MAPLEWOOD, NJ - When the SOMA Film Festival returns for its third season in March, it will be at a new venue, The Woodland. For the previous two years the SOMA Film Festival was at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), but in 2017 the bulk of the event will move to The Woodland, with film programs being screened in the Great Hall of The Woodland, and the more intimate Parlor space used for a visual arts exhibit, food area, and other related events, according to festival organizers.

“Leaving SOPAC wasn’t easy and we appreciate all the effort put forth on their part but we feel this move to the Woodland will prove to be highly beneficial as we take the festival to that next level," stated Festival Founder and Director Matt Smollon. 

“We are excited to welcome the SOMA Film Festival to Maplewood and the Woodland,” added Maplewood Mayor Victor DeLuca. “It makes perfect use of the facility and furthers the Township’s mission to support arts and culture in the Maplewood and South Orange communities.”

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Established in 2015, in the last two years the SOMA Film Festival has screened over 100 films including an academy award nominee Fire at Sea, held numerous Q & A’s with filmmakers, garnered successful sponsorships for many local companies and businesses, and become a recognized creative entity with a nomination for “The Best Film Festival” by the NJ Arts Council in its inaugural season. This year saw a rise in attendance by 50% from last years’ event with ticket sales seeing an increase of over 30%, according to organizers.

“Being in downtown Maplewood will be a great addition for the festival as its ready-made appeal of retail, and restaurants will only add to the festival goers experience,” said Smollon.

The film schedule will be released in mid-January with single program tickets as well a festival passes going on sale shortly afterwards. The SOMA Film Festival will again feature its  “Kids” and “Youth Filmmaker” programs and also plans to add more independent films from around the world, with many of the filmmakers, and talent in attendance.  

The SOMA Film Festival is scheduled for March 16 to March 18, 2018. For more information visit their website here.

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