There are several
reasons to give life to a festival, but I would like to limit myself
in some of them;
First of all, took keep alive a 50 years old heritage in the Albanian
cinematography. The history of the Albanian cinematography is
relatively young and in its 60 years of life experienced such artistic
zeniths to deserve the respect of the coming generations. During the
so-called social realism several movies overcame the limits of
propaganda constituting the basis of a new national culture.
Considering its complex nature, the Albanian cinematography integrated
the best country achievements in literature, visual arts and other
spiritual creations offering a consistent form of the historical,
political, artistic and cultural national recognition.
The second reason to give life to the festival is the desire to
bring the Albanian youth closer to the world of cinematography.
Albania belongs to the group of countries with a high percentage of
young population. One of the missions of Tirana Film Festival is to
bring the Albanian young people closer to the cinematography and the
best Albanian and worldwide achievements. It is an obligation of the
young generation took keep this little flame alive and to pay respect
to the memory of the heritage of the cinematography.
To put Albania under the scene lights even for a week, this would
be a major challenge, a supreme mission on itself for the organization
of Tirana International Film Festival. Our country victimized by
the most spectacular forms of emigration, judged by superficial,
manipulated and manipulative media, isolated in the most infamous and
undignified way by the ones that reject us (the ones we love), this
country organizes one of the best festivals dedicated to the short
Being aware of the importance of a short film festival organized in
one of the smallest countries in the world, a short film festival that
through difficulties is trying to find its way towards the new
Millennium it is an unquestionable testimony of noble human, spiritual
dimensions, that at the same time show real dedication and
professionalism to the seventh art.
The presence of idols of cinematography in our festival has an
incredible effect and not a decorative one compared to the big
festivals where the dimensions of show kill the human dimensions,
where everybody is felt used walking over the red carpet, a product of
consumption for the media hungry for VIP gossip, where so less is
spoken on cinematography an art.
It is a pleasure to notice that somebody loves us, respects us and
wants to be integrated with us. There are hundreds of authors from
dozens of countries all around the would that submit their movies to
Tirana International Film Festival, there are a lot of personalities
that with generosity allow us to closely touch dimensions we dream
long time ago.
It is very important for us to be loved, because we do love, it is
very important for us to be respected, because we do respect, we want
to be integrated because this is one of the things we do better. The
festivals are the perfect arena where all I mentioned above can
happen, we want to happen.