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Film One Fest
May 31, 2018

Film Competition is Cinematic Success

Film One Fest

The Atlantic Highlands Arts Council’s FilmOneFest partnered with Monmouth University on April 20 and 21 to host the third annual Film Slam at Monmouth’s Lauren K. Woods Theatre in West Long Branch.

The Film Slam is a free 24-hour filmmaking competition in which teams of any size compete to create an original film under two minutes in length, which must include specific elements assigned to them.

At the start of the competition, all teams received a prop, location, and line of dialogue that they must incorporate into their film. The criteria given for this year’s competition was a bird as the prop, a cemetery as the location, and “how about this weather” as the line of dialogue. Teams had precisely 24 hours to write the script, film, edit, and deliver the finished product to the Woods Theatre by Saturday evening.

Seven teams competed in this year’s Film Slam. First place winners were Kevin Meberg and Kevjack Manberg of team KevJack Manberg. Second place winners were Cole Vallis, Alex Clyde, Mercedes Griffeth and Luke Falkenstern of team Popcorn Playaz. Third place winners were The Bagsville Initiative, previous winners of the 2017 Film Slam. This year’s People’s Choice Award winners were Michael Manheimer, Victoria Regine, Thomas Hernandez, Alexandra James, and Carly Vena of team MCM Films.

FilmOneFest and its fundraisers are 100 percent volunteer-produced; proceeds support Monmouth County Foodbank, Atlantic Highlands Arts Council (AHAC), and AACC Food Pantry. FilmOneFest is a project of AHAC, a registered 501(c)3 organization. Its mission is to strengthen community through the arts. For information, visit For information about FilmOneFest and its events, visit FilmOneFest 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.