MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ - Red Bank is making final preparations for one of the town's most popular annual weekend events. This year the Monmouth Film Festival (MFF) will be held August 10-12, again at The Two River Theater. The MFF will showcase NJ talent, and that of artists from around the country and across the globe. It's the convergence of Hollywood, NYC Film, European influence, and raw home grown NJ talent, all in Monmouth County.
A weekend will offer an abundance of film screenings, industry panel discussions, free workshops, and so much more. The festival opens Friday August 10: Walk the red carpet and join featured filmmakers, artists, actors, agents and press at a 3 hour catered networking event, featuring a selection of some of the best foods around. The movie preview for Friday evening is A Shot in the Dark, the amazing true story of a former local Saint John Vianney student who is blind, and as a high school wrestler attempts to win a State Championship. See trailer here.
Featured companies in attendance will include the world's most trusted casting resource; Backstage, the New Jersey Film Commission and the renowned New York Film Academy. The founder, award winning filmmaker, Holmdel's Nick Marchese believes everyone should have an opportunity to attend the event.
"My dream was to create an easily accessible international film festival comparable to the best in the country, but host it right here in Monmouth County," he said. "A part of that dream is sharing the experience with my local community. So that is why we keep the ticket cost affordable with discounts for our Military and seniors. You can see ticket information and purchase VIP passes by clicking here.
Nick Marchese, a 2013 graduate of Holmdel High School, received a bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Making from Montclair University and is the founder of the Monmouth Film Festival (MFF). Marchese is an award winning independent filmmaker and his work has screened at festivals across the country including New York City and Los Angeles. Wanting to give back and invest in his local community, Marchese has created according to many critics ‘a dynamic local film festival that has quickly arisen to the level of longtime established film festivals.’
This year entries included all genres and lengths: Features, Shorts, Trailers, Screenplays, Student Films, TV Pilots and Web Series.
“Top quality true independent cinema is what MFF is all about," said Marchese. "We have an amazing selection of films this year, I'm so excited to share them."
Video here is from the 2017 MFF Industry Expert Panel.