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Prishtina International Film Festival

4th edition / 24-01 October 2012


Competitive program for Feature Films and Middle Length Films (25-60mins)

Open call for submissions March - August 2012


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3rd Edition of PriFilmFest closing night:
All the Golden Goddess winners

The third edition of PriFilmFest arrived to an end with a wonderful red carpet Gala at Square 21 in Prishtina. After a week of great movies and big audiences, finally the Golden Goddess awards (nicknamed the Oscars of Kosovo) were assigned. President of the jury Gedeon Burkhard (actor in Inglorious Basterds by Quentin Tarantino and in competition at PriFilmFest with middle length movie Bridges) and his colleagues of the jury struggled to decide the winners for every category.

The Golden Goddess for best film went to Loverboy. A Romanian movie dealing with human traffic tragedy, directed by Catalin Mitulescu

The Golden Goddess special jury prize went to Punk's not dead. Directed by Macedonian writer Vladimir Blazevski.

The Golden Goddess for best director went to Dragomir Sholey for his movie Shelter.

The Golden Goddess for best actor went to George Pistereanu for Loverboy. Only 21 years old, he is at his second appearance in a film feature.

The Golden Goddess for best actress went to Luli Bitri in Amnestia

The Silver Goddess for best film in middle length category went to Daddy. From Austria director Umut Dag

The Special Jury mention went to Room 304. A Danish coproduction directed by Birgitte Staermose

The Audience award went to Amnestia, an Albanian movie by director Bujar Alimani.

The Media jury award for best film went to Our Grand Despair by Turkish director Seyfi Teoman

Also this edition, that was opened by the movie The forgiveness of blood by American director Joshua Marston, saw the success of the second edition of PriFilmForum, an event that attired many guests during its two days of meetingS and conferences, helping to connect international directors and actors with the Kosovars. In the same way, the French retrospective on Claude Chabrol, sponsored by the French embassy, help Kosovars to connect with different kind of movies.

Friendship Forever!



Kosovo is not just about war. The importance of Prishtina
International Film Festival - PriFilmFest
Great movies will help Kosovars to connect with cinema again Thirteen years after the end of the war, and only three after the national independence, we continue to talk about Kosovo only for political reasons. But now, the youngest country in Europe wants to forget the past. And to accomplish this, it also relies on the PriFilmFest - Prishtina International Film Festival, which wants to establish itself as an important artistic and cultural event. In its third year, the festival opens the doors of the Balkan nation to promote it in a new light. read more


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PriFilmFest – Quotes

A very valuable evaluation of the festival was given by Ms.Vanessa Redgrave, President of the Honorary Board of PriFilmFest, in her interviews to national television RTK, Associated Press and BBC in 2009, where she valued a high professionalism of organisers by saying:

“There are A-list festivals and B-list festivals in the world. For me, PriFilmFest is an A-list festival from this first edition.”

 Other quotes include:

“I had the honor of being a juror at PRIFILMFEST 2010.  It's a truly incredible festival.  Perfectly organized, full of enthusiasm and joy. The directors, staff and volunteers are first class and make the film festival a wonderful experience.  The mix of films is diverse and unique and opened me up to excellent cinema from regions I hadn't been exposed to.  Pristina is a great city to host an international festival.  Vibrant, friendly, sophisticated.  I’ll defiantly be back!” (Eva Orner, producer, winner of Oscar)

 "Last year I brought an amazing prize for my country from PriFilmFest. It was the Golden Goddess which will always remind me not only of the great history of Kosovo but the rehabilitation of its great nation and its cultural Identity today.   Prishtina International Film Festival is a unique example for me and my country.  I have experienced the warmest atmosphere of friendship, amazing cultural environment and wonderful selection of films.

I wish to see Prishtina IFF always successful and full of good energy, surrounded by amazing filmmakers." (Siddiq Barmak, from Afghanistan - director of film ‘OSAMA’)

 “I was truly honoured to witness the birth of the new PFF which was fantastically organized and attended by people with such a love and commitment to the film industry. “ (Velibor Topic, actor)

“Impeccable organization, great hospitality and a true passion for film making – this sums up PriFilmFest for me!

The newly created Forum is a fantastic initiative bringing together professionals in the region and I am sure it will have a great future.”

(Kristina Trapp, EAVE CEO)

 “PriFilmFest is an incredibly important attempt to start a public cultural life in Kosova that will shine farther than the young country’s borders. As it is remarkable well organized and exudes a unique friendliness and hospitality, it will certainly succeed – granted that it receives the necessary support any festival anywhere needs to flourish.”

(Andreas Ströhl – Director Muenchen Filmfest)

 “I would like to thank you for a wonderful and inspiring first visit to your festival and the co-production forum. My business meetings with your energetic film professionals as well as the casual talks really triggered a lot of my attention to your country and your filming ambitions and activities. The PriFilmForum was excellent, devoted, and wonderfully organized. Your very young festival with a warm hospitality and atmosphere will simply have to beautifully grow and expand.”

(Brigitta Manthey, Funding Advisor, Medienboard)

 Such an evaluation by personalities that have visited many festivals around the world, gives us courage to work harder this year so PriFilmFest third edition continues to be prestigious and professional from organisation and management perspective.

The third edition of the festival is scheduled for the same dates as previous years 22-29 September 2011.

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