‘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 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.