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, fiction and animated films 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, Open Society Foundation for Albania, a number of foreign representatives in Albania such as the Embassies of Germany, France, Austria, Italy, Canada, Swiss, Spain, U.S.A., Czech Republic, Greece, Ukraine, Albanian Institute of Media, etc. Furthermore, the festival is supported as well by local institutions such as the Municipality of Tirana 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 films and the best film-makers. This event makes us realise the importance of our human dignity and the importance of being human.

No Awards or Prizes. This is a non-competitive festival.
The festival selects 40 to 50 films to be screened and organises debates around the films with audience.

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, 2021 are admissible to this 2023 edition.
Films and videos may be submitted for selection by the film-makers themselves, by producers, distributors or their legal representatives. Please note that films and videos can NOT have been published on public platforms (such as YouTube, etc) prior to screening at the festival.

Each year, one day is dedicated to a specific theme. For the upcoming edition in 2023, the main focus will be Truth, Impunity and Human Rights.

Films related to various human rights issues will be screened during the other 5 days of the festival.
No entry fees are requested for submitting films or videos projects.

The festival doesn't pay screening fees to applicants.
Viewing copy shall be subtitled in English.
The application and all the necessary documents and the viewing copy must be submitted to IHRFFA, by June 16th, 2023 (postmarked/emailed-marked).

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 the main theme chosen for the Edition.
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, promotional materials (press kit, poster, stills, English dialogues list in srt format, etc) must have been received by IHRFFA's organisation by August 18th, 2023.

Overall Rating
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  • CLICK Production

    Very nice event! Thanks for being so welcoming and for a great communication. I enjoyed the film program a lot!

    December 2022
  • Diana Maria Olsson

    The quality of the festival is enormous! Many thanks to dear organizers. Being here among humanistic lawyers and talented filmmakers was a great honor.

    October 2022
  • The festival staf it’s very friendly. The atmosphere was very good and you can meet very talented people!

    October 2022
  • Very interesting people fighting for a better world

    October 2021
  • Ciara-Angela Mission Engelhardt

    We really enjoyed the IHRFF and are glad that we could attend the festival in person. Our short documentary «Why it takes time just to go somewhere« was screened in a program together with the animation film »Mardhë« by Flaka Kokolli and Njomëza Muhaxha - the choice was great and enabled a vivid discussion with the audience. Allover the selection of films in this festival was incredibly good and for us the Marubi Academy of Film and Multimedia marks an important spot to address human rights themes.
    A festival we would always love to come back to, as everyone involved was lovely and very helpful - Thanks a lot!

    October 2021