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AWARDS 16th edition TIFF 2018 »   INTERNATIONAL FEATURE COMPETITION The jury composed by: Andrea Wink (Germany), Besnik Krapi (Kosovo), Marija Perovic (Montenegro) GOLDEN OWL - BEST FEATURE FILM Irina by Nadejda Koseva | Bulgaria | 2018 A strong story about surviving in unpleasant surrounding through female character that shows how we can forgive and find the hope at the end. Një historie të fuqishme mbi mbijetesën në një mjedis të pakënaqshëm përmes një personazhi femër, e cila tregon si mund të ... Newsletter 2018 »   Tirana International Film Festival is the most important cinematographic event that takes place in Albania. Not only because is the oldest and most experienced but also for the highest number of applications, selective films’ capability, the rich program, fascinating discoveries and premieres of the most important cinematic films’ market today in the world. For all mentioned reasons, Tirana International Film Festival after applying was qualified as Festival from  the  Academy of Art an... Programme 2018 » Competition: 1. FEATURE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION (Feature - EYE on TIFF) 2. SHORT INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION (Live Action - Animation - Student - Video Art & Experimental) 3. DOCUMENTARY INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION (Feature - Mid - Short Lengths) 4. BALKAN COMPETITION (Feature - Short) 5. IN ALBANIAN COMPETITION Non Competition: 1. SPECIAL SCREENINGs 2. FOCUS ( For Another Dream May '68 - Oscar® Nominated Short films 2018 - OIPLA Animation Poland 2018 - IVAN ARGOTE Video Art) 3. PAN... Festival description » GENERAL INFORMATION Tirana International Film Festival, which is implemented by the Tirana Film Institute,  is the biggest and the oldest Film Festival in Albania, placed in the capital city Tirana. The Festival was created in 2003 (it was the first film festival after 1 decade of gap from the official state film festival organized during the communism regime until 1990). The Festival is internationally recognized and screens every year more than 200 movies of all genres (feature, short, fictio...
Friday, 14 December 2018
Viktor Gjika - Tribute
Viktor Gjika tribute
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Motion picture director, writer, producer and cinematographer Viktor Gjika was born on June 23rd, 1937, in Korca, Albania.

He pursued his film studies in Moscow then after graduation returned to Albania to co-direct his first short ‘Njeriu Kurre Vdes (Man Never Dies) (1961) along with Dhimiter Anagnosti.  Their first effort was honored with the grand prize at the World Cinematography Student Festival held in Lodz Poland in 1961.

That same year Gjika and Anagnosti both served as cinematographers on Hysen Hakani’s black and white masterpiece ‘Debatik’.  Gjika spent much of the early 1960’s honing his skills as a cameraman not only on fiction films but on documentaries as well. Gjika served as both director and cameraman on the short documentaries ‘Takimet ne Helsinki’ (Encounters in Helsinki) (1962) and ‘Bistrica 63’ (1964) which received the national film prize in 1964.

Gjika returned to his work as a cinematographer in the mid-1960’s capturing black and white images along with Anagnosti as director for ‘Komisari i Drites’ (Commissar of Light) (1966).  In 1968, Viktor Gjika directed and acted as cinematographer for the black and white feature, ‘Horizonte te Hapura’ (Clear Horizons).

Viktor Gjika directed and shot twelve features and documentary shorts from 1970 to 1980.  Two of the fiction features he directed, the color ‘Rruge te Bardha’ (White Roads) (1974) and the black and white ‘Gjeneral Gramafoni’ (General Gramaphone) (1978) are both considered to be classics in Albanian motion picture history.
 
Gjika worked mostly in short and feature documentaries in the 1980’s and was made the director of the Kinostudio ‘New Albania’ a post he held till the fall of communism in 1991. Viktor Gjika was a member of the Advisory Board of the European Film College, and a member of juries at international film festivals in Varna, Istanbul, Annessy, Montpellier and Saint-Etienne.  

His last film, a documentary, ‘Kur ikin Korbat’ (When the Raven Leaves) (2000) capped nearly forty years of Albanian motion picture craft.  Two years before his death in March, 2009, Viktor Gjika was the subject himself of a television documentary about his long career entitled ‘Ne 70 Vitet e Viktor Gjika’ (2007).

 

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