‘Home’ will become Kosova’s first production to be Nominated for a European Academy Award. It will be Kosova’s second nomination in any category, Arta Dobroshi having been nominated for Best European Actress in 2008. The 29th EFA Awards Ceremony will be held on the 10th of December in Wroclaw Poland and will be attended by ‘Home’ Executive Producer Arta Dobroshi, ‘Home’ Producer Afolabi Kuti and ‘Home’ Writer and Director Daniel Mulloy.
WHY KOSOVA FOR THIS GLOBAL STORY?
Daniel wrote the script for ‘Home’ in Kosova and knew he wanted it to be a Kosova-UK co-production. Having spent a lot of time in Kosova and having a strong love for the country, Daniel knows how talented, hardworking and passionate his Kosovar collaborators are.
“Making a great film comes through passion and a deeply felt connection to the theme from all making it. You have the best people right here in Kosova. I am very lucky to make films here because the pool of talent both in front of and behind the camera is strong here in Kosova.” Said Daniel.
“The shared compassion Kosovans have for the plight of refugees, which stems from our not too distant past, gathered a significant number of people from the country who joined forces with their peers from all over the world to tell this story. Personally, I was drawn by Daniel’s passion for the project, by the cross-cutting composition of the team and by the cause-driven nature of the film. I can only hope that HOME will inspire the same empathy that saved so many families from Kosova when we had to leave our homes because of war.” – said Producer Shpat Deda.
“It was life changing to experience the process of bringing this movie to life, together with a team which worked beyond its limits to support a cause that is still close to our hearts and homes. Mulloy excelled in getting into people’s skins and souls by creating a movie like HOME. The movie itself is also a testament of Kosovo’s potential to provide a fertile ground where great movies can be made.” – said Producetion Manager Renea Behluli.
WHO MADE THE FILM?
The film stars Jack O’Connell, Holliday Grainger, Thaliya Lowles and Zaki Ramadani.
Many dedicated partners were keen to support both the theme of refugees and migration as well as the film itself. These included the United Nations Kosovo Team, USAID, Open-Societies Foundation London, Prishtina Municipality, Freud Communications, Kosovo Security Forces, Bartle Bogle Hegarty, DCM, Kosovo Police, Kodak, Kosovo’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Red Coss Kosova among many others.
‘Home’ was a co-production between Dokufest, Somesuch and Black Sheep Studios.
‘Home’ producers are Afolabi Kuti, Tim Nash, Chris Watling, Scott O’Donnell and Shpat Deda.
‘Home’ Executive Producers are Arta Dobroshi, Eroll Bilibani, Anthony Austin, Sally Campbell, Andre Des Rochers and Davud Karbassioun.
The ‘Home’ crew in Kosova included Nita Deda, Renea Behluli, Mrine Godanca, Elmedine Morina, Blerta Ismaili, Blerta Basholli, Valter Lucaj, Gezim Ramizi, Ardi Mehmeti, Lorik Kocani, Drilon Potera, Besnik Selimi, Elsen Hasani, Bilbil Shabani, Armend Nimani, Leart Shehu,Fatlum Idrizi, Besart Mehmetii, Enver Konushevci, Dardan Menxhiqi, Gazmend Bajri, Legjenda Banushi, Leonora Mehmeti, Vita Beqiri, Andra Dauti, Agan Asllani and Visar Bikliqi.
The ‘Home’ cast in Kosova included Zaki Ramadani, Mevlyd Osmani, Adriana Matoshi, Andi Bajgora, Shkelqim Islami, Armend Ismajli, Rebeka Qena, Afrim Mucaj, Fatmire Sahiti, Edison Dabiqaj, Rifat Smani, Armend Zeqiri, Arianit Hoti, Kreshnik Malushai, Leonit Maloku, Allmir Suhodolli, Alban Rexhaj, Fatlum Berisha, Granit Uka, Agnes Nokshiqi, Jan Nokshiqi, Mejreme Berisha, Kreshnik Berisha, Fatlum Hasani, Ermal Saiku, Mentor Morina, Melihate Qena, Bujar Ahmeti and Leon Bicaku.
WHAT HAS ‘HOME’ ACHIEVED?
‘HOME’ met with great success when it was released across cinemas in the UK. The trailer alone screened to around 3 million people in the UK highlighting the cause #withrefugges. ‘HOME’ then went on to screen at the Global UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants in at UN Head Quarters in New York City ahead of world’s politicians and decision makers.
There was great support for ‘HOME’ in the UK where 5 million advertising spots were donated on London taxis highlighting film and #withrefugees.
‘HOME’ is now screening at festivals around the world and has gone on to win multiple high profile awards ahead of the European Academy Awards. These include:
2016 Palm Springs International ShortFest – Best of Festival (US)
Vila do Conde – Best European Short Film (Pt)
Reykjavik International Film Festival – Best International Short Film (Is)
Sapporo International Short Film – Best Screenplay Award (Jp)
Tacoma International Film Festival – Best Narrative Short Film (US)
Tacoma International Film Festival – Best Cinematography (US)
Port Townsend Film Festival – Best Short Narrative Film (US)
Carbonia Film Festival – Student Jury Award for Best International Short Film (It)
St Louis International Film Festival – Special Jury Award (US)
Reggio Film Festival – Student Jury Award for Best Film (It)
31st BREST European Short Film Festival – Special Jury Award (Fr)
24FPS International Short Film Festival – Bronze Medal Award (US)
Capalbio International Film Festival – Jury Award Best Short Film (It)
WERE CAN THE EUROPEAN ACADEMY AWARDS BE WATCHED LIVE?
DokuFest will be screening the awards live at Kino Club Prizren on the 10th of December. DokuFest and all partners would love you to attend.