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Jul 01, 2017

Countdown Begins to Second Annual Monmouth Film Festival

Mark the date: the second annual Monmouth Film Festival (MFF), founded by Holmdel native Nicholas Marchese, will heat things up August 11-13 at the Two River Theater in Red Bank. Ignite inspiration and experience imagination at this three-day event, featuring the finest quality independent cinema from across the globe. Discover opportunities to connect and network with industry professionals while also gaining priceless insight from esteemed guests and veteran filmmakers. Whether you are a filmmaker or film lover, Monmouth Film Festival offers something for everyone.

This year’s networking event returns on August 11 to weave threads among industry members ranging from casting directors, writers, and actors to managers and more. Companies and organizations, including Backstage, FACES, BBR Productions, the New Jersey Film Commission, and Bicoastal MGMT, will be present and ready to mingle. New in 2017, take advantage of a unique opportunity to meet with representatives from the globally recognized New York Film Academy and discover unique opportunities to study the craft of filmmaking and acting.

Following the success of films that stole our hearts last year, such as “Jackson,” which not only won MFF’s best feature documentary but also was distributed on Showtime, the festival is excited to screen “Shooting Clerks,” a story of how Red Bank native Kevin Smith took his world famous feature film from script to screen. Other spotlight feature films will also include “Lemon,” starring Michael Cera (“Juno,” “Superbad,” “Arrested Development”), directed by FX’s Atlanta director Janicza Bravo. Stay up to date on the MFF Facebook page and website as 2017 programming is announced.

MFF is in the midst of finalizing its 2017 program, which is sure to captivate audiences, along with a panel of industry specialists, during screenings on Saturday and Sunday. Panelists include Taimak, the famous star of the cult classic film “The Last Dragon;” Thomas Crowell, author of the best-selling Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers and Pocket Lawyer for Comic Book Creators; and Jennifer Fineran, Emmy Award-winning documentary editor and filmmaker. These are only a few of the widely acclaimed and experienced individuals prepared to answer your questions and help jumpstart your career in the industry.

MFF will conclude its second annual event on August 13 with an official awards ceremony and a fantastic screening experience, awarded as one of the Top 100 best-reviewed festivals by FilmFreeway on their website, featuring over 5,000 festivals. Enjoy the VIP experience; VIP passes are now available for pre-sale at a great discount. Get yours for the low price of $85, gaining you unlimited access to the entire schedule of events, along with exclusive access to the VIP lounge. All other tickets and passes will be on sale in mid-July and individual tickets start at $12. If you are a local business, check out the available program ad spaces for as low as $75 dollars and get your business in the hands of attendees. All information regarding the festival, VIP pre-sales, and ad spaces are available at