New Jersey Film Festival
sm Spring 2018
·Call For Entries·
DEADLINE for the RECEIPT of entries is Monday, November 6, 2017 at Noon Eastern!



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The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center proudly announces the 36th Bi-Annual New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2018.  The Festival will be held on select evenings between January 19 and March 4, 2018 and will showcase the best in independent film by featuring premiere screenings and special guest appearances by film directors, screenwriters, cast and crew. For more information go to www.njfilmfest.com, call (848) 932-8482 or e-mail us at NJMAC@aol.com or NJMAC12@gmail.com!

ALL PACKAGES AND INQUIRIES MUST BE ADDRESSED TO: 
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.
(848) 932-8482 phone; (732) 932-1935 fax; NJMAC@aol.com or njmac12@gmail.com e-mail
web site: www.njfilmfest.com

ENTRY CATEGORIES:
Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Short Narrative, Feature, Music Video,
and Student Filmmaker (College or younger)

ENTRY FEES:
1.   Works up to 20 min:                          $45.00   
2.   Works between 20-50 min:               $55.00   
3.   Works over 50 min:                           $75.00

ENTRY REGULATIONS:
This competition is open to U.S. and International entries. Maximum film age is 24 months. No repeat entries. Send entries in DVD mailers, reusable containers or bubble wrap envelopes.   Note: Please do not use fiber-filled envelopes or oversized boxes when sending entries, as they can cause serious damage to DVDs and Blu Ray discs and, subsequently, to video equipment.  Entries that we receive that have been damaged or otherwise compromised in this way may be rejected from entry. If a work is selected for public screening entrants are contractually obligated to provide an exhibition copy suitable for screening and cannot withdraw their film from the festival. Entry must be a New Jersey or Area Premiere and must not be available to view in full on the internet! Please note we do not pay screening fees. Only finalists are notified in advance that their work has been selected to be part of the Festival.

ENTRY FORMATS:
Submit two DVDs and/or Blu Rays for pre-screening. If chosen for festival screening a high quality region free DVD or Blu Ray disc must be sent for festival screening. Mark case and DVD, with title, length, year, and maker's name.
Our new primary screening location features new comfortable seats, stadium seating, a state-of-the-art hi-definition projection and sound systems!

REQUIRED ENCLOSURES:
· Two DVDs or Blu Rays placed inside mailing case or shipping envelope.             
· Entry fee via check or money order (in US funds) made payable to: Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC
· Official entry form, completed and signed.
· Short synopsis of entry, biography of maker/actor(s), and Press Kit with photos (optional).

LIABILITY: Filmmaker shall indemnify and hold New Jersey Film Festival harmless from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim in connection with the Film involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and/or loss of or damage to the screening videos submitted. In particular, Filmmaker expressly warrants it has obtained all necessary copyright clearances for original works of authorship used in the Film.

REPRODUCTION AGREEMENT: Submission of an entry gives the festival permission to have accepted work exhibited, photographed, locally telecast, and reproduced either in part or whole, for exhibition, educational or publicity purposes.

Funding for the NEW JERSEY FILM FESTIVALsm has been made possible in part by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies, Johnson & Johnson, Jungle Software, Jimmy Johns, New Brunswick City Market, and others.

NEW JERSEY FILM FESTIVAL
COMPETITION ENTRY FORM

PLEASE TYPE OR PRINT.  Enclose entry form and fee in mailing container. Only one form per entry. Exact photocopies of entry form will be accepted.

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Please Circle Programming Format:   Blu Ray     DVD

Please Circle Category:   Animation,  Documentary,  Experimental,  Short Narrative,  
Feature, Music Video,  Student Film Maker (College or younger)

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Non-refundable entry fee enclosed:       $  ______________                     
Via check or money order [in US funds only] made payable to: The Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC

Filmmaker:   ___________________________________________________________________  
                                                                                               
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Please read and sign to the following statement:
My entry is a 35mm or 16mm film, or Digital video, entered for pre-screening and judging on DVD. If my entry is selected for festival screening, I agree to rush a DVD, or Blu Ray disc. Signature to this agreement regarding entry regulations, requirements, and reproduction (as noted in the document above) is required for eligibility for consideration for the festival.

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Winners of the 2017 New Jersey International Film Festival
All the works that were part of the New Jersey International Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 22 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 322 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 
Emma – Juan Pablo Martinez (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Winner Best Documentary Film 
Levinsky Park – Beth Kruvant (South Orange, New Jersey)

Winner Best Short Film 
The Ravens – Jennifer Perrott (Annandale, New South Wales, Australia)

Winner Best Animation Film 
First Bloom – Tingting Liu (Nanjing, Jiang Su Province, China)

Honorable Mention Winners:
Glowworm – Laina Barakat (Marlborough, New Hampshire)
Don’t Think About It – Niv Klainer (New York, New York)
Church – Stephen Bodossian (Franklin, New Jersey)
Seppuku – Daryn Wakasa (Montebello, California)
Second Nature – Michael Cross (Seattle, Washington)
Kedi – Ceyda Torun (Istanbul, Turkey)
One Eightieth of Zhang Tianyi – Shuhan Fan (Glendale, California)
Passaic – Douglas Underdahl (Millburn, New Jersey)
I Am Still Here– Mischa Marcus (Los Angeles, California) 
Strawman – Tian Xie (Alhambra, California) 

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New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2017 Winners
All the works that were part of the New Jersey Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 14 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 284 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
Gelo - Luis & Gonçalo Galvão Teles (Lisbon, Portugal)

Winner Best Documentary Film
Art of the Prank - Andrea Marini (Winter Park, Florida)

Winner Best Short Film
Bad Tidings - Daniel Natale (Red Bank, New Jersey)

Honorable Mention Winners
Knights of New Jersey - Michael Hadley (Montclair, New Jersey)
The Northlander - Benjamin Ross Hayden (Calgary, Canada)
Craving Cuba - Zuzelin Martin Lynch (San Anselmo, California)
Schizophrenia - Yuri Muraoka (Tokyo, Japan)

The Sara Spencer Washington Story - Royston Scott (New York, New York)
…With God Against Man… - Seymon Pinkahasov (Brooklyn, New York)
River Blue: Can Fashion Save the Planet? - David Mcilvride and Roger Williams (Vancouver, Canada)

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New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2016 Winners
All the works that were part of the Fall 2016 New Jersey Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 22 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 388 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
Peelers - Sevé Schelenz (Vancouver, Canada)

Winner Best Documentary Film
Eva Hesse – Marcie Begleiter (New York, New York)

Winner Best Short Film
Tenderness- Emilia Zielonka (Gydnia, Poland)

Honorable Mention Winners
Artemis - Heather Freeman (Charlotte. North Carolina)
Safia:Make Them Wheels Roll - Sam Tremayne (Canberra, Australia)
Gandhiji My Mentor - Nilay Dave (Kendall Park, New Jersey)

The Lockpicker - Randall Okita (Toronto, Canada)
After Adderall - Stephen Elliot (New York, New York)
You’re Just Projecting - Marinah Janello (Boston, Massachusetts)
Racing The Sunrise - Amy Russo (Los Angeles, California)
C.I.T. - Cara Consilvio (Cranford, New Jersey)
A Ticking Time Bomb - Tamara and Thomas Balsamides  (Montvale, New Jersey)
Il Nostro Ultimo (Our Last) - Ludovico Di Martino (Rome, Italy)

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2016 New Jersey International Film Festival Winners
All the works that were part of the New Jersey International Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 21 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 366 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
The Other Kids – Chris Brown (San Francisco, California)

Winner Best Documentary Film
Psychedelia – Pat Murphy (Brooklyn, New York)

Winner Best Short Film
The Suitor – Alvaro Congosto (Woodside, New York)

Winner Best Animation Film
A is for Aye-Aye: An Abecedarian Adventure – Augusta Palmer (Brooklyn, New York)

Honorable Mention Winners
H.O.M.E. – Daniel Maldonado (Queens, New York)
Kurdistan-Kurdistan – Bulent Gunduz (Antony, France)
Occupy, Texas – Jeff Barry (New York, New York)
Twinsburg – Joe Garrity (Oakland, California)
Roubado – Erica Watson (Los Angeles, California)

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New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2016 Winners
All the works that we are screening, with the exception of four programs, are part of the New Jersey Film Festival competition and were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 21 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from over 303 works submitted by filmmakers from around the world. In addition, the judges will choose the Prize Winners in conjunction with the Festival Director.

Winner Best Feature Film
In The Dark – David Spaltro (New York, New York)

Winner Best Documentary Film
Back Water – Jonathan Cohrs (Brooklyn, New York)

Winner Best Short Film
Crepusculo (Twilight) - Juan Pablo Daranas Molina (Havana, Cuba)

Winner Best Student Film
Pitter Patter Goes My Heart - Christoph Rainer (Klosterneuberg, Austria)

Honorable Mention Winners
Through the Uncanny Valley - Pasquale M. Greco (Vancouver, Canada)
Echo Lake - Jody McVeigh-Schultz (Los Angeles, California)
Peanut Gallery - Molly Gandour (Brooklyn, New York)
After Sandy – Joe Minella (Howell, New Jersey)
In The Game - Maria Finitzo (Chicago, Illinois)
Citta' dei Sogni (City of Dreams) - Paola Bernardini (New York, New York)
Amore tra le rovine ('Love Among the Ruins) - Massimo Alì Mohammad (Ferrara, Italy)

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New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2015 Winners
All the works that were part of the Fall 2015 New Jersey Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 25 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 392 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
All in Time - Chris Fetchko and Marina Donahue (Summit, New Jersey)

Winner Best Documentary Film
Angel of Nanjing - Jordan Horowitz and Frank Ferendo (Providence, Rhode Island)

Winner Best Short Film
The Cart - Patrik Eriksson (Lodz, Poland)

Winner Best Animation Film
Däwit - David Jansen & Sophie Biesenbach (Hamburg, Germany)

Honorable Mention Winners
Rosehill - Brigitta Wagner (Haworth, New Jersey)
Foster Dog - Lisa Alonso Vear (Brooklyn, New York)
It Plays Like Love- Jeremy Waltman and Adam Lucas (Young Harris, Georgia)
Right Footed - Nick Spark (Los Angeles, California)
The Moment: Bonnaroo - Reuben Meltzer (Cairnlea, Victoria, Australia)
Lords of BSV - Maria Soccor (Union, New Jersey)

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2015 New Jersey International Film Festival Winners
All the works that were part of the New Jersey International Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 25 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 383 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
Nocturne – Saul Pincus (Toronto, Canada)

Winner Best Documentary Film
When Things Go Wrong: Robin Lane Story – Tim Jackson (Somerville, Massachusetts)

Winner Best Short Film
The Cat's Cradle – David Spaltro (New York, New York)

Winner Best Student Film
Keeper of the Past – Marco J. Riedl (Bochum, Germany)

Honorable Mention Winners:
Tick Tock – Zeynep Kocak (Istanbul, Turkey)
Forever into Space – Greg Locke (New York, New York)
M Cream – Agneya Singh (New Delhi, India)
Soap – Christopher Brown (London, England)
Lashes – Christine Sherwood (London, England)
Waste Paper – Derrick Pete (Aliso Viejo, California)
Inside the Frame: Portrait of Photographer Linda Troeller – Jeff McKay (Lakewood, New Jersey)
U H F – David Ellis (Plymouth, Massachusetts)
Enfilade – David Coyle (Westbourne Park, Australia)

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New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2015 Winners
All the works that were part of the Spring 2015 New Jersey Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 25 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 311 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
Wildlike - Frank Hall Green (New York, New York)

Winner Best Documentary Film
Riot on the Dance Floor: The Story of Randy Now and City Gardens – Steve Tozzi (Columbus, New Jersey)

Winner Best Short Film
El Mar Y Él – Tony Méndez (Miami, Florida)

Winner Best Student Film
Fishing – Tian Zheng (Shandong, China)

Honorable Mention Winners
Doug's Christmas - Calvin Steinken (Chicago, Illinois)
Knock Knock – Jeff Betancourt (Los Angeles, California)
Expressway To Your Skull - Michael Okum (Glendale, California)
The Gospel According To Bart - Timothy Ashby (Tempe, Arizona)

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New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2014 Winners
All the works that were part of the Fall 2014 New Jersey Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 23 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 277 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

N+N - Yan Chi Lai (Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

Winner Best Documentary Film
Sound and Chaos: The Story of BC Studio - Ryan Douglass & Sara Leavitt (Brooklyn, New York)

Winner Best Short
Balcony (Ballkoni) - Lendita Zeqiraj (Pristina, Kosovo)

Winner Best Student Film
Love Express - Patrick Chen (Woodside, New York)

Honorable Mention Winners
Waking Marshall Walker - Gabriel Baron and Bjorn Thorstad (Los Angeles, Califonia)
The Jokes On You - Adrian Colon and Ron Saunders, Jr. (Hamilton, New Jersey)
Leaving Circadia - Evan Mathew Weinstein (Sayreville, New Jersey)
Deuce Ex Machina - Daniel Priore (Jersey City, New Jersey)
The Black Butterflies (Les Papillons Noirs) - Antoine Blanchet (Paris, France)
Dog Down - John Le Blanc (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)

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Winners of the 2014 New Jersey International Film Festival Competition
All the works that were part of the New Jersey International Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 24 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 357 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
Lies I Told My Little Sister – William J. Stribling (Union, New Jersey)

Winner Best Documentary Film
Rye Coalition: The Story of the Hard Luck 5 – Jenni Matz (Los Angeles, California)

Winner Best Short Film
The Sound – Sacha Iskra (New York, New York)

Winner Best Experimental Film
My Most Handsome Monster – Madsen Minax (Houston, Texas)

Winner Best Animated Film
The Innovator – Sean McCarthy (San Jose, California)

Honorable Mention Winners
Horror Film – Sebastian Wotschke (Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany)
The Sax Man – Joe Siebert (Willowick, Ohio)
Blackbird – Jamie Chambers (London, England)
When He Comes Home – Ben Phillippo (Carlisle, Massachusetts)
Simpler Times – Steve Monarque (West Milford, New Jersey)
Arena – Martin Rath (Lodz, Poland)

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Winners of the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2014 Competition
All the works that were part of the Spring 2014 New Jersey Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 26 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 392 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
Swim Little Fish Swim (Jour 2 Fête) - Ruben Amar and Lola Bessis (Paris, France)

Winner Best Documentary Film
Malala: A Girl From Paradise - Mohsin Abbas (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)

Winner Best Animation Film
Animation Hotline – Dustin Grella (New York, New York)

Winner Best Short Film
Some Others - Khrystyna Iaroshenko (Kiev, Ukraine)

Winner Best Student Film
Baxter - Ty Coyle (Huntingtown, Maryland)

Honorable Mention Winners
AKT 2 - Robert Fritz (Newfane, Vermont)
The Other Side of the Mountain - In Hak Jang (Pyongyang, North Korea)
A Life Outside - Catherine Brabec (New York, New York)
Virtuos Virtuell - Thomas Stellmach and Maja Oschmann (Kassel, Hessen, Germany)
Mama, I’m Gonna Kill You - Elena Pogrebizhskaia (Moscow, Russia)
The Train - Qianying Zhou (Long Island City, New York)
Swan Cake - Amos Sussigan and Nikitha Mannam (Burbank, California)
Ride With Larry – Andrew Rubin and Ricardo Villareal (Carlsbad, California)

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Winners of the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2013 Competition
All the works that were part of the New Jersey International 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 388 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
Locomotive – Jeremy Waltman (Hiawassee,Georgia)

Winner Best Documentary Film
Life With Alex – Emily Wick (Oakland, California)

Winner Best Experimental Film
Agophobia - Benjamin Ross Hayden (Calgary, Canada)

Winner Best Short Film
Killer - Michael Turney (New York, New York)
The Portal - Michael Turney (New York, New York)

Winner Best Student Film
Rap ‘n’ Reno – John McKelvey (Metuchen, New Jersey)

Honorable Mention Winners:
Mad Ship - David Mortin (Caledon, Canada)

Killer B3 (KB3) – Murv Seymour and Joe Bamford (Clearwater, Florida)
Sick Mick and the Boys - José Asunción (Chicago, Illinois)
Just Short of Sidekick - Jamison M. LoCascio (Montclair, New Jersey)

Poor Heart - Ben Phillippo (Carlisle, Massachussetts)
A Night at the Office - Eric Eppinger (Oakland, California)

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Winners of the 2013 New Jersey International Film Festival Competition
All the works that were part of the New Jersey International Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 25 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 344 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
Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean - Matthew Mishory (West Hollywood, California)

Winner Best Documentary Film
The Rink - Sarah Friedland and Ryan Joseph (Elmhurst, New York)

Winner Best Animation Film
SYSTEM PREFERENCES - Anya Belkina (Boston, Massachusetts)

Winner Best Short Film
Welcome and our Condolences – Leon Prudovsky (Tel Aviv, Israel)

Winner Best Student Film
COLD TURKEY - Fannar Thor Arnarsson (Boston, Massachussetts)

Honorable Mention Winners:
Separation Sonnet - Andressa Furletti (Brooklyn, New York)
Spaghetti für Zwei (Spaghetti for Two) - Matthias Rosenberger (Miesbach, Germany)
Chicken – Jessica Sue Burstein (Brooklyn, New York)
LE TEMPS DE L'INCERTITUDE (UNCERTAIN TIMES) - Vivianne Perelmuter (Paris, France)
Kayip (The Loss) - Mete Sozer (Los Angeles, California)
The Space Jockey Pursuit - Brian Titshaw (Smyrna, Georgia)
Art House-Part One - Don Freeman (New York, New York)

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New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2013 Competition Winners
All the works that were part of the Spring 2013 New Jersey Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 23 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 311 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
The Last Day of August - Craig DiFolco (Sunnyside, New York)

Winner Best Documentary Film
Set for Life - Sam Newman and Susan Sipprelle (Englewood, New Jersey)

Winner Best Animated Film
Animation Hotline – Dustin Grella (New York, New York)

Winner Best Experimental Film
Retrocognition - Eric Patrick (Evanston, Illinois)

Winner Best Short Film
A House, A Home - Daniel Fickle and Mark Smith (Portland, Oregon)

Winner Best Student Film
Olivia - Ana García Abad (Toluca Lake, California)

Honorable Mention Winners
Lost Child: Sayon's Journey - Janet Gardner (Princeton, New Jersey)
Starting from Scratch - James Huang (Beverly Hills, California)
Beauty and the Breast - Liliana Komorowska (Montreal, Canada)
Legacy - Adam Floeck (Metuchen, New Jersey)
Under the Apple Box - Ellie Fox (Vancouver, Canada)
Treeman - Claire Ying-chin Wang (Syracuse, New York)
The Suffering Grasses – Iara Lee (San Francisco, California)

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Winners of the Fall 2012 New Jersey Film Festival Competition
All the works that were part of the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2012 Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 21 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 223 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
Things I Don't Understand - David Spaltro (New York, New York)

Winner Best Documentary Film
Doin' It In The Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC - Kevin Couliau and Bobbito Garcia (Brooklyn, New York)

Winner Animation Film
Broken Wing - Amos Sussigan (Burbank, California)

Winner Best Short Film
Postcard From 1952 - Peter Simonite and Annie Gunn (Austin, Texas)

Winner Best Student Film
Knights, Tigers, and Cannons. Oh My! - Zack Morrison (East Brunswick, New Jersey)

Honorable Mention Winners:
Heathens & Thieves - Megan Peterson and John Douglas Sinclair (Santa Monica, California)
Meherjaan - Rubaiyat Hossain (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Gravity Of Center - Thibaut Duverneix and Victor Quijada (Montreal, Canada)
Look Up – Amanda Prager and Jake Olesen (Millburn, New Jersey)
One Brooklyn Boat - Megan Hessenthaler (Brooklyn, New York)
An Act of Faith – Diane Ciccone (Princeton Junction, New Jersey)

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Winners of the 2012 New Jersey International Film Festival Competition
All the works that were part of the New Jersey International Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 27 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 323 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
The Kill Hole – Mischa Webley (Portland, Oregon)

Winner Best Documentary Film
Once in a Lullaby: The PS22 Chorus Story – Jonathan Kalafer (Mendham, New Jersey)

Winner Animation Film
Drained – Nick Peterson (Burbank, California)

Winner Experimental Film
Ditchwork - Simon Liu (Brooklyn New York)

Winner Best Short Film
First Match - Olivia Newman (Brooklyn, New York)

Winner Best Student Film
Hluboký Tón (Deep Note) - Emma Brown and Max Rissman (Summit, New Jersey)

Honorable Mention Winners:
Civil War – Blake Blasingame (Indian Wells, California)
Tuurngait - Paul-Emile Boucher (Paris, France)
The First Season - Rudd Simmons (New York, New York)
Postales (Postcards) – Josh Hyde (Boulder, Colorado)
Nobody's Child - Dennis Nollette (West Hollywood, California)
In Search of Avery Willard – Cary Kehayan (New York, New York)
Ecstasy - Rob Heydon (Toronto, Canada)
Anche se è amore non si vede (It may be love but it doesn't show) - Salvo Ficarra and Valentino Picone (Sicilia, Italy)

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Winners of the Spring 2012 New Jersey Film Festival Competition
All the works that were part of the Spring 2012 New Jersey Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 31 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 312 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
Calendar Girl - Derek Lindeman (Runnemede, New Jersey)

Winner Best Documentary Film
The Bull Runners of Pamplona - Aubrey Powell (London, England)

Winner Best Animated Film
Intermission Time - Michael Degg (Novi, Missouri)

Winner Best Short Film
My Left Hand Man - Antonia Bogdanovich (San Jose, California)

Winner Best Student Film
Static - Mel Miskell (Brooklyn, New York)

Honorable Mention Winners:
Ghost of Old Highway - Dan Bush (Atlanta, Georgia)
It's In The Blood - Scooter Downey (Burbank, California)
Quite A Conundrum - Thomas L.Phillips (Jacksonville, Florida)
The Big Bad - Bryan Enk (New York, New York)
Mary and Bill - Andrew Napier (Los Angeles, California)
Boom Varietal - Sky Pinnick (Bend, Oregon)

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Winners of the Fall 2011 New Jersey Film Festival Competition
All the works that were part of the New Jersey Film Festival Competition  were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 40 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 366 works submitted by filmmakers from around the world. In addition, the judges chose the Prize Winners in conjunction with the Festival Director.

Winner Best Documentary Film
In God We Teach - Vic Losick (New York, New York)

Winner Best Feature Film
Inuk - Mike Magidson (Paris, France)

Winner Best Short Documentary Film
Inside The Perfect Circle: The Odyssey Of Joel Thome - Chris Pepino (Redlands, California)


Winner Best Short Film
Crazy Beats Strong Every Time - Moon Molson (New York, New York)

Winner Best Experimental Film
Some Girls Never Learn - Jerzy Rose (Chicago, Illinois)

Winner Best Student Film
Cranberry Sauce - Taylor Gledhill (Orange, California)

Honorable Mention Winners:
Jack Falls - Paul Tanter (London, England)
After the Fire - Guido Verweyen (Glendale, California)
Analogue Love - Stuart Drennan (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Bad Actress - Robert Lee King (West Hollywood, California)
Ice Works - Stephen Payne (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

The Confession - Andres Sivori (Clifton, New Jersey)
Disney World - M. Woods (Brooklyn, New York)
Where I Begin - Thomas L. Phillips (Oxford, Mississippi)

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Winners of the 2011 New Jersey International Film Festival Competition
All the works selected were screened by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 31 finalists which will be publicly screened at our Festival. These finalists were selected from over 371 works submitted by film and videomakers from around the world. In addition, the judges chose the Prize Winners  in conjunction with the Festival Director.

Winner Best Feature Film
The Sandman (Der Sandmann) - Peter Luisi (Zürich, Switzerland)

Winner Best Documentary Film
Bush League - Cy Kuckenbaker (Imperial Beach, California)

Winner Experimental Film
Melt - Noemie Lafrance (Brooklyn, New York)

Winner Best Short Film
Savasana - Gerry Curtis (San Francisco, California)

Winner Best Student Film
Ashley/Amber - Rebecca R. Rojer (Maplewood, New Jersey)

Honorable Mention Winners:
Virgin Alexander - Charlotte Barrett and Sean Fallon (Henderson, Nevada)
Shepherds of Helmand - Gary Mortensen (Tigard, Oregon)
Atomic Mom - M.T. Silvia (Oakland, California)
Checkpoint - Ruben Amar (New York, New York)
Three Veils - Rolla Selbak (Fullerton, California)
The Mirror (Le Miroir) - Sébastien Rossignol (Paris, France)

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Winners of the Spring 2011 New Jersey Film Festival Competition
All the works that were part of the NJ Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 33 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 323 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
Risen - Neil Jones

Winner Best Documentary Film
Atlantic Crossing: A Robot's Daring Mission - Dena Seidel

Winner Experimental Film
Broken Clouds - Yuri Alves

Winner Best Short Film
The Filmmaker - Marcello Fabrizi


Winner Best Student Film
Urva - Emre Ozdemir

Honorable Mention Winners:
Kings - Barbara Mones
Crawdad - Kelly Stephenson
The Red Machine - Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm

Living for 32 - Kevin Breslin
Heart of Now- Zak Forsman
Vento - Marcio Salem
Charlie and the Rabbit - Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck and Robert Machoian
Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone - Christopher Metzler and Lev Anderson
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Winners of the Fall 2010 New Jersey Film Festival Competition
All the works that were part of the NJ Film Festival Competition  were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 38 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 266 works submitted by filmmakers from around the world. In addition, the judges chose the Prize Winners in conjunction with the Festival Director.

Winner Best Documentary Film
Beijing Punk - Shaun Jefford


Winner Best Feature Film

Fanny, Annie & Danny - Chris Brown


Winner Best Short

The Cycle – Roy Clovis

Winner Best Short Documentary
Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean - Curt Fissel

Winner Best Animation Film
Prayers For Peace – Dustin Grella


Winner Best Student Film
A Complex Villainelle - Bart Ovaitt, Nate Billington, Rebecca Forth and Ryan Porter

Honorable Mention Winners:

Yankeeland: In the Shadow of the Stadium - Michael Gartland and Robert Weiss
Sunset to Sunset - Kent Hayward
Chosin - Brian Iglesias
Calling My Children - David Binder
Dreaming Mali – Barbara Kowa
Lights - Giulio Ricciarelli
Overload - Robert Fritz
5...6...7...8 - Andy Milkis
Dvojka (Twosome) - Jaroslav Fuit

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Winners of the 2010 New Jersey International Film Festival Competition
All the works selected were screened by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 39 finalists which will be publicly screened at our Festival. These finalists were selected from over 372 works submitted by film and videomakers from around the world. In addition, the judges chose the Prize Winners  in conjunction with the Festival Director.

Winner Best Documentary Film
The Hand of Fatima – Augusta Palmer (Brooklyn, New York)

Winner Best Feature Film

Miles Away - Brendan McNamee (London, United Kingdom)

Winner Director’s Choice Prize
Sneakers & Soul - Jonathan Zelenak  (Toms River, New Jersey)

Winner Best Short Film

Nothing Happened – Julia Kots (New York, New York)

Winner Best Experimental Film
Eyes Nose Mouth - Noemie Lafrance (Brooklyn, New York)

Winner Best Animation Film
Skylight - David Baas (Toronto, Canada)

Winner Best Student Film
Collecting Things - Michael Raynes (Basking Ridge, New Jersey)

Winner Best Music Video

Switch Hit Resistor - Adam Sztykiel  (Los Angeles, California)

Honorable Mention Winners:
For the Life of Me - Jean Strauss (Lubbock, Texas)
Voices From Inside - Israelis Speak - Lucy Martens (Hamburg, Germany)
Heads/Tails - Josh Eisenberg (Kendall Park, New Jersey)
Journey From Zanskar - Frederick Marx (Oakland, California)
Lilly's Thorn - Will Bain (Winchester, Virginia)
Poi Dogs - Joel Moffett (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Breaking Boundaries: The Art of Alex Masket - Dennis Connors (Montclair, New Jersey)
Tierra Madre - Dylan Verrechia (New York, New York)
Ultra Violet for Sixteen Minutes - David Gerson (Brooklyn, New York)
 

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Winners of the 2009 New Jersey Film Festival Competition
All the works that were part of the NJ Film Festival Competition (denoted by an * on our schedule and website) were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 38 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from over 250 works submitted by filmmakers from around the world. In addition, the judges chose   the Prize Winners in conjunction with the Festival Director.

Winner Best Documentary Film/Video
War Against the Weak - Justin Strawhand

Winner Best Feature Film/Video
Unremembered - Greg Kerr

Winner Best Short Documentary
We Love You - Jonathan Kalafer

Winner Best Short Film/Video
Mildred Richards - Marc Kess

Winner Best Animation Film/Video
Nuttin' For Christmas - Doug Compton

Winner Best Student Film/Video
Scarecrow - Patrick Knipe

Honorable Mention Winners:
Little Criminals - Tony Gaddis
The Last Bastions   - Fritch Clark
We Enjoy Yourself- Chris Pepino
A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School - Dave Davidson
Pachamama - Toshifumi Matsushita
A Chemical Reaction - Brett Plymale
The Street Stops Here - Kevin Shaw

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Winners of the 2009 New Jersey International Film Festival Competition
All the works selected were screened by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 39 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. These finalists were selected from over 320 works submitted by film and videomakers from around the world. In addition, the judges chose the Prize Winners in conjunction with the Festival Director.

Winner Best Documentary Film/Video
Heart of Stone - Beth Toni Kruvant (Montclair, New Jersey)

Winner Best Feature Film/Video
Karma Calling - Sarba Das (Los Angeles, California)

Winner Best Short Film/Video
Interpretation - Lin Oeding (Los Angeles, California)
Open Air - Shira-Lee Shalit (New York, New York)

Winner Best Animation Film/Video
Reach - Luke Randall (Melbourne, Australia)

Winner Best Student Film/Video
Shoebox Redhead - Matthew Lawrence (Brooklyn, New York)

Honorable Mention Winners:
These Guys Know What Love Is - Thomas Florek (Lambertville, New Jersey)
It's In the Blood: Leo Abshire & the Cajun Tradition - Cyndi Moran & Eric Scholl (Chicago, Illinois)
Sounds Good To Me - Paul Marcus (New York, New York)
Sailor Siren Song - Paul O'Bryan (San Francisco, California)
La Tangente (The Tangent) - Vincent Vesco (Paris, France)
Lay Me Down - Shinako Sudo (Jersey City, New Jersey)
Spielzeugland (Toyland) - Jochen Alexander Freydank (Berlin, Germany)
Split Ends - Dorothy Lyman (New York, New York)

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Winners of the 2008 New Jersey International Film Festival Competition
All the works selected were screened by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 33 finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. These finalists were selected from over 350 works submitted by film and videomakers from around the world. In addition, the judges chose the Prize Winners in conjunction with the Festival Director.

Winner Best Documentary Film/Video
Greetings from Asbury Park - Christina Eliopoulos (Eatontown, NJ)

Winner Best Feature Film/Video
P.J. – Russ Emmanuel (West Hollywood, CA)

Winner Best Short Film/Video
Alicja Wonderland - Martin Gauvreau (London, England)

Winner Best Animation Film/Video
The Whole Truth - Gerald Guthrie (Urbana, IL)

Winner Best Student Film/Video
Diorama - Ben Kalina (Philadelphia, PA)

Honorable Mention Winners:
Woven Ways - Linda Helm Krapf (Stockton, NJ)
Vanaja - Rajnesh Domalpalli (Hyderabad, India)
Blinders - Donald Moss (New York, NY)
The Promise of New York - Raul Barcelona (New York, NY)
Under The Snow – Candela Figueira and Maitena Muruzabal (Pamplona, Spain)
Hell Drivers: America's Original Crash Test Dummies - Peter Koziell + Darren Garnick (North Billerica, Mass)
Crazy - Rick Bieber (Los Angeles, CA)
JUMP! - Helen Hood Scheer (Venice, CA)
CRITICAL CONDITION - Roger Weisberg (Palisades, NY)