I have followed the festival in Kosovo from long-distance, it has been easy to do as the level of FB information (text and pictures) distributed from Dokufest is high and competent, as is the website and the press release that came out yesterday. I quote in its full length and at the post above you will get information about some of the awards distributed. It’s all very professional with a welcoming atmosphere. I intend to take part next year:
PRIZREN 16.08.2015 – The 14th edition of the International Documentary and Short Film Festival – DokuFest came to a close yesterday, the 16th day of August. DokuFest 2015 was dedicated to the theme of Migration with films from all over the world and the Balkan region, masterclasses, workshops, debates and panel discussions.
New ticket sales records were set with 14,000 tickets sold over the
course of the event’s nine days. The midnight music shows – DokuNights – sold a record 13,000 tickets for its stellar line-up of international music acts and DJ sets with people dancing until sunrise.
This year’s film program consisted of 228 feature-length and short films, with 124 of those in competition. The winning selections from each competition are listed (via the link below). They were announced tonight at Prizren’s Kino Lumbardhi, site of the festival’s closing ceremony. Following the awards ceremony, the closing night film feature was Albert Maysles’ film Iris. This year, DokuFest presented a special strand of the classic cinematic work of Albert and his partner and brother, David. Mr. Maysles passed away this year and the festival honored this legendary and seminal documentarian with special screenings of remastered classics. After the screening, the festivities continued at Lumbardhi with the last act of DokuNights featuring the traditional sounds of Nezafete Shala and family playing a selection of Albanian folk music.
Photo: Majlinda Hoxha.