An intellectual black belt
Company
Broken Branch Productions
Born in 1990 in Mitrovica, when Zgjim was 8 years old, he and his family had to flee Kosovo, because their house was burned down during the war. After the war, they didn't have where to go. His mother and father, a plastic surgeon and an electrical engineer, would work day and night to raise the necessary funds for a new home, which they eventually did. Holding a BA and MA from the University of Prishtina in Film and TV directing, Zgjim is also a prolific screenwriter. Having written over 150 episodes for TV and tens of short films. Besides filmmaking, Zgjim was a Film and Drama high school teacher at the American School of Kosovo. His debut short "A Month" (2017) and second short Salon (2019), traveled to over 70 film festivals including Cairo IFF, Atlanta FF, Torino FF, Rhode Island IFF, Brussels SFF, Busan ISFF, New Directors / New Films, TIFF, Hollyshorts etc. He won 10 awards at festivals around the world.
His first feature film in development "2000: A Post-War Odyssey" was selected as part of Berlinale Script Station 2020, Valletta Film Lab 2019 and won a development fund from the Kosovo Cinematography Center.
He is an alumni of Berlinale Talents 2020 and Sarajevo Talents 2016.
  • Writer (3 Credits)
    A Month - script
    Short Script
    Salon2019
    Short
    A Month2017
    Short
  • Director (2 Credits)
    Salon2019
    Short
    A Month2017
    Short
  • Producer (1 Credit)
    The Bridge2018
    Documentary
Oscar Qualifying
Salon
37th Busan International Short Film Festival
Busan
2020
Official Selection
Salon
15th Sioux City International Film Festival
Sioux City
2019
Official Selection
Salon
37th Torino Film Festival
Torino
2019
Oscar Qualifying
Salon
37th Rhode Island International Film Festival
2019
Best Albanian Short Film
A Month
16th Tirana Film Festival
Tirana
2018
Special Mention
A Month
4th Seanema Film Festival
Ulqin
2018
Jury Choice Award
A Month
13th Hamilton Film Festival
Hamilton
2018
Oscar Qualifying Film Festival
A Month
21st Brussels Short Film Festival
2018
Oscar Qualifying Film Festival
A Month
35th Busan International Short Film Festival
Busan
2018
Best Eastern European Film
A Month
41th Grenztland Filmtage
Selb
2018
Oscar Qualifying Film Festival
A Month
42nd Atlanta Film Festival
Atlanta
2018
FIAPF A - list Film Festival
A Month
39th Cairo International Film Festival
Cairo
2017
College
University of Prishtina
Bachelor of Film Directing
20102014
College
University or Prishtina
Master of Film Directing
20162018
Birth Date
June 25, 1990
Birth City
Mitrovicë
Current City
Prishtina
Hometown
Prishtina
Height
178cm
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
Kosovo-Albanian
Eye Color
Brown
An intellectual black belt
Company
Broken Branch Productions
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