The New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2019

The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, in association with the Rutgers University Program In Cinema Studies, is proud to present the 38th Bi-Annual New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2019.  Showcasing new international films, American independent features, animation, experimental and short subjects, and cutting-edge documentaries, the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2019 will feature 29 film screenings. The Festival screenings will take place on select Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings between September 13 and October 13, 2019 with 7PM start times in Voorhees Hall #105/Rutgers University, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

All the competition films selected were screened by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the 28 finalists which will be publicly screened at our Festival. These finalists were selected from over 618 works submitted by filmmakers from around the world.  In addition, the judges chose the Prize Winners in conjunction with the Festival Director. Prize winners will be announced after the screenings on Sunday, October 13.

Film Premieres:

27 films will have their New Jersey or Area Premiere screenings as part of the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2019. Some of these include:  Bi Gan’s highly acclaimed noir-inspired, dream-like film Long Day’s Journey Into Night; Mikail Ekiz’s crazy stop motion animation Pit Stop; Arnold Lim’s immersive short All-In-Madonna; Nathan Catucci’s nightmarish psychological Impossible Monsters which stars feature Tony Award winner Santino Fontana; Thom Leavey’s short documentary on the vinyl resurgence – On Vinyl: Revival and Survival; Daniel Ferrer’s intense short Ex Disposer; Brad May’s affectionate feature documentary portrait of urban decline and revival of Trenton, New Jersey in Two Trentons; Sonni Rossi & Megan McClelland’s beautiful experimental Super 8 film from London, England The Beginning;  Mauraya Sharma’s sensuous short from India Unbinding; Tawny Sorensen and David Spaltro’s touching short As One; Lou Assous’s sexy feature love story Online Billie from Paris, France; Two surreal shorts from California – Emma Penaz Eisner’s I Am He Who Created Himself and Alessia Cecchet’s The Hearing of the Eye and one another one form Spain – Pol Rebaque’s Babasha; Damian Fitzsimmons terrific coming-of-age feature set in the 1970s – Off The Rails; Two political shorts – No Al Muro by Luis Pena and Post Election Works by Kate Haug; Leticia Tonos Paniaqua’s poignant dramedy Juanita which is about migration, love, and survival; an informative documentary on the rebuilding of the Tappan Zee Bridge – Rebuilding History;  Michael Dominic’s poignant, feature-length documentary Clean Hands which chronicles the difficult path of the Lopez family; Kerry David’s important documentary Breaking Their Silence – on the sordid world of wildlife trafficking and poaching; and a series of films by New Jersey filmmakers as part of Jersey Fresh program.  See the attached schedule for more information on these and the other films or visit our website:


Special Guest Appearances by Directors, Artists, and Scholars:

This summer we are pleased to announce over ten confirmed special guest appearances by film directors, artists, actors, and writers to the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2019! All visiting artists will introduce their work and do a Question and Answer session after the screenings. For more information on these special guest appearances see the attached schedule or go to our online site at Note: more filmmakers will be appearing but were not able to confirm their attendance at this time. So check our website for updated information.


Sponsors:The New Jersey Film Festival is funded and 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 Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant provided by New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; The Rutgers University Confucius Institute; Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program; Jungle Software;  The Rutgers University American Studies Department; The Rutgers University Office of Disability Services; Rutgers University French  Department; Johnson & Johnson; WCTC/WMGQ; WRSU; The Home News Tribune; The Asbury Park Press; New Jersey Stage; New Brunswick City Market; The Rutgers University Office of Community Affairs; The Rutgers University Digital Classroom Services Office; Design Ideas; Advanced Printing; Steven C. Schechter, Esq.; Share and Harris.



Albert Gabriel Nigrin, Executive Director/Curator, New Jersey Film Festival

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