INSTITUTE is a non governmental institution that aims at cultivating and
promoting art and Albanian culture creating a favorable and stimulating
environment for the national art.
Art Institute is the organizing body of five editions of Tirana
International Film Festival, the very first international cinema
festival in Albania created in 2003.
This extraordinary event for Albania takes place annually under the
auspices of the Albanian National Center of Cinematography, the Ministry
of Culture, Youth and Sports and the Municipality of Tirana.
The competition program combines short films of all formats and
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. TIFF reserves an
important space to the seminars and workshops, which prove necessary for
the Albanian film makers and young artists.
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.
From the first edition of its existence TIFF has been trying to promote
to Albanian public the best of the contemporary independent films and
many of the well known authors have been in present for the Albanian
audience such as Ken Loach, Nick Broofield, Goran Pakaljevic, Dusan
Makavejev, Phill Parmet, Sam Green, Franco Nero, Miguel Hermoso, Motcho
Armendariz, Carl Henric Svensted, Caveh Zahedi, Alesandro Piva, etc. As
for the Sixth edition as organizers we have agree to have in-present
some of the uprising independent directors such as Abel Ferrarra,
Alexandre Rockwell, , Mary Jordan, the winner of the Jury special price
in Cannes this year Paolo Sorrentino , Italian director Gianni Amelio
and the living legend of the film making Alexader Jodorovski.
we are going to show for the Albanian audience works some of the most
interesting many award wining awards films which is found on artistic
and cultural bases.
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Art Institute organized as well the Albanian Film Week during the
European Cinema Festival of Lecce for more information:
framework of the cooperation with other European film festivals the 24
July 2006 Albanian Art Institute organized “Albanian Shorts”, a special
night within the "Salento Finibus Terrae" International Film Festival.
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Albanian Art Institute organized an Albanian Cinema Exhibition in the
framework of GENOVA FILM FESTIVAL. Under the title "Oltre il
Confine” GENOVA FILM FESTIVAL showed the best of Albanian audio-visual
production from the Nineties to today. The Albanian Cinema Exhibition
included feature films, shorts and animation films, screening the best
Art Institute organized as well for four years in a row the Spanish Film
Weeks in Albania and the AMC Award for Contemporary Art in the Albanian
Academy of Arts.
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 film.
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
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