ⓘ Cinema of Albania


ⓘ Cinema of Albania

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 Re and National Center of Cinematography in Tirana.

Early Albanian films were introduced in Albania in 1909 by painter and photographer Kole Idromeno in Shkoder. 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 Durres International Film Festival is also among the most prominent exhibitions held in summer at the Amphitheatre of Durres.