IFFNY Announces Presenters: Ermira Babamusta, Giorgio Kolaj to host 2018 Award Show

The International Filmmaker Festival of New York has revealed the two presenters who will host the Red Carpet Opening Ceremony of the festival to be held at Kaufman Astoria Studios on Friday, May 25, 2018 and the Awards Gala Ceremony on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. Ermira Babamusta and Giorgio Kolaj are set to celebrate the 7th Edition of IFFNY as hosts of the Opening and Closing Ceremony nights, with many surprises set. 

Giorgio Kolaj established his reputation as a successful entrepreneur, Co-founder and the Executive Vice President of Famous Famiglia, the leading global brand in US, Europe and Africa. Prior to re-joining the family business in 2004, Giorgio enjoyed a successful career in the high-tech industry, where he worked at IBM Global Services and later helped launch a successful security software company.

Giorgio holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Business, with Latin Honors. Giorgio serves on the boards of: D.A.R.E. America; Boy Scouts – Queens Council; President’s Advisory Council – Vaughn College; and In Arms Reach.

In 2018 Giorgio Kolaj starred as lead actor in the short film “Red Rose” written and directed by Julian Biba, True Venture Films. Giorgio is dedicated to the world of art and culture. He is very passionate about arts and has contributed in support of culture and the creative community.

Giorgio Kolaj of Famous Famiglia with Mrika Krasniqi, Festival Director of IFFNY (2017, SVA Theater, Photo by Beqir Sina)

Ermira Babamusta is a former Obama Administration presidential campaign director. Prior to her leadership position for President Obama, Ms. Babamusta began her career in foreign affairs  at the U.S. Congress with Senator Tom Harkin and Congressman Mark Kennedy in Washington DC, followed by her work at the Peace-keeping department at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Ermira is the founder of the two-year initiative “Peace Action Foundation” in support of U.S. military and veterans.

Ermira Babamusta holds two MA degrees in Political Science and Public Administration, with Summa Cum Laude Honors; a mastery program from Harvard University in “National Defense & Security”; University of Strasbourg & WVU Program “Comparative Law and Institutions: Europe and the European Union” in France; and an advanced graduate program in United Nations Diplomacy from LIU. Ermira is a Doctoral candidate for Political Science/International Relations.

Ermira Babamusta is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, in recognition of her professional achievements, leadership in politics, and community building, namely: The White House President’s Award by President Obama, Distinguished Humanitarian Award by US Congress, House Majority Leader Harry Reid, Inaugural 10 Under 10 Award, Woman of the Year, Woman of Courage Award, etc.

Ermira Babamusta, Host of IFFNY 2017, Opening Ceremony at SVA Theater (Photo by Ivan Morales, Innovation Media New York)

Ermira Babamusta will make her triumphant return as host and to interview celebrities on the red carpet during the Red Carpet Exclusive, on behalf of NY Elite Magazine and Prishtina Press. Also greeting the stars on the red carpet will be Lee Bradshaw of 1212 Magazine, Official Festival Photographer Ilir Rizaj, Ivan Morales with Innovation Media NY, Halil Mula with RTV21, Beqir Sina with ALTV USA and World Today Newspaper, representatives from London Prestige Magazine and Hollywood World Magazine, and many more.

The International Filmmaker Festival of New York is celebrating its 7th Edition during the Awards Gala Ceremony where the Festival July will announce Nominees and the final Winners. The 2018 Edition will award 8 (eight) prizes for the best participatory works: Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, Best Feature Documentary Film, Best Short Documentary Film, Best Actor Award, Best Actress Award, Production Award, and Best Photography Award. 



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