The eighth Edition …

Starting from 15th to 19th October 2021, DEA OPEN AIR International Film Festival will launch its eighth edition. Even this time in the capital!

After five successful years in Saranda, DEA is coming this year for the fifth time to Tirana to share the European film and professional expertise with the public, students and filmmakers of the capital city!

DEA remains an OPEN AIR Festival this year as well.

The main program of the festival, the Feature Film Competition and the Short Film Program, will be offered at the DEA OPEN AIR Cinema 1 – in the Amphitheater of the University of Arts.

The evening program of the main competition of the festival, Feature Film will be offered at the DEA OPEN AIR 1 Cinema – in the Amphitheater of the University of Arts. Also the Short Film Program and the Student Film Program as well.

The official Opening Ceremony as well as the Gala Evening of the Awards VIII of DEA OPEN AIR International Film Festival Tirana – 2021 also will be organized at the DEA OPEN AIR Cinema 1 – in the Amphitheater of the University of Arts.

The afternoon program of the main competition of the festival, Feature Film Competition will be offered at the DEA OPEN AIR Cinema 2 – Black Box Hall of the University of Arts.

The Documentary Film Program is offered at the DEA OPEN AIR 3 Cinema – Black Box Hall 2 of the University of Arts.

The CineKO program, with a focus on the Kosovo cinema, will be offered every evening in the framework of public film screenings in the Center of Tirana.

The number of applicants for DEA OPEN AIR has grown from year to year. This year’s edition also confirms the trend.

All participants have applied either on the Film Freeway and Fest home platforms or directly to the Festival address.

The applicants have been submitted in the competition, coming not only from European countries, have given intercontinental geography to the applications.

The Films to be introduced and winners participating in the competition have undergone preliminary selection of international Committees, closed at the end of March.

The pre-selection commissions have included in this year’s program a total of 56 films, of which 7 in the Full Feature Section or Main Competition, 3 in the Cine KO Program, 15 in the Short Film Section, 15 in the Student Film Section and 16 in the Documentary Film Section. The Categorization reflects the nature of creativity and profile of different authors.

After the interruption of last year, dictated by the conditions of the pandemic, in the framework of the DEA Academy in this year will be also organized the Regional Meeting of Film Schools (16th-19th October 2021). This year, the participants come from Prishtina (Department of Film Directing and Television of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Prishtina), Skopje (European Film Academy of Skopje), Bratislava(Film and Television Faculty of The Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava) and Tirana (Film and Television Department of the University of Arts in Tirana). The agenda includes the organization of a special section of film school students (4 hours of daily program), accompanied by the presentation of the academic and cultural offer of the participating film schools as well as roundtables for discussion about the regional film industry and the education of the young filmmakers. the Regional Meeting of Film Schools 2021 will be held in the DEA Academy Area – FAB Gallery of the University of Arts and in the DEA OPEN AIR Cinema 3 – BLACK BOX 2 of the University of Arts.

The eighth edition of the International Film Festival DEA OPEN AIR is supported by the Municipality of Tirana, University of Arts and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Kosovo.

Cinema professionals, directors of several European film festivals, but also actors, directors, producers and journalists who traditionally give activity and multidimensional communication, which cinema always promises and realizes, will be this year only partly present but partly also virtual – accessing movies as well as communicating with each other ON LINE.

Press Office

DEA OPEN AIR

15 - 19 October 2021

Based in: Tirana, Albania

The cinema is trying to overcome a serious crisis …
This time a global crisis …
This is not the first cinema crisis …
It is not even its first global crisis …

But in contrast to its previous crises – outside it or partially inside it, this
crisis threatened and still threatens the motive of the existence of cinema
in modern times …,
the desire to consume the film together…

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