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DocuTIFF 2015 - First Documentary Film Festival in Albania
4 May 2015
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For the first time in Tirana, Albania, the documentaries will be in the center of attention. 

A retrospective and a masterclass of “the most important Armenian-born director since Sergei Paradjanov, Don Askarian”, according to Harvard Film Archives; 6 internationally awarded feature along with many short and middle length documentaries will be presented during the 5 days first ever documentary film festival in Tirana Albania. 

DocuTIFF will take place for the first year in Tirana, this coming May, 9–13, 2015 in the open air Amphitheater and the Black Box theatres  of the University of Arts.

Agron Domi, the artistic director of the brand-new DocuTIFF, once again, faithful to his vision, selects some of the most important international documentary films to present them in front of the Albanian audience and guests.

“The need of this New Festival creation was born after large application number sent during the 12th edition of TIFF 2014. There were about 5,400 films in all categories. It was impossible to show all these qualitative films at TIFF and that is the reason why we thought to divide and create every year new competition for each category such as DocuTIFF, AnimaTIFF, ExpoTIFF, for documentary film, animated and experimental one. 
We choose to begin with documentary film as need of favorable climate creation in Albania and wider in region for development and cooperation of such productions” he states. 
“DocuTIFF aims to encouraging documentary film production in Albania and to give more chances to our filmmakers finding cooperation and enabling mutual contacts with their colleagues in our region.”

The highlights of the program

The outmost highlight is the acclaimed Armenian director Don Askarian retrospective:
Parajanov, 1998, will open the festival and during the festival days 3 more films will be screened: Avetik, 1992, 80’, Ararat, 2007, 75min, Komitas, 1989, 94min. For more information, please visit Don Askarian Official site

The Official Selection of feature films is composed by the following six films. 
1. Dancing With Maria by Ivan Gergolet | Argentina | 75’ 
2. Happily Ever After by Tatiana Bozic | Croatia & Netherlands | 83’ 
3. How I Saved Africa by Kullar Viimne | Estonia | 77’ 
4. Inside the News (Les gens du Monde) by Yves Jeuland | France | 82’ 
5. The Fortune You Seek Is In Another Cookie by Johannes Gierlinger | Austria | 82’
6. This Is My Land by Tamara Erde | France-Israel | 93’

From DocuTIFF cannot be absent an homage to Pier Paolo Pasolini, with the screening of  Appunti Per Un΄ Orestiade Africana, Italy, 1975, 65min.  

This first edition of DocuTIFF is organized by Adriapol and Albania Art Institute with financial support of the Ministry of Culture of Albania under the auspices of the Albanian National Center of Cinematography (QKK). 

We wish them all the success in their endeavors! 

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