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Documentary filmmaker

Dea Gjinovci is a Swiss-Albanian director-producer based in Paris. She is a 2019 Sundance Talent Forum alum and 2019 Film Independent Fellow. Her award-winning documentary short 'Sans le Kosovo' won Best National Film at Dokufest in 2017. Her debut feature-length documentary ‘Wake Up on Mars’ received support from the Sundance Film Institute and Ford Foundation/JustFilms, and won the “Perspectives d’un doc” pitch award at Visions du Réel 2018. It premiered virtually at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival and Visions du Réel in Switzerland. She was awarded the "Best New Talent" mention at Biografilm Festival 2020, and Wake Up on Mars was nominated for the prestigious "Prix de Soleure" and "Opera Prima" award at Solothurner Tage 2021. In June 2018, she co-founded Amok Films with fellow filmmaker Antoine Goldet in Paris. More recently, she has held conferences and masterclasses with the University of Geneva, Dokufest Film school, and Cine-UN. 


Feature documentary «Réveil sur Mars»

(completed 2020)

Co-produced by Amok Films (France), Alva Film (Switzerland) & Mélisande Films (France)

Supported by Radio Télévision Suisse & France 2
"MARS" was awarded a Sundance Institute development grant in April 2018

Shooting location: Sweden

Short documentary «Sans le Kosovo»

Writing, directing and editing

Completed January 2017

Shooting locations: Italy, Croatia & Kosovo

Awards & Selections

«Réveil sur Mars»

World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2020

European Premiere at Visions du Réel 2020

Biografilm Festival 2020 'Special Mention for Best New Talent'

Winner of the "Perspective d'un doc" award at Visions du Réel 2018 organized by Radio Télévision Suisse

Awarded a Sundance Institute development grant in April 2018



«Sans le Kosovo»

Best National Film Award, Dokufest, Kosovo, August 2017

Winner of «L’Institut français» Prize, Festival Cine Zaragoza, December 2017

Third Prize in the professional filmmaker category, Global Migration Film Festival, December 2017

Global Migration Film Festival, December 2017

This Human World, International Human Rights Film Festival, Vienna, December 2017

Sole Luna Documentary Festival in Palermo, July 2017 and Treviso, September 2017

Seanema Film Festival, Ulcinj, Montenegro, September 2017

Paris Short Film Festival, Paris, May 2017

International Film Market and Media Library, Visions of the Real, Nyon, April 2017

Sheffield Festival’s Doc / Player, June 2017

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