UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE
MINISTRY OF CULTURE,
YOUTH AND SPORTS OF ALBANIA
Tirana International Film
The first International
Festival in Albania for short film,
animation and experimental
December 04 - 10, 2004
Deadline for entries September 30, 2004
Greeting remark by the
Minister of Culture,
Youth and Sports,
Moments from the work of
the Selection Committee
TIFF AWARDS 2004
Best Film of the Festival
“Family Portrait” (Singapore) by Ellery
For its sincere rendering of how the recent economic crisis in Asia affects
different members of a family circle.
Best Fiction Film
“Talking With Angels”
by Yousaf Ali Khan
For its straightforward account of how an ailing underprivileged mother
contends with the social welfare system as seen and experienced through the
eyes of the oldest son.
“Ravens” (Serbia & Montenegro) by Zelimir Gvardiol
For its balanced reporting of how a Serb family views the sacrifice of an
only son to a senseless war propagated by the Milosevic government.
Ward 13 (Australia) by Peter
For its absurdist narrative twists and geotesque humor in depicting the ups
and downs of escaping from a weird hospital ward.
Best Experimental Film
“Bitter Prunes” (Albania) by Dorian Ahmeti
For its creative use of experimental techniques and styles in exploring
question of identity.
Best Albanian Film
by Lendita & Blerta Zeqiraj
For its strong
direction, original dialogue, and ensemble acting performances in a tighty
narrated and amusingly rendered story of three youths cornered in an
apartment during the war in Kosovo.
Best First Film
(England) by Lizzie Oxby
For its brilliant use of animation and experimental techniques in a
kafkaesque tale of misunderstandings and miscommunications.
Alice and I (Belgium) by Micha Wald
A Dublin Story by Graham Cantwell (Ireland)
Fast Film by Virgil Widrich (Austria)
The International Jury wishes to compliment the
selection committee for the high quality of the entries. The fiction
selection in particular was rich in artistic expression and creative talent.
We regret we could not award more citations of excellence.
International Jury composed by:
Barbara BIALKOWSKA (Poland/Italy)
Jean-Philippe LAROCHE (Belgium)
Fatmir KOÇI (Albania)
Red Sky (Greece) by Panagiotis Fafoutis
Media International Jury composed
Blanka Elekes SZENTAGOTAI
Alba MALLTEZI (News 24 - Albania)
Zamir ALLUSHI (Ballkan - Albania)
Nothing to Lose by
Rafa Ruso (Spain)
Awards & Prizes - Over 20,000 Euro in cash and prizes is awarded to
winners. Awards will be offered in each category as well as Best Film of
TIFF '04, Best Albanian Short, Public and Media Award with additional
awards to be announced in the lead up to the Festival. Every prize is
accompanied with the Festival cup.
THE WINNERS 2003
WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT
THE NEWSPAPER OF TIFF
the competition 2003
GREETING FROM THE
MINISTER OF CULTURE
MAYOR OF TIRANA