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Winners of 2017 Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow Bergen County High School Student Film Festival

The Fort Lee Film Commission Presented the 2017 Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow Bergen County High School Student Film Festival Screening / Awards Ceremony at the Fort Lee Mayor & Council meeting in the Municipal Building on December 14, 2017

James Gandolfini Best of the Fest Award Winning Film: A Train Ride Away from Fort Lee High School - filmmakers Shuzo Katayama and Nicholas Eom

The 13th annual Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow High School Student Film Festival took place 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 A Train Ride Away by Shuzo Katayama and Nicholas Eom

Second Place: 15 Love by Ezra James Capiral

Third Place: Jeff’s Letters by Daniel Schwartz of Dwight-Englewood School

We thank all our sponsors including iPic theaters of Fort Lee and iPic's Jim Nowicki 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 as well as Sirk Productions of NYC. For further info contact the Fort Lee Film Commission at (201) 693-2763.

Photo credit: Donna Brennan, Fort Lee Film Commission

JFOT 2017

James Gandolfini Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow 2017 Best of Fest winners Shuzo Katayama and Nicholas Eom hold their plaques for their film A Train Ride Away. 2017 JFOT finalists include Second Place winning film 15 Love by Ezra James Capiral and Third Place winning film Jeff’s Letter by Daniel Schwartz.

JFOT 2017

2017 Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow Bergen County High School Student Film Festival finalist at the December 14th screening and awards ceremony at the Fort Lee Mayor & Council meeting in the Municipal Building

JFOT 2017

Left to right, Fort Lee Film Commission Chairman Nelson Page, Film Commission members Richard Koszarski and Gary Donatelli and Film Commission Executive Director Tom Meyers and at podium Downtown Community TV’s Tom Richardson who presents the finalists with internships at Downtown Community TV in NYC

Fort Lee Film Commission