The International Human Rights Film Festival in Albania (IHRFFA) comes with a new way of educating people with the human rights concepts. Constituted as a cultural platform for the dissemination and awareness rising of the people on human rights issues, it operates through using image as its instrument.

IHRFFA includes in its program documentary and fiction movies dealing with human rights that are sensitive especially for the Albanian society. This event brings to the public’s attention similar experiences from all over the world and by using image as its tool, the impact is stronger and direct.

Events of this kind are necessary for the Albanian society which is suffering different social and human rights problems such as: human trafficking, children frustration, health care, etc.

As an initiative of the Academy of Film and Multimedia Marubi since 2006, other human rights organisations operating in Albania have joined the cause such as OSCE Presence, UNICEF, Albanian Helsinki Committee, Utica College, a number of Embassies in Tirana such as the German Embassy, French, Austrian, Swiss, U.S. Embassy in Tirana, Albanian Institute of Media, etc. Furthermore, the festival is supported as well by local institutions such as the Municipality of Tirana, the Ministry of Culture and the National Film Center.

Through the years, the International Human Rights Film Festival in Albania has become the event which brings on all together human rights activists, selected movies and the best filmmakers. This event makes us realise the importance of our human dignity and the importance of being human.

Awards & Prizes

No Awards or Prizes. This is a non-competitive festival.

Rules & Terms

The Festival’s object is human rights.
No further preliminaries on the film’s content, style or techniques apply.
Film productions completed after January 1, 2015 are admissible to this year edition.
Films and videos may be submitted for selection by the filmmakers themselves, by producers, distributors or their legal representatives.
Each year, one day is dedicated to a specific theme. For the 12th edition, the main theme will be Radicalism and Populism.
Films related to other human rights issues will be screened during the other 5 days of the festival.
No entry fees are due for submitting films, videos or new media projects.
Viewing copy shall be subtitled in English.
The application and all the necessary documents and the viewing copy must be received by IHRFFA, by July 10, 2017 (postmarked).

Selection of the Film
The festival’s Selection Committee makes the first selection of films.
Selection decisions made by the festival’s Selection Committee are final.
Priority might be given to films that address topics chosen for the Festival.
Priority might be given to Albanian, European or World Premieres.
Priority might be given to works that are example of formal and technical innovation.
If a film or video is selected, publicity material (press books, posters, stills, English dialogs list, etc) must have been received by IHRFFA organisation by August 15, 2017.