filmonefest_2009ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – July 20 marks the  fifth anniversary of FilmOneFest, chosen last year as, “the best little  film festival in the world” by

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


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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  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 [] 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.

filmonefest_2009The 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.

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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...