Tirana International Film Festival

Cinema Short Film Festival
fiction, documentaries, animation and experimental
November 26 - December 02, 200
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 JURY

 INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION  JURY
 NATIONAL COMPETITION  JURY   MEDIA  JURY

 INTERNATIONAL  COMPETITION
 SELECTED FILMS
 NATIONAL  COMPETITION
 SELECTED
FILMS



 AWARDS



AWARDS

The BEST FILM of TIFF

The BEST FICTION

The BEST ANIMATION

The BEST DOCUMENTARY

The BEST EXPERIMENTAL

The BEST ALBANIAN SHORT

MEDIA AWARD

PUBLIC AWARD

 

 




Special Guest 
 M O N T X O  A R M E N D A R I Z

Special Guest 
 
G O R A N
  P A S K A L J E V I C

Special Guest 
 
C A V E H
  Z A H E D I

Special Guest 
 
A l e k s a n d a r   M a n i c

 WOODY
 ALLEN

 SCANDINAVIAN SHORT PANORAMA

 CADILLAC  MAN
 Michael  Regan

 


 FACTS AND FIGURES OF 4th EDITION - 2006

Over 800 films from 67 different countries all over the world have applied at the fourth edition of TIFF'06,  412 authors applied in the category of fiction, 194 in animation, 87 in documentary and 68 in experimental Program of the 4th edition: 144 films, 8 full length.
 


 

 


TIFF 2005
  Ken Loach in Tirana for the third edition of TIFF 


In the framework of the third edition of Tirana International Film Festival, Ken Loach will come to Albania to introduce his new movie “Tickets”.  Loach’s movie will be screened during the opening day of the Festival, the 5th December. more...
 


FACTS AND FIGURES OF 3rd EDITION


About
700 films from 65 different countries all over the world have applied in edition of TIFF 370 authors applied in the category of fiction, 185 in animation, 85 in documentary and 60 in experimental. Program of the 3rd edition: 203 films, 27 full length.
Total of the program =
5015 min


FOCUS:

Third Tirana International Short Film Festival

After two strong outings, abetted by the breaking news that Tirana was chosen »World City 2005,« it was a sure bet that the Third Tirana International Short Film Festival (5-11 December 2005) would go bigtime on the world festival stage too. With more than 20,000 Euros in purse prizes as bait, this year’s TIFF received over 700 applications from 65 countries for entry in its five sections: 370 in the fiction category, 185 in animation, 85 in documentary, 60 in experimental, and 30 more in the cross-country Albanian-language shorts section. In addition, festival director Ilir Butka and programmer Genc Permeti programmed 27 feature films in free-fall evening programs that ran deep into the night. Most important of all for a festival’s continued existence, TIFF 2005 could count on the support of 35 sponsors, plus the city’s foreign ambassadors and cultural centers, for the six-day event.

Three juries divided up the awards. The International Jury headed by critic David D’Arcy, awarded »Best Film of TIFF« to Heiko Hahn’s Vorletzter Abschied (Before I Go) (Germany), the poignant story of an old couple faced with the woman’s shattering Alzheimer illness. Beth Amstrong’s Danya (Australia), the story of a young girl’s gradual grasp of the reality of death, was awarded Best Fiction Film. Special Mentions for fiction shorts underscored the strength of this category. Robert Bodina’s Lulebore (Snowdrop) (Albania), a moving tale of a husband’s losing effort to raise the money to secure for his ailing wife a life-saving operation abroad, was also voted the Public’s Award. Jason Branderburg’s 113 (Switzerland) uses a subtle flashback technique to unveil the hidden wartime secrets of a building (»113« is the street address) about to be torn down by wreckers.

Another Special Mention went to Roman Filippov’s Posvyashenie (Initiation) (Russia). Shot in black-and-white, it sketches the determination of a sensitive young boy to escape his tormentors on a playground while on his way to a flute rehearsal. A personal favorite was another Russian entry: Vladimir Kott’s Dbep (The Door). This absurd Beckettian tale begins with a simpleton emerging from behind a still-standing door after a house has been razed, whereupon he carries the door around on his back like the clowns in Roman Polanski’s Two Men and a Wardrobe (Poland, 1959), drawing all and sundry into a merry round of encounters until he disappears behind the door again.

Indeed, the fiction category was the strong suit at TIFF with Spanish entries topping the list for audience appreciation. The Media Award by Albanian critics went to Alex Sampayo’s La buena caligrafia (The Good Caligraphy), the story of an illiterate Spanish woman whose desire to learn to read and write leads to a secret about her husband that in the end warms her soul more than distressing her heart. José Javier Rodriguez Melcon’s Nana (Lullaby) needs only three minutes to recount the dangerous voyage of asylum-seekers on an open sea, for the mother’s Lullaby is directed at a sleeping baby in the arms of a frightened young African mother. And Luiso Berdejo and Jorge C. Dorado’s La Guerra (War), set in World War Two, focuses on the efforts of a young girl to save her baby brother after her parents have been wantonly killed by marauding soldiers.

Equally strong were a handful of entries in the documentary section. Igor Strembitskyy’s Podorozhniy (Wayfarers) (Ukraine), awarded Best Documentary Short, depicts in striking poetic images the everyday in a clinic for the mentally retarded. On the surface Xavier Lukomski’s Le pont sur la Drina (The Bridge over the Drina) (Belgium) appears to be little more than a one-shot static portrait of a bridge over the River Drina in eastern Bosnia as it emerges from the darkness of night into the light of day, save that the dialogue of a witness at Den Haag pinpoints in chilling terms the death-toll of bodies (men, women, children) that passed nightly under this historic bridge once celebrated in a novel by Nobel Prize winner for literature Ivo Andric. In Maciej Adamek’s insightful Powrot (Getting Back) (Poland) we follow the faltering efforts of a man to start all over again after serving a 10-year prison term. And Burbuque Berisha’s straight-forward Te rritur ne rruge (Growing Up in the Streets) (Kosovo) the focus is on street-children, some with ailing or jobless parents, making the rounds with produce and wares to make ends meet at home.

Tomek Baginski’s Fallen Art (Poland) was awarded Best Animation Short. A multi-festival winner, it depicts the crass attitude of a deranged officer at a military base towards underlings in his command. Another musing multi-festival winner was Geza M. Toth’s Maestro (Hungary), which blends an operatic aria with puppet animation to underscore a closing pun on a »performance« gag. And Erik Rosenlund’s Butler (Sweden) spoofs sex and marriage in line drawings about a butler who loses his job when a couple discover that the erotic begins at homebase.

Shpend Bengu’s Hyrje&Dalje (Enter&Exit) (Albania), a black-and-white exercise in flashing images, was awarded Best Experimental Short. And in the new competition for »Albanian Shorts« the entries included productions from Kosovo and the USA. Dhimiter Asmailaj’s 89 cents (USA), awarded the top prize, probes the searching subconsciousness of a young student living in New York City.

Currently, the Albanian National Center for Cinematography (ANCC) is promoting the launch of a half-dozen newly financed productions and coproduction. Kujtim Cashku’s The Magic Eye has already made the rounds of festivals in Cairo, Tel Aviv, and Montreal. Robert Budina’s short feature Snowdrop won two prizes at this year’s Tirana festival. Artan Minarolli’s Chant d’amour, a coproduction with France based on a short story by awarded author Ylljet Alicka, is finished and headed for either Berlin or Cannes. Dhimiter Anagnosti’s Father and Godfather, an original script backed solely by ANCC funds, is now in postproduction. Besnik Bisha’s Mao Tse Tung, the story of a boy given this name during the country’s link to Red China, is also nearing release. And Fatmir Koci’s A King for Circumcision, based on Ismail Kadaré’s historical novel Sinister Year, is ready to go before the cameras.

Fatmir Koci, Albania’s best known director abroad, was honored at TIFF 2005 with a three-film retrospective: his short features The Third One (1988) and Ballad Through Bullets (1989), plus the feature Tirana Year Zero (2001). Ken Loach was on hand for the special screening of Tickets (2005), an interwoven train odyssey directed together with Ermanno Olmi and Abbas Kiarostami. Serb director Goran Paskaljevic’s Balkan Powder Keg (1999) and Midwinter Night’s Dream (2004) were sellout presentations at the Millennium 2 venue. So, too, British documentarist Nick Broomfield’s Kurt & Courtney (1998), his controversial film about rock stars Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. Last, but not least, seven of Regina Ziegler’s Erotic Tales were booked for late hour cineastes.

Ron Holloway

 

 

 


 FACTS AND FIGURES OF 4th EDITION - 2006

Over 800 films from 67 different countries all over the world have applied at the fourth edition of TIFF'06,  412 authors applied in the category of fiction, 194 in animation, 87 in documentary and 68 in experimental Program of the 4th edition: 144 films, 8 full length.
 




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TIFF 2006
AWARDS '06

TIFF 2005
AWARDS '05
TIFF 2004

AWARDS '04
TIFF 2003
AWARDS '03

Other editions
What happened

TIFF '06

Special Guest
GORAN  PASKALJEVIC


Special Guest

CAVEH ZAHEDI

SCANDINAVIAN
SHORT PANORAMA

Selected by
Karolina Lidin

"The Shutka
Book of Records
"
by Aleksandar Manic
 

Festival Guests


Ken Loach present in TIFF '05

Tickets
Directors :
 Ken Loach,
 Ermanno Olmi,
 Abbas Kiarostami


Goran Paskaljevic

Nick Broomfield


Poetic Cinema
Carl Henrik Svenstedt

Shorts Attack
The best selected films from
interfilm Berlin – International Short Film Festival and Distribution
 

Retrospective
Fatmir Koci
 

APULIAN CINEMA DAYS
Edoardo WINSPEARE, Alessandro PIVA, Sergio RUBINI, Davide Marengo, Niko XHIRASOLA, etc.


Luce, with
the Best Directors
of Short Film

Corrado D’Errico - Roberto Rossellini -Michelangelo Antonioni - Dino Risi -
 Vittorio S
cala -
 Valerio Zurlini - Franceso Maselli - Giorgio Ferroni -Romolo Marcellini - Damiano Damiani
 
-
Federico Fellini


Passo a due
by Andrea Barzin


Ron Holloway,Tribute to
Parajanov


Cassavetes
"American Dreaming"

"Kosova Film"
The retrospective
of Best feature films from Kosova


"Time of Gypsies"

Feature & Documentary films from Balkan filmmakers

Jos Stelling

The Waiting Room (1996)
The Gas Station (1999),
The Gallery (2003)
Triptych - belong to the collection of 30 Erotic Tales produced by Berlin-based Regina Ziegler


Franko Nero

Special Guest in T.I.F.F ‘03

"Academy of Arts"

Retrospective of National Film School of Denmark, the winner of 3 of last 4 “Baby Oscars”. Lars Von Trier, Thomas Winderberg, etc.

Film school works from:
 Israel, Kosova and Finland
 

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