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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...
Thursday, 13 December 2018
Short Documentary (official selection 15'th)
1,4 SEXTILLION LITRE

Germany | 2017 | 5’

1,4 SEXTILLION LITRE is a love letter to the ocean. It was produced on a catamaran journey from Bermuda to Marseille. From the sometimes stormy, sometimes gentle waves of the North Atlantic Ocean, the film writes an appeal to protect what you love. The oceans many faces are reflected in Nicolas Jaar’s music.

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DRAGON CIRCLE

Germany | 2016 | 20’

The film follows five metal artists from Berlin who are creating fire-spitting dragons for the world-famous Fusion Festival. The artists are using shower hoses, weighing machine parts, metal wheels, panels, and a great variety of metal bits and pieces, all of it found in scrap yards. They talk about the fight for creative leeway, their thoughts about art, and how they became involved with it. They originally picked up the metal art at the famous Tacheles Cultural Centre, now long gone.

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HAPPY HAPPY BABY

Germany | 2017 | 20’Germany | 2017 | 20’

A short film about the longing of being small again. Cuddling, playing, getting the bottle and good night stories. No fetish, but a way of life.

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MISS HOLOCAUST

Poland | 2017 | 22’

A group of women prepare for an event. Stand straight! Stop! Smile! Bow! - commands the choreographer. There is a lot of tension and nervousness in the air. The nerves will be calmed neither by a fancy limo, nor by a room full of chic yet a bit bored audience. Please watch a beauty pageant, the pre-selection to which took place almost 80 years ago.

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SAND MEN

UK | 2016 | 14’

Neculai, Aurel and Raj all left their homes in Romania for the same reason - to seek a better life for their family. Now, in Britain, with their loved ones depending on them, they survive by creating sand sculptures on London’s streets. They try to find hope in the hardships they endure, while thoughts of their children’s futures keep them going.

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TABIB

Spain | 2016 | 8’

 

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THE DAYTIME IS NOT FOR ME

Lithuania | 2017 | 19’

During the night, people in the largest Roma settlement in Lithuania don‘t sleep. They go out into the streets, talk, dance or stay at home and try to solve their problems. Two sisters, Zita and Liuba, have lived in thi settlement their entire lives. “The daytime is not for me. For me it‘s night. At night I like my home and my life“ says one of the sisters. This film tells the story of a long winter night in their home.

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THE LECTORA

UAE, Cuba | 2017 | 11’

In one of the most famous cigar factories in Cuba, there is one person whose role in the cigar-rolling process is vital, yet not so well-known and documented. La Lectora takes a look at the long-standing tradition of having a reader in the factory, and at the influence this reader has on the life of the workers.

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8 DAYS OF PARLOR

Cyprus | 2016 | 23’

8 Days of Parlor observes the work of academic sculptor Leonidas Spanos, based on the island of Cyprus where a parlor guitar is being made over a period of 8 days. The slow paced film focuses on the art of making and the importance for the material to justify its own existence.

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EVRIPIDOU 14

Greece | 2016 | 16’

At 14 Evripidou Street in the centre of Athens, Mr. Costas and Mrs. Sofia open the doors to their Shelter, where homeless people have a chance to eat a cooked meal, take a shower, wash their clothes, and find themselves in a welcoming environment, significantly different from their daily reality.

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IN SEARCH OF THE LAND WITHOUT EVIL

Brazil | 2017 | 15’Brazil | 2017 | 15’

In Guarani mythology, the ‘land without evil’ is where the people find peace. On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, the landless indigenous group rebuilt their small village, their ‘aldeia’. There, children grow up between old traditions, like the Guarani language, and expressions of contemporary urban culture, such as rap music. There is always the tension that one day the owners of the land’ will rise up and the Guarani will be forced once again to leave in search of the land without evil.

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NOBODY DIES HERE

France | 2016 | 23’

Perma gold mine, Benin. Some dream to find something, others realized there was nothing to be found. Some dig relentlessly hoping to become rich, others died in the process. And a few of them say that here, nobody dies.

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SARAJEVO FEMME FATALE

Bosnia | 2016 | 22’

“Sarajevo - Femme Fatale” is a poetic picture of the city drawn with words and dance. Film depicts the silhouettes of six women, aged from 17 to 65. Their stories become deeper reflection on the city’s past, present condition and future. Their voice interweaves with dancing refrains.

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THE BEAST UNDERNEATH

Switzerland, Canada | 2017 | 14’

On the 27th of February 2016, in the city of La Baie, Quebec, the famous fisherman Marc Gagnon discovered a new species of halibut that could reach several meters. As the man is always looking for controlling the nature, how far his megalomania is going to take him?

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THE GOLD RUSH

Spain | 2017 | 24’

In Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, the poverty of the population and wealth of the subsoil remain irreconcilable, taking the lives of hundreds of miners. Did you know that your health also depends on their work?

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THEA

Norway | 2016 | 14’

Thea is 12 years old. She likes to play football and to be with her friends. But why does she want to grow up to be an air ambulance pilot? Thea has a serious and dramatic type of epilepsy, but in this film she shares her thoughts about the things that she enjoys in her life. We follow Thea and her parents through a long hospital stay one winter, followed by her homecoming to her brothers and all her friends. At the hospital, there is a school. In woodwork class she makes a gift for someone who is very special to her. 

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BORN OF STONE

Italy, Czech Republic | 2016 | 16’

Completed just a few weeks before Sciola’s recent passing, Born of Stone is an immersion inside the sights and sound of remarkable artists, and inside his belief that stones are not just the material that gives shape to the universe, but that they are alive, plastic, a fundamental way to communicate with nature.

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GOLDEN HOUR

Just like every morning a man unlocks the school gates. Just like every morning he starts his day with a strong tea.

But today Khalid the school janitor experiences everything differently.

On his walk through the empty school grounds he learns more about the students’ dreams, fears and memories than ever before.

This documentary draws a picture of our generations’ children using their own voices to convey the messages they, themselves, deem necessary to children using their own voices to convey the messages they, themselves, deem necessary to tell.

May this be their desire abundance and riches or their memories of a Syria that lays in tell. May this be their desire abundance and riches or their memories of a Syria that lays in shambles.

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JUNGLE

France | 2016 | 19’

Zaman is a young afghan boy who lives and works as an hairdresser in a salon, in Calais’s migrant camp the ‘Jungle’. Like thousands of others he has fled from war. As the french government announces ‘jungle’s’ imminent destruction, Zaman does not know where to go. Reaching the U.K. seems to be his only option, even if he has to risk his life crossing in the hope of a better life.

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SABINE’S NURSERY

Germany | 2016 | 20’

Reborn Babies are lifelike dolls, that are nearly indistinguishable from real infants. Although Sabine Buncak’s sons are almost grown ups, yet she still holds on to their infancy and creates a dream reality with her own nursery and four Reborn Babies.

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STREET OF DEATH

Lebanon  | 2017 | 22’

On the outskirts of the city, right by the water, lies an arterial road that leads to Beirut’s international airport. Most of the houses standing thSave

ere are illegal constructions, quickly erected for a life alongside the road. 

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THE BRICK HOUSE

Netherlands | 2016 | 16’

Two friends, Sapa and Hija, re-enact and re-tell short anecdotes of their lives. Coming from another country to The Netherlands, there is a quest for belonging and the (im)possibility to completely feel at home and relate to the world outside the apartment.

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THE LAST TAPE

Germany | 2017 | 12’

As Artiom prepares to fight for the Ukrainian army, Anatoly, his 88-year-old grandfather and war veteran, records their diminishing time together and questions his choice.

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TO THE DEAD

USA, Colombia | 2016 | 9’

TO THE DEAD is a cinematic essay made up by personal digressions that cumulatively weave a portrait of Colombia’s political and social strife. The film is narrated in the first-person by a character walking through a cemetery where fragments of his own memories and country’s history come afloat, spawning a puzzling view on his country’s past.

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