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The Prishtina International Film Festival launches an expanded ninth edition

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- The leading Kosovar film event has changed its dates, introduced another competition section and is offering new industry events

The Prishtina International Film Festival launches an expanded ninth edition
Unwanted by Edon Rizvanolli

The Prishtina International Film Festival (PriFest), the biggest feature-film festival in Kosovo, is launching its ninth edition. Now moving to summer from the spring, the festival takes place from 13–20 July, with Unwanted [+see also:
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 by Kosovar director Edon Rizvanolli opening this edition, screening as an international premiere. Besides the change to the dates, PriFest also has a new documentary competition, more juries than ever before, and new industry events. Acclaimed director, screenwriter and producer Paul Haggis will be honoured with the festival’s Golden Goddess Award.

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Prifest’s main competition section, the European programme, includes ten films, six of which will be having their regional premieres: the Norwegian film Hunting Flies [+see also:
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 by Albanian director of Macedonian origin Izer AliuEcho by Kosovar director Dren ZherkaThe Chronicles of Melanie [+see also:
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 by Viesturs KairissOn the Trail of My Father [+see also:
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 by Marco SegatoLow Tide [+see also:
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 by Daniel MannChallenge by Olga LandLittle Harbour [+see also:
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 by Iveta GrófováEverything is Broken up and Dances by Nony GeffenMellow Mud [+see also:
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 by Renārs Vimba and Mammal [+see also:
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 by Rebecca Daly.

Unwanted will compete alongside nine more films in the Balkan film competition, dubbed the Honey and Blood programme. The majority of the movies hail from the countries of the former Yugoslavia: Requiem for Mrs. J. [+see also:
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 by Bojan VuletićQuit Staring at My Plate [+see also:
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 by Hana JusićLowdown by Pavle SimonovićGoran [+see also:
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 by Nevio MarasovićAmok by Vardan Tozija and A Comedy of Tears by Marko Sosić. Bulgaria’s Godless [+see also:
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 by Ralitza Petrova, and Turkey’s Ember [+see also:
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 by Zeki Demirkubuz and Snow by Emre Erdogdu round off the selection.

PriFest is also introducing a new competition section, PriDocs, which is focused on documentaries. The section will present 16 docs, including two world and two international premieres, while six of the movies will be having their regional premieres.

PriFORUM, unspooling from 15-20 July and featuring Turkey as a partner country, remains the core of the Kosovar film industry, with a pitching competition, panel discussions, master classes, meetings and training programmes in partnership with EAVE and the TorinoFilmLab. A work-in-progress section is being introduced for Kosovar films in post-production, while the new Kosova’s Rising Stars programme shines a spotlight on ten emerging local artists who will present their work.

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