MILLBURN, NJ — The Millburn Education Foundation’s 9th Annual Millburn Film Fest will be broadcast on YouTube this Friday, May 29th. This year’s event is sponsored by the New York Film Academy, Coldwell Banker Realty (Short Hills), Investors Foundation, and Guaranteed Rate/Jon Lamkin. The show will be available for free streaming at 7:30pm, via link on

“We know how hard the filmmakers worked to complete their films, so we did not want them to miss out,” Film Fest Co-Chair Lea Cruz said. “The problem we faced is the same for other film festivals across the country. How do you conduct a film festival when theaters are closed?

Co-chair Lauri Palomaki noted, “We are in good company, as festivals like the Tribeca Film Festival moved to YouTube too. We really appreciate how our sponsors stepped up and supported our change of format.” 

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The six winning films encompass a range of subjects that reflect the concerns of students today. They are AYE ODieselLife After DeathLucidityThe Purse, and Unified

  • AYE O, an animated film by Jacob Updyke, tells the story of a farmer boy in a desolate wasteland who dreams of one day seeing a real live bird. 
  • Diesel, by Daniel Sirota, is a comedic look at what happens when a Hollywood executive informs a caterer of his star’s dietary restrictions.
  • In Life After Death, by Nemma Kalra, an unhappy young woman is given an opportunity in the afterlife to start over. 
  • Lucidity, by Rachel Solomon, follows a young woman trying to navigate a new relationship while dealing with traumatic hallucinations.
  • In Saneev Chandran’s animated film The Purse, a boy’s memory of a trip to the zoo sets in motion a series of flashbacks between him and a tiger. 
  • Unified, a documentary by Cameron Tuths, takes viewers inside a Millburn sports program that brings together Special Olympic athletes and their partners in training and competition. 

In addition to the six Official Selections, four films were named Honorable Mentions: 9:30 Curfew by Eliza Tagle, Laundry by Daniel Lee, The Mill by Daniel Dantowitz and Kate Lama, and We Belong Together by Tyler Freeman and Rami Marinoff. 

Palomaki commented, “Some festivals run for days, but the Millburn Film Fest can be viewed in one night. We hope the community tunes in on Friday to see the outstanding efforts of our Millburn students.”   

The trailer for 9th Annual Millburn Film Fest can be viewed here: