MONTCLAIR FILM FESTIVAL’S KIDZ SHORTZ
FILMMAKING COMPETITION ANNOUNCES WINNERS;
FILMS TO BE SCREENED AT FESTIVAL, APRIL 29-MAY 5
(Montclair, March 1, 2013) -The Montclair Film Festival today announced the winners of their 2013 Kidz Shortz Filmmaking Competition, now in its sophomore year. Once again, it was a great success in keeping with MFF’s mission of nurturing and showcasing talented filmmakers from around the world while creating a cultural focal point for the Township of Montclair and its neighboring communities.
Kidz Shortz ’13 saw 111 registrants from three countries, 23 states and 17 different towns in New Jersey. Said Jury member Chris Gifford, creator of Dora the Explorer about the entries: “They were totally refreshing. These young filmmakers are bold, inventive and fearless. I was knocked out by the variety of approaches they took in telling their stories. The technical craftwork was especially impressive.”
The Kidz Shortz Awards Ceremony will be held on March 28 at The Clubhouse on Glenridge Avenue in Montclair at 7:00 pm. For the second year in a row, it will be hosted by beloved actor Roscoe Orman, best known for playing Gordon on Sesame Street. Winners will receive free digital filmmaking classes at the Montclair Art Museum and their films will screen during the annual Montclair Film Festival, April 29-May 5.
This year’s jury included Chris Gifford, Co-Creator/Executive Producer, Dora The Explorer; Anneka Jones, Head of Development, LEFT/RIGHT; Lisa B. Martin, Media Services Supervisor, College of St. Elizabeth; Anthony Pemberton, Independent Filmmaker and Associate Professor, Department of Communications and Media, Montclair State University; Lucas Platt, Television Producer; Gary Schneider, Director Education, Montclair Art Museum; and Michael Uslan, Executive Producer, Batman; The Dark Knight trilogy.
Become a member of The Montclair Film Festival at http://www.montclairfilm.org.
KIDZ SHORTS 2013 WINNERS
A Trip to the Movies
Lily Jones, Hillside Elementary School, Montclair, NJ
Less Than 3 Filmmakers
Evan Kurtz, Ben Reynolds Homeschooled, School of the Arts
Grace Gorant, Mount Hebron, Montclair, NJ
Kaylyn Jaeger, Linden High School, Linden, NJ
Devon D’Andrea, Alex Cahanap, Maherlyn Morency, Riley Levin,
Alea Krouse, Williamstown Middle School, Williamstown, NJ
Kayla Phillips, Mount Hebron, Montclair, NJ
John General, Warren Hills Regional High School, Washington, NJ
(Tie for Second Place)
Ryan Callahan, Warren Hills Regional High School, Washington, NJ
Alfie Barker Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Tom Fama, Ryan Mulvihill, Adam Cole, Warren Hills Regional High School, Washington, NJ
Tom Kaspereen, James Freeman, Will Monahan, Kevin Kapral, Warren Hills Regional High School, Washington, NJ
Somewhere in the Nation
Jeremy Stepansky and Maya Stepansky Renaissance Middle School, Montclair, NJ
William Sokoloski, Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ
About The Montclair Film Festival
The Montclair Film Festival (MFF) is a non-profit, tax-exempt (501(c)(3)) community-based organization that produced its first multi-day, multi-venue Film Festival in May 2012. MFF exists to nurture and showcase the talented filmmakers from around the world while creating a cultural focal point for the Township of Montclair. The second annual Montclair Film Festival will take place April 29 – May 5, 2013. For information about MFF, visit www. montclairfilm.org/.
About The Montclair Art Museum
The Montclair Art Museum, a notable, community-based institution with an international reputation, boasts a renowned collection of American and Native American art that uniquely highlights art making in the United States over the last three hundred years. The Museum’s education programs serve a wide public and bring artists, performers, and scholars to the Museum on a regular basis. The Montclair Art Museum is located at 3 South Mountain Avenue in Montclair, N.J. Information and directions are available at www.montclairartmuseum.org.
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