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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...
Monday, 10 December 2018
Jury 2017
Goce Kralevski
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Goce Kralevski is a producer and editor, founder of the production company DNF Films. Goce has a ten year experience working as an editor and producer in film studios, marketing agencies, as well as working as an independent producer. Goce has produced several short films and documentaries, including several short movies financed by the Macedonian Film Fund, which screened at many film festivals. He also worked as a Producer on the feature film “Children of the Sun”. His last film is The Last Church Bells (2017). He is currently engaged in the pre-production of two high budget features film and one short film. Goce’s experience in television ranges from TV shows like “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”, but also music videos, made-for-TV shows including

“Explore Macedonia,” as well as promotional videos and commercials. Goce holds a BA in Editing from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Macedonia and is currently enrolled in postgraduate studies for Editing as Audiovisual Aesthetic concept.

 
Blerina Goce
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Born and raised in Albania, Blerina Goce studied Journalism and holds a Master’s Degree in Literary Studies from Centre for Albanological Studies. For more than 15 years Blerina have been working as journalist in most major dailies and magazines, covering arts and culture and writing reviews in film, books as well as other cultural events.  She attended several film workshops and training courses on writing, directing and film critic. Blerina shot severaly documentary films that received multiple awards.  She is shooting her first feature documentary and her first short fiction.

 
Sabina Viktor Veizaj
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Sabina Viktor Veizaj was born in Berat on 3 March 1982 and grew up in Fier, where she studied at Janaq Kilica High School. She studied Journalism at the University in Tirana – Faculty of History and Philology during 2001-2005. She then earned her Master Degree in Political Sciences. She has been working in the field of media for several years.  At present, she is working as a reporter/journalist of economy at Top Show in Top Channel. With her first book Myshku i Muzgut (The Moss of the Dusk) she was part of the Albanian Young Writers, an anthology published in Zagreb in Croatian Language. It was in the framework of a festival called “Small Literatures”. Veizaj was also awarded the First Prize at the International Festival of Literature which was held in Podujeva in 2012. She was writer in residence in May 2016 in Prishtina, Kosova and participated at International Literature Festival Polip, Prishtina as well. She has written in several literature magazines since 2002. Her poems are translated in Croatia, Beograd and Montenegro.

 
Dritan Huqi
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Graduate at Albanian Ecomomic University, and Albanian University of Law. President of the “Albanian Producers and Filmmakers Association”. Member of European Film Academy. Selected by European Film Promotion, “Producers on the Move - 2011” at the Cannes International Film Festival 2011

In 2018, he will produce the movie “My Lake” by Gjergj Xhuvani, and “Zana” by Antoneta Kastrati. In 2016

“Distant Angels” by Gjergj Xhuvani.  In 2015 “Alarm für Cobra 11”  by Nico Zavelberg. In 2014 “Amsterdam Express” by Fatmir Koci  and  “Last wish” by Namik Ajazi . In 2012 “Der Albaner” by Johannes Naber. In 2010 “Honeymoons” by Goran Paskaljevic. In 2009

“Alive” by Artan Minarolli, and “Lenin and Us” by Saimir Kumbaro.

Television movie in 2012  “In search of!”(tv-mini

5 series) by Gjergj Xhuvani and in 2011 tv sitcom

“Komuna e Parisit” (20 series) by Altin Basha. Documentary, “Rivers eyes” (2017) (8 series),  “Alone” (2017) (8 series), “Humanisti” (2015), “Big attacks” (2015) (6 series), “In Front of” (2014) (20 series)

“Theater” (2012).

Short movies:

“Bela”, “Sarina”, “24 Hours”, “Doors, doors”, “The Lession”, “The Passion”, “When the death turn the road”, “Lucky letters”, “Albania–Italy”, “Family Market”, “Heat”, “Lost Days” “A night of bright weather”, “Children Jobs”, “The Farewell Waltz”, “Horoscopes”, “Money”, “Hospital window, “Soldiers”, “Two Friends”, etc

 
Hila Chessen
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Born in Israel in 1987. Graduate of the art at the Jerusalem Studio School (2008-2012). Studies Film at the Tel Aviv University (from 2014).

International film festival coordinator at Go2Films since 2015.

Hila have Participated in various productions of student films and was the Manager of the Israeli competition at the Tel Aviv International student film festival 2017.

 
Kamuran GORANCI
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Born on 1955 actually is a  Professor:  Painting & Drawing, in the direction of scenography in University of Prishtina. He has a degree on Art Academy  in Beograd branch  Painting; also has a  Masters Degree  and Doctorate on  Painting: Master of Painting. Director of Art Galery NGO “New Vision 2000+”, Gjakova, Kosovo.

Leader of Division of visual performing arts / Department of Culture –Ministry of Culture ,Youth and Sports- Prishtina, Kosovo.

Director of Department of Culture-Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports;

Producent on the feature-length movie ”ANATEMA” by Agim Sopi;

Producent on the feature-length movie “Kosova’s Thirst”, Prishtina;

Executive Producer of the feature-length movie ”Tri dritare dhe një Varje” by Isa Qosja ( Winner of the Cine Europa Award in Sarajevo Film Festival 2014). Chairman of the Presidency of the ASSOCIATION OF VISUAL ARTISTS OF KOSOVO xxx

 
Altin Raxhimi
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Harvard University Certificate, Nieman Foundation for Journalism Field Of Study Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. Activities and Societies: Production of student newspaper, Reporteri. Studied media production, writing, reporting and publishing. Contributed both news and series of articles for this website reporting to English-language audiences on the Balkans. I worked on two major reporting projects, alleged war crimes during the Kosovo war of 1999 and Turkey’s role in the Balkans. Covered topics from George W. Bush’s missing wristwatch during an Albania visit in 2008 to a looming electricity crisis a year earlier to off-shore accounts of Albanian politicians and state officials.

 
Visar Vishka
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Was born on January 17, 1977 in Gostivar, Macedonia, Yugoslavia. He is an actor and writer, known for Legends (2014), Shanghai Gypsy (2012) and A Small Time/Space Discontinuum (2014).

 
Albert Malltezi
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Albert Malltezi is a filmmaker / producer / painter, graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana, a filmmaker at Albafilm as a realist of five animation films, attending the most popular Albanian and foreign festivals. Participant in personal and national exhibitions. 10 years Director in Top Channel and Digitalb, where he designed and realized many TV spots and promotions. A few years later, Professor at the Academy of Arts and UET.Director creativ

in MC agency... Already 4 years is CEO / producer and founder of Pika Pro Agency, winner of the International Gold Prize in Paris for Quality.

 
Irina Gurova
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Irina Gurova is a young film producer from Sofia, Bulgaria. She graduated at Bocconi University

(Milan, Italy) in Master of Science in Economics and Management of Arts, Culture, Media and Entertainment in 2014. Since then Irina worked at Nu Boyana Film Studios as a business developer and at Dream Team Films and Solent Films in various positions on set and in the production team. In 2017 she founded her own production company, named iFilm Ltd. Currently the company develops several international co-productions and own short film projects.

 
Dorina Topallaj
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Dorina Topallaj is a journalist. Since 2004, when she finished studies for journalism in University of Tirana, she has been working in most major daily newspapers and TV shows in Albania.  She attended several workshops and training courses in writing.  Actually she is editor in chief in KLAN TV, one of the most popular TV shows in a national TV in Albania. Dorina Topallaj lives in Tirana, Albania.

 
Denis Côté
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Côté was born in Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, Canada. He studied film at Collège Ahuntsic in Montreal and founded nihilproductions around 1994. He made a number of short films, including Kosovolove (2000) and La sphatte (2003). He has also been a film critic on radio, at ici magazine from 1999 to 2005, and vice-president of the Quebec association of film critics (Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma, or AQCC). In 2005, his first feature film, Les états nordiques (Drifting States), won the Golden Leopard - Video at the Locarno International Film Festival. His third feature film, won the silver Leopard for best directing at the Locarno International Film Festival and Best Canadian film at the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie. Jean-Michel Frodon, editor-in-chief of Cahiers du Cinéma at the time, made it one of his top 10 picks for best film of 2008. The 2009 documentary Carcasses was presented at the Cannes Film Festival at the Directors’ Fortnight in May 2009. It was part of the Canada Top Ten at the Toronto International Film Festival. In August 2010, his feature film Curling was presented at the Locarno International Film Festival, where it won the prize for best directing as well as the prize for best actor (Emmanuel Bilodeau). His 2012 documentary Bestiaire, filmed at Parc Safari in Hemmingford, Quebec, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and was also shown at the Berlin Film Festival.

 
Ergys Meta
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Born in Shkodër in 1985. In the age of 15th he took his first piano lessons. In the transitional period on his birth town, Ergys started to compose for the local artists. At the age of 18th he builds his firs left handed guitar and went to Italy. In Bologna he continued the studies per Cinematography Critic at the University of Bologna, Faculty of Lettere e Filosofia corso DAMS cinema mediologico, in the same time continued his passion for guitar as autodidact. During the years of University he became acquainted with all the world cinema history, there he decided to develop his style as a film maker. In 2007 was finally returned to Tirana, where besides the commitments for music he started the University of Arts, as the only chance to become a director in Albanian Cinematography.

In Bologna on 2003 independently tried to direct his first short film (Ciak Movie) where he will introduce all his cinematic influences. This was his first noir experiment. In the same year, he came back his birth town to direct on the villages the documentary regarding to cannabis of the north of Albania (Green Traffic). Ergys during the Academy years had had

a recognition and appreciation from the cinematic world in Tirana, where immediately after finishing the academy won three projects at the Albanian National Center of Cinematography:  The Dog Killers, Me Duar në Xhepa and One of Us, which is his first Featuring movie. During his creativity he won three cinematic awards, the last one was in TIFF 2016.

 
Laurent Rouy
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Laurent Rouy is a French author and journalist, based in Belgrade, Serbia, since 2002. He is the director of production company Trans Euro Media, and correspondent for French global media Radio France Internationale and France 24 TV, as well as for Radio Television Suisse. Early 2015, Laurent Rouy met author and actor Arnaud Humbert. Together, they worked on the script of “At The Border”, that became Laurent’s first short fiction (48 festivals, 10 awards).

 
Suela Bako
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Suela Bako, completed full acting studies, at the Academy of Arts in Tirana. She has been part of many short and feature films  and  theatre productions, as an actress. She worked as a TV director 10 years. While she completed the Studies in Master Deggre Film & Tv  directing, at the University of Arts in Tirana. She has 6 short films written & directed by her: “Sea” 11’, 2012 ; “Meditation with Shakespeare” 3’ Film etude, 2013; “The director” 5’, 2013 ; “The dinner” 15’, 2014 ; “Fllad” 5’, 2014; “Shirt sleeves” 14’, 2015. “Light” a documentary for  Gjon  Mili 52’, co/written & co/directed Suela Bako & Yllka Gjollesha 2017, “The night of power”  27’, 2017 (in post-production is written % directed by Suela Bako also)

Awards:

“The dinner” - Best Film Award, in GJFF, 2014, “The dinner” - Best National Film, B3F 2014, “The dinner”-  Erjeta Cufaj - Best supporting role award, GJFF, 2014 “The dinner”- Suela Bako - DEA award as an encouragament, for a promissing start to a successful film career, Dea Film Fest 2014, “The dinner” - Suela Bako - Best adaptation of characters, New York Albanian Film Week 2015

 
Mateo Cingu
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Is a freelance filmmaker from Albania. He was

born 31/12/1989 in Tirana, Albania and he followed University of Arts in Tirana, Faculty of Scenic Arts in Movie & TV Directing where he graduated on Bachelor Degree on 2016 with his short movie “Student of Drama”. He participated in GoEast Film Festival on April 2016 as a young director in section Young Filmmakers for Peace (YFFP). He has been part in a lot of movie projects in Albania as assistant director.

 
Alban Muja
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Alban Muja (born 1980 in Mitrovica) is a Kosovo based visual artist and filmmaker. He completed his BA and MA at Faculty of Fine Arts at University of Prishtina and in Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico USA. . Mostly influenced by the social, political and economical transformation processes in wider surrounding region, he investigates history and socio-political themes and links them to his position in Kosovo today. His works cover a wide range of media including video installation, films, documentary film, drawings, paintings, photographs and performance which have been exhibited extensively in various film festivals, art fairs, group and solo exhibitions.

He was awarded in various residencies and received number of fellowships in, among others, Braziers International Artist Residency, Braziers Park, OxfordShire, England, KulturKontakt Residency and Q21 Residency, Museum Quarier, Vienna Austria, Artist-in-residence in Tobacna Center/ City Museum, Ljubljana Slovenia,  Backyard International Artist Residency, Kuda-Center for New Media”Novi Sad, Serbia, Young visual art award at ISCP Residency, New York USA ARTSLINK Residency New York, International Artist and Writer Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute, USA and Residency in ‘Apartment Project’ Istanbul Turkey.

 
Fani Zguro
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Fani Zguro was born in 1977 in Tirana. Lives and works in Tirana, Milan and Berlin. Zguro was graduated at Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera in Milan (1998-2007). In 2007 he won the International Onufri Prize by National Gallery of Arts in Tirana; in 2016 the International Mulliqi Prize by the National Gallery of Kosovo in Prishtina and Best Video-Art by TIFF. Zguro is part of the program AiR at Q21, Museumsquartier in Vienna for 2017. He has exhibited at Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest, Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Mediterranée Marseille, Filmoteca Espanola Madrid, Docva Careof Milan, 2nd Tirana Biennale, 3rd Mardin Biennale, 4th Young Artists Biennale of Bucharest, Ludwig Museum Budapest, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka, Public Library New York and Centre Pompidou Paris.

 


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