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filmonefest 2013 jeff smithAtlantic Highlands, NJ – July 19th marks the sixth anniversary of FilmOneFest, chosen as, “the best little film festival in the world” by 


FilmOneFest (the Atlantic Highlands One-Minute International Film Festival) is a celebration of the super short film and a snap-shot of the creative image making happening online and across the world. The Atlantic Highlands’ popular short film festival showcases an innovative range of films that run under two minutes. FilmOneFest attendees will spend a warm summer evening by the bay in the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor, a beautiful setting worthy of inclusion in a movie itself.



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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’s expert panel of judges include; movie producer and manager Carol Cuddy, 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 features all 2014 selected entries, as well as chosen films from previous years. Information can be found at

In 2013, FilmOneFest won first place in the Green Mountain Film Festival Audience Choice Awards in the Shorts Category.  The festival held in Montpelier, VT, screened the 2013 FilmOneFest films at their festival in March of 2013.

Robert O’Connor, Co-Director and Founder of FilmOneFest comments, “Someone recently said to me that the festival is a much anticipated part of their summer experience and that they are proud that it takes place in their hometown of Atlantic Highlands.  That is what I had hoped for over six years ago when we first starting planning the festival.  It means a great deal to me that we have not only survived six years, but the festival is thriving in ways I never imagined.  I hope you enjoy this year’s offerings, which come from all across the globe, including Iceland, China and the Ukraine.”

Corinna Thuss, 2014 Co-Director of FilmOneFest states, “FilmOneFest is an impressive cultural and community celebration that brings visibility to the imaginative short film medium and to the beautiful town of Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey. Dedicated volunteers from the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council have developed an amazing program over six years.  In 2013, 1500 attendees enjoyed sixty-five films under the stars in one night.  Following the 2013 Festival, the FilmOneFest app received over 143,000 hits.  Come join us for our sixth year, expected to be even bigger, better, and more inspiring.”

The film screenings begin at dark, but the festivities run all day on Saturday, July 19, with the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society’s Arts and Crafts Festival from 10:00am until 4:00pm in Veterans Park. More than 40 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 festivities move to the Municipal Harbor, with artists and craftspeople exhibiting and demonstrating their creations, a stilt walker, face-painters, and clowns enjoyed by the children, and live music provided by the Kül d’SackBand.  Food vendors offer dishes for all tastes, as the local restaurants participate offering Thai food,  Memphis barbeque, Mexican cuisine, hot dogs, hamburgers and sweets treats.  Popcorn and water are free, courtesy of Sickles Market in Little Silver. Whole Foods in Middletown will be providing cake for the hospitality tent and will delight the public with free food samples.  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.  Attendees can also enjoy viewing the films from the Gazebo bleachers with your own personal screen and complimentary cushions by purchasing premium seats. A limited number of premium seats are available to purchase at  Rain date is July 20. In the event of rain or high winds on July 20, 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 Endowment for the Arts.

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.

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