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How do you grow the local film industry in a country with just three year-round cinemas?19 April 2019
In Kosovo, building an audience for locally made movies is not just a question of finding the money to make those movies, Prishtina Insight writes. The publicly funded Kosovo Cinematography Center (QKK) is actually quite active considering the country’s small population, less than 2 million, and smaller state budget. The center has partially funded 154 film projects in the past decade. Last year, it earmarked 1,179,400 euros ($1.32 million) for 27 projects, including several feature films.
For lack of screens to show them on, “Unfortunately, the Kosovar audience is deprived of the chance to watch these films, even though they pay for them to be produced,” director Ben Apolloni said.
The QKK website lists just five cinemas in Kosovo – three in the capital, Pristina, and one each in Prizren and Peja. Only the Pristina movie theaters show films regularly, Prishtina Insight says.
Local films do sometimes show in Pristina. The Cineplexx cinema said it has screened six local films to a total of 30,000 viewers since it opened. Alush Gashi of Kino Armata, a Yugoslav-era cinema that reopened as an art house last year, has screened more local films – 20 shorts and seven documentaries – to a total of about 2,000 people.