TeenVOGUE features Sevdije: Sevdije Kastrati is Kosovo’s first female cinematographer. Her 2018 LGBTQ-focused feature, The Marriage, directed by Blerta Zeqiri, opened in theaters in Kosovo early last year and caused quite the buzz. Her other film, Cold November, was the country’s Oscar entry. Kastrati has shot six feature films since graduating from the American Film […]
The Indiegogo campaign for our movie ZANA has ended and we are pleased to announce we successfully raised $12,000 or 10,000 euros between Indiegogo, the fiscal sponsorship and private donations. We want to humbly thank all of you who supported this campaign, both through contributions and sharing. We will keep you updated on the progress of […]
The director of our upcoming feature film, Antoneta Kastrati sat down with Eve-Anne Travers on Prishtina Insight to talk about motherhood, black magic, and the upcoming film. Read the article HERE
11/9/17 This week, the Zana team pitched to a crowd of European film industry professionals at Connecting Cottbus, the East West Co-Production Market at the Film Festival Cottbus in Germany. The Zana project was presented at “CoCo” as part of the MIDPOINT Selection 2017, and was one of four projects from MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2017 […]
10/31/17 Urban Nightmares is a new crime investigation/horror series that Crossing Bridges filmmakers Casey Cooper Johnson and Sevdije Kastrati both worked on. Created and Written by Martin Wichmann Andersen and Rod Peyton, Directed and Executive Produced by Martin Wichmann Andersen and Casey Cooper Johnson, Produced by modern day master of horror, Alexandre Aja, and Alix Taylor. Sevdije Kastrati was the Director of Photography. Through a series […]
The Crossing Bridges Films team all studied at the American Film Institute between 2009 – 2012. Their two thesis short films are available on demand at Vimeo. She Comes in Spring (2012) Written and Directed by Antoneta Kastrati (AFI Directing Workshop for Women 2012) Cinematography by Sevdije Kastrati (AFI Cinematography 2011) Logline: A mysterious young woman […]
We are happy to announce that our feature film “Zana” with Co-Producer Dritan Huqi of On Film Productions was selected to receive a grant from the Albanian National Center of Cinematography, We thank ANCC and Jury members for their support and trust.
We will be participating in the Rotterdam Lab during International Film Festival Rotterdam (Jan. 28 – Feb. 1) and then will join the Kosova Cinematography Center to pitch the project at Berlinale and the European Film Market (Feb. 9 – 14). Please contact us if you’ll be at either of these festivals and would like […]
We are pleased to announce we’ve partnered with Dream Factory Macedonia and producer Ognen Antov in co-production on the ZANA project. Looking forward to working with Antov and his talented team from Skopje. Dream Factory Macednoia.
Adriana is a rising star actress who first found acclaim with her lead role in The Return, directed by Blerta Zeqiri, which won the Best International Short Film at Sundance Film Festival 2012. She has since gone on to play unforgettable roles in Babai (2015) by director Visar Morina, which was nominated for consideration in […]
We are proud to announce we have received 130,000 Euros production funding from Kosova Cinematography Center for the shooting of ZANA in 2017.
Astrit Kabashi is an established and critically acclaimed Kosovar actor, best known for his award winning lead role in Babai (2015) for which Kabashi won Best Actor at the Munich Film Festival. He also played a supporting role in the Oscar nominated short film Shok (2015). He will play the role of “Ilir” in Zana. […]
She Comes in Spring Wins at two NYC Film Festivals: Best Short & Best Actress award at Albanian Film Week in New York and Best Student Audience award at the Williamsburg Film Festival in NYC. http://www.willifest.com/2014/awards http://albanianfilmweek.net
…At the Summit, it was apparent that indeed Sloan was creative with incorporating science in art. On Saturday night at The Grammy Museum, they hosted the “Science & Entertainment Exchange,” where industry professionals were paired with top scientists and engineers to create three original works. Highlights included a short film by Casey Cooper Johnson that […]
The IMPLANT short film, directed by Casey Cooper Johnson and produced by Crossing Bridges Films with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Film Independent and the Science and Entertainment Exchange, premiered November 15th, 2014 at the Grammy Museum as part of the Sloan Film Summit. Hosted by Ira Flatow, the ART OF SCIENCE event […]
Antoneta Kastrati Featured in Albanian American Success Stories Magazine. http://albaniansuccessstories.com/antoneta-kastrati/
She Comes in Spring directed by Antoneta Kastrati, wins Jena Tolerance Award at Cellu L’art Film Festival in Germany. “The drama deals with the conflict in Kosovo in a significant way, a conflict which dates back only 15 years, and it is told primarily from the perpetrator perspective. This makes this film very appealing” […]
Antoneta Kastrati featured in Kosovo Diaspora When Passion and Dedication Speak through Documentary Film-making. Read about Antoneta’s story and Q & A on her filmmaking journey. http://www.kosovodiaspora.org/antoneta-kastrati-when-passion-and-dedication-speak-through-documentary-film-making/
Dokufest International Film Festival review’s SHE COMES IN SPRING …Beset by her own experience, Ms. Kastrati doesn’t hide behind the veil of political correctness with her film, as the story throws upon viewer in all its purity the pain and memories from the war. This film carries no message, nor is it intentionally melodramatic in […]
The American Film Institute will introduce eight new female filmmakers at its Directing Workshop for Women on May 6, where new short films by each director will screen. The keynote address comes from “Middle of Nowhere” director Ava DuVernay, who won Best Director at Sundance in 2012 and recently nabbed a prize at Tribeca. Her […]
The use of an unmanned military drones is ethically complicated, to say the least. As of now, the US Air Force has about 7,000 of them, all capable of launching missiles at the push of a button thousands of miles away from the target. Read the full article HERE