Tirana International Film Festival

Cinema Short Film Festival
fiction, documentaries, animation and experimental

December 05 - 11, 2005



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TIFF 2005



Guests of the Festival

Ken Loach, Goran Paskaljevic, Carl Henrik Svenstedt, Fatmir Koci, Interfilm Berlin, Danish Film School, David D'arcy, Ron Holloway, and more ...

Special Programe
“P   A   N   O   R   A   M   A”

Greeting remark by the Minister of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports

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Greeting remark by the Minister of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports

Among all visual arts, the photography and especially the cinema found a full support in Albania at the beginning of the century. Within a few years from the invention of the photography and the cinema, even in the poor and little Albania the seventh art was joyfully and with no hesitation embraced.        

I do believe that this choice of Albanians was not casual. Considering the fact that the cinema shares a twin relationship with the memory of the humanity, for the Albanians the perception of this relationship came quite natural. Even though with a relatively young language, the Albanian memory generates deep on time and consequently strongly feeds the seventh art in Albania.  

While I give a thought to the remote history of the cinema in Albania, a natural desire comes to me to hail an important cultural event such as the days of Tirana International Film Festival. The big challenge of the founders of this brilliant idea I believe is strongly achieved; in the heart of Tirana this festival has already created a tradition. It means that this event is step by step becoming part of the artistic memory of the Albanians and not only of the Albanians.    

I do believe that this year event will be as successful as other years and why not more successful than the previous editions. 

I take the opportunity to greet all the guest artists and participants of this year edition of Tirana Film Festival, among them distinguished names of worldwide cinematography and as well I wish to congratulate with the organizers of such important festival.

Bujar Leskaj


The December 16th, 2005, 11.00 hrs at the premises of the TIFF 05, during a press conference for the media, artists, diplomatic corps accredited in Tirana were announced the films that will officially compete in the third edition of Tirana Film Festival.
 The representative of the Ministry of the Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports, Mr. Genti Cocoli, the Charge d’ Affaires of the Kingdom of Denmark in Tirana, Mr. Finn Theilgaard, the representative of the Embassy of the United States of America, Mrs. Roxane Cabral were present in the press conference constituting the main partners of the TIFF ’05.
The director of the festival, Ilir Butka announced 110 films selected for this year’s competition, among which 69 fiction, 16 animation, 13 experimental and 12 documentaries. 12 movies directed by Albanian authors will compete in the international selection as well.
For the first time, in this edition is established a section exclusively dedicated to the Albanian films from all over the world.
During the press conference, the Charge d’ Affaires of the Kingdom of Denmark in Tirana, Mr. Finn Theilgaard, mentioned the special relationship and the cooperation the Nordisk Council of Ministers, Cultural Switch for Balkan has with the Tirana International Film Festival.
Meanwhile, the representative of the Embassy of the United States of America, Mrs. Roxane Cabral confirmed the full support the Embassy of the United States of America gives to the third edition of TIFF ’05.
The programmer of the Festival, Genc Permeti introduced for the media the special program of the third edition and the special guests participating in the event among which the great masters of the cinema such as Ken Loach, Nick Broomfield, Goran Paskaljevic.
The Festival organizers introduced the International jury of this year, composed by David D’Arcy, film critic, from USA, Mathias Groll, film critic, Germany, Carl Henric Svenstedt, director, Sweden, Jesper Andersen, Danish Film Institute, Denmark. The Albanian member of the jury is going to be announced in the coming press conference.
In the end of the press event, the Tirana International Film Festival Director addressed a special thanks to the sponsors, partners and the staff that made possible this year’s Festival organization.


Ken Loach in Tirana for the third edition of TIFF

 In the framework of the third edition of Tirana International Film Festival, Ken Loach will come to Albania to introduce his new movie “Tickets”.  Loach’s movie will be screened during the opening day of the Festival, the 5th December.
Three different directors, Ermanno Olmi, Abbas Kiarostami and Ken Loach are telling at “Tickets” three separate stories. The part directed by Loach follows a group of Rangers fans aboard a train to Rome to watch a European cup final that meet a poor Albanian
family of refugees. The three Scottish youths on their way to the football match of their dreams are forced to open their eyes and see the bigger picture.
One single train journey sparks many changes for many people. This is a film about privilege and exclusion, and the reality of the value of just a ticket.
Ken Loach is one of the greatest living British film-makers. Born in Nuneaton, United Kingdom in 1936, Ken Loach has firmly entrenched his reputation as England’s pre-eminent director of social realism cinema with such classics as Kes (1968), My Name Is Joe(1999) and AE Fond Kiss(2004).


Directors : Ermanno Olmi, Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Loach
Country of origin : Italy / UK
Language : English, Italian, Albanian with English subtitles (110 mins)

Ermanno Olmi : born in Bergamo, Italy in 1931, Olmi is one Italian cinema’s true masters. Spanning a career of over 45 years he has won numerous prizes including the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or for The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978) and the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988).

Abbas Kiarostami : born in Teheran, Iran in 1940 Kiarostami is an undisputed master of modern cinema. His films include The Taste of Cherry, which won the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or in 1997, and The Wind Will Carry Us, awarded the Golden Lion at the 1999 Venice Film Festival and Ten (2003) which was selected for Official Competition at Cannes.

Ken Loach : born in Nuneaton, UK in 1936, Ken Loach has firmly entrenched his reputation as England’s pre-eminent director of social realism cinema with such classics as Kes (1968), My Name Is Joe(1999) and AE Fond Kiss(2004).


"The Powder Keg"
Director Goran Paskaljevic

Set on the eve of the 1995 Dayton Peace Accord, "The Powder Keg" presents a cast of finely drawn characters moving through the darkened streets in Belgrade in a series of strange and intertwining events. The film ricochets from black comedy to heightened realism, reminiscent in style to Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction." Acclaimed Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic puts in sharp focus the brutal realities of everyday life for people trapped in a world devoid or moral anchors. A young couple in the midst of a quarrel rediscover their love for each other when they are taken hostage by local mobsters. In a nearby gymnasium, a middle-aged boxer discovers the extent to which the past 10 years of his life have been a facade, in which both his best friend and wife betrayed him. When a journalist asked why "The Powder Keg" was filmed entirely at night, Paskaljevic replied without hesitation, "Because night has fallen on my country." The film won the FIPRESCI International Critic's prize at the 1998 Venice Film Festival.

Goran Paskaljevic was born in Belgrade in 1947. His stepfather was head of the Belgrade Cinematheque, where Paskaljevic fell in love with cinema classics, particularly Italian neo-realism. He studied at the FAMU film school in Prague, becoming part of the "Prague School," which included Markovic, Karanovic and Kusturica. In addition to his feature films, he has directed more than 40 documentaries and short films. Selected filmography: THE BEACH GUARD IN WINTER (1976), THE DOG WHO LOVED TRAINS (1977), AND THE DAYS PASSED (1979), SPECIAL TREATMENT (1980), GUARDIAN ANGEL (1987), THE TIME OF MIRACLES (1990), TANGO ARGENTINO (1992), SOMEONE ELSE'S AMERICA (1995), THE POWDER KEG (1998).


During the days of Tirana International Film Festival for the Albanian filmmakers and  the audience are going to take part many masterclasses and lessions from the above mentioned guest as Goran Paskaljevic, Carl Henrik Svenstedt, David D, arcy, experts from the Danish Film School, ect.


The Nordic Council of Ministers - the Ministers and the Danish Film Institute for Culture - under the cultural exchange program Norden Balkan Culture Switch have decided to grant financial and artistic support to the Third Edition of the Tirana International Film Festival which is going to take part In Tirana from December 5 until 11, 2005. It is the firs time that this Council and the DFI are supporting any activity in Albania.


Monday 1st of August 2005 the Albanian Art Institute in cooperation with the EDS foundation for art and culture will announce at the main hall of the National Gallery of Arts in Tirana 11.00 hrs the opening of the third edition of the TIFF. People of the media, personalities of the film industry and culture, diplomatic core, are going to attend during the representation of the 3rd edition of TIFF.


In the name of the partnership that TIFF has with the one of the most important events in Europe in short films such as Siena International Short Film Festival, invite all the interested Albanian filmmakers to aplicate for participation in this Film festival

Siena International Short Film Festival

Siena will host the 10th International Short Film Festival from 18 to 26 November 2005. Here comes another Festival year packed with events and new ideas. And the best in national and international short-film production too, in film and digital, offered in the traditional competitions. Lots of programs on the agenda:  Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will be the European guest countries for 2005, with a special tribute to great Lithuanian documentarist Audrius Stonys. Our “Window on Africa” will be open again, with various screenings from Tunisia. “Europe in Shorts 9”, a program of short fantastic film will be shown, presented by the European Coordination of Film Festivals with the support of the European Commission.  As each year, there will be a space dedicated entirely to children and young people – and not only animation! And many other projects in the works too to complete the program of our 10th Festival. The 10th International Short Film Market will also be open. All films received by the Festival (1,500 last year), may be viewed in VHS in special booths at the Market. The bilingual catalogue of the Market makes it easy for attending professionals to locate films they may request at Reception for private viewing.
Encounters with film directors, conferences, exhibitions, excursions, music, parties: nine days of film and fun.



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