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New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2020 returns to Rutgers University

The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, in association with the Rutgers University Program In Cinema Studies, is proud to present the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2020.

The festival will mark its 38th anniversary.

Showcasing new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals and cutting-edge documentaries, the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2020 will feature over 35 film screenings.

The festival will take place on select Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings beginning at 7 p.m. between Jan. 25 through Feb. 28 in Voorhees Hall #105, Rutgers University, 71 Hamilton St., New Brunswick.

All the works screening, with the exception of four programs, are part of the New Jersey Film Festival competition and were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students and academics. These judges selected the 27 finalists, which will be publicly screened at the festival.

The finalists were selected from over 611 works submitted by filmmakers from around the world. In addition, the judges will choose the prize winners in conjunction with the festival director. Prize winners will be announced after the screenings on Sunday, Feb. 16.

Tickets cost $14 for advance; $12 general; $10 students and seniors; $9 Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends
(Except the screenings on Feb. 21 and Feb. 28, which are FREE!)

Film Premieres:
Over 40 films will have their New Jersey or Area Premiere (Middlesex County) screenings as part of the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2020 and the United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival. Some of these include: Andrea Nappi and Juno Roome’s experimental film “Textile Workers”; Mark Streets’s documentary “Work Songs”; James Rees and Jay Thomas’s short film”For Hope”; Tre Manchester’s “Bleed American” — a timely portrait of the unravelling fabric in today’s Middle America;  Vasilios Papaioannu’s experimental film “Two”; Vasco Diogos’s “Mixed Movie” — short film from Portugal made using a mobile phone; George Nicholas’s punk animated film “Smoke -n- Suds”; Daria Kashcheeva’s animated film from the Czech Republic, “Daughter”; Quinn Turon and Nadio Boyea’s “Greene Dreams”; Ricardo Bonisoli and Babak Bina’s film from Canada “The Seahorse Trainer”; Robert Rippberger’s feature film “Strive”; Etienne Labbouz’s “Diwali” — a hybrid work mixing documentary film and poetry; Sam Vinal’s searing documentary “L’Eau Est La Vie”; “From Standing Rock to the Swamp”; Noemi Durivou’s compassionate short “Lab Dog”; Demetre Papageorgiou and Kalim Armstrong’s documentary “9 Degrees”; Grace Chang’s “A Missing Piece”; Rubin Stein’s “Bailaora” — post apocalyptic short from Spain; Allan Deberton’s drama from Brazil, “Pacarrete”; Viay Renga’s “Anne”– a modern musical take on a love story, inspired by Anne Frank’s diary; Vladimir Lert’s film “Tevye’s Daughters,” shot in Ukraine tells the story of the Yiddish author Sholem Aleichem’s most famous character; and others. For more information on these premiere screenings, go to the online site at www.njfilmfest.com.

32nd Annual United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival:
Also during the Spring 2019 season, the Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC will present the 32nd anniversary of the United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival — the longest running, nationally recognized, juried 8mm Film/Video Festival in North and South America.  Each of the two evenings (February 22 & 23) in Voorhees Hall #105, will feature a different program of films from throughout the USA, Canada, and the world. Filmmakers are competing for many “Best of-” prizes. Prize winners are announced on the last night of the Festival and audience members will vote for their favorite film. The Super 8 Festival is open to works predominantly shot on either Super 8/8mm film, Hi8/8mm video and/or Digital Video. This program is being co-sponsored by Pro 8mm, Jungle Software, and many others.

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