The first edition of the Tirana International Film Festival ended with the best short film prize being awarded ex aequo to Italian director Alessandro Dominici's The Last Gunman and Kosovan filmmaker Burbuqe Berisha's Kosovo 9/11.
The festival, which ran from Dec 1 to Dec 7 featured 82 short films from 30 countries. The five-member jury made up by Cork Film Festival director Mick Hannigan, Genova Film Commission founder Andrea Rocco, Czech filmmaker Andrea Prenghyová, French editor Luc Barnier and local film director Gjergj Xhuvani, awarded the best fiction prize to the Swiss film The Stairs by Frederic Mermoud, while in the documentary category another Italian filmmaker, Simone Salvemini took home the award for his story of Albanian emigrants in the Italian town Brindisi, The Traffic-Lights Brothers.
Ukrainian filmmaker Stepan Koval's multi-award winning The Tram No9 Goes was named best animation, while another Italian production, Andrea Adriatico's Fists And A Sky Is Closing Over Me was given the best experimental film prize. Director Bujar Alimani's The Kennel was named best Albanian film with a special mention going to Eno Milkani's Abandoned Eden.
The festival's media prize was also awarded to Burbuqe Berisha's Kosovo 9/11, while the public's choice was a Belgian production, Michel Vereecken's You Should Make Movies.