The European Film Academy has selected Kosovo’s DokuFest as one of the nominee festivals for the European Film Awards, EFA.
As Kosovo’s most famous film festival roars back to life following the challenges of the pandemic, its founders recall how it all started two decades ago in the back garden of a ruined cinema.
While Dokufest has shifted its entire programme to be showcased online, Anibar’s organisers are holding out hope that some of its open air cinemas will also be able to operate in August.
Poverty, lack of social welfare, migration, violence and suicide were amongst the themes explored by Kosovo’s young filmakers at DokuFest this year, ushering in a potential new era for Kosovar cinema.
During their visit to Dokufest, Serbian animators Ana Nedeljkovic and Nikola Madjak share their tactics for expressing anger toward the shared political reality in the Balkans: building an animated universe that captures corruption, isolation and false promises.