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film one fest logoBeginning November 15, 2019

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ FilmOneFest, the international film festival based in Atlantic Highlands, is now accepting submissions of short-format films for its July 18, 2020 film festival. The contest is free to enter. Late submissions between April 15-May 15 will be accepted with a $1.59 entry fee.

“Last year we received a record number of submissions,” said Corinna Thuss, Director. “We expect that number to hold this year, and look forward to showcasing an amazing sampling of one-minute films again this year.” Of the 2,350 submissions in 2019, the festival accepted 42 finalists for the outdoor screening which is free and includes live bands and food trucks.

Submissions must be under two minutes to be considered, including credits and title frames. “While all genres and film styles are welcome, the films must be family friendly, with no foul language, violence, or nudity,” Corinna Thuss, stressed.

“Prize categories include the Gartenburg Memorial Award for Excellence in Filmmaking, Best Animation, Audience Choice Award, Young Filmmaker Award, and the new category of New Jersey Filmmaker Award,” said David Salowe, Submissions Director. “There are also various Jury Awards with notable judges from the Movie and TV industry.” Student films are judged separately at a separate event in late June called FilmYoungFest.  The top two winners in the youth category are automatically included in FilmOneFest.

Interested filmmakers should visit for guidelines, deadlines and submission platforms.

As a filmmaker and educator, Salowe has extensive experience with all facets of filmmaking including writing, directing, producing, editing and casting.  He currently teaches Filmmaking and Digital Video at the Communications High School in Wall, NJ, where he has been on staff for 17 years.  His students have produced hundreds of award-winning films, including winners of FilmOneFest and its student segment, FilmYoungFest. Many of his former students now work successfully in the film and television industry.

FilmOneFest is a volunteer-led project of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council, a registered 501 (c) (3) with the mission of strengthening community through the arts ( The film fest is made possible in part by Monmouth Arts through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Dedicated sponsors of FilmOneFest include  Pepsico, Janet Peterson, Blue Bay Inn, Alice Kupper PE, JBL Trinity Group, and Fred and Mickey Rast of Atlantic Cinemas.

Tom Bernard of Sony Pictures Classics sponsors movie premieres six times a year. The next screening is “The Climb” on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 10:00 AM with a breakfast reception and presentation by locals Kevin Dooley and Kyle Shenk beforehand. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at .

Food donations are accepted at all FilmOneFest events to support the Atlantic Highlands Food Pantry.

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