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 2011
Francesco Acone
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Was born in Salerno, Italy, in the 22th june 1969.
Lives and works in Albania and Italy.

Artist, photographer, correspondent from Albania for web news.

Selected solo exhibitions  :
Apollo is Dead, 23-30/11/2011, Tirana Ekspres, Cultural Italian Institute of Tirana, curator G. Caroppo

Selected group exhibitions :
Onufri prize 14, 20.12.2007 - 30.01.2008, National Gallery of Fine Arts, Tirana, curators R. Shima&E. Hatibi
Ortus Artis Fresco Bosco, 05.09.2008, Certosa di Padula, Salerno, Italy, curator Achile Bonito Oliva

Kujtim Çashku
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Was born in Tirana on August 5, 1950. He graduated from Tirana's Higher Institute of Arts in 1972 as well as from the Institute of Theater and Film Art in Bucharest, Romania in 1975 and post graduated from Columbia University NY (USA) in 1993. Kujtim Çashku is a film director, screenwriter and producer who has won numerous awards at national and international film festivals, including the Critics Prize at the 1996 Bastia Mediterranean Film Festival, the UNESCO Award at the 1998 Venice International Film Festival for his political drama Colonel Bunker (1996) Selected as Albanian entry of 1998 Best Foreign Language Film in Oscars 1996 , the Best Screenplay Award, the FIRESCI Prize and the Silver Pyramid at the 2005 Cairo International Film Festival as well as the Bronze Palm at the Valencia Festival of Mediterranean Cinema for his film Magic Eye (2005), the CEI Award at the Trieste Film Festival for his "brave commitment to the development of Albanian cinema". He is the founder of OraFilm, Albania's first film production company in 1995. Founder of the Albanian Cineastes Association “Lumiere” in 2001, Albania's International Human Rights Film Festival (IHRFFA) in 2006 and the founder of the first Albanian Film School, the Academy of Film & Multimedia Marubi in 2004.  Kujtim Cashku is Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres of the French Republic, Commander of the Order of Civilian Merit of the Spanish Kingdom, and a member of the European Film Academy.

Iris Elezi
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Albanian born Iris Elezi studied film theory and criticism, anthropology and women's studies in UNL, before completing her film production studies at the Tisch School of the Arts -NYU  in 2001. Collective memory and the preoccupations of time are some of the essential inquiries underlying her work. Her editing and directing skills on the award-winning six-part documentary series UNDER CONSTRUCTION (2007) resulted in Amnesty International “Films That Matter” selection for the episode DISPOSABLE HEROES. Iris Elezi continues to live and work in the Albanian capital of Tirana where she teaches film analysis at the Academy of Film and Multimedia Marubi. She's currently in preparation of her first feature length film, BOTA.

Mirjeta Baraliu
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Mirjeta Baraliu eshte gazetare dhe kritike filmi me pervoje 10 vjecare ne media dhe TV produksion. Eshte autore dhe prezentuese e emisionit per kinematografine TELEKINO ne RTK- Radio Televizionin e Kosoves, emision ky qe percielle ngjarjet me prestigjioze te filmit ne vend dhe ne bote si: Festivalin e Filmit te Cannes-France, Festivalin e Filmit te Berlinit-Berlinale, Festivalin e Filmit te Sarajeves , Festivalin e Filmit te Florides etj. Mbulon dhe komenton drejteperdrejte the Academy Awards, the Golden Globe, Emmy Awards dhe British Academy Awards (BAFTA) .Mirjeta ka  realizuar  intervista ekskluzive me personalitet te botes kinematografike, aktore, regjisore e producent te listes A te Hollywoodit nder to edhe : John Malcovich, Michael Moore, Javier Bardem, Coolio, Anthony Minghela, Vim Wenders, Jean Pierre dhe Luc Dardenne , Gedeon Burckhard, Claudia Cardinale, Rade Serbetzia,  Fatih Akin, Terry George, Jeremy Irons, Elijah Wood, James Biberi, Stan Dragoti, Miki Manojlovic, Vannesa Redgrave, Kenan Imirzalioglu,  Alyssia Milano, Franco Nero , Elijah Wood, Alexander Payne, Fran Dreschner, Robert De Niro, Jackie Chan etc. Ka mbaruar studimet e magjistratures per media dhe komunikim ne KIJAC ( Kosovo School of Journalism and Communication) gjithashtu ka te perfunduar fakultetin Ekonomik dega Banka, Financa e Kontabilitet.

Alfred Lela
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Alfred Lela has a bachelor degree on 1996 -2000 in the University of Tirana From 2001 -2002 he frequented the  University of Massachusetts-Boston for Political Science In-1998-2000.  He works as political reporter and has an assignment editor for the district reporters in the  Albanian daily “Shekulli. In 2002 -2004 works for Herb Chambers Auto Group as a Sales and Leasing Consultant. In 2004 -2006  he became the Internet Sales Director of   Herb Chambers Auto Group.  From 2008 till 2009  works as screenwriter at    TV 'Vizion Plus' at the programme 'Bypass Show”. In 2010-2011  he was the deputy editor in chief of   MAPO daily newspaper . In 2011 he became the editor in chief of MAPO Magazine. He was the founder of the e-magazine “Fletore Shqiptare”.
From 2000 till present he Op-Ed for the following Albanian newspapers: “Shekulli”, Illyria”, “Korrieri”. In 2006 he was the co-founder and Advisory Board  member of Maas-Besa a not-for-profit Albanian-American Foundation. He translates various books from English to Albanian.

Ettore Sequi
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Born in Ghilarza ,Oristano  Sardinia - Italy, on 13 February 1956. Degree in Political Science - University of Cagliari. Specialised in Islamology - multilateral negotiations. He joined the Italian Foreign Service on 1 February 1985. After completing the professional training activity at the Italian Diplomatic Institute, he worked until 1989 in the Department for Economic Affairs of the Italian Foreign Ministry. In charge of issues related to International technological Cooperation as: ESA (European Space Agency); IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency); ITU (International Telecommunication Union), etc… Deputy Chief of the Secretariat of Department General of Economic Affairs. From August 1989 to February 1994 he has been assigned as Consul to Tehran. From February 1994 to February 1998 he has worked as Counsellor in the Italian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. In charge of issues related to Multilateral Cooperation and to the Reform of the UN. Assistant to the President of the UN Security Council. Assistant to the President of ECOSOC (UN Economic and Social Council) in New York.  From February 1998 to July 2000 he has worked as Counselor in the Foreign Minister's Cabinet as Personal Assistant to the Minister and successfully completed the Higher Diplomatic Course at the Italian Diplomatic Institute. From July 2000 to 2004 he was Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Italy  Tirana. December 2004: Appointed Ambassador to Kabul. January 2007: Promoted Minister Plenipotentiary. September 2008: European Union Special Representative for Afghanistan. July 2009: European Union Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. January 2011: Appointed Head of European Union Delegation to Albania. Awarded by the President of the Republic of Italy with the Medal of Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic; Awarded by H.R.H. King Juan Carlos of Spain with the Encomienda de Numero in the Order of Isabel the Catholic. Awarded by the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan with the Medal of Ghazi Mir Bacha Khan for his highest contribution to peace and security of Afghanistan.

Massimiliano Nardulli
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Was born in Rome in 1976. After a degree in Humanities and Arts he specialized in cinema. Starting from the University he has been a free-lance contributor for the organization of cultural activities in Italy, Spain and France and film-critic. Since 2007 he works as short film programmer and advisor for several festivals as Festival Européen du Film Court de Brest(France), Arcipelago, Festival Internazionale di cinema e nuove immagini(Rome, Italy), Piemonte Movie(Torino, Italy) Lakino - Latin American Short Film Festival Berlin(Germany). He's member of the selection comitee for the Cesar of Short Movies  and  Les Lutins du Court Métrage. Artistic Director of Brest European Short Film Festival, he lives actually here, there and everywhere.

Lorenzo Vignolo
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Nato a Chiavari (Ge) il 16 Giugno 1973, ma residente da sempre nella vicina
Lavagna (Ge), ha iniziato a girare i primi cortometraggi nel 1995 con "Insert coin" e "Dove", vincendo numerosi premi. Il primo corto in 35mm è del 1996: "Senza Piombo  Unleaded". Dal 1997, gira con successo più di un centinaio di videoclip diventando uno dei registi più conosciuti in quel campo in Italia e vincendo numerosi riconoscimenti.Tra il 2001 e 2002, frequenta il Mediterranean Film Institute e con l'ausilio dei professori della Columbia University di New York sviluppa alcune sceneggiature provenienti da varie parti d'Europa.In ambito cinematografico ha girato tre film, nel 1998, gira il lungometraggio "500!", opera co-diretta con Giovanni Robbiano e Matteo Zingirian, uscito nelle sale nel 2002. Dirige su commissione il film "Tutti all'attacco" con protagonista Massimo Ceccherini, subentrando pochi giorni prima dell'inizio delle riprese. Quest'anno ha girato la commedia “Workers”, prodotta da Raicinema, che uscirà in Italia nei primi mesi del 2012.

Zamir Kokonozi
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After his undergraduate film studies in Bucharest, Romania, Zamir completed his education with a Master’s degree in film production at Chapman University, California USA. Since then, he has been working continuously on short movies, features, documentaries and commercials as a cinematographer and director. Some of these projects such as : Plain Us, Knock Knock, Pe Aripile Vinului, The Moment have been selected in several film festivals in USA and Europe. Also, Zamir teaches cinematography and photography at the University of Arts for 3 years.

Andi Deliana
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Left Albania for France in the early 1990s and late 90-s immigrated to Canada. He enrolled at the Université de Montréal earning a degree in cinema. He worked on several short films in Montreal, as cameraman and director, including a a short experimental work entitled La Reception. He returned to the US and worked on independent films and big budget commercials. His arrival in New York gave him the chance to work in major commercial productions and films such as Feliz Navidad, Dough Boys, Sound Gun as well as in off-Broadway projects. Now he lives between USA and Albania developing several projects for film and television.

Mira Tuci
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Mira Tuci. Born 18 February in Rreshen,  Albania. From the early age she was interested in writing and she frequented different courses of fine arts but she was more into literature.  After studying Journalism at the Tirana University she is known to be one of the most qualified journalist of art and culture in Albania. She started to write for the daily newspaper “KohaJone” and then for known televisions like TVA and Alsat (Albanian Satellite Television) always as a journalist of culture. She became a senior journalist producing for more than 4 years the TV Program “Almanak” as an interviewer and moderator with many famous artists from Albania (the famous writer Ismail Kadare) and abroad, actors like Michele Placido and James Beluscior directors like Giuseppe Tornatore, Kean Loach, Paolo Sorrentino.  With a strong experience in television programs dedicated to culture and great personalities of artists she graduated in master studies in European Studies at IRERIE France. Different experience in training course of Journalism in Italy like PR at the( PresidenzaRegionaled' Umbria ) in Perugia. 10 years  producing stories, reportage and interviews from theater to literature and from music to cinema for Albanian culture now she works for Digitalb- TOP Media as Editor in Chief of “ArTi” a TV program that hosts prominent personalities of arts and not only Albanian ones but even stars such Duff McKagan or Italian writters.

Elvira Diamanti
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She was born on 30.11.1963 Tirana
I have been graduated in Art Institute in 1985 and at the same year I start working in the National Theatre   In 2002 until 2007 I have been the director of the Junior National Theatre   From December 2009 I am the director of the Film National Center Archive

Radiostacioni 1978 - Liri a vdekje 1979
Shoqja nga fshati 1979 - Ne prag te lirise 1981
Shoket 1982 - Dasma e shtyre 1984
Perralle nga e kaluara 1987 - Muri i gjalle 1989
Dasma e Sakos 1997 - Ne dhe Lenini 2007.
I was honored with the second award in the Film Festival on 198, playing the role of Marigo. Several times I took part as a member of the jury and the last time dates on 2008 in a very important festival TV movie that takes place in Biarritz of France
I have worked for five years as a university lecturer in the Academy of Arts and for another year in Marubi Academy.

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Director, Writer, Cinematographer Born in 23 January 1936.
2006 - “ Father and Godfather (2006) / Gjoleka djali i Abazit “ - fiction, - script writer and director. 1989 - “ The Return of the Dead Army / Kthimi i ushtrise se vdekur “ - fiction, - script writer and director. * First Prize for the best Direction and Scenario in the IX National Film Festival. 1987 - “ A Tale from the Past / Perralle nga e kaluara “ - fiction, - script writer and director. * Winner of the second prize in the VII National Film Festival. * Winner of the first prize (ex aequo) International Film Festival, Bondy, France.1985 - “ Guret e shtepise time “ - fiction, - script writer and director. * Censored 1983 - “ Kujtime nga Gjirokastra “ - documentary, -script writer and director. * Winner of the best documentary movie in the V National Documentary Festival. *Winner of the Prize of the Republic, I class.1982 - “ Besa e Kuqe “ - fiction, - co-script writer.1982 - “ Fraktura “ - fiction, - script writer.1981 - “ Te dielat ne Tirane “ - (short film - documentary) - Dir. of Photography, script writer and director.1981 - “Perjetesi “ - (short film - documentary) - Dir. of Photography, script writer and director. * Censored and never screened.1980 - “ Vellezer dhe shoke “ - fiction, - script writer and director. * At the end of the movie the communist censorship decided to re-make the movie deforming the idea of the author.1979 - “ Ne shtepine tone “ - fiction, - director. * Winner of the first prize for the best director in the IV National Film Festival. * Winner of the special prize in the Giffoni International Film Festival, Italy.1977 - “ Monumenti “ - fiction, - script writer and director. * The communist censorship impedes the shooting and the scenario was re-written and new episodes were shooted. 1976 - “ Red Poppies on the Wall / Lulekuqe mbi mure “ - fiction, - script writer and director. * Winner of the best film in the Second National Film Festival. * Winner of the GRANG PRIX in the International Festival of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, FEST 1980. * Golden Medal in the Giffoni International Film Festival, Italy. * Winner of the Prize of the Republic, I class.1975 - “ Kur Hiqen Maskat “ - fiction, - script writer and director. 1974 - “ Cuca e Maleve “ - ekranizim i baletit, - script writer and director. 1971 - “ Malet me Blerim Mbuluar “ - fiction, - script writer and director. 1969 - “ Plage te Vjetra “ - fiction, - script writer and director. * Winner of the first prize in a national competition for the best script. * Winner of the Prize of the Republic, II grade.1967 - “ Silent Duel / Duel i Heshtur “ - fiction, - Director.1966 - “ Komisari i Drites “- fiction - co-DOP, co-Director. * Winner of the Order Naim Frasheri, I class. 1964 - “ Toka Jone “- fiction, - Director of Photography. 1961 - “ Debatik “ - fiction, - co-DOP. 1960 - “ Njeriu kurre nuk vdes “ - fiction (based on a novel of Ernest Hemingway) -co-DOP, co-Director. * Winner of the first prize for the director of photography in the international film festival for the cinematography schools, Netherlands , 1961.1979 - Awarded “Artist i Merituar “ 1987 - Awarded “Artist i Popullit “ 1979 - In the X National Film Festival he was awarded with the "Grand Prix for the Career“, as the best Albanian director. (This Prize was awarded for the very first time ).
Awarded by the President of the Republic of Albania, "Honor of the Nation"


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