ERAFILM, founded in 2001 by producers and filmmakers Sabina Kodra and Robert Budina, is a film production company based in Tirana, Albania. Our main purpose in creating ERAFILM was to produce independent art movies that are innovative in style and to discover new talent in Albanian cinema.
Our first co-production with Italy, the dramatic feature “LETTERS IN THE WIND” directed by Edmond Budina, 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, features, and documentaries produced by ERAFILM, such as “LULEBORË “, “BALKAN BAZAR”, “AGON”, “BOTA”, “MADE IN ALBANIA” and “MËNGË KËMISHE” reached countless film festivals around the world, including Karlovy Vary, Pula, Reykjavik, Shanghai, Saint Petersburg, Palm Springs, and Chicago, winning over thirty different international awards. In 2014, the film “AGON” written and directed by Robert Budina, and in 2015, “BOTA” written and directed by Iris Elezi and Thomas Logoreci, were selected as Albania’s submissions in the Best Foreign Film category at the US Academy Awards. The dramatic feature film “SWORN VIRGIN” directed by Laura Bispuri, was selected for the official selection of the Berlinale in 2015 and collected over twenty different international awards in important film festivals such as Tribeca, Hong Kong, San Francisco, and AFI Fest in Los Angeles.
Robert Budina’s second feature film, “A SHELETER AMONG THE CLOUDS” had its world premiere at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia, in the Official Competition in November 2018. The film participated in more than 20 other festivals worldwide and received awards such as the Global Visual Award in Cinequest Film & Creativity Film Festival in San Jose, USA, Best Film in La Valletta International Film Festival, Malta, Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress in PriFilmFest, Kosovo, Best Music and Sound Mix in Mediterranean Film Festival Valencia, Spain. The film was released in theaters in Albania collecting around 5.000 admissions, Germany collecting around 20.000 admissions, in Austria, China, and was broadcasted in Digitalb, Albania, Albanian National TV RTSH and HBO.
The TV series “THE SQUARE OF POWER,” written and directed by Robert Budina in 2021, was broadcasted on the biggest Albanian National TV KLAN, with an average audience tracking of 35%.
Currently, ERAFILM is in the post-production phase of Robert Budina’s third feature film, “WATERDROP,” and in the financing phase of the co-production film “FIRES” by Montenegrin director Nikola Ljuca.
ERAFILM is also developing three feature films by a pair of promising writer/directors: “Made of Dust” by Ajola Daja, “The Three of Us” by Suela Bako, and “Welcome Home” by Odeta Çunaj. These filmmakers represent Albania’s next wave of creative motion picture talent and have conceived their projects with visually specific and highly characteristic points of view.
ERAFILM prioritizes reducing inequality in their work through filmography that focuses on high-quality content and production, developing artists as leaders, and connecting storytellers with the community while amplifying their message and expanding their influence. The previous productions have demonstrated a commitment to gender balance by including women and girls as 50% of the artistic and technical crew, contributing to increased representation of women in the audio-visual industry in the Western Balkans, Europe, and beyond.
With 23 years of experience in film production and development, ERAFILM is currently one of the most experienced film companies in Albania.
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, My NAME IS SONILA 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.
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.