DOKUFEST: Prizren’s Annual Premiere Cinematic and Arts Festival

By: Liza Gashi    August 12, 2013

DOKUFEST, the International Documentary and Short Film Festival, is one of Kosovo’s most important cultural events. The festival brings filmmakers, directors, artists, and art lovers from all over the world to the beautiful city of Prizren each August. What makes DOKUFEST such an awesome experience? The weeklong celebration contains film screenings, workshops, photo exhibitions, camping, and concerts, all within a multicultural and friendly space. It is an unforgettable and charming event for those in attendance.

This year, DOKUFEST will take place from August 17-25. The organizers have stated that over 100 filmmakers from multiple different countries are expected to attend. “We are thrilled to present an expanded slate of competitions at DOKUFEST this year, with films that paint a picture of the contemporary world in a brave, provocative, and honest way. Films about bees, ships, a cat named Baby, Black Sea pirates, Balkan matchmakers, punk girls in balaclavas, and mass exodus are only part of an eclectic selection of films in competitions. We are looking forward to share these and other films with our audience in August,” said Veton Nurkollari, Artistic Director of DOKUFEST.

Participating films will be screened and divided in seven sections of competition: Balkan Dox, International Dox, Human Rights Dox, Green Dox, International Shorts, National, and Youth. Furthermore, there will be a number of special programmes to attend, ranging from local poverty to a cinematic journey throughout the Arab World.

If you are an artist or art-lover, fan of short and documentary films, interested in meeting other artists and art-lovers, listening to good music, seeing photography exhibitions and art workshops, and love camping, DOKUFEST is waiting for you. As a bonus, you will be able to Prizren, a well-known city of Ottoman Empire cultural heritage, as well as the newborn country of Kosovo.

For more information on the festival, visit the DOKUFEST Homepage here.

Liza Gashi

Liza is a public policy professional with experience in project and campaign management, qualitative analysis and big data, and multi-stakeholder engagement in Kosovo, the United States, Costa Rica and Argentina. Liza has founded and managed Germin and the www.kosovodiaspora.org portal. She has been a Commitment-Maker of the Clinton Global Initiative. Liza has also founded and currently leads the United World Colleges Committee in Kosovo, which has administered scholarships for Kosovo high school students to attend UWC colleges in 15 different countries. Liza is pursuing a Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Arizona State University, and holds a bachelor degree from Wartbrug College (IA) in International Relations, Political Science and Spanish. She is a graduate of United World College in Costa Rica, and studied for a semester at the National University of Córdoba in Argentina.

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