Cinema of Albania

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The Cinema of Albania refers to the film industry based in Albania and comprises the art of films and movies made within the country or by Albanian directors abroad. Albania has had an active cinema industry since 1897 and began strong activities in 1940 after the foundation of both the Kinostudio Shqiperia e Re and National Center of Cinematography in Tirana.[1][2]

Early Albanian films were introduced in Albania in 1909 by painter and photographer Kolë Idromeno in Shkodër.[3][4][5] Afterwards, the first public screening of foreign films took place over the years.

The motion pictures have won international and prestigious awards and each year new Albanian films are seen at film festivals around the globe.

In consideration to the Albanian diaspora, there are several internationally renowned actors such as the Albanian-Americans Eliza Dushku, Klement Tinaj, Masiela Lusha, Jim and John Belushi, Kosovo-Albanians Bekim Fehmiu and Arta Dobroshi, Greek-Albanian Irene Papas and Turkish-Albanian Barish Arduç.

Albania annually hosts several International Film Festivals. The most important is certainly the Tirana International Film Festival, which takes place in the capital of Tirana. Born in 2008, the Durrës International Film Festival is also among the most prominent exhibitions held in summer at the Amphitheatre of Durrës.

Some Notable Albanian Films

See also

External links

  • Central State's Film Archive
  • National Center of Cinematography
  • Abdurrahim Myftiu
  • A selection of great Albanian movies offered by (website in Albanian)
  • History of the Albanian Cinema, a chronography from (website in English)
  • Albanian Film Database - Albanian films, cast, and crew
  • Movie Movie - a chronological history of Albanian cinema from 1911 to the present day
  • The Albanian Cinema Project - an initiative launched in 2012 by an international group of filmmakers, archivists and film scholars to help bring much needed attention to the cause of preserving, restoring and making accessible Albania's rich film legacy


  1. ^ Natasha Lako. "THE GAME OF ALBANIAN FILM IMAGE 1895-1945". 
  2. ^ Albanian Cinema Project. "Ndërthurja e Historisë Politike Me Historinë e Filmit - Një Përmbledhje E Historisë Së Filmit Shqiptar". (in Albanian). 
  3. ^ "A Short History of Albanian Cinema". 
  4. ^ Robert Elsie (2007). Writing in Light – Early Photography of Albania and the Southwestern Balkans / Dritëshkronja – Fotografia e hershme nga Shqipëria dhe Ballkani. Prishtina: ATV Media Company & Arbi. p. 9. ISBN 978-9951-8735-1-2. 
  5. ^ Loïc Chauvin, Christian Raby. Albania, a photographic journey 1858-1945. Paris: Écrits de Lumière. ISBN 978-2-9538669-1-9. 
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