Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Organizers of the annual seaside FilmOneFest are excited to award three cash prizes (first place $500, second place $300, third place $200) to filmmakers who create short (under two-minute) films that highlight the triumphs, struggles and rebuilding efforts of the people – and places – affected by Hurricane Sandy for their new Spirit of the Shore category.

For those who live along the shores of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, the past several months have been a recovery process from great loss and devastation. At the same time, recurring scenes of courage, resiliency and generosity have been witnessed as individuals and whole communities rebuild homes, entire towns and lives.
FilmOneFest wants to capture these moments through the camera’s lens and share them with our worldwide audience as a testament to the continuing Spirit of the Shore.

The Challenge:
FilmOneFest is asking filmmakers to create a lasting record of stories and scenes of the best, and most inspirational, representation of the human spirit during this period in time. To that end, FilmOneFest will award cash prizes totaling $1,000 to motivate emerging talent to create films that will share these powerful moments of the Shore’s rebirth.

To submit Spirit of the Shore films (under 2 minutes in length), filmmakers can simply upload their projects to the FilmOneFest website ( by going to the “Submit a Video” tab and checking “yes” in the “Spirit of the Shore contest participation” section/submission form. Deadline for submissions is March 31st (early bird), April 30th or May 15th (final call). There is no charge for entering film in this category. Winning films will be announced July 1, 2013 and awards to filmmakers will be presented at the 5th Annual FilmOneFest on July 20, 2013.


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About The Festival:
FilmOneFest is a celebration of the short film (all submissions are under 2 minutes in length) that occurs under-the-stars on the shores of Sandy Hook bay, New Jersey. Currently in its fifth year, close to 1,500 attend the event on the third Saturday in July to see nearly 60 films unspool from more than 40 countries. Combined with live streaming, a growing website, unique ipad and mobile phone apps, a worldwide FilmOneFest audience of more than 100,000 (in 86 countries) have enjoyed the works of emerging and established talent in the art of film.

This year’s FilmOneFest event will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 20th with a live concert and an outdoor path lined by local artisans. Hot food from more than a half-dozen popular restaurants also will be available for the audience. Films screen from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Door prizes and a 50/50 raffle are also a part of the fun, with proceeds benefiting the Atlantic Highlands Food Pantry and the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council. FilmOneFest is held at Marina Park (at the end of First Avenue) in Atlantic Highlands.

Artists and Crafters – Exhibit @ FilmOneFest on July 20, 2013 FilmOneFest is sponsored by the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council []

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...