Jury Members of 2021 Edition
Our 13-member jury is made of producers, directors, writers, cinematographers, and musicians that are all successful professionals in this industry.
The Members of Our Jury Panel
An award-winning Director and DP with more than 25 years of experience in the industry.
As a result, Adriatik developed a very good sense of visual composition, perspective, and camera movement. He is passionate about his job and always seeks to innovate and experiment with new ideas.
Cinematography education in Italy as Director and Digital Imaging in 2005
Ambitious and highly motivated, collaborative team player, multilingual (Albanian, Italian, English) with knowledge of a wide range of technical equipment.
Award Special Price of Jury Director for the music video “With You” Albanian National Videoclip Festival 2008.
Third place in the photographic culture of the European Photo Competition in Ferrara Italy (Adriatic Photo Contest-2014).
The best photos, at Magazine Top Selection By Canon Club Italia
Director for the music video “Amore Piccolina” of Gianmarco Fraska Italy
Director and DP for Danish singer Blak & Jimilian – Slem Igen music video with 10.000.000 views on Youtube and over 25.000.000 streams on Spotify. Danish Deejay Award, Danish Club Award, Zulu Award, Danish Musik Award, and Nickelodeon Award.
Alexa Servodidio is more than just a therapist. She’s a mom, a well-known TV and radio personality, and a relatable social media connection. She is the best-selling author of the must-read book Finding Your Peace Within The Chaos which has quickly become a companion guide for surviving and thriving during the COVID pandemic. These are chaotic times. Alexa is known online as ‘Ask Alexa Therapy’ across all social media platforms. Followers flock to her Facebook LIVE each Sunday to ‘Ask Alexa’ everything. She seems to be tuned in to all of us as we navigate the chaos.
Servodidio is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist who has her own private practice. She works with individuals, couples, and families. Alexa holds an undergraduate degree from Pace University and she did a Master of Social Work from Fordham University.
Alexa’s therapy practice in the shadow of New York City sees the new normal. People with hurdles and struggles to overcome. They are battling life; a life that can include ups and downs of all kinds: divorce, addictions, compulsions, destructive behaviors, and negative patterns. Imperfectly perfect people, like most of us. People that need someone to talk to, someone to trust. Alexa is that person. Not because she’s trained to be, because she simply is. It’s her calling and she answered.
As we come out into the world again post-pandemic Alexa is planning a series of workshops focused on building community and connections. A new book is in the works that will surely be a must-read. Until it hit shelves, you can tune in to The Alexa Show, Insight Into Healing on social media, YouTube, and everywhere you catch your favorite podcasts
Angela Page is a writer and producer. Her films can be seen on the ShortsTV channel and FunnyorDIe. She is the author of Matched in Heaven and Suddenly Single Sylvia which was the basis for the award-winning film “Sylvia.” Her forthcoming book, There’s a Dead Girl in My Yard, will be released in November 2021. Angela’s articles have been recently published in the HuffPost, Sheknows, and the Independent. She divides her time between South Florida and Los Angeles.
Originally from Montreal, Canada, Eddy Kara started making films at the age of 17. He graduated from Vanier College with a specialization in Theatre.
Since 2016, he has been the Festival Director of the Montreal International Wreath Awards Film Festival (MIWAFF), where he won the award for Best Director in 2015, for his work in “The Sociopath’s Guild”.
In 2017, he finalized his studies in Business Management at the John Molson School of Business in Montreal. Subsequently, he received a Certificate in Law from the Universite de Montreal in the following year.
He is currently pursuing his graduate studies in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.
Fehmi Bunjaku took his first picture with a camera when he was only 7 years old.
He played small parts in dramas at 12 years of age and film is the passion of his life.
Fehmi studied camera many years ago and in the recent years he has been studying Film & TV Production
In the last 15 years, he produced several music videos, short films, and documentaries.
Giovanni Robbiano is a screenwriter, director, and producer from Italy.
He studied film in Bologna and later at Columbia University in New York as a Fulbright student, where he worked with Emir Kusturica, Marcia Nasatir, Stephan Scharff, Ralph Rosenblum, and Lewis Cole, and others. He is active as a story editor and script consultant for many international companies.
In summer 2020 he funded 010films the production company set in Genova and since 1998 Robbiano has been teaching at many universities in Italy, Bologna, Culm Milano, Genova, and Roma, and has been visiting professor at the Universitè D’Evry – Val D’Essonne (UEVE) in France.
He has been a trainer for the Media program of the EEUU since 2000 and has been for 16 years a senior trainer at the Mediterranean film institute in Greece. Lecturing at the International Forum of the Hong Kong International Film and TV Market, as well as at the Venice Film festival and Berlinale. He directed and trained at workshops in Macedonia, Nepal, Morocco, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Switzerland, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Cyprus, Moldova, and Bangladesh…
Giovanni Robbiano has published a book on screenwriting, and different other essays and articles. Since 2013 he is a member of the European Film Academy
Ilaria was born in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
After a background as a contemporary dancer, she moved to New York City where she pursued acting. She graduated from William Esper Studio and began to write and produce her own work from the start.
Her genre ranges from Experimental, Drama, to Thriller, with the common thread of having controversial and anti-heroes females as central characters.
Her Award Winning short films inspired her to venture into the world of feature film scripts and TV.
In 2021 Ilaria has several projects in the making, which will continue to fuel her curiosity and fascination for storytelling.
Lauren Yaffe writes screenplays, novels, and children’s books. She is an actor and avid worm composter.
Lauren’s fast-paced high concept screenplays feature quirky, misunderstood characters who come to embrace their unique talents.
With comedy as her scalpel, she slices to the depths of human drama while leaving the audience in stitches.
She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, dog, turtle, and about 100,000 redworms.
Liri Asllani is a producer/filmmaker from Stamford, CT. After graduating from New York University with a degree in Film, Literature, and History, Liri went on to work for Tribeca Productions at the office of Jane Rosenthal. She later worked at the United Nations under the AD HOC Unit Human Rights Learning Through Arts, Athletics and Sciences. She was an executive producer on the film “Nadia Jaan” released in 2020 which won several awards. Her last project “512 Hours” starring Marina Abramovic is still making its way through the festival track.
Makfire Miftari, actress, producer, and screenwriter from Kosovo is best known for her work in many internationally awarded films including Amel (2014), A Month (2017), I, Father (2018), (Best Lead Actress London IFF 2020), and A Child (2020). She has also worked as an executive director for the film festival Hyjnesha ne Fron as well as an executive producer and owner of the production company FilmaKS, producing and co-directing the award-winning film Bread, Salt, and Heart (2017), and I, Father (2018) (exec-producer).
Rebecca Ann Dowty
Founder of Tipsy Hiccup Productions, LLC, Rebecca Ann Dowty is a screenwriter of high concept features and television.
She’s an avid social media butterfly posting regularly on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Gab & Freedom Social.
Rebecca’s passion includes a history of grant writing, funds development, and community service event production for multiple 501(c)(3) organizations and personal friends in the Entertainment Industry.
Vanessa King is an NYC-based producer, screenwriter, and professor who has worked in development with top-level industry talent for nearly two decades. Her work as a writer has received numerous awards and has earned her recognition from industry bodies including AMPAS/Oscar’s Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship (feature) and Sony Worldwide Entertainment’s Emerging Filmmaker Program (TV Series). In 2005, she co-founded the New York Screenwriters Co-Op, New York’s only free-to-the-public screenwriting workshop with over 2000 active members. Vanessa is faculty at Gotham Writer’s Workshop (NYC) and Staffordshire University (UK), where she teaches both television and screenwriting to students, beginner to post-graduate.
Wilhelm Lewis was born on March 10, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Early on in his career he started out in regional theater and dabbled in commercials. He worked on major national campaigns for companies such as Levi’s, Aetna, and Budweiser. At a young age, he was bitten by acting and worked in major films. His first step into acting was in The Cookout starring Queen Latifa. He then starred in American Gangster alongside Denzel Washington. He also appeared in Mind the Gap where he had the pleasure of working with Hollywood legend the late Alan King. His career has included over a dozen National commercials with one of them being directed by the acclaimed director Spike Lee for State Farm Insurance. In his free time, he enjoys physical fitness, playing sports, riding motorcycles, and traveling the world.