Submissions for FilmOneFest 2019 Ended


“Less is more” is the maxim of FilmOneFest, the international film festival which challenges filmmakers of every genre to tell their stories in under two minutes. 

Each year, FilmOneFest’s corps of dedicated volunteers select the most innovative, diverse and entertaining short-format films from around the world and project them onto a screen under the stars. This year’s outdoor screening is scheduled for July 20, 2019 at the Atlantic Highlands Marina, with majestic views of New York City as a backdrop. 

As a sponsored program of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council, FilmOneFest provides filmmakers with the rare opportunity to participate in a free community celebration complete with art, music, crafts, food and other all-day events. As a bonus, filmmakers have an opportunity to meet their peers and establish industry connections. 

“We encourage, support and reward the art of the short filmmaker in a number of ways,” said David Salowe, Submissions Director. 

Prize categories include: Jury & Judge, Audience Choice, Young Filmmaker, Best Animation, Guest Judge, and the Gartenburg Memorial Award which recognizes Excellence in Filmmaking.

FilmOneFest is supported by Sony Pictures Classics, and is funded in part by the Monmouth County Arts Council through grants from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, The County Historical Commission, and the NJ State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts. FilmOneFest/Atlantic Highlands Arts Council supports the Atlantic Highlands Food Pantry through food drives and donations.  


All films MUST BE UNDER 2 MINUTES to be considered.

-While all genres and film styles are requested, the films must be Family Friendly



Please choose the category that your film BEST fits. 

Comedy – make us laugh

Drama – make us feel

Sci-Fi – make us wonder

Horror – make us scared

Experimental – make us see the world in a different way

Documentary – make us understand 

Animation – make us cartooned

Student – make us impressed

Note: Submissions to the Student category must be from a filmmaker under 22 years old and can provide a copy of a student ID upon request.  All student-made films entered into FilmOneFest and will also automatically be entered into FilmYoungFest which is screened at a separate event – it’s a 2 for 1 deal!

NEW! Theme category: Want to make a film but don’t know what to make it about? This year we’re introducing a new category. If you think your film falls into the theme of “GOOD TIMES” then submit it here. It’s still eligible for the other categories and awards.


Early – February 18, 2019

Regular – March 1, 2019

Late – April 1, 2019

Extended May 1, 2019


FilmOneFest is hereby granted the right to utilize any film or video submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. 

The individual or corporation submitting hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film or video for screening and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless FilmOneFest from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered


We will accept secure online screeners as well as films shared with us via a downloadable link (dropbox/vimeo/google drive).  Link must be shared within a week of submission. Please make your film downloadable for judging purposes only. 

  • DVD / USB Drives may be sent to FilmOneFest, PO Box 236, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716 – Films should be 1920x1080 /.mov .mp4 .avi / h.264  
  • PLEASE name the file with your name & film title and include title /credits on the film.
  • Films not in English must be subtitled