TRENTON, NJ – A Call for Entries is underway for the Diocese of Trenton’s 2011 diocesan RE:IMAGE Film Festival, which will take place April 16 beginning at noon in the historic Alogonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main St., Manasquan.

The festival, inspired by Pope Benedict XVI’s 2009 exhortation to those with creative talent to participate in renewing “the Church’s friendship with the arts,” is open to those of all faiths and places of origin. Its’ mission is to support and encourage the next generation of visual storytellers as they explore the glory of God’s creation.

The festival will feature films that are no longer than 25 minutes in length and completed no earlier than January, 2008 which reveal the perseverance of humanity in challenging times and uphold and defend the dignity of the human person.

Musical films, documentaries, animation, dramas and comedies in three categories – Youth/High School, Young Adult/College and General – will be judged on direction, storyline, artistic quality and adherence to the mission of the festival.

Awards and cash prizes will be given in the following categories: Best Picture $500; Mission Excellence $200 and Viewer’s Choice $100.


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“We’ll be showcasing the works of artists and filmmakers who strive to deliver inspiring, uplifting and faith-filled messages through film and digital media,” said Patrick Dolan, associate director of the diocesan Office of Radio and Television.

The RE:IMAGE Film Festival is a collaboration effort between the diocesan office of Radio and Television, Communications and Public Relations, Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Hispanic Apostolate and the Catholic Campus Ministry at The College of NJ.  On its inaugural year, the RE:IMAGE Film Festival drew hundreds of patrons and received enthusiastic reviews.

John Crowley, real-life father of the children whose story was told on screen in the film “Extraordinary Measures” received the diocese’s first Pope John Paul II Gravitas Award.  In honor of the late pope, the “Gravitas Award” celebrates a person who not only works to bring stories of God to life, but one who possesses Gravitas, which in Latin means a quality of substance or depth of personality. In bestowing this award, the RE:IMAGE Film Festival Committee recognizes a person who represents the virtue of Gravitas in their efforts to communicate God’s love through the use of film and digital media arts.

“The Diocese of Trenton was extremely blessed and grateful for all who participated in the first annual short film festival April 24. RE:IMAGE 2011 is shaping up to be a stellar event,” Dolan said.

Entries can be submitted online on or sent directly to the committee by filling out the online form at and submitting your film and payment by the necessary deadline.  Regular Deadline, Jan. 31, 2011 – General $35, College/YA (up to age 29) and High School $20 Late Deadline, Feb.18, 2011 – General $50, College YA (up to age 29) and High School $30.

Entries can be sent to Diocese of Trenton, Office of Radio and Television, 701 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 ATTN: RE:IMAGE.  For more information, call Patrick Dolan at 609-406-7400, ext. 5517 or email [email protected].

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