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AWARDS 15th edition TIFF 2017 »   FEATURE JURY composed by Denis Côté (Canada) and Dritan Huqi (Albania) awards:   BEST FEATURE FILM   BEST FEATURE FILM Glory by Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov | 2016 | Bulgaria, Greece | 97'   A movie that speaks to every time, place, and society – with an extraordinary development of a simple plot, which we live every day. A movie that carries a powerful message, but also a work of art with emotional and aesthetical values.   Një film që i flet çdo kohe, çdo vendi dhe çd... SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILMS - TIFF 2017 (15'th edition) »   1,4 Sextillion Litre Doro Götz Germany 2017 8 Days of Parlor Zoe Phylactidou Cyprus 2016 Born of Stone Emilio Bellu Italy, Czechia 2016 Dragon Circle Gertrud Schulte Westenberg Germany 2016 Evripidou 14 Michael Demetrius Greece 2016 Golden Hour Claudia Vogt Germany 2017 Happy Happy Baby Jan Soldat Germany 2017 In Search of the Land Without Evil Anna Azevedo Brazil 2017 Jungle Colia Vranici France 2016 ... DOCUMENTARY Mid-length - TIFF 2017 (15'th edition) »   Everybody Knows... Elizabeth Murray Kristi Zea USA 2016 Imma Pasquale Marino Italy 2017 On the Edge of Life Yaser Kassab Syria 2017 Prohibited Visit Nikos Theodosiou Greece 2017 Saint Lazarus's Miracle Nicolas Muñoz Avia Spain 2016 Valentina Maximilian Feldmann Germany 2016 VIDEO ART - TIFF 2017 (15'th edition) »   Brutes Are Afraid of Silence Étienne Boulanger Canada 2016 Ex Terrat Reinhold Bidner Austria, France 2016 Final Gathering Alain Escalle France 2017 Finish Saeed Naghavian Iran 2017 Genesis Abtin Mozafari Iran 2017 Hey You! Tessa Garland UK 2016 Hiwa Jacqueline Lentzou Greece 2016 Hysteria Maurice Kelliher UK, Ireland 2016 Label Amir Lashkari Iran 2017 Lying Women Deborah Kelly Australia 2017 mo... STUDENT International - TIFF 2017 (15'th edition) »   Beer & Calippo Paul Ploberger Austria 2017 Best of Everything, Always Alexios Koukias-Pantelis UK 2017 Boundary Bartosz Brzeziński Poland 2016 Buoyancy Simon Valentin Denmark 2017 Casting Katarzyna Iskra Poland 2017 Digital Immigrants Dennis Stauffer, Norbert Kottmann Switzerland 2016 Donkey Xote Ottó Bánovits Hungary, Sweden 2016 Eat me! Ilina Perianova Bulgaria 2016 Empathy (a digital love letter) ... IN ALBANIAN - TIFF 2017 (15'th edition) »   A Long Way Home Ibër Deari Macedonia 2017 A True Story Viron Roboci Albania 2017 Conversation on Life Agim Abdula Macedonia 2016 Heaven Has Been Fooled Odeta Çunaj Albania 2016 Home More Raça Kosova 2016 Kaini Shaqir Veseli Albania 2017 Lord of the House Daniëlle Bremer Kosova 2017 Reverse Antipode Oltsen Gripshi Albania 2017 The Eagles Sokol Reka Belgium 2017 The Junction Xhelal Haliti Kosova 2... DOCUMENTARY Full-length - TIFF 2017 (15'th edition) »   69 Minutes of 86 Days Egil Haskjold Larsen Norway 2017 Blood and the Moon Tommaso Cotronei Italy, Yemen 2017 Jeffrey Yanillys Perez Dominican Republic, France 2017 Mr. Gay Syria Ayse Toprak Turkey 2017 Siberian Love Olga Delane Germany 2016 The Charro of Toluquilla José Villalobos Romero Mexico 2016 Tonino Daniele Ceccarini, Mario Molinari Italy 2017 SHORT ANIMATED FILMS - TIFF 2017 (15'th edition) »   Aiport Michaela Müller Switzerland 2017 And the Moon Stands Still Yulia Ruditskaya Belarus 2017 Bystander Sheyda Kashi Iran 2017 Chill and Shivering Kwok Wai Chung Philip Hong Kong 2016 Confined Nico Bonomolo Italy 2016 Framed Marco Jemolo Italy 2017 In Exile Alexander Kurilov Moldova 2016 Light Sight Seyed M. Tabatabaei Iran 2016 Manivald Chintis Lundgren Estonia 2017 Nothing Happens Uri & Michel... SHORT FICTION FILMS - TIFF 2017 (15'th edition) » 8 Minutes George Gogichaishvili, David Abramishvili Georgia 2017 A Swedish Classic Måns Berthas Sweden 2017 Animal Bahman & Bahram Ark Iran 2017 Blue in Green Leigh Heiman Pruzanski Israel 2016 Building No.13 Amir Gholami Iran 2016 Burning Slimane Bounia France 2016 Check-list Frédéric Mosbeux Belgium 2017 Everyday Philippe Orreindy France 2017 Fluffy Lee Filipovski Serbia 2016 FU Ilya Aksenov R... FEATURE FILMS - TIFF 2017 (15'th edition) » A Balkan Noir Dražen Kuljanin Sweden, Montenegro 2017 Beneath the Silence Erez Mizrahi, Sahar Shavit Israel 2016 Black Crow Tayfur Aydin Turkey 2016 Daybreak Gentian Koçi Albania, Greece 2017 Directions Stephan Komandarev Bulgaria, Germany, Macedonia 2017 Glory Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov Bulgaria 2016 Ministry of Love Pavo Marinković Croatia 2016 Mothering Roqiye Tavakoli Iran 2017 Unwanted Edon R...
Tuesday, 12 December 2017
Jury 2012
Blerta Zeqiri
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Blerta Zeqiri is an award-winning Kosovar Director and Scriptwriter, and a member of the European Film Academy. She's worked on a number of shorts and feature films, which have participated in many International Festivals, such as: Sundance Film Festival, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, etc., winning prizes in a number of them.

 
Electra Venaki
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Electra Venaki is the founder of www.altcine.com, the web platform dedicated to the Balkan Cinema and of altcineAction! The 1st Online Short Film Festival for Balkan countries.  She is a researcher and lecturer in many Academic Establishments in Athens and former film editor.

Electra Venaki holds an M.A (D.E.A) in Cinema, Audiovisual, Television and an B.A (Maitrise) in Cinema Studies from University Paris I  Panthéon – Sorbonne. (1990)

She teaches Editing and Sound Design in private colleges and schools in Athens. (New York College, AKMI) and she is a longtime collaborator of University of Thessaly (Greece).

She taught for two years the course Editing Sound and Image, in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Faculty of Fine Arts, School of Film Studies. (2005-2007) and the course of Moving Image in the M.A programme of Aristotle University (Athens, 2009-2010).

Elektra Venaki has 25 years of experience in film and digital video editing in Greece. Among her collaborations, there are many awarded films in Thessaloniki International Festival, especially in the Documentary Section and she has been awarded for editing in Drama Short Film Festival twice.

She served as a chef of Audiovisual Production in Lambrakis Press Group and chef editor of the cinema site in the biggest portal in Greece, www.in.gr (1999-2005)

She was a columnist in HiTECH, a monthly magazine in Athens and for almost ten years  she has not stopped writing extended reviews on classic and modern cinema. Her writings present the new possibilities of sound diegesis and new technologies in the filming process.

Her papers have been published in many collective books, official editions and renowned magazines. As passionate about new technologies and film sound theory and practice, she has participated in numerous conferences about cinema, exploring technical and aesthetic issues.

 
Robert Aliaj DRAGOT
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Robert Aliaj DRAGOT, Tirane 1960, not only began as a painter, but his painting was also the point of departure for all the other activities he manifested. In the end of 90's, after a long career as a musician, Robert Aliaj DRAGOT nearly stopped with music to come back to his first concern as an art painter. Dragot's work is figurative and makes extensive use of techniques from photography, television and film. Subjects of his paintings range usually from politics in Albania, to the very banal. For a while he abandoned painting completely to make shorts and video's. Now many years later in Brussels, he is focused especially to a multimedial research, experimenting with photography, moving images, animations, sounds and painting itself, without loosing the picturesque quality. His attention divides himself between a critical curiosity of the artistic scene in Europe and a renewed interest for the fast shock therapeutic change, which the Albanian state underwent..

 
Raimonda Nelku
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Raimonda Nelku is first lecturer of TV Journalism / TV production, at the Faculty of History & Philology, Journalism and Communication Department, at University of Tirana; she graduates at Fine Arts Academy, Drama, Tirana 1984 –1988; SUNY College at Fredonia, NY, U.S.A;  Global Village Communications, Inc., Western-style  Washington DC, Television Journalism Training and  Internship Course in U.S.A, 1995; PFP Albania Communication Course II Spiez, Switzerland, 1999; Master Degree on European Studies, Tirana University, 2005-2007; Doctoral Studies, Communication Science, Tirana University 2009 -ongoing .

 
Maks Velo
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Born from Albanian parents in Paris on August 31. Graduated the Building Engineering Faculty of the Polytechnic Institute, Tirana.  Becomes a member of the Writes and artist Leagues as painter and architect. Designs Hotels, Schools, Swellings, Laboratories, Cinema and Parks in Tirana. Lecturer on perspective at the Higher Institute of arts in Tirana. Subject to criticism at the Plenum of Writers and Artist League and at the Tirana Party Conference of Art and Literature. Denied the right to carry out designing work, to hold lectures, to exhibit his works or to publish his articles. He is moved to a village in Tirana.  Subject to critics at the national Conference of Architecture where he was accused of modernistic trends in designing. Arrested, six months under interrogation, sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and hard labor. Suffer his punishment at the prison of Spac. Upon decision of the court 246 works in oil, pastel and ink, were all burnt, confiscated books, handwriting, 11 icons, richest collection of items from folk sculpture. Called seven times by Albanian Security to collaboration against others, but always rejected that. Released from jail and sent as a “simple worker” with the lowest category at the Abrasive Factory in Tirana. Declared by the supreme Court innocent. At the invitation of the Ministry of foreign Affairs and Culture of France he works at the Efemere Artistic Centre in Paris. He return annually to France for show exhibits. Granted American Citizenship. has double citizenship.  participated in  several conferences and missions for human rights: Polonia, Slovenia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia and France. Opened 38 one-man shows in Albania, France, Poland, U.S.A, Spain. Participated in several common exhibitions in Greece, Italy, France, Egypt, Tunis, U.S.A and Armenia. Invited to exhibitions work and given lectures by Faculty of Arts, Minneapolis (U.S.A); Art Academy in Poznan, Zelona Gora, Torun (Poland); Cornell University, Ithaca (U.S.A) San Petersburg (Russia). La Sapienza (Italia), Wien (Austria). Published 17 books and albums.

 
Marian Tutui
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Born in Bucharest, 1961. Graduate of the University of Bucharest (Romanian and Bulgarian Philology) Ph.D. on Balkan cinema at UNATC (Romanian Academy of Theatre and Cinema) in 2007. Filmologist (since 1993) and curator of the Romanian Cinematheque (since 1995). Professor of history of cinema at Hyperion University in Bucharest. Visiting professor at the University of Vienna (2008- 2010). Member of FIPRESCI (2008) and of juries for film festivals. Artistic director of Divan International Film Festival (2010 till present).   Author of 4 scripts for television documentary films broadcasted in Romania, Greece, R.Macedonia, Albania. Author of four books on cinema “A Short History of Romanian Cinema” (2005, 2011, in Romanian and English), “Manakia Bros or the Moving Balkans” (2005, in Romanian and English), “Orient Express. Romanian and Balkan Cinema” (2008, 2011 in Romanian and English, Award of the Romanian Film Critics Association) and “Manakia Brothers or the Image of the Balkans” (2009) as well as articles included in volumes (Refugees and Film, Skopje, 1994; Cinematographies of Small Nations, Skopje, 1997; Cinema of the Mountains, Turin, 2003, Cinema of the Balkans, London, 2006).  Since 1995 collaborator to magazines with film criticism in Romania, USA, Moldova, Macedonia, Hungary, Russia and Bulgaria

 

 
Stefania Casini
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Stefania Casini

After graduating in Architecture, Stefania began a career in acting and worked with Pietro Germi, Bernardo Bertolucci, Peter Greenaway and Dario Argento. She moved to New York in the late 70s, where she acted in Andy Warhol's 'Bad'. While in New York she decided to move behind the camera, and became a director. With Francesca Marciano, she wrote and directed the film "Lontano da dove", presented at the Venice Film Festival (1983). In 1997 she wrote and directed another feature film "Un Paradiso di Bugie". Her career as director also includes the making of six feature films for the Italian television network MEDIASET. A passionate traveler, Stefania has made a great number of documentaries and reportages for RAI and MEDIASET. She focuses her attention on contemporary topics concerning women and young people. She has made many hard-hitting series including: "Islam: stories of women"; "Latin America: stories of women"; "To be 20 years old in..." (broadcast in ten European Countries 2004-2005); "So close so far :portraits in the suburbs". "Schiaffo alla mafia"(A blow to the Mafia) Between 2000-2002 , Stefania was the Artistic Director of Siena's Film Festival "Terra di Siena". In 2010 she was Managing Director of DGTV IESTV. Currently, Stefania writes and directs programs, reportages and documentaries for RAI, and for satellite channels: RAI Sat Cinema World, Gambero Rosso Channel, and Sky. She also works as a journalist, contributing to several popular women's magazines.

 
Kast Hasa
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Kast Hasa was born in the town of Divjaka, Albania. His childhood was all about music. Towards the end of his music school years, It was acting who sparked Kast's interest and became his sole focus. He studied acting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Albania, and In 2000, he moved to Los Angeles to follow his acting career. In 2002, he became a member of SAG (Screen Actors Guild). His acting credits include: Out of Touch, A Father Taken, What I Like About You, Soldier of God, etc. In Los Angeles he also studied film directing. As a Writer/Director, Kast did the short film "Home", a multi-award winning film, including, "Best Albanian Movie" at the Tirana International Film Festival, 2011. Currently, Kast is working on e Feature Film.

 
Koloreto Cukali
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Graduated for Philosophy in the University of Tirana.  Creator, ExecutiveProducer,  and Writer of the first sitcom ever in Albania, “Radio ‘Radio’”, produced and broadcasted by Digitalb. Writer for television for almost 9 years, working with major producers and hosts of Albania in various TV shows (‘Apartamenti 2XL’, ‘E Diela Shqiptare’, ‘Thuaja Kelit’, ‘T’kam Zemër’, ‘Euro video Grand Prix’, etc). Writer of the “Kult Awards Ceremony” for the last 4 seasons. Writer of the animated short, winning the special prize at TIFF 2009, “100 kafe”, produced By NILOR and ACC. Writer of the short film “24 orëshi i një10 mijë lekshi”, 2008, produced By NILOR and ACC. Writer of the short film that was awarded as Best Film in 2010, for the ‘48 hour film festival’. Host of a radio show for almost 10 years.  Actually working as a freelance journalist, writing a be-weekly column in the “Klan” Magazine and other Newspapers. Previously, writing a weekly column in ‘Shekulli’ Newspaper named “Tarta T’Arta”.

 
Ridvan Peshkopia
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Ridvan Peshkopia holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Kentucky and has spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow with the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, the Elliott School of International Affairs, the George Washington University. He has taught political science subjects and conducted field research in several countries. His academic publications cover study areas as different as migration studies, international relations, political theory, democratization, social movements, ethnic conflict, formal modeling, research methods and film studies. His most recent articles have appeared in New Political Science, International Journal of Human Rights, Theoria, Mediterranean Journal of Social Research and Studies in East European Cinema; while his book Conditioning Democratization: Institutional Reforms and EU Membership Conditionality in Albania and Macedonia is under the publication process from the Anthem Press, London. His poems and translated poetry have appeared in the Albanian and international literary periodicals. Dr. Peshkopia has served two terms in Kuvend (the Albanian legislative) and has been Albania’s National Commissioner for Refugees.

 
Vladimir Blazevski
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Vladimir Blazevski is a film director and screenwriter.
He was born in Skopje in 1955 and studied Film Directing at Belgrade’s Academy for Film, Theater, Radio and Television. Since 1978, he has been professionally involved in filmmaking, having made 6 short documentaries, many commercials and over 200 television broadcasts. He also teaches Film Theory and Film History at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje. Since 2006, he has been teaching Film Directing at Megatrend University, Belgrade.
Best Film Award East of the West Competition - Karlovy Vary IFF 2011;

 
Massimo Forleo
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Massimo Forleo, programmer-RAI director since 1981, has organized and conducted numerous programs dedicated to the musical culture, cinema and various relevant activities. At the same time he turned his interests to the cinema by organizing and promoting numerous specialized events, Festivals dedicated to films from emerging countries, collaborating with magazines of this sector and working actively, from the foundation, to the management and training of the programs of the Film Club "The Labyrinth" of Rome. He created and directed the Cinematografic Festival Sulmonacinema and nine editions of the Festival of Latin American Cinema of Trieste. He edited, for five editions, as artistic director the event of the "Music of the Shadows: International Festival of silent cinema with live music." In the same year, for the Department of Culture of Rome, at the Palais of Expositions, he created monographic exhibitions of filmmakers such as Fritz Lang, Ernst Lubitsch, Luis Buñuel, John Ford, Frank Capra, Alfred Hitchcock, Joseph Losey, Ken Loach , Peter Greenaway, Robert Mitchum and took care of the Roman editions of the Berlin Film Festival and especially Venice. He is one of the artistic directors of "Archipelago. International Festival of Short Films and New Images ". Curator for Radiorai and for the "International Film Festival of Rome" initiative entitled “The Radio in Technicolor”. Voices, memories, suggestions from the big screen.

 


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