Jotti Ejlli named Jury President of the 2018 International Filmmaker Festival of New York

Successful filmmaker Jotti Ejlli will be the seventh President to lead the Jury of the prestigious International Filmmaker Festival of New York. The Albanian-Italian award-winning filmmaker Jotti Ejlli will preside over the competition for the 7th Festival of IFFNY, which takes place May 25-29, 2018. 

The American festival based in New York announced its Jurors, namely:  Jotti Ejlli (Jury President, Director, Producer, Writer), Ibër Deari (Festival Selector and award-winning Director), Margherita Peluso (Award-Winning Actress, Director and Writer), Kendrick Merdani (successful Actor and Teacher) and John Blenn (accomplished Director, Producer, and Writer).

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The Festival opens with the Red Carpet Ceremony at 7:00 PM on Friday, May 25, 2018 at Kaufman Astoria Studios, and the winners will be announced during the Awards Gala at 9:00 PM on Tuesday, Ma 29, 2019. Screenings will take place at Producers Club Theaters.

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. To learn more visit

About Director, Producer, Writer Jotti Ejlli

Jotti Ejlli (Kastriot Ejlli) is a talented filmmaker, born in Albania. He has always been creative since he was young, growing up with love of art, cinema, painting and music. Jotti studied “Cinema” (Discipline delle Arti della Musica e dello Spettacolo) at the University of Florence in Italy.

After graduation, he moved to Milan, Italy to continue his studies at the SAE Institute for “Filmmaking”. Upon graduation, he started working as an independent filmmaker in Milan, where he completed many successful projects, documentaries, music videos and short films. His critically acclaimed debut short film “Rosso Fuoco” received positive reviews by film critics and the audience.


In 2012 Jotti returned to Albania to continue with his successful work in various well-known projects, as a filmmaker and as a director of many popular television programs. In 2014 he collaborated with Kinostudio Dardan, to produce many projects in a very short time.

In 2015 he wrote and directed his first feature film, “Hije” (Shadows), all accomplished as an independent production. “Hije” was released for the audience in 2016 and it screened in New York at AFW, where it won the “Artistic Achievement Award”.

Jotti Ejlli is currently working on his next feature film “Nik”, that will launch its production in 2019.


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