film young fest

film young festATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ –  Fourteen talented student teams from New Jersey are among the 30 films to be honored on June 27 at the student division of FilmOneFest, the international one-minute film festival held annually in the Atlantic Highlands Marina. Local schools Henry Hudson Regional, Middletown North and South,  Little Silver Elementary, Howell High School and Communication High School are represented among the honorees.

“We now distinguish filmmakers under 22 and afford them an opportunity to showcase their work among their peers at their own screening called FilmYoungFest,” explained Corinna Thuss, Managing Director of FilmOneFest. “The top two are then automatically included in the main festival which will be on July 20 this year.”

An unprecedented 340 student films from 40 different countries were submitted this year, raising the level of competition overall.  “Our committee, led by Henry Hudson Regional teacher James Gregg, selected the 30 best films for inclusion in FilmYoungFest and a large percentage of them are from New Jersey so we established the New Jersey Filmmaker Award this year,” Thuss added.  Other winning student films hail from Australia, Canada, Turkey and Portugal.

The free event begins at 6:30 pm at the Atlantic Highlands Arts Gallery, 54 First Avenue with a filmmaker’s reception and photo shoot. The film screening will begin at 7:30 pm at Atlantic Cinemas, 82 First Avenue. The public is invited to attend and vote for their favorite film designating the winner for the FilmYoungFest Audience Choice Award. “We encourage the community to come out and celebrate the many talented young filmmakers poised for a future where the visual form will be more and more integral to how we communicate,” Thuss said.

Now in its eleventh year, FilmOneFest has become the go-to event for super short-format filmmakers, both amateur and professional, from around the globe. More than 2,350 films shorter than two minutes were submitted this year from over 100 countries.  “Short films are becoming the way we convey information and tell important stories, and this is a world-wide phenomenon,” Thuss pointed out.  “The challenge of telling a complete story in such a short time inspires great originality, creativity, and fantastic storytelling, and we are showcasing the best of the best.”


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FilmOneFest’s panel of judges includes television network executive and producer and Emmy Winner, Jon Crowley (Impractical Jokers, Marriage Boot Camp, HGTV), film editor Susan Littenberg (13 Going on 30, Charlotte’s Web, A Lot Like Love, Bathtubs Over Broadway), sound editor Gedney Webb (Hundred Foot Journey & A Dogs Purpose), Henry Hudson Regional teacher James Gregg, film reviewer/historian Victor Zak, actor/educator John Grasso, and film producer Holland Farkas. 

Attendees are asked to bring a donation to support the Atlantic Highlands Food Pantry.  Space is limited. Please email [email protected] to reserve your seat.

For more information about FilmYoungFest and FilmOneFest’s many events like the popular 24-Hour Film Slam which takes place annually at Monmouth University, and multiple Movie Premiere’s provided by Sony Pictures Classics, visit

This program is made possible by the support of our media sponsors: Atlantic Cinemas; A. Kupper, PE; Blue Bay Inn; Kevin Smith and Secret Stash; Janet Peterson; Monmouth University; and, PepsiCo. FilmOneFest is also grateful for the continued support of Tom Bernard and Sony Pictures Classics.

FilmOneFest is a project of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to strengthening community through the arts.  The Council is funded in part by Monmouth Arts through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and The New Jersey State Council on the Arts. For more information, go to

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