SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - It’s a wrap. The SOMA Film Festival finished its second year with film programming that saw an Academy Award nominee, films from a dozen countries, and programs focusing on filmmakers from the local area and Seton Hall, as well as youth filmmakers in Cinema Ed, and a film series just for kids.

Maplewood resident and festival attendee Donna Herley said, "I really loved this year's movies and felt this year was even stronger than last year, which is saying a lot.”

SOMA Film Festival organizers recently announced the winners of this year's festival:

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Best Feature Film – FIRE AT SEA (Italy) Director: Gianfranco Rosi

Best Short Film - LIMBO (Greece) Director: Konstantina Kotzamani

Best Director Feature Film - Gianfranco Rosi FIRE AT SEA (Italy)

Best Director Short Film - Julien Segard THE BOUQUET (France)

Best Screenplay – Adam Bowers PAPERBACK (USA)

Maplewood resident Chris Danuser also took home the award for Best Short Script in the inaugural competition for his screenplay, “Mayflower.”  

“It was a very difficult decision to name the best of this year as our programming was strong from start to finish but we felt these films warranted the distinction for their work,” stated Matt Smollon, Founder and Director of the SOMA Film Festival 

SOMA Film Festival organizers stated that they are already looking forward to next year’s event, and to continuing to bring breakthrough independent film, filmmakers, and events to the towns that bear its name.

TAPinto SOMA is a media sponsor of the SOMA Film Festival.

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