TIFF - Tirana International Film Festival

TIFF - Tirana International Film Festival
Rr. "Frang Bardhi", Selitë
P.O. Box 8361
Tirana, Albania

Tel: +355672088771
Fax: +35542223788

2015, Finished
Wed 28th Oct to Thu 5th Nov


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Festival Overview

TIFF aims to create in Albania, as well as in the Balkans, a cultural center of worldwide alternative and independent cinema.


Dear filmmakers & friends, welcome to the 13th edition of TIFF 2015!

TIRANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (TIFF) is the first and only international cinema festival of its kind in Albania. Created in 2003, this extraordinary cultural event takes place under the auspices of the Albanian National Center for Cinematography (QKK).


This year's competition features three distinct sections:
1. Feature Film Competition
2. Short Film Competition
3. In Albanian Film Competition

All the daily programs of the TIFF festival combine features and short films in all formats and genres: fiction, documentary, animation and experimental. Open to any filmmaker from around the world, TIFF showcases new cinematic work by established directors with international reputations as well as work by talented students and young artists.
TIFF provides time in its daily schedule for classes and seminars with professionals in the motion picture industry geared for Albanian students of the cinema and emerging filmmakers, special programs & screenings, retrospectives, homage, tributes and international guests.
The aim of TIRANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is, above all, to create a meeting point for filmmakers, artists and cinema enthusiasts from Albania, Europe and the entire world, to come together and share their common passion and knowledge of the motion picture art form.
This 13th edition of TIFF 2015 brings several important changes to its previous years. For the seventh time, TIFF announces a feature film competition along with its prestigious international shorts program. During the nine days of TIFF's program, from October 28th to November 5th, in addition to competition shorts and features screenings, many retrospectives, seminars, master classes, press events and special presentations at theatres all over the Albanian capital will take place.
The intention of TIFF is to bring filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts from all around the world to Tirana, Albania in hopes of fostering future co-operation in this extraordinary scenic area.
By bringing together these distinct voices and their work, the TIRANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL commits itself to introducing audiences to alternative visions of extraordinary diversity.


On the occasion of this 13th edition of TIFF, four juries comprised of leading film writers, directors, producers and critics will evaluate and then select the best features & shorts with awards presented on the closing night ceremony.

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

Best Feature
Best Director of Feature Film
Best Screenplay of Feature Film
Best Cinematography of Feature Film
Best Editing “Luc Barnier” of Feature Film

Best Short Fiction
Best Short Documentary
Best Short Animated Film
Best Short Experimental

Best Regional Film
First Short Film – “Ron Holloway” Award
Best Film in Albanian
Best Student Film

Media Award
Audience Award

Other additional awards are to be announced before the festival. All prizes are accompanied with a diploma and festival cup.


Open to the public

Festival accepts applications in the following formats: film, video or digital and in the following categories: Fiction, Animation, Documentary and Experimental, features, or shorts.
The director/producer with the submission of his/her application accepts the terms of the Festival and has no objection to the submission process, screening, and election of prizes.
The director/producer with the submission of the film affirms that he/she has all the copyrights of audio, video, images and music of the film and he remains responsible before the law.
Applicant hereby grants Tirana IFF to use all or part(s) of the film for promotional purposes; to use stills, biographical material etc., from the film for promotional purposes in Festival program and merchandise, to provide promotional material of the film for journalists to review, to show the film at press screenings and to exhibit the film during the Festival and at any time before and after the Festival.

Films in competition must have been completed after May 2014. Feature films may not be shorter than seventy (70) minutes in length. Short films may not exceed thirty (30) minutes in length.
A completed and signed entry form must be accompanied by an English language dialogue list. All entries, short or feature length, must be submitted on DVD for the purposes of preview if submitted by postal mail, or compliant with the technical requirements, if submitted through Film Freeway and/or others.
All non-English language films must be submitted with English subtitles. To qualify for selection, all non-English language films must have an English language link/disc available. All films must be available for festival screening in HD quality, Blu-Ray or DCP format.
A separate entry form must be submitted for each film if submitted by postal mail.
Applicants must apply clearly for each one of new services. Fill the appropriate field in the entry form.
Illegible or incomplete entry forms will not be accepted.
There is no entry or screening fee.
Entries must be submitted by August 5, 2015.

All participants will be notified via e-mail and on the TIFF website approximately four weeks before the festival. Shipping instructions for films selected for competition will be included upon notification. The festival will pay for one-way shipping of all screening films by forwarding them to their next destination approximately four weeks after the conclusion of the festival. All films/discs chosen to compete in the festival must arrive in Tirana, Albania by August 28, 2015 unless by prior arrangement to be delivered in person by the filmmaker.

Label the outside of the package:

Do NOT courier disc/film print to Albania via EMS or other similar couriers, as you may be liable for duties which the festival will not pay. If this is done by the filmmakers, TIFF will return the disc/film at the cost to the filmmakers. Preview discs will not be returned.

P.O. Box 8361
Phone: +355 42 223788
Address: Rr. "Frang Bardhi", Selitë, 1001, Tirana, ALBANIA

All prints will be insured for the period that they are in the festival's possession. 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.

TIFF offers full board accommodation to the director or producer representing the selected film 3 days during the Festival. Other guests will be provided with facilities for accommodation and tariffs.

All films must be available for festival screening on Blu-Ray, DCP or HD format.

There are no entry fees associated with this festival

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Known festival contacts Contacts
Torsten Elster
Festival Director
Torsten Elster
Office Manger