On Friday, May 26, 2017 at 7:00PM stars come out at SVA Theatre in New York to experience the thrills, excitement and surprises of the 6th edition of AFW Film Festival, an annual international film festival held at the heart of New York City. The Red Carpet/Black Tie event starts at 7:00PM on Friday, May 26 followed by the premiere of “Hije” film by Jotti Ejlli.
Real Housewives of New Jersey Star Kim DiPaolo confirmed her attendance at the AFW Film Festival. TV Celebrity Kim DePaola, known as Kim D, appeared on the New Jersey franchise of the Bravo reality show. There is also talk of the reputable Bravo Channel to be among the special guests.
The Festival is organized by award-winning filmmaker Mrika Krasniqi. The honorable jury members are the well-known filmmakers and artists, namely: Amina Zhaman, Fatrin Kraja, Lulzim Guhelli, Jamal Hodge, and Diar Xani. The host of the show is actor Enkelejd Mezini.
AFW (Albanian Film Week) Film Festival is more than simply watching films. It has secured its place in the Albanian and the international community, earning the respect of domestic and foreign filmmakers, filmgoers and trend watchers. It is an unforgettable experience and intellectual engagement of the artistic community. A significant part of the festival is opening the debate regarding the importance of filmmaking and post-production.
Albanian Film Week is a wonderful cultural event and the first festival of its kind for the Albanian film industry in America. AFW presents New York City with a diversity of Albanian cinematic creation from around the world to raise the profile of its talents, culture and film industry. This year we look forward to our special guests attending the festival. Providing opportunities for both filmmakers and artists is at the core of who we are and what we do, said Founder and AFW organizer Mrika Krasniqi for NY Elite Magazine.
The festival has attracted some of the most famous guest stars, media and TV. The program is from May 26-29. The Award Ceremony will take place on the closing night on May 29th, 2017 at Producers Club Theatre at 8:30PM.
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About AFW Festival:
The purpose of AFW festival is to show a part of the rich Albanian culture and history through film to the American-Albanian community in New York. AFW’s vision is to promote cultural understanding and encourage artistic development and growth. Each year AFW presents Red Carpet screenings of feature, short and documentary films, followed by Q&A, workshops, reception with artists and organizers, VIP afterparty and Award Night Gala.
About AFW Festival Director, Mrika Krasniqi:
Founder and Director Mrika Krasniqi has contributed to the artistic and economic development of New York City with her annual international events: International Screenwriter Contest, Albanian Fashion Week in NY and Albanian Film Week in NY, bringing European businessmen and entrepreneurs to invest in New York. Mrika Krasniqi is awarded Woman of the Year 2016 by US Congress, honored as an extraordinary woman for her achievements in arts, films and business. On 21 April 2016 the Honorable US Senator Charles Schumer recognized Mrika Krasniqi for her international efforts to strengthen cultural and business multilateral ties between USA-Kosovo-Albania-Macedonia-Italy. In 2015 Mrika Krasniqi was awarded “Best Human Artist 2015” by the European Community of Jewish Artists in Paris, France.
Mrika Krasniqi is the CEO and Founder of Nil Production, Albanian Fashion Agency and New York Albanian Film Week. She is also Cofounder of the Different NGO, making projects on human rights, anti-domestic violence, anti-trafficking of human beings, in cooperation with USAID, UNDP, OSCE, US Embassy, etc. In cinematography Mrika Krasniqi has cooperated with international film studios, such as ZoneX, Imagine-Picture, IDFA, National Geographic, etc. She cooperated in the National Geographic Environment Protection Program –documentary film production in Columbia and wider.