Prishtina International Film Festival (PriFest) is a feature film festival set in the youngest country in the Balkans, Kosovo, namely in its capital Pristina. It was founded in 2008, and this year it holds its 9th edition.
Prishtina International Film Festival is the most important film event that is held in Kosovo. Vanessa Redgrave is one of the festival’s dearest friends. She supported the first edition by attending and leading the opening ceremony. She is the president of the Honorary Board of the Festival and supports the festival by promoting it in various international circles.
The festival consists of four competition programs: the European film competition program, the Balkan film competition program (also known as Honey and Blood Cinema), the Middle-length competition program (comprised of 25-60 min length films) and as of this year, the Documentary film program will also be competitive. The latter promotes documentaries from around the world that revolve around subjects related to human rights and the environment. All of the above-mentioned programs are open to the whole world. PriFest also has non-competitive programs, like the Focus program, which promotes cinematography of a specific country or director, and the Let It Be program, which is a result of cooperation with Outfest LA, an LGBTI film festival.
This program aims to raise awareness and promote tolerance towards the LGBTI community in Kosovo by offering more knowledge, information and understanding through cinema and feature films. The festival is honored to have the programmers of Outfest LA as curators of this program. Last but not least is the The Special Screenings program, which promotes winners of prestigious festivals like Cannes FF, Berlinale, Toronto, Venice or Oscar winners, giving the Kosovar audience the unique opportunity to see art house films from around the world.
We prioritize our afterparties program with only the very best selection of local and international electronic music artists, as well as alternative rock music bands. You will find yourself enjoying the evenings in good company, at trendy and affordable clubs and bars. If you’re feeling rather adventurous, you can join excursions organized by the festival around Kosovo to experience the country’s beautiful landscape and nature, visit cultural heritage monuments and try delicious traditional dishes.
In 2015, Prishtina International Film Festival suffered an interruption in the form of drastic funding cuts by the newly appointed Minister of Culture. This forced the Prishtina International Film Festival management to make the decision to rebel and protest by taking the festival to Tirana, Albania, and holding a special edition there, in exile, without budget. The echo of this action spread widely and gained the festival great support from the regional, European and world film industries. Prishtina International Film Festival came back home last year with a very strong edition, expanding in many aspects. This year we certainly do not plan to do less, therefore we need your support to show the importance of this event for the development of film industry and for supporting young talents in a small country like Kosovo.
We hope you join us in July 2017!
The biggest international film festival in Kosovo opens up many opportunities for you to submit your film. Each year it offers a special program with lots of unique activities. Film Entry is a special opportunity for you to have your film screened at the heart of Balkan region, in a festival which is growing yearly - as is its audience - and continuously making new partnerships with film industry organizations and companies (both regional and international), and other supporters of the festival.
PriFest also hosts the Best Pitch Competition, an important event that is held within PriFORUM. As part of this Competition, film projects from the region that are in the development or financing phase are offered a series of trainings and development sessions, namely pitching, script development, audience development, Financing Strategy advice. Subsequently, these film projects compete before the International Jury with the aim to win the Best Pitch Vanessa Redgrave Award at Prishtina International Film Festival. This year, Best Pitch will offer more awards, thanks to great collaborations with partner festivals and companies.
PriForum days is a gathering of filmmakers, comprised of panel discussions and presentations by international experts on different subjects related to the film industry, such as distribution, international sales, coproduction, and financing. It also includes workshops for actors and students
In addition to screening the very best of world cinema in Prishtina, PriFest fulfills the mission of promoting the local industry in front of the world. With its newest program named Kosova’s rising stars, PriFORUM and PriFest have decided to showcase the work of 10 local artists before film industry guests. PriFest considers Kosovo artists to be an asset for our country, as they have a lot of potential for international cooperation and coproduction, thus their talent should be seen.
Prishtina Rendezvous aims to bring together talented people from the Balkan region, so as to offer them a chance to meet with international distributors and sales agents, who are invited to scout for film projects of the Balkans. Filmmakers will get a chance to articulate their ideas and stories in ‘speed date’ style / one-on-one meetings.
During Prishtina Kino Kabaret you will meet new friends with whom you will share ideas, work and live the festival life experience while creating new projects which will materialize into this country’s new films.
The idea of Kino Kabaret is “Do well with nothing, do better with little, and do it right now!”. The idea is to create movies with no budget, in a very short period of time and a shooting crew created spontaneously.
Green Film Project is organized with the support of Bechtel-Enka. It aims to raise awareness for the environment. This project achieves its objective through a target group of youth aged 15-30 years old, inviting them to produce short films (15 sec - 3 min) which elaborate on an environment-related topic of their choice.
PriFest implements its mission to better Kosovo’s film industry in many ways. As a result of the successful cooperation with the Sarajevo Film Academy (SFA), PriFest offers 2 scholarships for students who want to study ‘Film Directing’ in this academy.
PriFest offers an opportunity to Kosovo youth which enables them to be part of Prishtina International Film Festival as volunteers. This also enables them to gain some work experience by learning how a big festival like PriFest is organized. In addition to practical work, volunteers can also make new friends, as well as meet film industry professionals and company epresentatives within the festival.