2016 FilmOneFest

July 16, 2016

Atlantic Highlands, NJFilmOneFest, an international festival of one-minute movies, celebrates its eighth anniversary on Saturday, July 16.

FilmOneFest (the Atlantic Highlands One-Minute International Film Festival) is a celebration of the super short film and a snap-shot of the creative image making happening online and across the world. Founded in 2008, the festival takes place each July at the Atlantic Highlands (NJ) Marina. Films (under 2 minutes in length) from local and international film and video makers are projected on a giant screen under the stars on the historic shores of Sandy Hook Bay.

“FilmYoungFest, added to the event in 2015, has joined in on all the filmmaking fun by giving our youth of varying ages a platform to express their creative visions and personal statements, all within the one-minute framework of FilmOneFest.” said Beth Herbruck, organizer of FilmYoungFest and a past FilmOneFest Co-Director.

“This is our eighth year and we’ve come a long way,” said Robert O’Connor of Atlantic Highlands, founder and Creative Director of FilmOneFest. “Films continue to come in from around the world; we have state-of-the-art screening equipment and a new student segment of the festival.  It still amazes me that our little festival continues to attract wonderful filmmakers and audiences. I couldn’t be more proud.”

This year, FilmOneFest attendees can spend a summer afternoon and evening by Sandy Hook Bay in the borough’s scenic municipal harbor. The festival will have a new starting hour of 5 p.m. so the audience can enjoy longer hours of live music, the work of local artists, and tasty fare from local restaurants at booths along the harbor. Student bands will perform as the opening act to the spotlighted band.

Corinna Thuss, Managing Director of FilmOneFest says, “FilmOneFest has been evolving over the years with over 2,000 attendees at last year’s festival.  We are adding not only the student component, but a music festival as well.  Our bands kickoff the evening on our stage starting at 5 p.m., with our main act after the FilmYoungFest segment.”

FilmOneFest has become a major attraction in Monmouth County and garnered wide-ranging acclaim. In March 2013, the festival won first place in the Audience Choice Awards Shorts Category at the Green Mountain Film Festival in Montpelier, Vt. FilmOneFest also has been named “the best little film festival in the world” by SmartMovieMaking.com.

This year’s FilmOneFest panel of judges includes TV producer Jon Crowley, movie producer and manager Carol Cuddy, film critic Joan Ellis, film editor Susan Littenberg, sound editor Gedney Webb and film historian Victor Zak.

The day’s program starts at 10 a.m. with the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society’s Arts and Crafts Festival, which will run until 4 p.m. in Veterans Park. More than 40 artists and crafters will display and sell their work. The Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce will have additional vendors and live music along First Avenue.  At 5 p.m., festivities move to the municipal harbor, featuring artists and crafters, a stilt walker, face-painters and clowns.

There also will be live musical performances by several bands that have yet to be announced.

Food vendors will offer dishes for a variety of tastes. Participating local restaurants will sell Thai food, Memphis barbeque, hot dogs, hamburgers and sweets treats.  Popcorn and water are free, courtesy of Sickles Market in Little Silver.

FilmOneFest supports the Atlantic Highlands Food Pantry, and asks festival-goers to bring donations of nonperishable food, toiletries, cleaning and paper products.

Admission and parking are free. Audience members may bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Attendees also can view the films on an exclusive screen from gazebo bleachers fitted with complimentary cushions by buying premium seats for $20. A limited number are available at http://filmonefest.orgIn the event of rain on Saturday, the festival will move to Sunday, July 17.  Visit our Facebook page or our web site for rain date info. If it rains on July 17, the fest will be held at 5 p.m. at Henry Hudson Regional High School, 1 Grand Tour, Highlands, NJ 07732

Many thanks to our sponsors MedExpress Urgent Care, Merrill Lynch and Vermont College of Fine Arts for their generous support.

FilmOneFest is a project of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  The mission of the arts council is to strengthen community through the arts.  For further information on the arts council, visit aharts.org.

This program 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.

FilmYoungFest is the latest addition to the international FilmOneFest. Interested in promoting the talents of young filmmakers, FilmYoungFest gives youth of varying age a platform from which to express their creative visions and personal statements all within the 1-minute framework of the FilmOneFest. Join us July 18, 2015 as we celebrate super short films and their artistic creators.