Atlantic City Cinefest returns October 13 to 15. Party Friday night. Saturday filmmaking panel. Ursula Ryan Memorial Honoree. A good time will be had by all.
Submissions will be open for anyone in North America, about any subject. That said, we like to screen our share of New Jersey-based films.
And we'd like to have a block of films focused on social injustice, a broad enough topic.
The screenwriting competition will also return for 2022. Again, any subject matter, but scripts that celebrate the arts would be welcome.
In the past and again in subsequent years, we consider ourselves an independent festival which screens films from North America, but still pays special attention New Jersey movies. We like to bring at least one person from Hollywood/New York as an honoree. Past guests have included Kevin Smith, Robert Downey, Sr. Terry Winter, Peter Dobson, Blanche Baker, Bonnie Bedelia, William Forsythe, Christopher Mann, Chris Mulkey, Brian O'Halloran, Garry Pastore, Scott Schwartz, Al Sapienza, Tom Malloy, Louis Mandylor and Dominique Swain.
Trophies for best of this and best of that. Cash for screenplay winners unless you prefer a trophy.
RULES FOR FILM SUBMISSIONS 2023
• We accept short and feature length films, narrative and documentary
• Shorts must be under 60 minutes; features no more than two and a half hours
• All genres accepted, but we are seeking films by NJ filmmakers and films that celebrate social injustice.
• All films must be submitted to FilmFreeway in digital format
RULES FOR MUSIC VIDEOS 2023
• Must be 2 to 10 minutes
• All genres are welcome
• Must not be vulgar, according to MPAA standards
RULES FOR SCREENPLAY COMPETITION 2023
• Short and feature length scripts accepted
• Short scripts must be 45 pages or less
• Feature scripts must be 130 pages or less
• Submissions close: September 1
• Acceptance notification: September 15
Response from festival:
Thank you, Victoria for your recommendations. We did not provide enough lag time. In the future we will strive to have decisions on acceptance four weeks in advance of the festival, not two. We should also keep better tabs on attendance per film block. And increase efforts to draw filmgoers beyond the friends and relatives of the filmmakers.