High School and College Students will vie for a summer internship with Sony Pictures Classics

RED BANKJ, NJ –  PROJECT FX, the Count Basie Theatre’s statewide student film competition presented by Bank Of America, went live this morning at www.projectFXbasie.com. Starting today, students enrolled at any New Jersey high school or college can visit the site to learn about entering the competition, with an internship with Sony Pictures Classics at stake as the contest’s grand prize. 

On April 19, 2015, the Count Basie Theatre will proudly host the daylong PROJECT FX Festival, which will include workshops with film industry professionals, plus a showcase of the top vote getters in both the high school and college categories – with the winning film acting as an “opener” for a Basie screening of an upcoming Sony Pictures Classics release. 

“I am incredibly excited and proud to support the Count Basie Theater, my home state of New Jersey and PROJECT FX,” said Tom Bernard, Co-President and Co-Founder of Sony Pictures Classics. “Sony Pictures Classics is in the business of finding great films and talented filmmakers.   I look forward to seeing what amazing talent New Jersey has to offer.”

“New Jersey’s contributions to Hollywood and cinema are well known – from Jack Nicholson and Danny Devito, to films like Clerks, Annie or A Beautiful Mind – all of which were set in the Garden State,” said Adam Philipson, Count Basie Theatre President and CEO.  “Our great cast of adjudicators will give PROJECT FX an opportunity discover New Jersey’s next great contribution to film.”


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PROJECT FX is open to students enrolled in any New Jersey high school or college as of September 1, 2014. Students have until February 1, 2015 to enter their films, which will then be judged upon by a panel of regional and industry-wide experts, including Sony Pictures Classics Co-President Bernard; Nick Paleologos, Executive Director of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts; Kate Lear, Broadway producer of Catch Me If You Can and Of Mice And Men; Etta Rudolf Denk,Sr. Vice President, NJ Market Manager for Corporate Social Responsibility forBank of America; TJ Bryan, President of Shore Flicks and WJRZ-FM midday host, film critics from regional newspapers, and others to be named.

“Artistic expression is a powerful tool to help young people connect with each other and their communities,” said Bob Doherty, New Jersey president, Bank of America.  “Count Basie Theatre’s PROJECT FX is one of few state-wide festivals geared specifically toward students, and it’s a great way to help emerging filmmaking talent develop and grow.”  



Entries into the PROJECT FX competition are limited to ten minutes, and must have been produced in 2013 or later by students enrolled full-time in any New Jersey high school or college institution. Interested students will upload their films to either YouTube.com or Vimeo.com, and then fill out the official festival entry form at www.projectFXbasie.com. A $25 non-refundable fee is required to enter the competition.

From there, a subcommittee and cast of master adjudicators will critique entries using a point system to rate each film’s storyline, cinematography, technical aspects, sound and editing. In March 2015, the ten highest vote-getters in both the high school and college categories will be posted on the PROJECT FX Facebook page at www.facebook.com/projectFXbasie, where a separate tally of “Likes” and “Shares” will also factor into final scoring. 

Full competition rules, regulations, prerequisites and scoring guidelines can be found at www.projectfxbasie.com.

For more information about the Count Basie Theatre’s PROJECT FX or other theatre events, contact Jonathan Vena at [email protected] / 732-224-8778 x 107

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