Tirana International Film Festival

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Tirana International Film Festival
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LocationTirana, Albania
Founded2003 (2003)

The Tirana International Film Festival (TIFF) is an Academy Awards qualifying film festival[1] and one of the major annual events taking place in Tirana each year. It was the first international cinema festival in Albania. This cultural event was created in 2003 and is currently the most important cinematic event in Albania.

The Festival is competitive with the International Section jury awarding several prizes each year, most notably the "Golden Owl" for Best Feature Film.

It is organised annually by the Albanian National Center of Cinematography. It features three distinct categories and combines features and short film; fiction, documentary, animation and experimental. The festival is open to any filmmaker from around the world and it also accepts student works.[2][3]


The festival was held for the first time in 2003. Since then it has been held annually in the cinemas of Tirana. During the 12th edition more than 5,400 applications were submitted.

In 2015, the Festival introduced DocuTIFF (Documentary Tirana International Film Festival), after large applications sent during the 12th edition of the Festival held in 2014. It was impossible to show all these production in one single festival and new festivals were created for each category such as DocuTIFF, for documentary film, AnimaTIFF, for animated productions and ExpoTIFF for experimental films.[4]

Award Winners[edit]

The list of the Winners of the "Golden Owl award for each year is as follows:

Year English title Original title Director(s) Country
2003 The Last Gunman The Last Gunman Alessandro Dominici  Italy
2004 Family Portrait Ellery Ngiam  Singapore
2005 Before I Go Heiko Hahn  Germany
2006 The Optimists Оптимисти Goran Paskaljević  Serbia
2007 Salvador Salvador Manuel Huerga  Spain
2008 Annem Sinema Ögreniyor Annem Sinema Ögreniyor Nesimi Yetik  Germany
2009 Woman without a piano La mujer sin Piano Javier Rebollo  Spain
2010 Woman in temptation Zeny v pokuseni Jiri Vejdelek  Czech Republic
2011 Punk's not dead Punk's not dead Vladimir Blazevski  North Macedonia
2012 Siberia, Monamour Sibir. Monamur Slava Ross  Russia
2013 Seven Lucky Gods Seven Lucky Gods Jamil Dehlavi  United Kingdom
2014 Termitaria Nuwebe Joseph Israel Laban  Philippines
2015 Babai Babai Visar Morina  Kosovo
2016 Hear the Silence Höre die Stille Ed Ehrenberg  Germany
2017 Glory Слава Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov  Bulgaria

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "95th ACADEMY AWARDS QUALIFYING FESTIVAL LIST (Combined List for all Documentary and Short Film categories)" (PDF). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences., retrieved 2023-09-25
  2. ^ http://www.filmitalia.org/p.aspxt=festival&l=en&did=45511[dead link]
  3. ^ "Click for festivals | Connecting films and festivals".
  4. ^ "Home".

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