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(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- The Asbury Park Music & Film Festival (APMFF) will screen the music documentaries Long Strange Trip and Break On Thru: A Celebration of Ray Manzarek and The Doors on April 28-29.  The screening for both will take place at the House of Indendents in Asbury Park.... READ ON

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- “EMPOWERMENT!” is the theme of Season #6 of Lights! Camera! Politics! Film Season at The Stephen Crane House in Asbury Park. Three classic films featuring stories of individuals who embraced empowerment through action will be shown on First Saturday afternoons this season: Norma Rae; The Landlord; and Mildred Pierce.... READ ON

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- The Garden State Film Festival (GSFF) will welcome celebrities, filmmakers and fans back to its original home in Asbury Park, from Thursday, March 22nd through Sunday, March 25th at many local venues for the Festival's spectacular 16th Anniversary Celebration. The dazzling four-day weekend event celebrates the best in international and local cinema and will feature exciting networking opportunities, instructive hands-on workshops, an open talent casting call, screenplay competition winner reading, intriguing and informative panel discussions, and entertaining and fun parties - all in addition to the over 220 fabulous film screenings scheduled throughout the Festival. GSFF is New Jersey's Premier Independent Film Festival and was named winner of the 2017 Global Excellence Awards 'Best Independent Film Festival - East Coast' by TMT News. ... READ ON

(LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ )-- The  Lighthouse International Film Festival is accepting submissions for the 2018 festival - it's 10th anniversary.  Submissions may be sent via or The early bird discounted deadline is January 26; the regular deadline is February 23; and the late deadline is March 16.  This year's festival will take place June 7-10 in Long Beach Island.... READ ON

Continuing studio growth, RhinoHeart Films expands scope and size, comparable to that of Warner Brothers, with a $1.4 Billion underwrite via the help of their American-based Chinese private equity partners. RhinoHeart Films is an LA-based film and television series production company focused on creating original content, distribution, financing, animation, gaming and next generation international entertainment franchises. ... READ ON

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, in association with the Rutgers University Program In Cinema Studies, will present the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2018 -- the festival's 36th Anniversary -  from January 26 through March 2, 2018. Showcasing new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries, the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2018 will feature over 35 film screenings.... READ ON

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Montclair Film has opened submissions for the 2018 Emerging Filmmaker Competition (EFC), open to students from around the world interested in submitting short films in the Narrative, Documentary, Comedy, and Experimental film categories. EFC also offers special Social Impact Awards for young filmmakers who engage with social issues in their work. ... READ ON

(RED BANK, NJ) -- PROJECT FX 2018, the Count Basie Theatre’s statewide student film competition presented by Bank of America, is live at Starting now, students enrolled at any New Jersey high school or college can visit the site to learn about entering the competition, with an internship experience with Sony Pictures Classics, a high-end Sony camera and $1,000 cash at stake as the contest's grand prize. ... READ ON

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