Call for documentaries and/or short films 2015-2016

In April 2015, the “Culture for all – phase III” project launched a Call for documentaries and/or short films 2015 in order to support the production of documentaries and/or short artistic films of Kosovo. 

The call was addressed to film production companies or individual filmmakers (individual writers, directors, producers, etc.), who are based and legally established in Kosovo.
40 actors submitted their applications. After the assessment exercise carried out by the “Culture for all – phase III” project team and, in agreement with the European Union Office in Kosovo, a list of 3 projects selected (1 short film and 2 documentaries) was established. 

Summaries of the selected projects are listed below.

Producer: MB Office
Title:  “Parallel Soldiers”
Duration of the project:
1 June 2015 – 31 March 2016
Synopsis: The documentary “Parallel Soldiers” tells the story of the Kosovar Albanian parallel system during the 1990s. It focuses on education as the main foundation upon which the Kosovar Albanian public life was organized; it explores and documents the stories of teaching in houses, basements, private apartment, stores, and many other venues turned into school premises. Parallel Soldiers tells the story of the students, teachers, professors, parents and citizens that made possible the education of young generations throughout a decade.


 Producer: Edon Rizvanolli
Title: “Land of the living past”
Duration of the project:
1 October 2015 – 31 July 2016
Synopsis: As Kosovo declared independence in 2008, it is the youngest country in Europe. With an average age of 27 years old it also has the youngest population. But at the same time traditions are still very much alive, especially when it comes to the position of women in their families and in society. Some of the observations from British writer Edith Durham, who travelled the area over 100 years ago, are as topical today as they were a century ago. The documentary “Land of the living past” uses the texts of Edith Durham to explore the role of tradition in present-day Kosovo and examines the clash between people fighting for change and the forces that hold them back.


Producer: Astrit Alihajdaraj
Title: “SCHATZI”
Duration of the project:
15 January 2015 – 1 July 2016
Synopsis: After several years of living in Vienna BASHKIM decided to return to live in Kosovo. His wife DRITA and his son BESNIK have to follow him. At the beginning everything goes well until they start to face with different new challenges in their new home. But the biggest one is the challenge of identity. The short film “SCHATZI” will be produced by ILLYRIA FILM. 

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