2017 EFC Registration Now Open

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REGISTRATION FOR THE MONTCLAIR FILM FESTIVAL’S 2017
EMERGING FILMMAKER COMPETITION IS NOW OPEN!

SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH MARCH 1, 2017.  

Award Ceremony and Screening will be held at the Wellmont Theater during the 2017 Montclair Film Festival, April 28 – May 7! 

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GENERAL RULES AND GUIDELINES

Films must be received or postmarked by March 1, 2017.

Winners will be announced on March 24, 2017.

  • Student’s films can be entered into one of the following divisions:

Cinemaniacs:         Grades 4 – 6

Storytellers:            Grades 7 – 9

Visionaries:             Grades 10 – 12

  • Filmmakers in the Cinemaniacs and Storyteller divisions may submit a film up to 4 minutes in length.
  • Filmmakers in the Visionaries division may submit a film up to 5 minutes in length.
  • Award categories include:
    • Narrative– a story of connected events, real or imaginary. May contain elements of humor, narration, non-fiction, etc.
    • Documentary– a non-fiction film intended to instruct, inform the audience or maintain an historical record.
    • Comedy– Ha! (You get it.)
    • Experimental– films that explores alternatives to traditional narratives
    • Social Impact – films that engage with social issues
  • Awards are determined by the EFC Committee. Not all categories may receive awards, and the MFF reserves the right to add awards for outstanding achievement.
  • Illegal use of copyrighted material is prohibited and may disqualify your submission.
  • No film will be accepted if it has been submitted to our previous EFC or Kidz Shortz program.
  • The MFF reserves the right to show and use stills from all submissions and EFC events for promotional purposes.
  • By submitting a film to the Emerging Filmmaker Competition, the filmmaker agrees to and is aware of these policies and general rules.

FILM SPECS

  • Films can be shot on any format (smart phone, video, digital video, etc.)
  • If your film is chosen to be viewed during the Montclair Film Festival, it needs to be compatible with our screens. Please use the specs below when creating your short.
  • Filming Specs: (iMovie, Final Cut Pro are programs that meet these requirements)
  • 1998 x 1080 Pro Res 422(HQ) for Flat or 2048 x 858 Pro Res 422(HQ) for Scope
  • Frame rate of 23.98pSf – LT/Rt or Stereo

 

REGISTRATION AND SUBMISSION

  • To ensure a blind jury, please submit your short without any credits. If your film is chosen, you can save time and energy by having a copy with credits ready to go.
  • Absolutely no namescredit listings orschool credits can be visible on the submitted film.
  • Make sure your registration number is written clearly on the DVD or Flash Drive, and on the outer envelope.
  • All submissions must include a paragraph summary of your submitted short.
  • Send film submissions on a DVD* or flashdrive* to:

Montclair Film Festival
c/o EFC
41 Watchung Plaza, #345
Montclair, NJ 07042

 

*We are currently exploring additional submission formats. We will contact all registrants and update the information here if a new submission format is added.

 

NEED HELP GETTING STARTED?

  • Visit the MFF’s Education page to check out our Filmmaking Workshops and Classes!
  • Qualified groups can request a free Emerging Filmmaker Workshop in their school or community organization. For more information, contact Education@MontclairFilmFest.org.

 

READY TO GO?

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

If you have any questions regarding the Emerging Filmmaker Competition, please email our EFC Manager:   michelle@montclairfilmfest.org

 

 

 

Annual Report (2015-2016)

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We are pleased to share the Montclair Film Festival’s first-ever Annual Report, which captures our history, extraordinary growth, and bright vision for the future.

Thanks to your support, the Montclair Film Festival has become a leader in presenting screenings, conversations, special events, workshops, and classes that promote a greater understanding, awareness, and appreciation of the art of filmmaking and the role that media arts and storytelling play in our community. 

We look forward to sustaining our growth and are filled with gratitude for the tremendous support we receive from our board, staff, filmmakers and artists, our members and donors, sponsors, volunteers and community partners, who help us to enrich, educate and entertain a growing audience of more than 32,000 film enthusiasts each year through the power of visual storytelling.  

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Moonlight

Join Us For a Special Screening!

MOONLIGHT

Monday, October 17th
7:30 PM
Bellevue Theater, 260 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair
Tickets are $14
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A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. At once a vital portrait of contemporary African American life and an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity, family, friendship, and love, Moonlight is a groundbreaking piece of cinema that reverberates with deep compassion and universal truths. Anchored by extraordinary performances from a tremendous ensemble cast, Jenkins’s staggering, singular vision is profoundly moving in its portrayal of the moments, people, and unknowable forces that shape our lives and make us who we are.

“(I) can’t recall a more sensitive, caring and meditative portrait of young black boys than Moonlight. Stupendous.”— Ta-Nehisi Coates

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Fall Workshops: Kids, Teens & Adults

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SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP: SHORT FILMS
Do you want to write an original script but don’t know where to begin? In this workshop, you’ll analyze the work of successfully produced screenplays to discover the fundamentals of screenwriting and receive invaluable feedback as you create your own short script.
(Class size: 8 – 10)

Dates: 6 Saturdays: 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3 and 12/10
Time: 10:00 AM till 12:00 PM
Grades: 9 – 12
Cost: $180*
CLICK TO REGISTER FOR SCREENWRITING

 

ACTING AND AUDITION FOR TEENS
Do you wish you were more prepared for auditions in and outside of school? Through acting exercises, improvisation, scene work and monologues, Broadway, TV and film actor Ellen Lancaster will give you the tips you need to feel more confident and prepared for your next audition. We will also cover camera technique and broadening your skills to include acting for new media. (Class Size: 8 – 15)
Dates: 6 Wednesdays: 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7 and 12/14
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Grades: 9 – 12
Cost: $180*
CLICK TO REGISTER FOR ACTING AND AUDITION FOR TEENS

 

MFF and Monster In My Closet FX Presents: 
SFX MAKE-UP WORKSHOP
Want to make a horror film or just kill it on Halloween? Professional SFX Artist Kelly Budd will teach you the tricks of the trade and how you can adapt to create real movie magic. (Class Size: 16 – 22)
Date: Saturday, October 22
Time: 2:00 – 4:00
Age: 12+
Cost: $20.00
CLICK TO REGISTER FOR SPECIAL FX MAKE-UP

 
IMPROV FOR ADULTS

The fundamentals of improvisation are the fundamentals of life. Listening, agreeing, forwarding action, taking care of your partner and so much more! Whether you want to be on stage or not, taking an improv class you’ll have the opportunity to discover more about yourself – plus you get to explore all those crazy ideas in your head in the safety of a class.  (Class size: 10 – 15)

Date: 8 Wednesdays: 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7 and 12/14
Time: 7:00 – 9:00
Cost: $225
Instructor: Gary Rudoren is an original member of the nationally-recognized Annoyance Theater in Chicago where he was a director/actor/writer and teacher for almost 20 years. He also taught and directed at The Second City in Chicago and The Magnet Theater in NYC. He is co-author of the McSweeney’s humor bible “Comedy By The Numbers” and his plays have been performed all around the country as well as in the UK.

CLICK TO REGISTER FOR IMPROV FOR ADULTS

 

FILMMAKING 101 WORKSHOPS

In this hands-on workshop, students will learn how to generate ideas for their films, and the basic fundamentals of filmmaking including storyboarding, shot composition, camera angle, lighting and sound.   With an emphasis on practical, guerilla-style filmmaking, students will discover how to bring their ideas to life and get their short films made!

Date: Sunday, November 6
Time: Grades 4 – 6 @ 12:00 – 2:00
Grades 7+     @ 2:30 – 4:30
Cost: $5.00
CLICK TO REGISTER FOR GRADES 4-6
CLICK TO REGISTER FOR GRADES 7+

 

Space is limited!  Register Today!

 

For information contact: Education@MontclairFilmFest.org
*Scholarships are available @ MontclairFilmFest.org/Scholarship

Celebrity Fundraiser Announced!

Wow, That Was Weird:  

A Post-Election Evening With Stephen Colbert and John Oliver 

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Saturday, November 19th, 8:00 PM
New Jersey Performing Arts Center 

 

We’re proud to announce our 6th Annual Fundraiser, which promises to be an hilarious evening with Stephen Colbert and 2016 Emmy winner John Oliver, who will come together for an on-stage discussion of everything from their comic influences to the political season that will have concluded with the November election. Join us for a great night and support the MFF!

 

Tickets range from $69.50-$250.00 and are on sale today, September 19th beginning at 10:00 AM to Montclair Film Festival members only

 

 

Public ticket sales begin on Friday, September 23 at 10:00 AM by telephone at 1-888-GO-NJPAC (1-888-466-5722), at the NJPAC Box Office and online at www.njpac.org and Ticketmaster.com.

 

PURCHASE TICKETS

 

Proceeds from this special evening will benefit our year-round cinema, film education, and community programs that reach over 30,000 patrons a year. To become a member and participate in the event pre-sale please visit www.montclairfilmfest.org.

 

“At the end of a long, contentious political campaign, we could all use a good laugh,” said Montclair Film Festival Executive Director Tom Hall. “We are so honored by the generosity of Stephen Colbert and John Oliver in making this once in a lifetime event happen, and we look forward to a fantastic night of fun.”
ABOUT STEPHEN COLBERT
Stephen Colbert is best known as the host, writer and executive producer of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on CBS. His long-running Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning series “The Colbert Report” aired on Comedy Central from 2005 to 2014 and was nominated for 40 Emmys, winning a total of 6. The show was also twice honored with the prestigious Peabody® Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.

 

ABOUT JOHN OLIVER
John is the Peabody award-winning host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” now in its third season. On occasional breaks from the show, John returns to his first love of stand-up, performing at sold-out venues worldwide. Previously, he was correspondent, guest host and Emmy award-winning writer on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” His other credits include a regular guest role on “Community” (NBC), and guest roles on “The Simpsons” and “Bob’s Burgers.”
ABOUT THE MONTCLAIR FILM FESTIVAL
The Montclair Film Festival, Inc. (MFF), a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, nurtures and showcases the talents of filmmakers from around the region and world. MFF unites, empowers, educates and celebrates our region’s diverse cultural heritage and robust artistic community by presenting an annual spring festival and a growing assortment of engaging programs and events all year long. The sixth annual spring festival will take place from April 28 through May 7, 2017. We are renovating the MFF’s new home in downtown Montclair to engage, educate and entertain through the power of visual storytelling. We plan to move into our new headquarters, the Investors Bank Film & Media Center, in spring 2017. This ADA-accessible and LEED certified space will feature an art house micro-cinema, education classrooms and administrative offices. MFF 2016 was made possible through generous support from Investors Bank, Audible, Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, HackensackUMC Mountainside, Ashenfelter, Slous, McDonough & Trevenen, LLP, Chubb, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage,The Kensington Montclair, and the NJ Department of State’s, Division of Travel and Tourism, and New Jersey State Council on the Arts, among others. For information about MFF, visit www.montclairfilmfest.org.

Submissions Open for 2017 Festival

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Submissions for the 2017 Festival are now open!

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Celebrating our sixth year, the Montclair Film Festival has established itself as New Jersey’s leading film non-profit, with hundreds of screenings, events, education programs, and community partnerships providing a unique opportunity for our diverse audience to connect with filmmakers working in all different genres and forms. In addition, our festival hosts dozens of film and television professionals, offering filmmakers a chance to forge new relationships across the industry. 

Featuring a rich program of films in the Fiction, Non-Fiction, World Cinema, Short and Student Filmmaking categories, as well as a program dedicated to the work of filmmakers from New Jersey, The Montclair Film Festival offers emerging and established artists the opportunity to present their films in a world-class screening environment, with curated competitions, Audience Awards, and opportunities to reach attending members of the national press. 

Located just a short ride away from New York City, with public transportation directly into midtown Manhattan, Montclair offers a relaxed community environment with sophisticated audiences deeply engaged in the art of film.   

Submit your film today and join us for The 6th Annual Montclair Film Festival, April 28-May 7th, 2017! We can’t wait to see your work!

 

Deadlines:

Early bird Deadline: November 18th, 2016

Regular Deadline: December 16th, 2016

Late Deadline: January 6th, 2017

Extended Deadline: January 20th, 2017

 

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JAWS – August 19th

Sink Your Teeth Into Our 

Final Free Outdoor Screening Of The Season!

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 with live pre-show music by Mamou’s Party!

Friday, August 19th

Church Street, Montclair

Film begins at dusk (approx. 8:45 pm) but come early for live music!

52c9822c-ecb7-4d15-8fa2-66a461c2836cWhen a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overrules him, fearing that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town. Ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled ship captain Quint (Robert Shaw) offer to help Brody capture the killer beast, and the trio engage in an epic battle of man vs. nature.  Rated PG.

BRING YOUR LAWN CHAIRS!

The Wiz! Fri. July 29th

the-wizWhen Harlem schoolteacher Dorothy (Diana Ross) tries to save her dog from a storm, she’s miraculously whisked away to an urban fantasy land called Oz. After accidentally killing the Wicked Witch of the East upon her arrival, Dorothy is told about the Wiz (Richard Pryor), a wizard who can help her get back to Manhattan. As Dorothy goes in search of the Wiz, she’s joined by the Scarecrow (Michael Jackson), the Tin Man (Nipsey Russell) and the Cowardly Lion (Ted Ross).

Friday, July 29th

Montclair Public Library

50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair

BRING YOUR LAWN CHAIRS AND BLANKETS!

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PURPLE RAIN

On behalf of all of us here at the MFF and Van Vleck House and Gardens, please accept our sincere apology for the very unexpected, premature and wet ending to our free Summer Series screening of PURPLE RAIN, an evening that started off so beautifully.  

With the change of date, the sprinkler system schedule at Van Vleck House and Gardens was not adjusted to accommodate our event. 

We feel terrible about the oversight and rush out of the garden—and are so sorry for the interrupted movie. 

We hope you will join us for our next screening of THE WIZ on Friday, July 29th at the main branch of the Montclair Public Library. 

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SUNDAY, JULY 10TH

Van Vleck House and Gardens

21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair

Film begins at dusk (Approximately 8:30 pm)

Music by Parents Who Rocks’ The No Rehearsals beginning at 8 PM.

BRING YOUR PICNICS, LAWN CHAIRS AND BLANKETS!

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A victim of his own anger, the Kid (Prince) is a Minneapolis musician on the rise with his band, the Revolution, escaping a tumultuous home life through music. While trying to avoid making the same mistakes as his truculent father (Clarence Williams III), the Kid navigates the club scene and a rocky relationship with a captivating singer, Apollonia (Apollonia Kotero). But another musician, Morris (Morris Day), looks to steal the Kid’s spotlight — and his girl.  Rated R.

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SAVE THE DATES!

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