INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is the first and the only international cinema festival in
Albania created in 2003.
By September 2004 TIFF became member of the European Coordination
of Film Festivals (ECFF),. 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 programme 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 programme 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
The programme is completed with an important Talk Show at Night,
broadcast by the National Television, where the journalists, art
critics, participants and guests are invited to debate about the
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 '05, 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.
Entry Rules &
are invited in competition all formats of films, video and digital in
the following categories of short film:
Fiction, Animation, Documentary, Experimental.
competition must have been completed after January 2003.
Films must not exceed 30 minutes in length ( including credits).
Signed Entry Form should be accompanied by an English language
Entries must be submitted on VHS preview tape (Pal preferred) or DVD
All non English language films must have English subtitles.
To qualify for selection, all non English language films must have an
English language print/tape available.
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 October 10th 2005.
Notification / Shipping
Participants will be notified via email and in our website of the
selection results approximately six weeks before the Festival.
instructions for films selected for the Festival will be included.
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.
prints/tapes must arrive at the Festival by November 23, 2005 or, by
prior arrangement, prints may be delivered by hand by the filmmaker.
the outside of the package:
FOR FESTIVAL ONLY - NO COMMERCIAL VALUE.
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.
tapes/discs will not be returned.
prints will be insured for the period that they are in the Festival's
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
entrant agrees that up to 3 minutes of their film may be used by the
TIFF '05 in promotional activities.
Up to 3
minutes of the film may be shown on the TIFF website (without the
possibility of downloading).
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 of the first edition, the Albanian public watched 81
films, the latest productions in the world cinema, as well as
different artistic tendencies, categories and concepts. It was
followed by bigger audience on the second edition where over 700
filmmakers applied to take part and the public had the chance to see
104 new films.
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
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