The 2nd Annual Queen City Film Festival (NJ) is back with an award-winning lineup of programming set to kick off later this month in Plainfield, New Jersey.  Filmmakers from 7 countries submitted almost 100 films for a chance to screen their work at this fast growing Central New Jersey event.  Films submitted covered popular genres like short film, digital series, horror, features, music video, animation and documentary.

This year, organizers have expanded the festivities to include exclusive panels featuring industry insiders whose work currently grab the attention of organizations like the Emmy Awards and HBO.  Day 1 of the festival will feature a free screening of short documentaries created by NJ based filmmakers (2 from Plainfield) and will be  hosted by 2x Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker Courtland Bragg from HBO/NFL Films.  The screening will conclude with a  brief Q&A with the filmmakers.  Immediately following the question and answer period , a very special presentation of “The Other Boys of Summer” Directed by Emmy nominated Director Lauren Meyer formerly of hit realty shows “House Hunters” and “The Apprentice”.  The 42-min Documentary will conclude with a fireside chat between Bragg and Meyer about the business of documentary filmmaking.  Both Meyer and Bragg are NJ Natives.

Presented by the Queen City Film & Television Workshop, a local nonprofit committed to preparing area students for careers in film and television production, the event is free to PHS Students (limit 100) and Plainfield senior citizens.  The nonprofit offers free training in the disciplines of film and television production, access to equipment, counseling with established industry  professionals as well as college advisement, career guidance and job placement. QCFTVW aims to launch the Future Filmmakers Club of Plainfield during the event and students in attendance will receive a certificate of participation as well as an opportunity to join the club.

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The club will meet 1-2 per month and will result in a student produced short film at the end of the school.  The FFC is also free to approved candidates from Plainfield while out-of-town students pay a nominal fee.

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Sponsored by both The City of Plainfield as part of the city’s 150th Anniversary Celebration and Plainfield Public Schools,  The Documentary Screening Block is just one part of an entire weekend of films and fun during the rapidly growing event named after Plainfield’s nickname, The Queen City.

Visit www.qcffnj.com for schedule info, tickets and passes to other screenings, and general information about the festival.  You can also follow the action on social media @queencityfilmfestnj on Instagram and Facebook.

 

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