Dhimitri Ismailaj-Valona

Dhimitri Ismailaj-Valona

Dyrrachium Production
Director, Producer and Screenwriter

New York City, New York

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About Dhimitri

Dhimitri is an award-winning director with nine (9) short films under his belt, shot here in the US and Europe. All of his films have been successfully shown in many international film festivals around the globe, winning over 12 awards in total. As an indie filmmaker, he has gained great experience in working effectively, professionally and with excellent results with small or no budget projects. Dhimitri has been director of photography in five (5) short films and worked as assistant director and assistant cameraman in feature films along side A-listers. Dhimitri is a native Albanian, who immigrated to the United States in 1999 and has been a New York (Bronx) resident ever since.

Credits

  • American Fango

    American Fango (2016)
    Film by Gabriele Altobelli (Comedy and Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director A coming-to-New York love story about an Italian actor who comes to New York City from Rome, and through a series of misadventures becomes romantically ...

  • Beneath the Surface

    Beneath the Surface (2014)
    Film by Dhimitri Ismailaj (Short, Crime and Drama) Director A father and son of Arabic ethnicity is traveling home and waiting for a train on the platform when confronted by a gang of four. They hurl racist comments as jokes and taunt the father to do something about. A small crowd that is around the father and son slowly breaks away as they watch the news of a recent terrorist attack on their cell phones. The situation seems to get critical when a large MC Biker type comes in and places himself between the two. Written by Anonymous

  • One Last Time

    One Last Time (2012)
    Film by Dhimitri Ismailaj (Short and Drama) Director Diagnosed with breast cancer, young Angela's illness is not the only problem she has to worry about. Her boyfriend Agron, recently returned from Iraq, seems to have grown cold and distant from her. She is now faced with the prospect of being alone and mutilated by her illness for the rest of her life. Written by Dhimitri Ismailaj

  • Exposed

    Exposed (2012)
    Film by Shashi Balooja (Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department In a world of ambition and powerful politicians, Andy Hernandez (Shashi Balooja), an ambitious NYC Assistant District Attorney with political aspirations is recently engaged to Ann Kim, the latest partner in a profitable risk management firm. As a favor to the wealthy Senator Barksdale, Andy hires his son Michael Barksdale, as an intern. Michael is a brilliant-but-troubled law student who takes advantage of his privileged life to help his new mentor. As Andy is drawn into an elite circle of people willing to help fulfill his dreams, Ann finds herself confronted with unexpected circumstances even she can't control. Suddenly they are both caught up in a whirlwind of vulnerable situations involving a photographer from Ann's past, a young Mobster and a mix of other peculiar characters ultimately resulting in a series of indiscretions, blackmail, murder, and moral dilemmas. Written by Media at Large

  • The Empty Hands

    The Empty Hands (2011)
    Film by Steven Watkins (Action) Camera and Electrical Department Rah Black is an ex-street fighter turned entrepreneur who vows never to use a gun after his brother is shot. Upon his return home from prison, Rah runs into problems with a ruthless fight promoter named Worldwide who runs an Underground Fight Game (a mean, unorthodox, boxing/martial arts freestyle form of fighting that has no rules). Rah quickly realizes that "home" is not the place that he left behind. Rah has a real problem with the way this Underground Fight Game is influencing the teaching and training of the martial arts, and he sets out to put a stop to it. When Rah's best friend is forced into a fight and is humiliated - Rah must once again take his rightful place back in the Dojo - and in the ring using the only weapons he needs... "The Empty Hands". "The Empty Hands" is laced with knockdown, old school karate fights, street culture, romance and dark humor. Written by Anonymous

  • Requiem for Kosova

    Requiem for Kosova (2010)
    Film by Dhimitri Ismailaj (Short, Crime, Drama and Family) Director Fatmira is a drama about a 7 year old girl, who after the death of her mother, wants to meet her again by traveling to a mountain where she believes that people continue to live as Zanas (an Albanian mountain fairy) after their death. This becomes increasingly difficult when she meets Mrs UN, a UN Judge. Written by Anonymous

  • Mira

    Mira (2009)
    Film by Dhimitri Ismailaj (Short and Drama) Director

  • Racing Daylight

    Racing Daylight (2007)
    Film by Nicole Quinn (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department Sadie thinks she's going insane. Edmund is sure he's being haunted. And Henry, well Henry's just racing daylight.

  • Windows

    Windows (2006)
    Film by Shoja Azari (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department Windows is an unusual narrative with a series of nine stories, each constructed as an uncut shot, looking through a window. Every scene is a voyeuristic glance into the lives of ordinary people as they struggle with their inner and external conflicts and circumstances. We watch them through the windows of their cars, houses, offices, prisons, and apartments, sometimes at a distance, sometimes painfully close. Written by Anonymous

  • 89 Cents

    89 Cents (2005)
    Film by Dhimitri Ismailaj (Short and Drama) Director

Awards

  • Best Short Film, Artfools Video Festival Greece
    (2011)

  • Best International Short Film,Circolo del Cinema “Antoni Ricci” Italy
    (2011)

  • Best International Short Film,1st Commonwealth Johnstown Film Festival
    (2011)

  • Best International Short Film, Alaska International Film Awards
    (2011)

  • Director Special Citation, Syracuse Int’l Film Festival
    (2010)

  • Best International Short Film, Southern Appalachian Int’l Film Festival
    (2010)

  • Honorable Mention, Commffest Community Film Festival” Toronto
    (2009)

  • Best Short, “Tirana International Film Festival” Albania
    (2005)

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