TIRANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is the first and the only
international cinema festival in Albania created in 2003.
TIFF has received
invitation to become member of the European Coordination of Film
Festivals (ECFF), by next September. Consequently, TIFF aims to respect
the Code of Ethics deriving from ECFF.
This extraordinary event for Albania takes place under the auspices of
the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports and Tirana City-Hall.
The competition program combines short films of all formats and
categories, alternated between them, in order to make it more eclectic
Tirana International Film Festival is open to well-known artists as well
as students, representatives of all schools, contemporary, independent
and alternative cinema from throughout the world.
Part of the Festival is also a special program which includes all forms
of film production - feature, documentaries and animated films more than
30' length. A particular interest is shown in retrospectives of
different authors or countries.
TIFF reserves an important space to the seminars and workshops, which
prove necessary for the Albanian filmmakers and young artists.
The free of charge newspaper of TIFF, published both in Albanian and
English, will enable a daily briefing with the latest news over the
Festival through interviews, photos and programs, as well as will offer
hints on the artistic life of the capital of Albania.
A press conference is organized every morning in the premises of one of
Tirana's most prestigious hotels where the guests will be accommodated.
The program is completed with an important Talk Show at Night, broadcast
by the Public Television, where the journalists, art critics,
participants and guests are invited to debate about the Festival.
An international jury will evaluate over 100 shorts, latest
international and Albanian productions, that in the last night will
announce the winners’ awards and prizes in a gala ceremony broadcast
live in TV.
Albania is a solar, enthusiastic and friendly country and besides the
“strong competition” TIFF aims at the same time to be a meeting point of
cultures, where people of Tirana, the guests and all those who love the
short film will have a cinema-language-communication week.
TIFF aims to create in Albania, as well as in the Balkans, a cultural
center of worldwide alternative and independent cinema.
"Think Different, See Alike" is the slogan and motto of TIFF.
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, an art piece in bronze, by an
Albanian well-known artist.
Accommodation -TIFF offers full board accommodation to the director or
producer representing the selected film during seven days of the
Festival. Other guests will be provided with facilities for
accommodation and tariffs.
Entries are invited in
competition all formats of films, video and digital in the following
categories of short film:
Fiction, Animation, Documentary, Experimental.
Films in competition
must have been completed after September 2001.
Films must not exceed 30
minutes in length ( including credits).
Signed Entry Form should
be accompanied by an English language dialogue list.
Entries must be
submitted on VHS preview tape (Pal preferred) or DVD for pre-selection.
All non English language
films must have English subtitles.
To qualify for
selection, all non English language films must have an English language
Films must be available
for festival screening on 35mm, Betacam SP(Pal only) or DVD.
A separate Entry Form
must be submitted for each film.
Illegible or incomplete
Entry Forms will not be accepted.
There is no entry fee.
Entries must be
submitted by September 30, 2004.
Notification / Shipping
Participants will be
notified via email and in our website of the selection results
approximately six weeks before the Festival.
for films selected for the Festival will be included.
The Festival will pay
for one-way shipping of all prints/tapes by forwarding them to their
next destination within 2 weeks of the conclusion of the Festival.
must arrive at the Festival by November 23, 2004 or, by prior
arrangement, prints may be delivered by hand by the filmmaker.
Label the outside of the
FOR FESTIVAL ONLY - NO COMMERCIAL VALUE.
DO NOT courier tapes to
Albania via EMS or other couriers, as you
may be liable for customs' duties which the Festival will not pay and
your tape will be returned.
Preview tapes/discs will
not be returned.
All prints will be
insured for the period that they are in the Festival's possession.
In the case of loss or damage during this period, the Festival is only
responsible for the replacement value of the print. Only prints in
perfect condition for projection will be accepted under these
The entrant agrees that
up to 3 minutes of their film may be used by the TIFF '04 in promotional
Up to 3 minutes of the
film may be shown on the TIFF website (without the possibility of
The entrant also agrees
that up to 3 minutes of the film may be screened on television as part
of TIFF promotional activities.
International Film Festival, emerged not occasionally as an idea in
Tirana, which, though the Capital of Albania, felt the need of an
important film event and, especially,, an international film festival.
Its very history speaks of the indispensability of its creation, showing
the role and the importance it has among the many similar international
festivals in the world.
During five days, the Albanian public watched 81 films, the latest
productions in the world cinema, as well as different artistic
tendencies, categories and concepts.
It created the opportunity of contact between foreign authors and
producers with the Albanian ones aimed at future film co-productions.
It presented to foreigners the chances Albania offers, especially with
its human resources.
It made possible that all authors coming from different world countries
saw a different Tirana, different from “Tirana-News”, a hospital city,
eager to rank among the developed international capitals also for its
rich social, economic, artistic, cultural and tourism life.
It showed to the young filmmakers and especially to the students that
with a minimal budget (low distribution cost) they can create great
values to show in the world.
It raised the awareness of the relevant institutions to address a
particular attention to this film category.