IFFNY 2021: Celebrating a Decade of Cinema

IFFNY is one of the popular film festivals in New York that connects the American audience to international cinema. Celebrating its 10th anniversary the International Filmmaker Festival of New York is marking another milestone this year – 100 films in honor of 10 years of successful film festival history. The festival is being held online to adhere to Covid guidelines from May 21-24, 2021.

Out of 891 world-wide applications, 100 finalists made the official list for the IFFNY 2021 program. The films represent six categories, namely: Feature Film, Short Film, Feature Documentary, Short Documentary, Animation, and Music Video. The finalists will compete for festival and jury awards.

Organized by award-winning filmmaker Mrika Krasniqi, with Ibër Deari as Festival Selector and Amina Zhaman, Festival Art Director IFFNY continues to showcase both established and rising filmmakers from around the world.

“We are excited to continue our support for filmmakers despite the pandemic year. IFFNY provides a great platform where the best can showcase their creativity to the American audience and beyond,” said IFFNY organizer Mrika Krasniqi.

“Jubilee 10th IFFNY is truly special. We have 100 projects from 43 countries, a bigger competitive-only program, wider audience – due to online format and, as always, strong and diverse program. There are brilliant films made by hugely gifted directors – and these works are judged by internationally acclaimed filmmakers Larry Moore and Robert Haufrecht and winners of IFFNY 2020 Victoria Yakubov, Sabrina Moreno and Asis Sethi.

One can see a debut film of the promising filmmaker and a brand new work of the acclaimed maestro in the same category. Directors are beyond happy and excited to have World-US Premiere of their films at the prestigious International Filmmaker Festival of New York (IFFNY). Together we celebrate achievements of independent cinema: Cinema without borders,” said Amina Zhaman, IFFNY Festival Art Director.

IFFNY 2021 has an elite team of jury members, namely: Larry Moore, Victoria Yakubova Schneid, Robert Haufrecht, Asis Sethi and Sabrina Moreno.

IFFNY 2021 Official Selection Results – 10th Jubilee Edition (May 21-24, 2021)

FEATURE FILMS

* INVISIBLE LOVE/ XIANG GUO / VIETNAM/ 1H 50min.

* KING OF THE PARTY / Salomon Askenazi/ MEXICO/ 1H 30min.

* JASMIN ROAD/ Warren Sulatcycky/ CANADA/ 2H.

* IN MY DREAM/ Murat Çeri/ TURKEY / 1H 40min.

* MOTHER OF APOSTLES/ Zaza Buadze/ UKRAINE/ 2H.

* LE CAFE DE MES SOUVENIRS/ Valto Baltzar/ FINLAND/ 1H 45min.

* RISED UP IN SOULS/ César Pérez Arboleda/ COLOMBIA/ 1H 11min.

* SENSATION/ Martin Grof/ UK/ 1H 36min.

* RIVER OF SALVATION/ Qisheng Gao / CHINA/ 2 H.

* THE LION ROCK/ Rosario ScanduraITALY / 1H 36min.

* BOLERO IN THE ELDER HOUSE/ Spartak Pecani / ALBANIA/ 1H 48 min.

* UTOPIA, THE MOVIE/ Gino Tassara/ PERU/ 1H 55min.

* FISH ALSO DROWN/ Robert Yun/ ISRAEL/ 1H 25min.

* WITHOUT SKIN/ Utan Hud/ SWEDEN/ 1H 40min.

-SHORT FILMS 

*DEATH OFFERS LIFE – VAN GOGH/ Saheer Abbas/ INDIA/ 8min.

*FORGIVE ME, FATHER/ Jona Schlosser/ GERMANY/ 21min.

*HUMAN TRASH/ Aitor Almuedo Esteban/ SPAIN/ 16min.

*THE WOMAN OF THE HOUSE/ Felipe Espinosa/ SPAIN/ 13min.

*MY KIPPAH/Ilan Rosenfeld/ SPAIN/ 16min.

*HEIRS/ Txema Ballano/ SPAIN/ 15min.

*PRAGUE / Reda Mustafa / FRANCE/ 24min.

*STUFF/ Malu Janssen / NETHERLANDS/ 13min.

*SOYKA / Anastasiya Sergienya/ USA/ 15min.

*MOTHER NATURE/ Natalia Shaufert/ MOLDOVA/ 23min.

*ANTIOTPAD/ Tin Zanic/ CROATIA/ 18min.

*SOFT CREATURES/ Ivana Skrabalo/ CROATIA/ 20min.

*HAPPY HOUR KARAOKE/ Solax Zhu/ CHINA/ 24min.

*BRANCH/ Karim Goury/ FRANCE/ 8min.

*LUZ/ Emilio Torres/ CHILE/ 20min.

*PAINTING CLASS/ Yifei Song/ CHINA/ 10min.

*FIRST STOP/ Blai Baker/ USA/ 10min.

*LUCID DREAMS/ Adrii Didyk/ USA/ 5min.

*DISCOVERY/ Mikhail Saburov/ RUSSIA/ 7min.

*THUS BEGAN ANTOINE’S DOWN-GOING/ Paul Rigoux/ FRANCE/22min.

*MID LIFE CONVERSATIONS/ Maria Filippone/ USA/ 18min.

*LET ME IN / Jonas Solberg Rydningen/ NORWAY/ 10min.

*CYCLONE/ Austin Tsung-Fu Chang/ USA/ 12min.

*PRINCESSPROBLEMS/ Maritza Gomez/ USA/ 19min.

*GLASS CEILING/ Marta Soria/ SPAIN/ 10min.

*91 STEPS/ Larry A Manuel/ USA / 10min.

*MAUNGA / David J Strong & Wanda Lepionka/ NEW ZELAND/ 15min.

*DREAMING TANGO/ Frances Barth / USA/ 15min.

*BACK HOME/ Arber Krasniqi/ KOSOVA/ 10min.

*RULES OF ART/ Sabedin Selmani/NORTH MACEDONIA/ 20min.

*MATTY BOY/ Dr Shahid Kamal/ UK/ 14min.

*FIX/ Kevin Orzel/ USA/ 10min.

*KAAL TEEKA/ Jahnivi Mody/ INDIA/ 18min

*LIFE APPOINTMENT/ Amr Elbehidy/ EGYPT/ 30min.

*THE SHACK, AN ATMOS-FEARIC/ Dark Hoffman/USA/ 15min.

*SKILLEVEIENE/ Peter Bjerre Salling/ DENMARK/ 29min.

*FU/ Matthew McCracken/ AUSTRALIA/ 18min.

*IKTAM/ Natasha Mashkevich/ FRANCE/ 30min.

*A HARD GOODBYE/ Angel Andreu/ SPAIN/ 12min.

*SONJA / Ambra Cani/ ALBANIA/ 12min.

*FIRST DAY/Veon Jung Wook/ KOREA/ 14min.

* The GOD/ Ik Tae Shim/ KOREA/ 19min.
*FAIR PLAY / Besnik Prekazi/ KOSOVA/ 10 min.

*TIAR/ Arturo Zuniga/ USA/ 12:53 min.

-FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 

*WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT/ Matthew Nevin/ IRELAND/1H 10min.

*ON THE FRONT LINE/ Matteo Balsamo & Francesco Del Grosso/ ITALY /1H 22min .

*NO ROSES ON A SAILOR’S GRAVE/ Daniel Oron/CANADA/ 1H 23min.

*I WAS 10 YEARS OLD/ Velibor Covic/MONTENEGRO/ 60min.

*LOST IN MEMORIES/ Ruud Lenssen/ NETHERLANDS/ 1H 11min

*OUTSIDERS – THE FACES OF HOMELESSNESS/ Carlos Freire/USA/ 53min.

*BUILT LANDS/ Arturo Duenas Herrero/SPAIN/ 1H 21min.

*A BEEHIVE IN MY HEART/ Kjersti Vetterstad/ NORWAY/ 1H.

*ONE MORE JUMP/Emanuele Gerosa/ ITALY/ 1H 22min.

*DAMIEN/ Bobby Marno/ UK/ 1H 28min.

*CORCHED LAND/ Antonio Ferrer/ SPAIN/ 1H 10min.

*BRICOLEURS/ Hanna Volbeda/ NETHERLANDS/ 1H 8min. 

*NEZO/ Merita Cocoli/ NORTH MACEDONIA/ 60min.

-SHORT DOCUMENTARY

*MAMMA/ Pablo Cires/ FRANCE/ 26min.

* BEYOND THE CITY SKYLINE/ Tom Franz/ USA/ 30min.

* DOWN THE ROAD/ A.W. Stevenson/IRELAND/ 13min.

* THE LAST LIGHTKEEPER/ Niamh Hayes/ IRELAND/ 9min.

* AS WE ARE PLANTED/ Anna Lee Ackermann/ USA/ 7min.

* PORTRAIT OF MY CITY BREATHING/ Vanessa Shah/ CANADA/ 5min.

*THE SHADOW OF THE RAIN/ Kenan Gurgurovci/ KOSOVO/ 21min.

*7 YEARS ART FROM BERLIN ’BRUCKENKUNST” /Gilbert Bruning/ GERMANY/ 20min.

MUSIC VIDEO

* HOW LONG/ Matt Mahurin/ CANADA/ 3min 30 sec.

* BIG YELLOW TAXI/ Matt Mahurin/ CANADA/ 3min 28sec.
*ALAMPA – STORM/ Artemy Ortus/ RUSSIA/ 4min.

* SEVEN DREAMS/ Kira Bursky / USA/ 3min 37sec.

* CLASS REUNION /Mihnea Cernat / Romania/ 4 min.
*BEAUTIFUL WOUNDS
/ Phil Gould/ UK/ 4min.

– ANIMATION 

*THE WINTER/ Xin Li/ AUSTRALIA/ 5min.

*WITHER/ Nicolette Axiak/ AUSTRALIA/ 3min.

*THE LONELY ORBIT/ Frederic Siegel & Benjamin Morard/ SWITZERLAND/ 9min.

*LILIANA/ Milanka Fabjancic/ SLOVENIA/ 7min.

*THE JOURNEY WITH / Yo Kohatsu/ JAPAN/ 3 min.

*ON/OFF/ Nicolas P.Villarreal/ ARGENTINA/ 7min.

*WORLDS APART /Oliver Paterson/ AUSTRALIA/ 5min.

*ON / Jelena Sinik/ AUSTRALIA/ 2min.

*QUIET/ Marianne Bundgaard Nielsen/ NORWAY/ 6min 40sc.

*ONE OF MANY/ Petra Zlonoga/ CROATIA/ 5mi 32 sc.

*.COCKPERA/ Kata Gugic/ CROATIA/ 4min.

*SMOKING KILLS/ Jerca Oblak/ SLOVENIA/ 9min.

*DADDYDELPHIA/ Harold Eric/ USA/ 30min.


Total: 891 applications

Selected: 100 projects

Countries: USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Austria, France, Romania, Sweden, Denmark, Israel, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Slovenia, Croatia, Switzerland , Italy, Norway, Spain, Macedonia, China, Japan, Korea, Sweden,  Belgium, New Zeeland, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Ireland, Netherlands, Vietnam, Mexico, Columbia, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Egypt,  Turkey and India.

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