2014 Montclair Film Festival To Be Held April 28 – May 4



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 Submissions now being accepted in all categories

Montclair NJ, 9/25/2013 – The Montclair Film Festival (MFF), quickly growing in stature as a regional stop on the festival circuit, will host its third annual celebration of the art of filmmaking April 28-May 4, 2014, showcasing work by emerging and established film makers, post-screening discussions and conversations with special guests including directors, producers and actors. Bob Feinberg, Chairman of the Board and Thom Powers, Artistic Director, made the announcement at the Festival’s downtown Montclair offices.

The 2014 festival will build on 2013’s success of more than 14,000 attendees who viewed over 80 films and events, including selected world and New Jersey premieres. A favorite category, New Jersey Spotlight, provides a platform for dozens of talented and up-and-coming filmmakers from New Jersey to exhibit new work as does its sister category, “New Jersey Shorts.” Other categories include “Music On Film,” a special Family section, “African American Stories,” Narrative Film,” “Documentaries” and “Comedy” among others to be announced when the Festival lineup is set.

Through the expert eye of curator/programmer Powers, who, in his role at the Toronto Film Festival, was recently named “A Kingmaker For Documentaries” by the New York Times, and Executive Director Raphaela Neihausen, the 2013 festival showcased many films that have since gone on to critical and box office success including 20 Feet From Stardom, In A World, Blackfish, The Spectacular Now, Concussion, directed by Montclair resident Stacie Passon, Gideon’s Army, a documentary from Montclair based filmmaker Dawn Porter and the Emmy® winning documentary Mel Brooks: Make A Noise, which had its world premiere in at the 2102 MFF. Other highlights included Breaking Bad cinematographer Michael Slovis’ brilliant breakdown of the art of the show’s cinematography, the New York Times columnist David Carr’s provocative interview with the award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney and Oscar® winner Michael Moore leading a discussion on the current state of documentary film.

“We are so proud of how quickly the Montclair Film Festival has been embraced by the movie going public and within the film industry,” said Feinberg. Powers added “Its success clearly demonstrates that there is a passion for film in this town and the filmmakers who bring their movies to Montclair walk away with a true appreciation for their experience at the Festival – and are telling their friends.”

Submissions are now being accepted in all categories with all the information available on the MFF website, http://montclairfilm.org/submissions/. There are four key deadlines for filmmakers to make note of:

  • Early-bird deadline: Dec. 20
  • Regular deadline: Jan. 31
  • Late deadline: Feb. 21
  • Withoutabox special deadline: Feb. 28

About The Montclair Film Festival:

Montclair Film Festival (MFF) is a community-based non-profit, tax-exempt (501(c)(3) organization. MFF was created in 2012 to nurture and showcase talented filmmakers from around the world while creating a cultural focal point for the Township of Montclair, surrounding communities and the region. For information about MFF, or to become a member, visit www. montclairfilm.org/. Sponsors of the 2013 MFF included Audi, Chubb, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (Official Realtor), Investors Bank, Neuberger Berman, RBC Wealth Management, Clara Maass Medical Center, Egan & Sons (Official Restaurant), Heineken (Official Beer), Whole Foods Market (Official Grocer) and Xerox. The festival is also supported, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel & Tourism.