TIFF - Tirana International Film Festival

TIFF - Tirana International Film Festival
Pall.1 Maji, Shk.18/54
P.O. Box 8361
Tirana, Albania

Tel: +355672088771

Festival Overview

TIRANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (TIFF) is the first and only international cinema festival of its kind in Albania. This extraordinary cultural event created in 2003 is the most important cinematic event in Albania. TIFF aims to create in Albania, as well as in the Balkans, a cultural center of worldwide alternative and independent cinema. 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 films will have a cinema-language-communication week. Above all, it is the aim of the TIRANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL to create a meeting point for film artists and cinema enthusiasts from Albania, Europe and the entire world to come together and share their linked passion and knowledge of the motion picture art form. The intention of TIFF is to bring filmmakers, producers and distributors from all around the world to Tirana, in hopes of fostering future co-operation in this extraordinary scenic area. By bringing together these distinct voices and their work, TIRANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL commits itself to introducing audiences to alternative visions of extraordinary diversity. "Think Different, See Alike" is the slogan and motto of TIFF. Since its inception, TIFF receives over 15,000 short films and 4,000 feature films from over 120 countries around the world. Out of all these applications more than hundred films can be chosen each year for the competition program. The Festival yearly getting thousands of submissions from submitting online in our website and other online platforms from around 120 countries around the world which applies for being selected. TIFF Festival is a national cinema event whose main objective is to enlarge the number of venues and time of screening of European and non-European films of all genres and durations in Albania as well as it is considered to be an event to develop new audiences around the country, combining film screenings with public debates and thematic debates approaching new and an increased Film Audience and focusing also on Film Literacy. TIFF aims at demonstrating strong efficiency in audience development (especially toward young audience) by implementing activities before, during and after the event, including year-long activities and travelling to other cities with various smaller partner and smaller festivals in the country. Partnering with small organizations and youth centers around the country in order to use the existing facilities in each city will not only give to TIFF a large national impact, but will enhance on the other side the increase of values of small events in each respective city in which TIFF will be present. A. COMPETITION PROGRAM Competition features those distinct sections: • Feature Film Competition • Short Film Competition • In Albanian Film Competition • Student Film Competition • Video Art 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.


On the occasion of this 14th edition of TIFF, seven international 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 FILM Best Director Best Screenplay Best Cinematography Best Editing “Luc Barnier” Best European Feature Film Best SHORT Film Best Short Fiction Best Short Animation Best Short Documentary Best Short Experimental Best European Short Film Best Film in Albanian Best Video Art Best Student Film Best Panorama Film Best Balkan Film Best Debut Film “Ron Holloway” Award Media Award Audience Choice Award Internet Vote Official awards consist of a statue and a diploma. The cash prize in TIFF is determined by the available budget. Special awards can be given by organizers, Festival director, sponsors and partners, professional organizations, NGOs, media, etc.


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 from all genres of movies. 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. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS | CONDITIONS Entry fee must be paid online by PayPal via our website or if submitted through other available platforms online. Entry fees are non-refundable. There are no entry fees for films in Albanian language. Films in competition must have been completed after February 2015. Feature films may not be shorter than seventy (70) minutes in length. Short films may not exceed thirty (30) minutes in length. All films in competition must be an Albanian premiere. All non-English language films must be submitted with English subtitles. All requirements specified in the checklist should be sent immediately to the postal address or by e-mail after the completion and sign of this entry form. All entries, short or feature length, must be submitted on DVD for the purposes of preview if submitted by postal mail, or a secure link Vimeo or YouTube HD file compliant with the technical requirements. A separate entry form must be submitted for each film if submitted by postal mail. Illegible or incomplete entry forms will not be accepted. Entries must be submitted by August 3, 2016. CHECKLIST Required items for submitted films: • A completed and signed Entry Form must be accompanied by a preview copy DVD. • Dialogue list in English and/or voiceover’s text for all films, including films in English. • Film stills (high resolution, at least 3Mb). • Separate electronic press kit (EPK) with a passport-sized photo of the film’s director(s), synopsis, list of credits, biography and/or filmography, festival and awards. Additional material is welcome. • Full HD video file of the final English version. • A trailer files up to 2 GB in size. SELECTION Please note that the online screening link (with English subtitles) of the film can be downloaded for the use by TIFF team and the password remains valid until the end of TIFF. Applicants must apply clearly for each one of new services. Fill the appropriate field in the entry form. On submitting a film, the applicant accepts that the film can be selected for any of the competitions and/or for another program section. TIFF reserves the right to invite films outside the specified deadlines. In case of a film being selected, the festival will notify the applicant and/or director, producer, distributor of the film no later than on October 3, 2016. Once the film has been selected the applicant may use the TIFF logo and the relevant TIFF laurel for publicity purposes. The file will be sent in digital form. Due to the volume of entries received, TIFF cannot offer individual feedback of declined films. SCREENING All films must be available for festival screening in full HD video file, Blu-ray or DCP. All films submitted for the TIFF.TV awards must include a signed and properly filled in entry form, whether it is submitted by postal mail or through online platforms. Each selected film will be screened not more than three times during TIFF. There is no screening fee. PROMOTION | PUBLICITY By filling the submission form, the applicant authorizes TIFF to use and publish press packages, posters, specified materials and information in the TIFF catalogue, programs, flyers, promotional materials and in press for promotional purposes. For the purposes of publicity all film entries agree that up to three minutes of the selected film may be used by TIFF for promotional activities. Up to three minutes of the competing film may be shown on the TIFF website, official social networks and in media TV partners. ACCOMMODATION 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. Guests of the festival are not covered by the festival’s insurance. Anyone who wants to attend the festival must fill out an accreditation form online via website. INSURANCE All discs 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 disc. Only discs in perfect condition for projection will be accepted. The submitting party or the film-maker has insured the exhibition copy for damage and loss, and TIFF is not liable for any damage or loss during shipping, preview or screening. NOTIFICATION | SHIPPING 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 October 13, 2016 unless by prior arrangement to be delivered in person by the filmmaker. Label the outside of the package: FOR FESTIVAL ONLY - NO COMMERCIAL VALUE 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.

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

25€ for Feature films 10€ for Short films

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Known festival contacts Contacts
Agron Domi
Festival Director
Florenc Papas
Selector & Programer