TIFF on its 17th Edition this Year, from 23-29 September

TIFF on its 17th Edition this Year, from 23-29 September

TIRANA, 11 September

Tirana International Film Festival (TIFF) which starts this 23 September is considered one of the most important cinematic and cultural events not only in Albania but in the whole Balkan region. During its 7-day-long run, there will be presented different films and documentaries in two divisions, competition, and non-competition. In the competition category, international juries comprised of film writers, directors, producers, and critics, will give awards during the closing ceremony. The categories where they compete are for:

Golden Owl Best Feature Film

Best Director

Best Screenplay

Best Cinematography

Best Editing “Luc Barnier”

Best EYE on TIFF

Best SHORT Film 

Best Short Fiction

Best Short Animation

Best Documentary

Best Documentary Full-length

Best Documentary Mid-Short Film

Best Balkan Film

Best Film in Albanian

Best Student Film

Best Video Art & Experimental

Fipresci Award

Media Award

Best Debut Short Film “Ron Holloway” Award

Audience Choice Award

An interesting fact is that the winner of the Best Short Film in TIFF will be eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film/ Live Action Short Film category of the Academy Awards, known as Oscars in the U.S.A. The films and documentaries will be shown in two cinemas of the capital city, in Millenium and Agimi cinemas respectively.

Created since 2003, TIFF aims to create a cultural center of worldwide alternative and independent cinema, but at the same time to be a meeting point of cultures, where residents from Tirana, the guests and all those who love films will have a cinema-language during its week of presentation. Besides the competition program, TIFF reserves a space for the special showcases and programs. The theme of this year will be the ‘Transition’, dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Berlin Wall’s fall. Whereas the motto of this year is ‘No Change, Exchange’.

The Tirana International Film Festival will finish on 29 September, with the presentation of the movie ‘Open door’ by the director Florenc Papas, which had its worldwide premiere in the Sarajevo Film Festival. 

Source and photo credit/TIFF

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