‘FENCE‘ by Lendita Zeqiraj has been selected to be the part of official selection at Watch Out! Tetovo Film Festival, to be held from 6th June – 9th Julne 2019 in Tetovo, North Macedonia.
WatchOut! Is an open air Film Festival organized by Center for Balkan Cooperation LOJA in the city of Tetovo, North Macedonia. The eighth edition of WatchOut! Film Festival will take place from 06th to 09th of June 2019.
The usual venue of the Festival for the evening screenings is the garden of the Museum of the Communist Party of Macedonia. If the weather is bad, alternative venue is the cinema space of CBC LOJA. Winners in the four competition programs will be invited to Tetovo for the Festival and receive the awards.
‘FENCE‘ by Lendita Zeqiraj has been selected to be the part of official selection at 14th edition of Sardinia Film Festival, to be held from 14th June – 7th July 2019 in Sardinia’s Sassari, Italy.
The Sardinia Film Festival‘s main aim is to promote and give value to the international independent cinematography. Festival was created in 2006 by Cineclub Sassari, which is an historical cultural association. Since 1951 this association has worked in order to promote the cinema in Sardinia. Since 2012, the Festival has received medals from the President of Italy, the Chamber of Deputies, the Senate. It also has the support from UNESCO – Italian Commission ”Farnesina”, MIBACT – Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, the University of Sassari.
A true slice-of-life film, Fence follows Genti, a young boy stuck roaming in an out of the chaotic house where his extended family is simultaneously celebrating and bickering amongst themselves. It’s already won the Best Short under 15 minutes at Palm Springs (and been featured at several other major festivals), and from the opening minutes, you immediately see why. To capture the tension and the exhaustion of a boy trapped in an oppressive adult’s world, Zeqiraj and cinematographer Sebastien Goepfert go for a hand-held one take shot that comprises the entire film’s running time.
Not only is it an extraordinarily executed piece of art (this camera covers a lot of ground), but it’s also the right move for the story. The film’s geography literally goes back and forth between the house and the neighborhood on the other side of the fence, echoing Genti’s own ambivalent feelings. This award-winning short is a master class in using visuals to communicate the character’s journey, with the film’s ultimate climax depending on what direction our protagonist chooses. This just scratches the surface, however. There’s the perfectly dreary color palette, the sociological themes running beneath the family drama and other little moments that are best revisited on subsequent viewings. One of the strongest showings by an ensemble cast for a short we’ve seen all year.
‘FENCE‘ by Lendita Zeqiraj has been selected, to have its Maltese Premiere at Valletta Film Festival, the biggest and most important film festival in Malta, to be held from 14th – 23rd June 2019 in smallest capital city in European Union, Valletta.
Twenty-six short films will compete in the first edition of Cinema of Small Nations Competition – Short Film section that will be held during the fifth edition of the Valletta Film Festival. Films from twelve small nations will participate in the competition including four films from Malta. The selection will be divided into four programs and will be screened at Valletta Campus Theatre. An international jury will adjudicate the films and award the Best Short Film prize.
‘FENCE‘ by Lendita Zeqiraj has been selected, among 10 short films to have its Croatian Premiere at 66th Pula Film Festival, to be held from 13th – 21st July 2019 in beautiful Pula, Croatia.
Pula Film Festival (Croatian: Pulski filmski festival) is an annual Croatian film festival, established in 1954. It is held in a Roman amphitheater known as the Pula Arena.
Apart from film screenings open to the public, the annual Croatian film industry awards are also traditionally presented at the festival. The awards presented at the festival (called Golden Arenas) are the main national film awards in the country and they serve as the Croatian equivalent of the American Academy Awards, British BAFTA Awards, Spain’s Goya Awards, France’s César Award, etc.
‘FENCE‘ by Lendita Zeqiraj has been selected, among more than 4500 films submitted, to participate to the International Competition of the 22nd Brussels Short Film Festival, to be held from 25th April – 5th May 2019 in Belgian capital.
Brussels Short Film Festival is an exhibition intended for lovers of cinema, both audience and professionals. The purpose is to promote and circulate short films and to generate contacts between audience, young directors and professionals. Since 2018, the winner of the Great Prize of the International competition 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.
‘FENCE‘ by Lendita Zeqiraj has been selected to be the part of the international competition at 31st FILMFEST DRESDEN International Short Film Festival, to be held from 9th – 14th April 2019 in Dresden, Germany.
FILMFEST DRESDEN was founded in 1989 before the imminent collapse of the GDR and reunification of Germany. The short film festival focuses on short film in all its facets, and has become one of the most important festivals of its kind throughout Germany. FILMFEST DRESDEN is also one of the best endowed short film festivals in Europe with prizes and awards worth €67,000. By now, FILMFEST DRESDEN awards each year prizes worth €67,000, and attracts around 20,000 international and national visitors, including 550 professionals. Since 2017, the festival has also become more and more accessible: each year, several competition programmes are screened with audio description for the visually impaired and extended German subtitles for people with hearing impairment in order to make the festival accessible to these target groups. Additionally, the subsequent film discussions as well as the opening and awards ceremony are accompanied and translated by German sign language interpreters. The festival team is also supported by a specially founded advisory board, “Cinema without barriers”. Thus, FILMFEST DRESDEN is taking on a pioneering role among German film festivals in terms of accessibility and inclusion.
‘FENCE‘ by Lendita Zeqiraj has been selected to be the part of 7th International Changing Perspectives Film Festival, to be held from 6th – 10th March 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey.
The International Changing Perspectives Short Film Festival is an international take-away film festival dealing with the topic of cultural exchange. The festival will start in Istanbul with a week program. During the year there will be other screenings in various European cities. Filmmakers will be invited and academic panel discussions on the topic of academic cultural exchange will be held. As part of Katadrom Arts, Culture and Social Politics Association the ICPSFF also aims to stimulate artistic and cultural creativity. Its special aim is to provide a platform for young critical fimmakers who deal with the wide variation of cultural exchange.
‘FENCE‘ by Lendita Zeqiraj has been selected to be the part of 14th Central and Eastern European Film Festival (A l’Est du Nouveau), to be held from 26th February – 5th March 2019 in Rouen, France.
A l’Est du Nouveau has a mission to discover the latest films from Central and Eastern European countries, new and innovative films, both by their form and their content, on societies where they come from.
‘FENCE‘ by Lendita Zeqiraj has been selected to be the part of International Competiton at 11th edition of Short Waves Festival 2019, to be held from 19th – 24th March 2019 in Poznan, Poland.
Short Waves Festival is a network of film events scattered around the urban space of Poznan. It’s core consists of competition screenings – a carefully put together selection of outstanding short films grouped into three categories: International Competition, Polish Competition and Dances with Camera. Short Waves Festival is also themed screening selections such as Comedy Shorts and Girl Power, focus program and innovative audiovisual events.