16 April, 2022

Film project “SISTERS” by Albana Nila has been selected as a winner by the selection committee comprised of Melissa Lindgren (Film curator and producer), Blerta Zeqiri (Filmmaker), Samir Karahoda (filmmaker and film curator), and Veton Nurkollari (film curator).

Albana Nila’s film project SISTERS is a portrayal on girlhood and the difficulties of being a young woman in a society as Kosovo. SISTERS is not the story of another victim; it is rather a story of a young bright individual that with the help of her sisters takes the matter of her wellbeing in her own hands.

Albana is a film director/writer born in 1999 in Peja. She is currently in the last year of her BA in Film and TV Directing studies at the University of Prishtina. Albana also completed a one-semester of Erasmus+ICM exchange as a BA in Masaryk University Film and Audiovisual Culture, Czech Republic.

DokuFest will support the project with 10,000 Euros and the creative team will provide coaching and mentoring to Albana Nila and her production team throughout the production cycle.

‘Furthering Democratic Society through the use of Arts and Culture’ is a program of DokuFest that aims to respond to the challenges of contemporary society, such as the erosion of democratic institutions and lack of dialogue and inclusion, by merging arts and culture with wider relevant social issues.

One of the key elements of this program is the provision of grants to support the local talent of young storytellers, directors and producers for the production and distribution of local stories to international markets, thus promoting local stories seen from the perspective of young and creative artists.

These grants are intended to provide alternative funding for filmmaking in Kosovo, aimed at young artists and filmmakers from Kosovo who can develop and deliver the project within a set time frame. The second round of the call for projects will be announced in the second half of May 2022.