DEA OPEN AIR International Film Festival is an annual event. The festival will continue the tradition of visiting the glittering of the Albanian Riviera, Saranda. In South Albania, where the cinema has been missing for 25 years, the film is coming back with its most prominent European representatives, motivating the audience to enjoy the cinema and attracting the foreign film professionals to recognize the Albanian cinema and to enjoy the area.
The main program of the festival will be the Feature Film Competition, which gives priority to the best European films of the last two years. All the films will be shown in primetime, at the LIMANI Cinema, preceded by screenings for journalists, photo sessions for photographers, interviews and press conferences, which are to take place prior to the official screening. This Program is also a Red Carpet event, which attracts over 50 guest directors, screen-writers, producers, actors, actresses and other people from European film industry. Over the past years, this Programme has become the one of the most important meeting and discussion points about the European film in Albania.
The Short Film Competition is divided in the international and the student competition. The International Competition Program presents the work of the most talented young filmmakers from Europe and around the world but also films by young and courageous authors who experiment with the film language and create powerful interpretations of the world around us. The Student Competition Program promotes student films coming from European and regional film schools or academies. It also presents a networking platform for young and talented future film professionals at the very beginning of their careers. It is focused on featuring fiction, documentary, and animated films up to 30 minutes, produced as a part of the studying process at one of the regional film schools, faculties or academies.
The competitions are followed by fife juries, three of which are international. Their members are film personalities from the Europe and the Balkan region. The Juries accord fifteen Prizes and the festival founders accord DEA- Gratitude Award for the live time achievement.
In order to attract the audience, for which the cinema has been missing for a long time, the fifth edition will also continue to offer three out-of-competition film programs.
Friends of Cinema Program – with special screenings of first-class European and Albanian film achievements to the satisfaction of the film fans.
Cross Border Program – with screenings of films focused on cross-border issues and discussions about it. This program aims to inspire the proffesionals panel participants, the audience and the media to focus on and discuss the pressing problems faced by individuals and communities around the world, in order to promote tolerance and diversity.
Focus Program Children – DEA OPEN AIR pays a special attention to the youngest part of the audience and its film education. With the film focus program consisting of European feature and short films, selected and adapted to this age, as well as other activities, we offer our youngest viewers the opportunity to develop their affection towards the film. 15 films for children will be screened in the presence and with the explanations, comments and speeches of lecturers dealing in the field of children’s film education, coming from Sweden and Germany.
The films offered in the student competition program and in the Children’s Program are the subject of discussions and analysis during the Summer Academy of Film DEA, where participate film students from Tirana and Pristina.
The festival also offered some red carpet events, many exchanges between filmmakers from Europe, the world and the region, networking possibilities for filmmakers and many tours in the touristic and historical attractions of the area.