Tirana International Film Festival 2011


The Tirana International Film Festival (TIFF) is the first international cinema festival of its kind in Albania. Created in 2003, this extraordinary cultural event takes place under the auspices of the Albanian National Center for Cinematography (QKK). This year’s competition features three distinct categories.

  • Feature Film Competition
  • Short Film Competition
  • DIGIART Television Short Film Competition

All the daily programs of the TIFF festival combine features and short films in all formats and genres – fiction, documentary, animation and experimental. Open to any filmmaker from around the world, TIFF showcases new cinematic work by established directors with international reputations as well as work by talented students and young artists.

TIFF provides time in its daily schedule for classes and seminars with professionals in the motion picture industry geared for Albanian students of the cinema and emerging filmmakers.

On the occasion of this eighth edition of TIFF, two juries comprised of leading film writers, directors and critics will evaluate and then select the best features and shorts with awards to be presented on the closing night.

Above all, it is the aim of the Tirana International Film Festival to create a meeting point for film artists and cinema enthusiasts from Albania, the Balkans and the entire world to come together and share their linked passion and knowledge of the motion picture art form.


Entries are invited to take part in competition in all formats of film, video and digital in the following categories – feature, short and the ART Television Film Festival (Fiction, Animation, Documentary and Experimental). By entering a short film in the TIRANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, the filmmaker gives permission for their short work to be screened in the festival theatrically as well as on the NTV Television During a limited run as part of TIFF.


Films in competition must have been completed after September 2010. Feature films may not be shorter than seventy (70) minutes in length. Short films may not exceed thirty (30) minutes in length. A completed and signed entry form must be accompanied by an English language dialogue list. All entries, short or feature length, must be submitted on DVD for the purposes of preview. All non-English language films must be submitted with English subtitles. To qualify for selection, all non-English language films must have an English language print/tape available. All films must be available for festival screening in the 35mm, Betacam SP (Pal only), Mini-DV or DVD. A separate entry form must be submitted for each film. Illegible or incomplete entry forms will not be accepted. There is no entry fee. Entries must be submitted by September 30, 2011.


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 prints/tapes by forwarding them to their next destination approximately four weeks after the conclusion of the festival. All prints/tapes chosen to compete in the festival must arrive in Tirana, Albania by November 20, 2011 unless by prior arrangement to be delivered in person by the filmmaker.

Label the outside of the package:


Do NOT courier tapes 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 filmmaker, TIFF will return the tape/film at the cost to the filmmaker. Preview tapes/discs will not be returned.


All prints 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 print. Only prints in perfect condition for projection will be accepted.


For the purposes of publicity all entries short and feature length agree that up to three minutes of the selected film may be used by the Tirana International Film Festival for promotional activities. Up to three minutes of the competing film may be shown on the TIFF website


P.O. Box 8361
Address: Rr. Hiqmet Delvina, Nd.4/2, P.C.1022

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