FilmYoungFest objective is promoting the talents of young filmmakers under 18. FilmYoungFest gives youths of varying age a platform from which to express their creative visions and personal statements all under two minutes in length.
Winners will be selected and invited to attend FilmOneFest. Some of the film makers and winners of FilmYoungFest will be invited up on stage at the festival and to our hospitality tent for pictures with the press. Please note that parental permission is required.
Abigail Karl, a Monmouth Beach native who has been making films since sixth grade, garnered the top prize at the FilmYoungFest held Sunday, October 7 at Atlantic Cinemas for her short piece Little Monster. The 18-year-old Communication High School alum arrived to the event from Boston where she is currently a film student at Emerson College.
The Audience Choice Award went to Amanda Chiappetta of Union for Stand As One, a documentary capturing images from National Walk Out Day, the student protest against gun violence held early this year. Chiappetta is currently studying filmmaking at Montclair State University.
“We had a lot of local talent in this pool of young filmmakers,” said Corinna Thuss, Managing Director of FilmOneFest, which showcases films under two minutes long. “There were 33 films in this screening and more than half of them were New Jersey natives.”
Locals in attendance for both the screening and opening reception held at the Atlantic Highlands Art Council (AHAC) Gallery included Christopher Petersen of Toms River, Ruchir Bodicherla of Sayerville, Noah Resnick of Jackson, and Kerry Harper, a senior at Henry Hudson Regional High School. Middletown native Sarah Komjathy traveled from Brooklyn for the screening.
“Of the more than 400 submissions to our Summer film festival, 127 of them came from young people around the globe -- India, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Egypt, Australia, Spain, Canada and Puerto Rico,” Thuss noted. “Short films are becoming the way we covey information and tell important stories. We are proud to celebrate the many talented young filmmakers poised for a future where the visual form will be more and more integral to how we communicate.”
Corporate sponsors of FilmOneFest and FilmYouthFest include Secret Stash, Whole Foods, PepsiCo, Atlantic Cinemas, Blue Bay Inn, Wells Fargo, Janet Peterson, JBL Trinity Group, and Alice Kupper, PE.