‘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.
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 wins another ‘BEST SHORT AWARD‘ at SHORT WAVES FILM FESTIVAL, in Poznan, Poland, this is the fifth award for ‘FENCE’.
‘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 wins ‘BEST NARRATIVE SHORT AWARD‘ at HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, another Academy Award® qualifying award!
‘FENCE‘ by Lendita Zeqiraj wins ‘BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM AWARD‘ at DOKUFEST International Documentary and Short Film Festival. In 17-years of DOKUFEST existence , it is the first time that a national film wins the International Short Film Competition.
“The film we unanimously decided to award as the best short is not only visually striking, but also daring & empowering, reflecting on womanhood, childhood, and more generally on what it means to find your own voice in a sometimes suffocating context. Every friend of DokuFest knows it: the future is female. The best short awards goes to… FENCE by Lendita Zeqiraj!”
Pamela Pianezza, Ina Pira and Ali Asgari
‘FENCE’ by Lendita Zeqiraj wins ‘Best Short 15 minutes or under’ Award at Palm Springs International ShortFest, an OSCAR® qualifying award.