HOLMDEL, NJ:  On April 26, the same night as the latest installment of the Avengers broke records at movie theatres across the nation, a crowd gathered at Holmdel High School to enjoy new films creatively written, directed and edited by students from the Holmdel High School Television and Film Society.

Thirteen short films were screened Friday evening, with the following films top picks taking home these awards:

1st PlaceRepeat by Jess D'Agostino and Jon D'Agostino  

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1st Runner Up: From Studio to Stage by Casey Driscoll

2nd Runner UpHard Times by Lucas Crain

People's Choice AwardThe Tale of the Maiden's Map by Jack Sammut

Roger Benedict Award: (excellence in Digital Photography) M.I.A. by Joe Giordano and Kevin Martinez

In attendance were representatives of the award winning International Monmouth Film Festival, a non-profit that promotes the finest quality of unknown independant cinema from all regions of the world and connects them with industry professionals in New Jersey. 

The festival, now in its fourth year, selected two Holmdel films for inclusion in this year’s film festival showcase, which is scheduled for August 8-11 at the Two River Theater in Red Bank.

TAPinto spoke with Monmouth Film Festival Founder and 2013 Holmdel High School graduate Nick Marchese who commented, "The Monmouth Film Festival was proud to present Holmdel High School Student filmmakers Lucas Crain (Dir. “Hard Times”) and Jess D’Agostino (Dir. “Repeat”) with special awards to screen their films at the Monmouth Film Festival High School Student Showcase on Sunday, August 11th at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey. These student directors will be amongst a select few featured filmmakers from high schools across Monmouth County, who will also be screening their films and be featured on a Q&A panel moderated by The New York Film Academy, who in partnership with the Monmouth Film Festival will be presenting special scholarships." 

Crain, a talented filmmaker, animator, and composer was also awarded a partial scholarship to the prestigious New York Film Academy to continue his studies.

The Holmdel High School Television and Film Society benefits from the expert leadership of Bryan DeNovellis, the school’s television broadcasting teacher, a familiar face to many in New Jersey as a former News 12 New Jersey anchor and sports director. Director of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Dineen Seeley says DeNovellis and his students are looking forward to the new state of the art studio space that has been designed and will soon be constructed at Holmdel High School as part of the district’s Holmdel 2020 Initiative.  To read a detailed article by TAPinto about the Monmouth Film Festival click here.  For details about the 2019 International Monmouth Film Festival click here.