AFW Film Festival 2017 Full List of Movies Announced

The day has finally arrived that we get a look at the line up of the 2017 AFW official selection. From 46 submissions, 18 films were selected for AFW 2017 competition. The 6th edition of the Albanian Film Week Film Festival, organised by Mrika Krasniqi,  will be held on May 26th to 29th, 2017 in New York. The Opening Black Tie Ceremony takes place on May 26, 2017 at 7:00pm-10:00pm at SVA Theatre in New York (333 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011). The film screenings will take place on May 27, 28 & 29 4:00-10:00PM at Producers Club Theatres (358 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036).

The full list was announced today. The newly announced list includes feature films, short films and documentaries. During the four days of the AFW festival a total of 18 films will be screened. A selection of highlights include: 3 Feature films directed by Jotti Ejli, Faton Bajraktari and Dren Zherka; 3 documentaries by Eneos Caka, Besim Ugzmajli and Mathieu Jouffre; and 12 short films by: Ibrahim Deari, Bujar Alimani & Erand Sojli, Xhustin Kristian, Elis Gjoni, Ajola Daja, Durim Kryeziu, Kastriot Abdyli, Iber Deari, Sabidin Ali, Luli Bitri, Dhimitër Ismailaj-Valona, and Arbër Krasniqi.

The Jury members of 2017 Albanian Film Week in NY are: Fatrin Kraja, Jamal Hodge, Lulzim Guhelli, Diar Xani and Amina Zhaman.

I feel deeply honored to be invited to AFW now as a jury member. I am looking forward to watching best Albanian films – short and feature – at the festival in New York. People like Mrika Krasniqi and brothers Alfred and Ernest Tollja every year organize this incredible event helping young filmmakers to break through on international level. I consider their work a huge contribution to Albanian culture overseas, said AFW Jury member, actress, musician, writer, director Amina Zhaman.

I was deeply honored to be asked to take part in The Jury of the prestigious Albanian Film Week. Albanian artists are some of the best in the world and their emerging cinema, wrought with tales of struggle, identity, and raw human complexity fits perfectly into my film philosophy of using darkness to show light,” said writer, director and AFW Jury member Jamal Hodge.

To purchase tickets for the film screenings please visit EventBrite. Get your early bird tickets now.


Amina Zhaman


Jamal Hodge

Albanian Film Week- Results 2017

Feature Films:

Hije /Jotti Ejli/ Crime/Thriller/60’16’’

Home sweet Home/Faton Bajraktari/Drama/ 92’

-Eho/Dren Zherka/Drama/60’32’’

Short Movies:

Toka/Ibrahim Deari/Drama/24’ 41’’

-Brava/ Bujar Alimani & Erand Sojli/Drama/22’13’’

The Last Jorney/Elis Gjoni/ Fiction/7’ 13’’

-Lost Souls/Xhustin Kristian/Drama/9’45

-Ana/Ajola Daja/Drama/26’ 29’’

Meeting/Durim Kryeziu/Drama, Comedy/25’

-Në pritje të fatit/Kastriot Abdyli/Short/5’12’’

-A Long Way/Iber Deari/Drama/14’

Përralla/Sabidin Ali/Drama/13’

-Water for the roses/ Luli Bitri/ Drama/15’45’’

-Beneath the Surface/Dhimitër Ismailaj-Valona/Drama/11’

-My Hero/Arbër Krasniqi/Fiction/13’


-City of Walls/Eneos Caka/Documentary/22’

-Beyond the Gates/Besim Ugzmajli/Documentary/22’

-Drums of Resistance/ Mathieu Jouffre/ Documentary/65’00’’


6 (six) prizes will be given for best participatory works:

  • Best Feature Film
  • Best Short Film
  • Best Documentary Film
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Production Award


May 1 2017 NY Elite Magazine Cover


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