Where Albanian Cinema Meets New York

By: Liza Gashi    June 27, 2014

The Albanian Artists Association presents New Yorkers with the a Film Festival that will bring the Albanian culture to life through cinema in New York City.  The goal of this festival is to create awareness and an understanding of Albanian culture, artistic talents and lifestyle, as represented on-screen by visionary artists from all over the world. 

The Albanian Artists Association was established in 2012 as they commemorated Albania’s100th year of independence by screening 100 old and new Albanian films, at TriBeCa Cinemas, Producers Club Theaters and BronxNet at Lehman College. In the second year, AAA proved to expand its success as it featured 28 films at the SVA Theater and the Producers Club Theaters.

Ariot Myrtaj, founder and artistic director of the festival explains that Albanian Film Festival will pursue opportunities in cities with Albanian ties in Northern America, to explore how Albanian culture is manifested and experienced throughout cinema nationwide. These cities include Boston, Detroit, Dallas, Los Angeles, West Palm and Toronto. Myrtaj also explained that on October 11th and 12th AAA will present in Boston.

Here are some of the 2014 highlights:

October 2nd: The event will open with a ceremony and red carpet gala. The gala will feature Albanian celebrities, artists and directors involved in AFF, as well as interviews and photo opportunities for the media. The opening event will be followed by an Albanian film screening, including its cast and crew in attendance, as well as a glamorous opening night after-party.

October 5th: Film debriefs, discussions, and debates surrounding Albanian film and culture, and the effects of the war and communism on Albanian artistic expression.

October 8th: A closing Film during the ceremony night as well as the Awards Ceremony which will feature audience awards and jury prizes recognizing best short, best feature, and best documentary.

To learn more about American Film Festival and purchase your ticket please visit their webpage HERE 

Liza Gashi

Liza is a public policy professional with experience in project and campaign management, qualitative analysis and big data, and multi-stakeholder engagement in Kosovo, the United States, Costa Rica and Argentina. Liza has founded and managed Germin and the www.kosovodiaspora.org portal. She has been a Commitment-Maker of the Clinton Global Initiative. Liza has also founded and currently leads the United World Colleges Committee in Kosovo, which has administered scholarships for Kosovo high school students to attend UWC colleges in 15 different countries. Liza is pursuing a Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Arizona State University, and holds a bachelor degree from Wartbrug College (IA) in International Relations, Political Science and Spanish. She is a graduate of United World College in Costa Rica, and studied for a semester at the National University of Córdoba in Argentina.

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