‘FENCE’ @ Saint Cloud Film Festival

FENCE‘ by Lendita Zeqiraj has been selected to be part of 8th,  Saint Cloud Film Festival, which will takes place from November 3rd through November 10th 2018, in St Cloud, Minnesota USA.

The St Cloud Film Festival promotes film and filmmakers by creating opportunities for education, production, and appreciation during an annual festival and through year-long outreach. From live action to animation, documentary to avant-garde all film makers will have a place and a voice at this film festival.

‘FENCE’ @ Thessaloniki International Film Festival

FENCE‘ by Lendita Zeqiraj has been selected to be part of 59th edition of Thessaloniki International Film Festival, as part of Balkan Survey Program.

The 59th Thessaloniki International Film Festival will be held November 1 – 11, 2018, inviting the audience to discover innovative filmmakers, new sections, engaging tributes, the best films of independent cinema, the majority of the annual Greek film production, new initiatives in the festival’s Agora Industry and parallel events. For 25 years the Thessaloniki International Film Festival’s Balkan Survey section has been showcasing the best samples of the Balkan area’s film production. Well-known directors, as well as promising newcomers tackle a variety of challenging themes in the core program of this year’s edition that consists of 15 films, both shorts and features.

‘FENCE’ @ Geneva International Film Festival – GIFF

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 cinematelevision 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’ @ Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur

FENCE‘ by Lendita Zeqiraj has been selected to have its European Premiere at 22nd Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland’s most significant short film festival. Established in 1997, the festival takes place from 6th until 11th November 2018.

Year after year, the festival’s short cinematic delicacies attract thousands of film fans to the venues in and around Casino theater, appealing to industry representatives and the general audience alike. The International and Swiss Competitions are at the heart of the festival and at the pulse of current filmmaking from around the world, films of the Kurzfilmtage competitions qualify for nomination consideration for the OSCAR®, the British Academy Film Award BAFTA, the Swiss Film Award Quartz, and the Zurich Film Award Cadrage. In addition to the competitions, Kurzfilmtage shows scrupulously curated short film programmes, which contextualize their themes against a wider cultural background.

‘FENCE’ @ Tirana International Film Festival

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’ @ Hamptons International Film Festival

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.

‘FENCE’ @ Camden International Film 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.

‘FENCE’ @ New Orleans Film Festival

We are very excited to reveal that ‘FENCE‘ by Lendita Zeqiraj has been selected to be part of the 29th annual, Oscar-qualifying New Orleans Film Festival (#NOFF2018), which will take place from October 17th through October 25th, part of the most diverse line-up in the festival’s history.

After receiving a record number of  6000  submissions for the 2018 festival—an increase of over 25% from 2017—the festival’s team of programmers carefully curated a slate of 220 visionary, thought-provoking films that represent a wealth of perspectives. Entries came from 120 different countries. Overall, the directors of selected films represent 42 different nationalities.

Born in a city known for its eclectic and artistic vibrancy, the New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) has sought out bold and passionate storytellers since 1989. It is the longest-running festival of its kind in the state of Louisiana and one of the largest film festivals in the South.

New Orleans Film Festival, has grown into an internationally respected annual event that attracts 20-25k people, 400+ filmmakers, and 240 films. It is one of the few film festivals that is Oscar-qualifying in all three Academy-accredited categories: Narrative Short, Documentary Short, and Animated Short—and it’s been recognized by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” every year since 2012 (one of only two festivals to receive that recognition for six straight years).

‘FENCE’ – Best International Short @ DOKUFEST 2018

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.

JURY STATEMENT:
“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!”

Jury Members:
Pamela Pianezza, Ina Pira and Ali Asgari