TIRANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is the first international film festival and the only of its kind in Albania. This extraordinary cultural event created in 2003 is one of the most important cinematic event in Balkans.
TIFF aims to create in Albania, as well as in the region, a cultural center of worldwide alternative and independent cinema. Albania is a solar, enthusiastic and friendly country and besides the “strong competition” TIFF aims at the same time to be a meeting point of cultures, where people of Tirana, the guests and all those who love films will have a cinema-language-communication week.
TIFF aims to create a friendly space for film artists and cinema enthusiasts from Albania, Europe and the entire world to come together and share their linked passion and knowledge of the motion picture art form. The intention of TIFF is to bring filmmakers, producers and distributors from all around the world to Tirana, in hopes of fostering future co-operation in this interesting scenic area. By bringing together these distinct voices and their work, TIFF commits itself to introducing audiences to alternative visions of extraordinary diversity. “Think Different, Watch Alike” is the slogan and motto of TIFF.
TIFF aims at demonstrating strong efficiency in audience development (especially toward young audience) by implementing activities before, during and after the event, including year-long activities and travelling to other cities with various smaller partner and smaller festivals in the country. Partnering with small organizations and youth centers around the country in order to use the existing facilities in each city will not only give to TIFF a large national impact, but will enhance on the other side the increase of values of small events in each respective city in which TIFF will be present.
The Festival yearly getting thousands of submissions from submitting online in our website and other online platforms which applies for being selected. TIFF is an international cinema event whose main objective is to enlarge the number of venues and time of screening of European and non-European films of all genres and durations in Albania as well as it is considered to be an event to develop new audiences around the country, combining film screenings with public debates and thematic debates approaching new and an increased Film Audience and focusing also on Film Literacy.
Since its inception, TIFF receives over 30,000 short and feature films from over 120 countries around the world. Out of all these applications more than hundred films can be chosen each year for the competition program.
We are thrilled and honored to be approved as an official Academy Awards® qualifying festival, it’s truly a tremendous opportunity for our filmmakers and future Best Short Film Award winners.
- COMPETITION PROGRAM
- Feature films (all genres)
- EYE on TIFF (debut feature film competition)
- Short Fiction/Live Action (Oscar® qualifying)
- Animation (Oscar® qualifying)
- Documentary (all lengths)
- Student international film competition
- Video Art & Experimental
- Balkan Films (all genres)
- In Albanian (short films from all over the world in Albanian language)
The daily program of TIFF combine national premieres of feature and short films in all formats and genres: fiction, documentary, animation, experimental and video art. Open to any filmmaker from around the world, TIFF showcases new cinematic work by established directors with international reputations as well as movies by talented students and young artists.
Besides the competition program TIFF reserves a large space to the special programs and screenings. PANORAMA has some thematic sections dedicated to the most sensitive social topics and problematic social groups as for children, women, immigration, integration of persons with disabilities, LGBT, etc. with those sections: DIVERGENT MINDS; GENERATIONs; NEW WORLD; PARADE .
FOCUS is a special program, which is based on tribute or homage to the cinema author and/or the filmography of a given country. RetrospecTIFF and TIFF Classics brings to the new audience the most prominent national or international authors of the film history.
REFLECTING ALBANIA is the oldest program of the festival, dedicated to the foreign filmmakers who have produced their films in Albania or in Albanian speaking territory. FesTIFFal is a special program with selected films by festival partners.
PICTURE YOUR LIFE, CREATE THE FUTURE
TIFF will continue to have a large space to the special program KIDs, an exclusive program for children from 5-14 age average. This initiative comes as a long-term investment to raise and educate future cinematic audiences with artistic films through acquired projects in Creative Europe for the distribution and promotion of European films.
On the occasion of this 17th edition of TIFF, four international juries comprised of leading film writers, directors, producers and critics will evaluate and then select the best features & shorts with awards presented on the closing night ceremony. Awards will be presented in the following categories:
GOLDEN OWL Best Feature Film
Best EYE on TIFF
GOLDEN OWL Best SHORT Film – Oscar® qualifying
Best Short FICTION
Best Short ANIMATION
Best Documentary Mid-Short Film
Best STUDENT Film
Best VIDEO ART & Experimental
Best BALKAN Film
Best Film in ALBANIAN
Best DEBUT Short Film “Ron Holloway” Award
AUDIENCE Choice Award
Official awards consist of a statue and a diploma. The cash prize in TIFF is determined by the available budget. Special awards can be given by organizers, Festival director, sponsors and partners, professional organizations, NGOs, media, etc.
Recipients of the Tirana International Film Festival Best Short Film will be eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film/ Live Action Short Film category of the Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy Rules.
NEW FEATURES – PARALLEL SCREENINGS
TIRANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL has the pleasure to announce four major services available for the applicants. Since its inception in 2003, TIFF received over 30,000 short and feature films from over 120 countries around the world. Out of all these applications more than 200 films can be chosen each year for the competition program. With these four new services, TIFF offers the opportunity to many films to be shown in alternative ways (TV, online, market, special programs) in a wider audience and experts.
The applicants must apply clearly for each one of these new services.
- TIFF.TV Competition
With our media TV partners we offer the possibility to directors screening their films (selected for the official competitive program or not) to the Albanian audience and win the TV juries and audience awards.
- TIFF on Tour
TIFF will act as ambassador for the submitted films and will travel with a selection to other Albanian cities during the year. TIFF will also propose special screenings to other regional festivals in accordance to a specific subject or theme of each collaborative festival.
- TIFF Online Library
TIFF offer the online presentation of each film, in a dedicated page, as a part of a film library, with all related information and with the possibility to receive comments from the international internet audience and industry. The screening of films is open to anyone without charges. The films will be available for viewing in the film library as long as director/producer wishes.
- TIFF Market Corner
TIFF will create a market corner, where potential buyers can watch all films and make their selection. TIFF will also act as a festival promoter and distributor. In case of financial contract with a distributor, TIFF will receive a fee of 5%.
TIRANA FILM INSTITUTE
Tirana Film Institute is an Albanian creative industry whose main focus is based on promoting European creative industry products in Albania and cooperate with European organizations in order to share common audio-visual products such as feature and short fictions, animations, documentaries, experimental, video art and student film in various forms.
TFI is also engaged at all times with film and audio-visual production, design of publicity campaigns, various marketing activities, promotion and film distribution through various shows, screenings and publications.
Tirana Film Institute carries out its activities in organizing artistic, cultural and cinematographic film weeks, national and international festivals.
The rich experience that the staff of TFI disposes allows successfully to organize Tirana International Film Festival in its 17th edition. TIFF is honouree to be approved as an official Academy Awards® qualifying film festival.
TIFF on Tour event act as ambassador for the TIFF submitted films and travel during the year with a special selection of European films to other Albanian cities, touristic sites and places that have no cinemas with his Open Air Cinema. TIFF will also propose special screenings to other local and regional festivals in accordance to a specific subject or theme.
TFI has started a new successful experience as film distributor getting also support from Media program of Creative Europe. By combining and exploring new ways of cinematographic work distribution i.e. engaging the audience on public debates by screening in various cinema and open-air venues including schools and youth centre.
TFI also, since 2014, organizes CreativeMornings Tirana, an international project that has ranked Tirana on the map of 180 other cities from 67 countries around the world, that organize this event by sharing creative experiences with the community based on a global monthly theme.
TIFF 2019 STAFF
PR & Media Coordinator