of the International Festival of Film for Children, Teenagers, and Students ‘AniFestROZAFA2015’ will take place from, 20 – 27 September 2015 in the city of Shkodra, Albania.
The goal :
– To add values to the lives of children in Albania.
– To revive the love for film, cinema, and boost the curiosity of youth for culture through film.
– ‘AniFestROZAFA’ believes that children have the right to watch quality films portraying their life, just as European children and youth do.
– Through film, Children and Teenagers will get to know THEIR RIGHTS.
– From the films, parents will learn about the psychology, and the rights of Children and Teenagers.
– ‘AniFestROZAFA’ pays attention to the economic argument as well. If we do not present good quality films to
children, then, we will not have an audience for the film product, when they grow up.
– The main goal of screening the first film to children is to help the increase of children audiences in the future. – Competing films for children, teenagers and youth will be evaluated based on the criteria specified in the
regulation of the festival:
– Long animated film and feature film for children.
Age 3 to 6 years old Age 7 to 9 years old Age 10 to 11 years old
– Short animated film and short feature film for children. Age 3 to 6 years old
Age 7 to 9 years old
Age 10 to 11 years old
– Short animated film and short feature film for teenagers.
Age 12 to 14 years old
Age 15 to 16 years old
– Short animated film and short feature film on children’s rights.
– Short animated film and short feature film made by students for children and teenagers. – Short animated film and short feature film made by children.
In the special session, there will be presentation of films from partner festivals.
Organizers of the festival are Mr. Artan MAKU and Mr. Artur DAUTI.
They have 37 years of experience in the field as directors, script writers and animators.
Balkan Film&Food Festival
Director of the Balkan Film&Food Festival
Why this Balkan Festival?
There are a lot of international festivals in the world- in our region as well. Regional festivals are not less in number, but they more easily achieve their aims. In our Balkan region we need first to better know our neighbours than our distant friends. This Balkan Festival is a good chance to get acquainted with the best cinema achievements of recent times. We are 60 milion Balkanians and still we don’t know one another well enough. An exchange of experiences could be a part of meetings and debate among filmmakers during the festival days. Through culture the festival wants to bring up the idea of a peaceful Balkans as a reality by giving an example of quiet cohabitation. Cuisine is part of this event and it aims at having better friendly contacts among the participants.
Why in Pogradec?
The Albanian town of Pogradec is the setting for a good number of Albanian feature films.
It is also a town of rich art-loving traditions and can meet the requirements and infrastructure for such a festival. The late August to early September period coincides with the end of the tourist season, so the presence of visitors will increase the attention of the public. This is a suitable time for outdoor evening screenings as a magic part of the moviegoing experience. Finally, it will add to the cultural and artistic life and events in the town.
Beside public screenings the event also aims at:
– Exchanging of Balkan cultures enriching cultural life in the Pogradec.
– Creating credible and official ways of eventual cooperation in the field of film co-production. – Discussion of unfinished screenplays for further developement, or otherwise finding ways of
finnacial support through Balkan National Cinema Centers.
– Production of film schools.
– And any other idea that will come up during the days of the festival.
Who is responsible for the Festival?
Responsible for the organization and the success of the Festival as an authorised body will be: – A board founded by its authors.
– This board will take care in managing the funds of the festival, and ensure its continuity.
Edmond Topi Founder and Director of Dea Film Festival.
Dea Film Festival is a product of MultiMedia Studio “Nositi”. The Festival takes place in the Albanian coastal city of Saranda and in the historic city of Gjirokastra which is on the UNESCO heritage site. Guests are offered tours for attractions such as Ksamil and Butrint. The second edition will take place from 04-10 July of 2015.
The founder and the director of Dea Film Festival is Mr. Edmond Topi.
The festival is conceived as the festival of the full fiction film. The first edition of the festival took place June of 2014. The Festival is open air. The daily competitions and the other activities take place in the cinema hall.
The structure of the festival is divided in sessions, including:
– The competition of the full feature film
– The cross-border film session
– The short film session
– The documentary on tourism film session – The competition of the Film Academies
International Film Summerfest
Director of the International Film Summerfest Durrës
International Film Summerfest is the main activity of the Durres summer in Albania. Its focus is on efforts to establish strong ties between Albania and its neighboring countries and from Europe. This activity will exalt cinema in all its forms and support the circulation of visual culture of Europe and the Balkans in both directions. The festival also supports its mission to the professional growth of relations in all spheres of production.
Our sections are: Opening and Closing Gala, two of the best films, regardless from their origin, will be presented out of competition. Contemporary Visions Competition- this is a section dedicated to the European narrative feature-length movie.
Balkan World Competition: a section dedicated to a narrative feature-length movie from the Balkans, including Turkey.
Albanian Student Short Film: this section is dedicated to young Albanian talents and to their regional and international promotion. It focused on short feature movies produced by Albanian students. Retrospective: this section will be dedicated to the work of the well-known actor Miki Manojlovic.
Close Encounters: the focus on a European country will bring to attention the best films of the last three years from a selected nation. The aim will be to enable the audience to attain a deeper knowledge about the culture of that country and also of its productions.
Golden Gladiator – Lifetime Achievement: this tribute will be given to this year`s honoree ‘The Sound of Music’, a special program will be dedicated to the important role played by the music composer which gives added life to the images we see.
Master Class: A master class presented by renowned figures from the international film world offering a chance to go deeper into film history and film culture with more surprises to come.
International Documentary Film: Out of competition feature documentaries from all over the world will be shown in this section.
Kujtim Çashku Director of IHRFFA
The idea of organizing an International Human Rights Film Festival in Albania (IHRFFA) was generated in the year 2006 by the Film Director Mr. Kujtim Çashku, (rector of the Academy of Film and Multimedia Marubi) and Prof. Theodore S. Orlin (Honorary President of IHRFFA and Clark Professor of Human Rights Scholarship and Advocacy 2005-10, Professor of Public Law – Utica College), which was also joined in the first edition by other human rights organizations operating in Albania such as UNICEF, the U.S. Embassy, Albanian Media Institute and the Albanian Helsinki Committee.
Each edition of IHRFFA does one dedication day on a specific topic estimated to be the most sensitive one for the time being. In previous years IHRFFA has had as dedication days topics like “disabled rights”,“environmental policy”, “domestic violence”, “digital world without borders and social media” and so on.
For those who are not familiar with IHRFFA, they need to be aware that its activities go well beyond the showing of quality films. It has truly become a celebration of human rights in a much fuller context. Many of the films
are introduced by the actual filmmakers who, in many instances, have traveled long distances to explain the filmmaking process and the issues surrounding the subject of the film. Further, many international and local human rights advocates and experts participate in discussions that follow the films and provide a more in-depth understanding of the human rights issues portrayed on the screen. This contribution engages the audience in a meaningful discussion as to the problems associated with the implementation and realisation of human rights. The Festival has become an annual forum for the celebration and discussion of the human rights agenda and its importance for Albania and its peoples.
An important addition to the Festival has been the inclusion of Albanian high school students who come to
the Academy of Film and Multimedia (MARUBI) to see films, hear directly from film makers and discuss with experts the message their films convey. This activity has made IHRFFA a human rights educator in the true sense of the UDHR’s commitment that human rights implementation is dependent on “teaching and education… for the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights.”
In addition to these core activities the Festival is developing from year to year advertisement campaigns in order to reach as many people as possible. This campaigning is done by different means and materials, such as by flyers, the production of a television spot and a trailer of the Festival, web and social media activities etc. Also, IHRFFA selects a Media Partner which follows the activities step by step and continuously broadcasts updates on the Festival and related issues.
Director of GIFFONI Albania
The Giffoni-Albania project was born from an idea of Namik Ajazi, an Albanian journalist and director, who, since 1995, has followed with great interest the Giffoni Festival. The purpose was to establish the historical relationships that the Giffoni Festival once had with Albanian cinematography. Nineteen years ago, the Giffoni Festival was the first of these events in the world that presented a summary of Albanian cinematography. From that time, the contacts with Albania were never interrupted, even during times of change and difficulties that have accompanied the history of our country.
The co-operation between Albania and Italy is of a special importance, because the purpose of the cultural exchange is the promotion of co-operation and understanding between nations, through direct contact of different social and cultural realities. The selection of young participants from these cities, as part of the juries for the same festivals taking place in Italy and in Hollywood, is another opportunity to open communication windows for youngsters interested in the seventh art.
One of the main objectives of Giffoni-Albania is offering positive images, rooting concepts within the young generation for the existence of a mutual vision to create a fair society, not only divided in oppressed-oppressor, exploited-exploiter, good and bad, but in a mutual effort to respect the rights and obligations of the citizens in the world. This kind of mentality certainly brings evolution in the mentality of young people.
The ones to benefit from this activity are: 205
– Youngsters, especially those who like cinematography and follow artistic events
– Their families, invited to take place in the evenings’ activities
– Students in search of new cultural and formative perspectives
– Professionals, that in spite of difficulties, seek to try and support the culture and cinematography in