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" 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.
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" by Albanian director of Macedonian origin Izer Aliu, "Echo" by Kosovar director Dren Zherka, "The Chronicles of Melanie" by Viesturs Kairiss, "On the Trail of My Father" by Marco Segato, "Low Tide" by Daniel Mann, Challenge by Olga Land, "Little Harbour" by Iveta Grófová, "Everything is Broken up and Dances" by Nony Geffen, "Mellow Mud" by Renārs Vimba and "Mammal" 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 by Bojan Vuletic, Quit Staring at My Plate by Hana Jusic, "Lowdown" by Pavle Simonović, Goran by Nevio Marasovic, Amok by Vardan Tozija and "A Comedy of Tears" by Marko Sosić. Bulgaria’s Godless by Ralitza Petrova, and Turkey’s Ember 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.