DokuFest has announced its full slate of films for the 2015 festival, which runs from August 8 – 16 in the city of Prizren, Kosovo. Selected from a record
number of over 3.000 submissions, DokuFest will showcase 228 films from 43 countries across 6 competitive sections and more than a
dozen specially curated programs.
Migration is central theme of the festival this year and its global, as well as local social context and consequences, will be highlighted and explored
through a number of events, including panels and discussions with filmmakers and invited international and local experts. A hand picked film program
focusing on the issue of migration has been created. Bafta winning filmmaker Daniel Mulloy created a striking visual campaign
to match with this year’s theme.
This year’s selection brings some of the finest work of non-fiction cinema, as well as a great array of
short fictions and experimental cinema to the charming city of Prizren and its celebrated outdoor cinemas. The festival is also adding the 5th
installment of this outdoor screenings known as the Dream Cinema.
DokuFest will also present a record number of films made in Albanian, both by filmmakers living and working in Kosovo and Albania, but
also abroad. Nearly a dozen short documentaries under the banner of DokuFest have also been produced and will be shown at the festival.
Added to this, the festival will pay tribute to one the world’s greatest filmmakers, Albert Maysles. DokuFest will screen six of his films including landmark works such as ” Gimme Shelter’ and “Grey Gardens” as well as his last two films, “Iris” and “In Transit.” Albert Maysles, who died earlier this
year, together with his brother David, redefined documentary filmmaking, and influenced a generation of filmmakers with their ability to capture
reality as it was unfolding.
The View From The World, non-competitive section of the festival will once again bring some of the biggest films of the year, including, among others,”CITIZENFOUR,” winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature,”The Wolfpack,” Sundance sensation and winner of the U.S Grand Jury Prize and “The Pearl Button,” Best Screenplay winner at this year’s Berlinale.
This year’s rich and varied program also includes film critic’s Neil Young survey of American independent scene in “Uncharted States of America” program and Pamela
Cohn’s now continuous exploration of music documentary landscape, albeit in very different form this year, in the “Sound of my Soul” selection.
“DokuFest is returning with yet another eclectic program of films that is sure to amaze, move, question and surprise,” says Veton Nurkollari,
Artistic Director of DokuFest. “ We are delighted to be able to present works of the highest quality, both from emerging filmmakers and masters of the craft, to our growing audience”.
You can take a closer look at the diverse sections below: