The funkiest town on the Jersey Shore now has an offbeat film festival. Highlands is the home town of Kevin Smith, the creator of "Clerks," and we want to capture that spirit with our Highlands Film Fest. Our 2019 theme is "Horror and Suspense." We are interested in seeing anxiety-inducing psychological terror as well as blood and guts--everything from A (for Alfred Hitchcock) to Z (Rob Zombie, of course).

2020 winners will receive a Yorick Award. Named after the bone-headed character in the famous graveyard scene in Shakespeare's Hamlet, the Yorick is a skull mounted on a beautiful wooden base that will instantly make you the envy of all your film making friends and impress all others around you!

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Highlands Film Fest from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

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  • Lindsay Barrasse

    Great festival! Such organization and communication. Highly recommend submitting a film or attending their future festivals! I know in the future I will have highlands on my go-to list! Honored to be apart of their past festival.

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks! Your film was a great addition to Highlands Film Fest. We look forward to seeing your future productions.

  • Robbie Robertson

    Was really happy to be screened at their debut festival! Thanks for showing Whistler's Mother!!

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks! Your film was very much appreciated by our audience!