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Home of the New Jersey Film Festivals and the United States Super 8 Film and Digital Video Festival dedicated to exhibiting independent, classic, international, and experimental films.

New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2024 | Call for Entries

The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center proudly announces the 43rd Annual New Jersey Film Festival. The festival will be held between September 6-October 6, 2024 at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey and will showcase the best in independent film by featuring premiere screenings, special guest appearances by film directors, screenwriters, cast and crew and more.
Cover Art: Pizzica ©2024 Albert Gabriel Nigrin

2025 United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival | Call for Entries

The 37th Annual United States Super 8mm Film + Digital Video Festival will be held February 15-16, 2025 at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. The Festival encourages any genre (animation, documentary, experimental, fiction, personal, etc.), but the work must have predominantly originated on Super 8mm/8mm film, Digital video or 8mm video formats. The Festival takes as its mandate the spreading of the 8mm and Digital word.

New Jersey International Film Festival Summer 2024 | Call for Entries

The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center proudly announces the 29th Annual New Jersey International Film Festival. The festival will be held between May 31-June 9, 2024 at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey and will showcase the best in independent film by featuring premiere screenings, special guest appearances by film directors, screenwriters, cast and crew and more.

Past Events

2024 United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival Award Winners


Best of the Festival
you thRill me – Phil Docken (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Witchblossom – M. Wild (Los Angeles, California)

Honorable Mention
George – Gregg Chilingirian (London, England)
Silent chirping of invisible Digits – Vera Sebert (Austria)
Roses, Pink and Blue - Julia Yezbick (Detroit, Michigan)
Kristin dan Kuching Kuchingnya – Michael Kam (Singapore)

Spring 2024 New Jersey Film Festival Winners

All the works that were part of the Spring 2024 New Jersey Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 29 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 636 works submitted by filmmakers from around the world. In addition, the judges chose the Prize Winners in conjunction with the Festival Director.

Winner Best Animated Film
Electra - Daria Kashcheeva (Prague, Czech Republic)

Winner Best Experimental Film
Body Issues – Marjorie Conrad (Seattle, Washington)

Winner Best Feature Film
The Disembodied Adventures of Alice – Cléa Elisa van der Grijn (Sligo, Ireland)

Winner Best Documentary Film
Join or Die – Rebecca Davis (Falls Church, Virginia)

Winner Best Short Film
Bluebird – Sara Crow (New York, New York)

Honorable Mention Winners
The Blues Society – Augusta Palmer (Brooklyn, New York)
The Curtain – Leslie-Ann Coles (Toronto, Canada)
Jailhouse to Milhouse – Buddy Farmer (Southern California, California)
Irina - Amelie Magdalena Loy (Vienna, Austria)
Muckville – Jeff Mertz (Kingston, New York)
Wild Fire – Jennifer Cooney (Spring Brook, Pennsylvania)
No More Love - Zafar Mehdi (India)
Please Hold the Line – Tan Ce Ding (Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia)

Festival Director’s Citations
Performances:
Senna O’Hara (The Disembodied Adventures of Alice)
Siena D'Addario (Wild Fire)
Aisling Fagan (Bluebird)

Direction:
Cléa Elisa van der Grijn (The Disembodied Adventures of Alice)
Jennifer Cooney (Wild Fire)
Daria Kashcheeva (Electra)

Cinematography:
Ciaran Carty (The Disembodied Adventures of Alice)
Tomáš Frkal (Electra)
Marjorie Conrad (Body Issues)
Nona Catusanu (Bluebird)

Screenplay:
Daria Kashcheeva (Electra)
Marjorie Conrad (Body Issues)
Cléa Elisa van der Grijn (The Disembodied Adventures of Alice)

Editing:
Alexandr Kashcheev (Electra)
Marjorie Conrad (Body Issues)
Zafar Mehdi (No More Love)

Production Design:
Cléa Elisa van der Grijn (The Disembodied Adventures of Alice)
Marek Špitálský (Electra)
Sadra Tehrani (Bluebird)

Music:
Brianna Tam (Wild Fire)
Lucas Verreman (Electra)
Andrew Banewicz (Body Issues)

Fall 2023 New Jersey Film Festival Winners

All the works that were part of the Fall 2023 New Jersey Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 19 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 403 works submitted by filmmakers from around the world. In addition, the judges chose the Prize Winners in conjunction with the Festival Director.

Winner Best Feature Film
Hole in the Head – Dean Kavanagh (Wicklow, Ireland)

Winner Best Documentary Film
From Inside of Here – Bill Basquin (San Francisco, California)

Winner Best Short Film
This is the Rill Speaking – Gabriel Rodriguez-Fuller (Los Angeles, California)

Winner Best Animated Film
Out of Frame – Evan Bode (Syracuse, New York)

Winner Best Experimental Film
Breaking The Surface – John Evans, Ani Javian (New Brunswick, New Jersey)

Honorable Mention Winners
#LookAtMe – Ken Kwek (Singapore)
Honor Student – Tamika Miller (Los Angeles, California)
Minnesota Mean – Dawn Mikkelson (Duluth, Minnesota)
June – Lauren Stevens (Los Angeles, California)

Festival Director’s Citations
Performances:
Yao (#LookAtMe)
Pam Oei (#LookAtMe)
John Curran (Hole in the Head)
Lynette Callaghan (Hole in the Head)
Hudson Yang (Honor Student)
Kelly Jenrette (Honor Student)

Direction:
Dean Kavanagh (Hole in the Head)
Tamika Miller (Honor Student)
Ken Kwek (#LookAtMe)
Bill Basquin (From Inside of Here)
Evan Bode (Out of Frame)

Cinematography:
Dean Kavanagh (Hole in the Head)
Russell Adam Morton (#LookAtMe)
Joshua Pausanos (Honor Student)

Screenplay:
Ken Kwek and Shane Mardjuki (#LookAtMe)
Tamika Miller and Joe Rechtman (Honor Student)
Dean Kavanagh (Hole in the Head)

Editing:
Rudolph Buitendach and Brian Zwiener (Honor Student)
Dean Kavanagh (Hole in the Head)
John Evans (Breaking The Surface)

Production Design:
Andy Phua (#LookAtMe)
Marli Hemsley (Honor Student)
Evan Bode (Out of Frame)

Music:
Michael Wall (Breaking The Surface)
Joe Ng and Ting Si Hao (#LookAtMe)
Claude Foisy (Honor Student)
Evan Bode (Out of Frame)

Merchandise

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New Jersey Film Festival Merchandise
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Membership

Join the Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC

Founded in 1982, the Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC draws thousands of viewers from throughout New Jersey by providing an alternative media culture. Please help us continue our cultural mission by joining us as a friend-member.

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Membership Benefits

  • Discounted admission to Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC screenings, and special events.
  • Discounted tuition to Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC film/video workshops and courses.
  • Discounted prices on Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC T-shirts and other merchandise.
  • First-class subscription to Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC program calendars.
  • Free admission and reservation privileges included on upper-level memberships ($200 and above).

All memberships are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Inquire for details. Friend-memberships are valid for two seasons (approximately 8 months). Additional tax-deductible donations are also welcome. Become a member today!

About Us

New Jersey has only one media arts center programming year-round -- offering over 100 annual film screenings and events: The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center. Founded in 1982, the Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC draws thousands of viewers from throughout New Jersey by providing an alternative media culture. The Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC is dedicated to the noncommercial exhibition of independent, classic, international, and experimental films and videos. Not only do our audiences have the opportunity to view many independently produced films, but also the added benefit of meeting with the filmmakers, actors, screenwriters and other members of production crew.

Guests

Some of our guests have included: Todd Solondz, Bill Plympton, Gary Null, Veronica Burstein, Jem Cohen, Peter Sillen, Jason Rosette, Susan Muska, Greta Olafsdottir, Sarah Jacobson, Martin Scorsese, Thelma Schoonmaker-Powell, Paul Morrissey, D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus, Tim Kirkman, Joseph Dorman, Ted Sod, Heather McDonald, Mark Rappaport, Sara Driver, Jim McKay, Su Friedrich, Menachem Daum, Ken Smith, Aviva Kempner, David Riker, John Hulme, Charles Creasy, Tony Leahy, Jeff Cline, Diane Bonder, Sarah Karloff, Michel Negroponte, Vlas and Charley Parlapanides, Ethan Falk, David Rick Balcorta, Roger Weisberg, Daina Krumins, Jenny Stein, James LaVeck, D.R. Hernandez, Matthew Garrett, Thomas Franklin, Thierry Daher, Carolyn Travis, Yasuki Nakajima, Aileen Bordman, Patrick Donnelly, Sara Taksler, Naomi Greenfeld, Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno, Jerome Bongiorno, Sanjiban Sellew, Susan Ingraham, Martha Rosler, Mark Berger, Raphael Ortiz, Maureen Gosling, Marc Maurino, Matthew Brown, Moon Molson, Jave Galt-Miller, Micah Baskir, Paul La Blanc, Thurston Smith, Tim Eberle, Damian Kolody, Nancy O'Mallon, Kathy Foronjy, Joe Coburn, Michael Knowles, Luke Mathany, Sarah Wickliffe, Jonathan Budine, Melissa Thomson, Beth Miranda Botshon, Daniel Califf-Glick, Bonnie Blake, Linda Helm Krapf, Christina Eliopoulos, Melissa Whitely, Andrew Liput, Donny Moss, Raul Barcelona, Alex Feldman, Joesph Bierman, Eve Burris, Ken Castellano, Mark Kolu, Peter Koziell, Darren Garnick, Patty Sharaf, Bill Page, Jon Sell, Danny Medoza, Paul Andersen, Christopher Maloney, Thomas Florek, Paul Marcus, Ryan Smith, Matthew Lawrence, Beth Toni Kruvant, Nadirah Bell, Emma Kenney, Shinako Sudo, Richard Haines, Ken Kimmelman, Christopher Bedford, Neil and Lee Selden, Cassandra Evanisko, Corrina May, Judith Vogelsang, Ryan O'Laughlin, Hemant Tavathia, David Svedosh, Gary Wein, Zoe Lister-Jones, Augusta Palmer, Jonathan Zelenak, Noemie Lafrance, Michael Raynes, Jean Strauss, Marjorie Wright, Dennis Connors, Josh Eisenberg, Robert Kohr, Dena Greenbaum, Brendan McNamee, Julie Tortorici, Jessica Provenz, Sarah Louise Lilley, Jessica Henson, Dena Schumacher, Michael Warholic, Doug Massell, William Goins, Vanessa Roth, and many others. Please help us continue our cultural mission by joining us as a friend-member.

Our Sponsors

The New Jersey Film Festival is funded and/or sponsored in part by The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center; The Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies/School of Arts and Sciences; Middlesex County, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts - Funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund; The Rutgers University Office of Summer and Winter Sessions; OVID/Icarus Films, The Rutgers University American Studies Department; Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program; Johnson & Johnson; WRSU; New Jersey Stage, The Home News Tribune; The Asbury Park Press; New Brunswick City Center; The Rutgers University Office of Community Affairs; Design Ideas; Advanced Printing; Steven C. Schechter, Esq.; Share and Harris.




Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC 2023 Staff

  • Executive Director/Curator: Albert Gabriel Nigrin
  • House Managers: Jesse Einhorn, Yazmin Omana
  • Volunteers/Interns: Diego Arellano, Jackie Chafart, Catalina Chapman, Alyssa Chierchia, Mo Foster, Alexia Fraser, Morgan Kalmbach, Anita La Belle, Andrew Leary, Anthony Lee, Anran Li, Sarah Lopez, Yazan Mohammad, Linh Ngo, Patrick Osborne, Olivia Raben, Kevin Reardon, Evelyn Reese, Jordan Sickafoose, Emily Sparks, Natalie Tango, Sarah Ventola
  • Advisors: Bob Brodsky, Victoria Connor, Matthew Maginley, Dr. Susan Martin-Marquez, Dr. Daniel Nigrin, Prajesh Patel, Dr. Meheli Sen, and Toni Treadway
  • Board of Trustees: Dr. Irene Fizer, Bill Harris, Albert Gabriel Nigrin, and Steven C. Schechter, Esq.

Contact Us

  • New Jersey Film Festival
    Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center
    Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies
    4170 Academic Building
    15 Seminary Place
    New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-8525
    U.S.A.
  • Email

    NJMAC12@gmail.com
    NJMAC@aol.com
    uss8fdvf@gmail.com (for Super 8mm Film + Digital Video Festival)
  • Phone

    (848) 932-8482
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