Renowned filmmaker Ibër Deari was chosen as the Festival Selector and Juror for the 7th Edition of IFFNY 2018. The International Filmmaker Festival of New York is one of the prominent festivals in NYC. Joining Ibër Deari on the prestigious Jury Panel are Jotti Ejlli (Jury President, Director, Producer, Writer), Margherita Peluso (Award-Winning Actress, Director and Writer), Kendrick Merdani (successful Actor and Teacher) and John Blenn (accomplished Director, Producer, and Writer).
The winners will be announced during the Awards Gala Closing Ceremony to be held at the Kaufman Astoria Studios on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 9:00 PM. The Festival opens with the Red Carpet Opening Ceremony on Friday, May 25 at 7:00 PM.
IFFNY is organized by Mrika Krasniqi and Nil Production, hosted by Ermira Babamusta and Giorgio Kolaj, with Ilir Rizaj and Ivan Morales as official photographers.
About Director, Producer, Writer Ibër Deari
Director, writer, producer, DOP Ibër Deari is born in 1990, in Macedonia. He is a talented director and writer, known for his award-winning movies: My City Screams (2015), Toka (2016), A long way Home (2017). Filming is his biggest passion and he has been making films since high school. He has also written and directed a number of short fictional and documentary videos.
Ibër Deari studied Film School at the University of Audiovisual Arts “ESRA” in Skopje. He graduated in 2013 with the film “Last Confession”. Deari earned his Master of Arts in the Department of Film Direction with the film “Toka” (Land) and thesis “To Film or Not to Film”.
Ibër Deari is the winner of numerous prestigious international awards, including: Best Artist in Macedonia from Milingona e Artë; Best Film for “Between Paradise and Hell” from Gässli Film Festival in Basel, Switzerland; the Audience Award for Best Film for “Last Confession” at New York Albanian Film Week in Manhattan; Best Director and Best Film for “My City Screams” at the Nine Eleven Festival in Prishtina, Kosovo; Best Short Film and Best Director for “Land” and Best Director for “A Long Way Home” at the International Filmmaker Festival of New York in Manhattan.