EFFA16 Winners!

On Sunday 05th June 2016 at the Tulla Cultural Center, the EFFA16 Jury ended the unbearable suspense and nominated the Awards of EFFA 2016!

International Long Movies (> 20 min.):

Best Films:
1. One for the River : The Vjosa Story by the Leeway Collective

Jury words : “For its spirited and unique narrative, in these troubled times comes a film that is both powerful and successful at bringing back to its full glory the dignity of our river Vjosa. What starts as a kayak journey of three young idealists, grows in strength as plans to destroy the biodervsity of this river jewel are halted, then approved. What began as an initiative by three Slovenian biologists , is a concern that should be supported by all Albanians and their Balkan neighbours. We hereby give the first prize of the festival to One For The River: The Vjosa Story in the category of films of above 20 minutes. We hope that our simple gesture will be a message to this government to halt work on a Project that will destoy the delicate fabric of this natural treasure. ”

2. Waste Mandala by A. Bernard & P. Ceretto

Jury words : “The second prize in the category of films under twenty minutes goes to WASTE MANDALA. Though the film focuses on the tragic conditions of waste in Nepal, it seems as if the filmmaker walked the streets of Albania. We hope that the film is seen worldwide and here in Albania to show how personal and local initiatives can actually help and transform societies from the ground up.”

International Short Movies (<20min):

Best Films:
1. The Fox of Shichigorosawa by Yuki Koji & Sugihara Tune

Jury words : “In the category of films under twenty minutes, the main jury award goes to The Fox of Shichigorosawa a beautiful, sad tale of a fox that needs to migrate far, far away in order to survive. With a clear message this haunting animation film brings forth an issue that touches us all, through an excellent use of long forgotten poetry, songs and lovely music.”

2. Ma Forêt by Sebastien Pins

Jury words : “As we grow and run in our modern lives, we seem to forget our relationship to nature. Our second prize goes to Ma Forêt, a poetic invitation to go back to those moments of pure bliss & poetry, an homage to the forever beauty and wonder of nature, which comes alive through the joy of a little boy in the woods.”

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Best Films:
1. Frymemarrje by Nisma Vullnetare

Jury words : “The first prize goes to a film which portrays a nightmare in which we all live, that of pollution. The clever, inspired FRYMEMARRJE is the story of a young man who tries to take a simple run in a polluted, urban city.”

2. IBA-s of Northwest Albania by ASPBM

Jury words : “The second prize goes to the film titled IBA-s of Northwest Albania. We hope this award motivates the filmmakers to record a proper audio soundtrack and re-edit this work utilizing proper storytelling techniques.”


Best Films:
1.Wild Albania by Cornelia Volk

Jury words : “The Lab Awards go to the films titled “Wild Albania – In the Land of the Eagle” a work of love that deserves our attention”

2. The man (plastic) by Elton Baxhaku & Eriona Çami

Jury words : ““The Man (plastic)” a short work which Gives a face to the countless men and women who recycle plastic in our capital city”.