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 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.
‘FENCE‘ by Lendita Zeqiraj wins ‘BEST NARRATIVE SHORT AWARD‘ at NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL, third Academy Award® qualifying award!
*The jury-winning film automatically qualifies for consideration for the Annual 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 part of 24th edition of Geneva International Film Festival – Festival Tous Ecrans, as part of International Shorts Program, to be held from 02 – 10 November 2018.
Since its inception in 1995, the Geneva International Film Festival (GIFF) has been exploring the links between cinema, television and digital art, while defending the place of the author in the artistic process, regardless of the audiovisual format. For the first time this year, the International Shorts program is curated by Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur.
‘FENCE‘ by Lendita Zeqiraj has been selected to be part of International Competition at the 16th, Oscar-qualifying Tirana International Film Festival, which will takes place from November 2nd through November 9th 2018.
Tirana International Film Festival, which is implemented by the Tirana Film Institute, it’s the biggest and the oldest Film Festival in Albania, placed in the capital city of Tirana. The Festival was created in 2003 (it was the first film festival after a decade gap from the official state film festival organized during the communism regime until 1990). The Festival is internationally recognized and screens every year more than 200 films of all genres (features, shorts, fiction, documentaries, animation, video art, experimental and student films from all over the world) devised in various sections that compete and with eight international juries, including FIPRESCI.
‘FENCE‘ by Lendita Zeqiraj wins ‘BEST NARRATIVE SHORT AWARD‘ at HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, another Academy Award® qualifying award!
We are very excited to reveal that ‘FENCE‘ by Lendita Zeqiraj has been selected to be part of the 26th annual, Oscar-qualifying Hamptons International Film Festival , which will take place from October 4th through October 8th.
The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate independent film—long, short, fiction and documentary—and to introduce a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to our audiences. The festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives to enlighten audiences, educate, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers, and present inspired entertainment.
HIFF partners with numerous international and national organizations, including Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch, an internationally recognized program showcasing breakthrough actors, an educational initiative with the United Nations, a long-standing partnership with the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) who serve on the jury and moderate Q&A’s, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), to bring industry titans to each year’s festival.
We are very excited to reveal that ‘FENCE‘ by Lendita Zeqiraj has been selected to be part of the 14th annual, Oscar-qualifying Camden International Film Festival, which will take place from September 13th through September 16th.
When it was founded, the Camden International Film Festival was one of the world’s only small town film festivals focused exclusively on documentary film.
Now, Camden IFF builds a unique, interdisciplinary community of filmmakers, artists, journalists, industry leaders and local audiences, forming a creative hub where stories and talent are discovered, collaborations are born, and the future of nonfiction media is shaped. It’s programs include the annual Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum, as well as a growing suite of artist development initiatives: retreats, residencies, workshops and fellowships that nurture the careers of diverse nonfiction storytellers and help them develop a stronger artistic voice.