2017 Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow Bergen County High School Student Film Festival Entry Period Starts March 1st
The Fort Lee Film Commission announces its 13th annual Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow High School Student Film Festival. The festival is open to all high school age students who reside in Bergen County. The entry period runs from March 1st through July 1st, 2017. Applications are available below:
The deadline to receive films is October 1st. Our judges will then select the top ten finalist films and we will have a screening / awards ceremony on Saturday, November 4th at iPic Theaters in Fort Lee. Our top prize, the James Gandolfini Best of the Fest Award, is a $500 cash prize and internships with both Sirk Productions and Downtown Community Television both in New York City. Our panelists of judges include Emmy Award winning director and member of the Executive Board of the Directors Guild of America Gary Donatelli and Award Winning actor and New Jersey native the late James Gandolfini’s son, Michael Gandolfini.
For further info call the Fort Lee Film Commission at (201) 693-2763.
Winners of 2016 Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow Bergen County High School Student Film Festival
The Fort Lee Film Commission Presented the 2016 Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow Bergen County High School Student Film Festival Screening/Awards Ceremony at iPic Theaters in Fort Lee, NJ - James Gandolfini Best of the Fest Award Winning Film: CHORES from Waldwick High School - filmmakers Jake Schwenke and Daniel Rinaldi
The 12th annual Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow High School Student Film Festival took place on November 5th at 2pm at iPic Theaters in Fort Lee, NJ in the birthplace of the American film industry. Fort Lee was the first American film town and the birthplace of such studios as Universal and Fox and home to the world’s first woman director and studio owner, Alice Guy
Blache’. We screened the top ten films selected from over 100 entries this year. Our panel of judges included Gary Donatelli of the Directors Guild of America and Michael Gandolfini, the son of the late New Jersey native and acclaimed actor James Gandolfini who we honor in the name of our Best of the Fest Award. Our top prize is $500 and internships at Downtown Community Television and Sirk Productions.
The James Gandolfini Best of the Fest Award goes to CHORES by Danny Rinaldi, Jake Schwencke, Sergio Scardigno, and Conor Gallagher.
Second Place: China's Forgotten Children by Michelle Yu of Cfreskill High School.
Third Place: Stake-Out by Urmil Dalal of Lodi High School.
We thank iPic theaters of Fort Lee and iPic's Jim Nowicki as well as all of our sponsors for helping make this the largest high school student film festival in the state of New Jersey. Thanks to Tom Richardson of DCTV, Michael Gandolfini and the Gandolfini family for their support. For further info contact the Fort Lee Film Commission at (201) 693-2763.
Photo credit: Donna Brennan Fort Lee Film Commission
Above is second place film China's Forgotten Children by Michelle Yu (pictured in clip) from Cresskill High School
Our audience of student filmmakers and their parents in the iPic Theater in Fort Lee for the November 5th Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow Finalist Screening and Awards Ceremony
Left to right - the team from the 2016 James Gandolfini Best of the Fest Award: Sergio Scardigno, Danny Rinaldi, Conor Gallagher, and Jake Schwencke of Waldwick High School. Second Place winner was Michelle Yu of Cresskill High School for her film China's Forgotten Babies and Third Place winner Urmil Dalal of Lodi High School for his film Stake-Out.
Our top ten finalists for 2016
Left to right iPic's Jim Nowicki, host of the screening/awards ceremony, Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow Festival Director and Fort Lee Film Commission Executive Director Tom Meyers, the team from the 2016 James Gandolfini Best of the Fest Award winning film Chores including Danny Rinaldi, Jake Schwencke, Sergio Scardigno, and Conor Gallagher, Fort Lee Film Commission member and Directors Guild of America board member Emmy Winning filmmaker Gary Donatelli (in baseball cap), sponsor Tom Richardson of Downtown Community Television, sponsor Crystal Kaplan of Bonded Film Storage and Fort Lee Film Commission Chairman Nelson Page