Growing Up Fat and Albanian
Runtime: 38 min.
Format: DVD, 16 x 9 widescreen; Not Rated; Bonus Features: movie trailer, interview with Elza Zagreda
- Best Supporting Actress, Isabella Knight (MILAN INTERNATIONAL FILMMAKER FESTIVAL)
- Best Featurette, Best Original Song (MANHATTAN FILM FESTIVAL)
- Best Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress (NY INDIE AWARDS)
- Best Comedy (UNITED INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Los Angeles)
- Award of Recognition (BEST SHORTS COMPETITION)
- LONDON INTERNATIONAL FILMMAKER FESTIVAL (Best Directors, Best Costume Design, Best Supporting Actress)
- MILAN INTERNATIONAL FILMMAKER FESTIVAL (Best Cinematography, Shawn Shaffer, Best Editing, Best Actress, Best Screenplay
Growing Up Fat and Albanian is a story that's messy, complicated, violent... a movie about family. Meet Ella, a headstrong young American woman who defies everything; her traditional Albanian upbringing, her strict family and her nemesis, the formidable Aunt Shirley, to risk it all for true love. This is a love story about growing up fat and Albanian. Which one would you pick, your family or your heart? You decide. But choose wisely. And remember love, luck, fate no matter what life throws you, your family always has your back...that is if they don't stab you first.
Written by and starring Elza Zagreda, Growing Up Fat and Albanian was voted Best Film by NYC Indie Film Awards. In addition Elza and her co-star Isabella Knight were awarded Best Actor honors. The film recently received Awards of Recognition in the Film Short and Female Filmmakers categories from the prestigious Global Accolade Film Competition. Plus it recently won Best Featurette and Best Original Song awards at the Manhattan Film Festival. Zagreda's movie also features Shpend Xani, Tony Naumovski , Filipe Valle Costa (''Snowfall'' on FX) and Alexandra Moruzzi (from the Sundance Festival hit Patty Cake$). Cinematography is by Shawn Schaffer, film editing by Frank Reynolds (In the Bedroom) and music by Aldo Shllaku (Spiderman).