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Fall 2023 New Jersey Film Festival Winners Announced!


By Al Nigrin

originally published: 10/09/2023

Fall 2023 New Jersey Film Festival Winners Announced!

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.

Fall 2023 New Jersey Film Festival Winners Announced!

Winner Best Feature Film
  

Hole in the Head – Dean Kavanaugh (Wicklow, Ireland)

Fall 2023 New Jersey Film Festival Winners Announced!

Winner Best Documentary Film


From Inside of Here – Bill Basquin (San Francisco, California)

Fall 2023 New Jersey Film Festival Winners Announced!

Winner Best Short Film


This is the Rill Speaking – Gabriel Rodriguez-Fuller

Fall 2023 New Jersey Film Festival Winners Announced!

Winner Best Animated Film


Out of Frame – Evan Bode (Syracuse, New York)



 
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Fall 2023 New Jersey Film Festival Winners Announced!

Winner Best Experimental Film


Breaking The Surface – John Evans, Ani Javian (New Brunswick, New Jersey)

Fall 2023 New Jersey Film Festival Winners Announced!

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)

Fall 2023 New Jersey Film Festival Winners Announced!

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)



 
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Editing:

Rudolph Buitendach and Brian Zwiener (Honor Student)

Dean Kavanagh (Hole in the Head)

John Evans (Breaking The Surface)

Production Design:

Andy Phua (#LookAtMe)

Miranda Cristofani (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)

SponsorsThe 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; Grant funding has also been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners - This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts; 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;  The Rutgers University Zimmerli Art Museum; The Rutgers University Writer’s House; Pro 8mm; The Rutgers University Office of Disability Services, WRSU; New Jersey Stage; The Home News, 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.

Information:

Al Nigrin, Executive Director/Curator, 
New Jersey Film Festival

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

Website: www.njfilmfest.com

 



Albert Gabriel Nigrin is an award-winning experimental media artist whose work has been screened on all five continents. He is also a Cinema Studies Lecturer at Rutgers University, and the Executive Director/Curator of the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, Inc.

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