ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - July 20 marks the fifth anniversary of FilmOneFest, chosen last year as, "the best little film festival in the world" by SmartMovieMaking.com.
Atlantic Highlands' popular short film festival showcases a creative range of films that run under two minutes, and this year celebrates the remarkable spirit of the Jersey Shore and Tri-State area after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in the fall of 2012. FilmOneFest attendees will spend a warm summer evening by the bay in the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor. This beautiful setting, and the story of its restoration, is worthy of inclusion in a movie itself. It marks the collaboration of many different people and organizations to restore, rebuild, and recreate a unique waterfront resource less than a year after it was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.
This free town-wide celebration of the short short film has become an exciting exhibition of the art of filmmaking and a must-attend event at the shore. Filmmakers from around the world and across the country are showcased on a giant outdoor screen. Additionally, the audience can enjoy the work of local artists and tasty fare from local restaurants at booths set up along the harbor. This year, FilmOneFest will include a special category titled "The Spirit of the Shore." Films submitted in this category celebrate the strength and resilience of shore communities in the tri-state area, and compete for $1,000 in cash prizes. This year's expert panel of judges includes television producer Jon Crowley, film critic Joan Ellis, film editor Susan Littenberg, sound editor Gedney Webb, and film historian Victor Zak.
FilmOneFest's free Smart Phone and iPad app feature all 2013 entries, as well as selected films from previous years. Information can be found at http://filmonefest.org/media-2/ipad-app/.
Recently, FilmOneFest won first place in the Green Mountain Film Festival Audience Choice Awards for 2013 in the Shorts Category. The festival took place March 22-31, 2013 in Montpelier, VT.
Beth Herbruck, Co-Director of FilmOneFest 2013, states "FilmOneFest is an incredible showcase of creative talent worldwide in such a vibrant medium. The short film format allows our audience to view 60-70 films in one evening under the stars. It's a great night out in Atlantic Highlands!"
The film screenings begin at dark, but the festivities run all day on Saturday, July 20, with the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society's Arts and Crafts Festival from 10:00am until 4:00pm in Veterans Park. More than 60 artists and crafters will display and sell their work. The Chamber will have additional vendors and live music along First Ave.
At 7:00 pm, the party moves to the Municipal Harbor, with artists and craftspeople exhibiting and demonstrating their creations, stilt-walkers, face-painters, and clowns delighting children, and live music provided by the Matt Wade Band. Food vendors offer dishes for all tastes, from Thai stir-fry and Memphis Barbeque to pizza, hot-dogs and hamburgers and sweets treats. Popcorn and water are free, courtesy of Whole Foods Market in Middletown. FilmOneFest supports the Atlantic Highlands Food Pantry, and accepts and encourages donations of nonperishable food and household items at the festival.
Admission and parking are free. Audience members may bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. A limited number of premium seats are available to purchase at http://filmonefest.org. Rain date is July 21. In the event of rain or high winds on July 21, the festival will be held at the Charles Hesse Parish Hall, 55 South Ave., Atlantic Highlands.
This program is sponsored by the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council [http://filmonefest.org] and is made possible in part by the Monmouth County Arts Council through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the County Historical Commission, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National.
The AHAC is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The mission of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is to strengthen community through the arts.