TIRANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is the first international film festival and the only of its kind in Albania. This extraordinary cultural event created in 2003 is the most important cinematic event in Balkans.
TIFF aims to create in Albania, as well as in the region, 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.
TIFF aims to create a friendly space 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 interesting scenic area. By bringing together these distinct voices and their work, TIFF commits itself to introducing audiences to alternative visions of extraordinary diversity. "Think Different, See Alike" is the slogan and motto of TIFF.
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.
The Festival yearly getting thousands of submissions from submitting online in our website and other online platforms which applies for being selected. TIFF is an international 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.
Since its inception, TIFF receives over 20,000 short and 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.
A. COMPETITION PROGRAM
Competition features those distinct sections:
• Feature Film Competition
• Short Film Competition
• In Albanian Film Competition
• Student Film Competition
• Video Art
The daily program of TIFF combine national premieres of feature and short films in all formats and genres: fiction, documentary, animation, experimental and video art. Open to any filmmaker from around the world, TIFF showcases new cinematic work by established directors with international reputations as well as movies by talented students and young artists.
Besides the competition program TIFF reserves a large space to the special programs and screenings. PANORAMA has some thematic programs dedicated to the most sensitive social topics and problematic social groups as for children, women, immigration, integration of persons with disabilities, LGBT, etc. with those sections: DIVERGENT MINDS; GENERATIONs; MADE In ALBANIAN; NEW WORLD; PARADE .
FOCUS is a special program, which is based on tribute or homage to the cinema author and/or the filmography of a given country. RetrospecTIFF brings to the new audience the most prominent national or international authors of the film history. REFLECTING ALBANIA is the oldest program of the festival, dedicated to the foreign filmmakers who have produced their films in Albania or in Albanian speaking territory.
TIFForum, a regional approach to promote cinematographic production in Albania and co-productions in the region, will be a 3-day intensive workshop for the Script Development & Pitching Competition in collaboration with Torino Film Lab of 8 first or second feature film projects, consisting of individual consultations, practical writing exercises and lectures. The projects will work on their pitch with a trainer in the following 2 days. On the last day every participant will pitch his project and compete for the Best Pitch Award.
TIFF provides time in its daily schedule for masterclasses and seminars with professionals in the motion picture industry geared for Albanian students of the cinema and emerging filmmakers.
FIPRESCI - The International Federation of Film Critics, who will appreciate our selections with special prizes that will echo TIFF and most important sites and film magazines in the world.
B. NEW FEATURES – PARALLEL SCREENINGS
TIRANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL has the pleasure to announce four major services available for the applicants. Since its inception in 2003, TIFF received over 20,000 short and 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. With these four new services, TIFF offers the opportunity to many films to be shown in alternative ways (TV, online, market, special programs) in a wider audience and experts.
The applicants must apply clearly for each one of these new services. Fill the appropriate field in the entry form.
• TIFF.TV Competition
With our media TV partners we offer the possibility to directors screening their films (selected for the official competitive program or not) to the Albanian audience and win the TV audience awards.
• TIFF on Tour
TIFF will act as ambassador for the submitted films and will travel with a selection to other Albanian cities during the year. TIFF will also propose special screenings to other regional festivals in accordance to a specific subject or theme of each collaborative festival.
• TIFF Online Library
TIFF offer the online presentation of each film, in a dedicated page, as a part of a film library, with all related information and with the possibility to receive comments from the international internet audience and industry. The screening of films is open to anyone without charges. The films will be available for viewing in the film library as long as director/producer wishes.
• TIFF Market Corner
TIFF will create a market corner, where potential buyers can watch all films and make their selection. TIFF will also act as a festival promoter and distributor. In case of financial contract with a distributor, TIFF will receive a fee of 5%.
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Awards & Prizes
On the occasion of this 15th 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 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 PITCH Award
Best BALKAN Film
Best DEBUT Film “Ron Holloway” Award
Best PANORAMA Film
AUDIENCE Choice Award
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.
Rules & Terms
Festival accepts applications in the following formats: film, video or digital and in the following categories: Fiction, Animation, Documentary, Experimental and Video Art, 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 2016.
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 a secure link Vimeo or YouTube HD file compliant with the technical requirements.
A separate entry form must be completed for each film, signed and send a scanned copy by email.
Illegible or incomplete entry forms will not be accepted.
Entries must be submitted by August 3, 2017.
Required items for submitted films:
• A completed and signed Entry Form must be accompanied by a secure link downloadable.
• Dialogue list in English and/or voiceover’s text for all films, including films in English.
• Still frames (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 1 GB in size.
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, 2017.
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.
All films must be available for festival screening in full HD video file, Blu-ray or DCP.
All films submitted for the TIFF.TV competition 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.
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.
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 11, 2017 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 film discs 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 discs at the cost to the filmmakers. All customs duties and taxes incurred when sending packages with express couriers must be paid by the sender. TIFF will refuse any packages that arrive cash-on-delivery. Preview discs will not be returned.
TIRANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
P.O. Box 8361
Address: Njësia 5, Pall.1 Maji, Shk.18/54, 1101 Tirana-ALBANIA
Phone: +355 672088771 | 699337607
I want to participate in the following sections:
Ɵ Feature Film Competition Ɵ Short Film Competition Ɵ In Albanian Film Competition
Ɵ Student Film Competition Ɵ Video Art Competition Ɵ Non-Competition
I want to participate in the following services:
Ɵ TIFF.TV Competition (one year of rights) Ɵ TIFF on Tour (five years of rights) Ɵ TIFF Online Library (five years of rights) Ɵ TIFF Market Corner (two years of rights)
We cannot accept, notify or return entries without the signed Entry Form.
Please print, scan and send the Entry Form by email or mail to:
P.O. Box 8361, Tirana International Film Festival, Tirana, ALBANIA
ENTRY DEADLINE: August 3, 2017