ERAFILM Founded in 2001 by producers and filmmakers Sabina Kodra and Robert Budina, ERAFILM is a film production company based in Tirana, Albania.
The main purpose in creating ERAFILM was the production of independent art movies, innovative in style, and to discover new talent in Albanian cinema.
Our first co-production with Italy, the dramatic feature, “Letters in the Wind”, was directed by Edmond Budina. This film went on to win the Prize of Merit as one of the best movies produced in Italy in 2003.
In the years that followed, the shorts, the features and the documentaries produced by ERAFILM, such as “Luleborë”, “Ballkan Pazar”, “Agon”, ”Bota”, “Made in Albania”, “Mëngë këmishe” reached countless film festivals around the world such as Karlovy Vary, Pula, Reykjavik, Shanghai, Saint Petersburg, Palm Springs, Chicago etc., winning over thirty different international awards. In 2014 and 2015, the film “Agon”, written and directed by Robert Budina and ”Bota” written and directed by Iris Elezi and Thomas Logoreci were selected as the Albania’s selection in the Best Foreign Film category at the US Academy Awards. In 2015, the dramatic feature film, “Sworn Virgin”, directed by Laura Bispuri, was selected for that year’s official selection of the Berlinale. This film collected over twenty different international awards in important film festivals such as Tribeca, Hong Kong, San Francisco, AFI Fest in Los Angeles etc.
ERAFILM will soon hold the premiere for its next feature project, “A Shelter Among the Clouds”, directed by Robert Budina. This dramatic film has already been chosen to take part in the official competition of the prestigious Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia.
ERAFILM is currently developing two feature films by a pair of promising writer/directors: “One of Us” by Ergys Meta and “Night of Destiny” by Suela Bako. These two filmmakers, from Albania’s next wave generation of creative motion picture talent, have already conceived their projects with a visually specific and highly characteristic point of view.
Sabina Kodra biography
Sabina Kodra graduated from the Academy of Arts in Tirana in 1999 with a degree in theater direction. In 2001, she founded the Albanian film company ERAFILM and co-produced her first feature film LETTERS IN THE WIND, directed by Edmond Budina. Together with director Robert Budina, she subsequently produced a series of shorts, documentaries and commercials before producing the feature comedy, BALKAN BAZAAR (2011). Kodra has also filled numerous roles from line producer to assistant director on various Albanian and international co-productions including the critically acclaimed Greek fiction feature EDUART (2006), Gjergj Xhuvani’s EAST WEST EAST (2009) and HONEYMOONS (2010) directed by Goran Paskalievic . She has also produced the feature film, AGON (2012) by Robert Budina (Albania’s selection for the US Academy Award’s Best Foreign Language Feature 2013). She also produced BOTA by Iris Elezi and Thomas Logoreci (Albanian entry for the US Academy Award’s Best Foreign Language Feature 2015), co-produced SWORN VIRGIN by Laura Bispuri (Berlinale Competition 2015). Kodra recently completed producing duties on A SHELTER AMONG THE CLOUDS directed by Robert Budina which has already been accepted in Tallinn’s 2018 IFF main competition. In 2018, Sabina Kodra produced two short films, A DAY LIKE THIS and HANDS IN THE POCKET with two promising Albanian writer/directors, Suela Bako and Ergys Meta. With Ergys Meta, Sabina is currently developing his first feature film, ONE OF US, to be shot in 2019. With Suela Bako, Sabina Kodra, is also developing her first feature film to be shot in 2020.
In 2018, Kodra founded the Albanian Woman in Audiovisual (AWA) association with the goal of strengthening women’s potential, encourage their presence and empower their voice in the Albanian audiovisual environment.
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Robert Budina biography
Robert Budina works as an independent film producer and director. He graduated from the Theatre Directing department in the Academy of Arts and has directed and written several theater plays. Together with Sabina Kodra he formed the ERAFILM Production Company in 2001. Robert has filed numerous roles as executive producer, supervisor production in various international coo productions. A Shelter Among the Clouds is his second feature film after the Lulebore (2005) short film, and his first feature film Agon (2012) (Albanian entrance Academy Award Best Foreign Feature 2014), which screened at more than 20 festivals around the world.