As film and theater folk like to say, the show MUST go on, and this August it WILL! The Monmouth Film Festival, New Jersey's renowned and critically acclaimed international film event is known for showcasing the finest independent films from all regions of the globe. Additionally, the festival has spotlighted celebrities including Kevin Smith, Sinbad, Michael Cera, Micahel Kelly, Sandra Oh, amongst others, as well as presented and hosted exclusive panels with leading industry professionals from top networks including Viacom, Disney/ABC, Hulu, Netflix, Nickelodeon, Blue Sky Studios, and more! This year has only gotten better!

Due to Covid-19 regulations, the Monmouth Film Festival has expressed sincere regrets that the traditional theatrical experience they have perfected since 2016 (at the Two River Theater, Red Bank, NJ) will not be possible this year. However, it's given them the opportunity to branch out and stream the sights and sounds of these incredible films right into your homes and hands! Introducing the 2020 'Hybrid' Monmouth Film Festival! This new and exciting format will allow for the HD high-resolution streaming of ALL this year's movies; accessible from your laptops, desktops, smartphones, tablets, and more! As they say on TV..."But WAIT, there's more!”

"We are proud of our roots as an integral non-profit arts organization here in Monmouth County, New Jersey. New Jersey, as many across the country have learned, has gotten hit hard over the past months from Covid-19, it's been equally as heartbreaking as it has been devastating to our communities and quality of life. So we had to do something special this year to give back to our community and help rebuild people's spirits, creativity, and overall mental well-being, without them needing to leave the safety of their homes. We have voted to make this year's 2020 Virtual Monmouth Film Festival completely FREE of charge. All movies, streams, interactive panels, and seminars will be accessible by simply registering on our website, all for free,” said Monmouth Film Festival Founder and President Nicholas Marchese. "Yes, we rely on funding from our community to help us grow and return each year, but more importantly we rely on our community itself! They've always been there for us, so this year we are here for you.“ This free film festival event is an unprecedented move, not being offered by any other event of its liking.

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An exciting lineup of over 65 films, short and feature-length, can be found by visiting the Monmouth Film Festival website. Movie stream dates, times, and registration information will be available as early as Monday, July 20th. Note: Some streams may have limited or capped viewing capacity, so please be sure to register ASAP for streams and films you don't want to miss! Virtual interactive panels and seminars will be presented from the website this year, open to real-time questions and feedback from the audience via chat. This year's Industry Pro's represent all corners of the industry from Viacom, Disney, VFX artists, Producers, Directors, Documentary Filmmakers, and more!

The complete 2020 Film Festival Schedule is available HERE!

Feature Films include Grizzly II. Revenge (George Clooney, Charlie Sheen, Laura Dern), Give Or Take (Jamie Effros); documentaries Mentally Al (Al Lubel), and Miracle Fishing.

A rich selection of New Jersey Films, short and feature length, are also featured in the festival this year, like Bruce Springsteen: Hometown.

This is our time to join together as a community of artists, both filmmakers, and film lovers, and create positive memories that will last a lifetime! We are confident that this will still be a year to remember, while also being the safest and smartest option for our community at this time. Your stories are more important now than ever and we want to continue to host a platform for artists to network, connect, learn, and grow. We thank our community for their understanding and participation in this year’s 5th Annual Monmouth Film Festival.

Stay updated on monmouthfilmfestival.org where you can register for all of our weekend's events this August 14th-16th!