17th edition of Tirana International Film Festival 2019

From Sept. 23, 2019 until Sept. 29, 2019


Festival accepts applications in all running times, topics, style and production technologies and in the following categories: Fiction/Live Action, Animation, Documentary, Experimental and Video Art.
The director/producer with the submission of his/her application accepts the terms of the Festival and has no objection to the submission process, screening, and election of prizes.
The director/producer with the submission of the film affirms that he/she has all the copyrights of audio, video, images and music of the film and he remains responsible before the law.

Entry fee must be paid online by PayPal (email account: via our website or if submitted through other available platforms online.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
There are no entry fees for films in Albanian language.
Films in competition must have been completed after January 2018.
Feature films may not be shorter than seventy (70) minutes in length. Short films may not exceed thirty (30) minutes in length.
All films in competition must be an Albanian premiere.
All films must be submitted with English subtitles or a timecoded srt file attached.
All requirements specified in the checklist should be sent immediately by e-mail after the completion of the submission.
Submissions made via platforms online are 100% online and do not require any other documents to be sent.
All entries must be submitted a downloadable secure link Vimeo or YouTube HD file compliant with the technical requirements.
Entries must be submitted by July 13, 2019.
Recipients of the Tirana International Film Festival Best Short Film will be eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film/ Live Action Short Film category of the Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy Rules. (Please check the rules at:

Required items for submitted films:
• A secure link downloadable. Are acceptable for application only preview private links, not wetransfer or other cloud-based computer file transfer service.
• Dialogue list in English and/or voiceover’s text for all films, including films in English.
• Still frames (print quality, at least 3Mb).
• Separate electronic press kit (EPK) with a passport-sized photo of the film’s director(s), synopsis, list of credits, biography and/or filmography, festival and awards. Additional material is welcome.
• A trailer file up to 500 Mb in size.

Please note that the online screening link (with English subtitles) of the film can be downloaded for the use by TIFF team and the password remains valid until the end of TIFF.
Applicants must apply clearly for each one of new services. Fill the appropriate field in the entry form. On submitting a film, the applicant accepts that the film can be selected for any of the competitions and/or for another program section.
TIFF reserves the right to invite films outside the specified deadlines.
In case of a film being selected, the festival will notify the applicant and/or director, producer, distributor of the film no later than on September 2, 2019.
Once the film has been selected the applicant may use the TIFF logo and the relevant TIFF laurel for publicity purposes. The file will be sent in digital form.
Due to the volume of entries received, TIFF cannot offer individual feedback of declined films.

All films must be available for festival screening in DCP.
All films submitted optionally for the Parallel Screenings must include a signed and properly filled in entry form, whether it is submitted by postal mail or through online platforms.
Each selected film will be screened not more than three times during TIFF.
There is no screening fee.

By filling the submission form, the applicant authorizes TIFF to use and publish press packages, posters, specified materials and information in the TIFF catalogue, programs, flyers, promotional materials and in press for promotional purposes.
For the purposes of publicity all film entries agree that up to three minutes of the selected film may be used by TIFF for promotional activities. Up to three minutes of the competing film may be shown on the TIFF website, official social networks and in media TV partners.

TIFF offers 3 days full board accommodation to the director or producer representing the selected film in competition during the Festival.
Other guests will be provided with facilities for accommodation and tariffs.
Guests of the festival are not covered by the festival’s insurance.
Anyone who wants to attend the festival must fill out an accreditation form online via website.

All films 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 disc. Only films in perfect condition for projection will be accepted.
The submitting party or the film-maker has insured the exhibition copy for damage and loss, and TIFF is not liable for any damage or loss during shipping, preview or screening.

All filmmakers of official selected films 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 DCPs screening feature films by forwarding them to their next destination approximately four weeks after the conclusion of the festival. All films/discs chosen to compete in the festival must arrive in Tirana, Albania by September 9, 2019.

Label the outside of the package: FOR FESTIVAL ONLY - NO COMMERCIAL VALUE

Do NOT courier film discs 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 filmmakers, TIFF will return the discs at the cost to the filmmakers. All customs duties and taxes incurred when sending packages with express couriers must be paid by the sender. TIFF will refuse any packages that arrive cash-on-delivery.

P.O. Box 8361
Address: Njësia 5, Pall.1 Maji, Shk.18/54, 1022 Tirana-ALBANIA
Phone: +355 672088771 | 699337607

I want to compete in the following sections:
Ɵ Fiction Ɵ Documentary Ɵ Animation Ɵ Video Art & Experimental
Ɵ In Albanian Ɵ Student Ɵ Balkan Film Ɵ Non-Competition

I want to participate in the following services:
Ɵ TIFF.TV Competition (one year of rights) Ɵ TIFF on Tour (five years of rights) Ɵ TIFF Online Library (five years of rights) Ɵ TIFF Market Corner (two years of rights)

ENTRY DEADLINE: July 13, 2019



Currently, there is no open submission period for this competition.

Video Art & Experimental

Currently, there is no open submission period for this competition.


Currently, there is no open submission period for this competition.


Currently, there is no open submission period for this competition.

Live Action

Currently, there is no open submission period for this competition.


This Festival was founded in 2003

Tirana Film Institute carries out its activities in organizing artistic, cultural and cinematographic film weeks, national and international festivals. TFI is also engaged at all times with film and audiovisual production, design of publicity campaigns, various marketing activities, promotion and film distribution through various shows, screenings and publications. TFI has started a new successful experience as film distributor getting also support from Media-CE.

The rich experience that the staff of TFI disposes allows successfully to organize Tirana International Film Festival in its 17th edition that will be held on September 23 - 29 2019.

Being an international film festival we accept all length films submitting online in our website and other online platforms as: FilmFreeway, WithoutaBox, Shortfilmdepot, Reelport, Festhome, Click4Festivals, FilmFestivalLife from all European Countries and around the world, made by prominent or young directors that treat a variety of themes that incite debates for different target audiences. Based submissions till now, TIFF 2019 will present in Special Program hundred of films that deal with the present plights of the society such as emigration and border crossing, war and religion, social exclusion, but also the beautiful idyllic life and love. In the same time, the festival serves as a juxtaposition factor between prominent European artists and Albanian artists.

TIFF has built a new competition program in seven main sections annually which will continue to be the same on the 16th edition: Feature (all movie genres), Documentary (all lengths), Fiction/Live Action, Animation, Video Art & Experimental, Student and In Albanian films.

We are thrilled and honored to be approved as an official Academy Awards® qualifying festival, it’s truly a tremendous opportunity for our filmmakers and future Best Short Film Award winners.

TIFF provides time in its daily schedule for masterclasses and seminars with professionals in the motion picture industry geared for Albanian students of the cinema and emerging filmmakers, special programs & screenings, retrospectives, homage, tributes and international guests.

In addition to several theaters and venues, TIFF organizes special screenings, masterclasses and seminars in partner universities such as: University of Arts, MARUBI Film Academy and Mediteranean University of Albania.

Seven international juries comprised of leading film writers, directors, producers and critics will evaluate and then select the best films with 23 awards presented on the closing night ceremony.

Recipients of the Tirana International Film Festival Best Short Film will be eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film/ Live Action Short Film category of the Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy Rules.

TIFF offers the opportunity to many filmmakers to shown their films in alternative ways (TIFF.TV competition, TIFF on Tour, Online Library and Market corner) in a wider audience and experts.

"Think Different, Watch Alike" is the slogan and motto of TIFF.


Tirana Film Institute
Njësia 5, Pall.1 Maji, Shk. 18/54
1022 Tirana