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2016 Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow Bergen County High School Student Film Festival

JFOT Call for Entries

The Fort Lee Film Commission's annual High School student film festival entry period kicks off March 1, 2016. Entry form is available below. Deadline for return of entry forms is July 1, 2016. Films must be sent by October 1, 2016. The finalists screening / awards ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 2 PM at the new iPic Theaters of Fort Lee. The iPic Theaters in Fort Lee is set to open this July and we are happy to welcome them as one of our sponsors. In addition we thank our other sponsors, the Fort Lee Suburbanite, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Sirk Productions, Downtown Community Television (DCTV) and the family of acclaimed actor and New Jersey native James Gandolfini. The JFOT Best of the Fest Award is named in honor of James Gandolfini. For further info email the Fort Lee Film Commission at ftleefilm@gmail.com or call us at (201) 693-2763.

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2015 Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow Bergen County High School Student Film Festival James Gandolfini Best of the Fest Winner: Urmil Dalal of Lodi High School for his film “Parallel Parking”

On November 7, 2015, the Fort Lee Film Commission sponsored our 11th annual Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow Bergen County High School Student Film Festival in the auditorium of Fort Lee High School. This festival is open to all high school students who reside in Bergen County. This year the festival finalists screening & awards ceremony moved back to Fort Lee from Media Mix Studio in Allendale in preparation for the future home of this annual festival at the soon to be built Barrymore Film Center cinema and museum on Main Street in Fort Lee, NJ, the first American film town and birthplace of the American film industry.

This year we had over 125 submissions from around Bergen County and there were 8 finalists. The judges this year include Michael Gandolfini, son of the late great acclaimed New Jersey native and actor James Gandolfini. Our sponsors include Downtown Community Television Center and Sirk Productions, both of Manhattan. We also thank James Gandolfini’s great friend Tom Richardson for his support as well as Mr. Gandolfini’s sister Johanna Antonacci and Leta Gandolfini. Johanna presented our top prize, the James Gandolfini Best of the Fest Award to our 2015 winner Urmil Dalal.

The James Gandolfini Best of the Fest winner receives $500 and an internship with Downtown Community Television Center. James Gandolfini had a working relationship with DCTV and they make this internship available to us in his memory. Also the winner receives 72 hours of post-production time at Sirk Productions Digital Studio on West 31st Street in New York City. Fort Lee Film Commission member Marc Pérez is one of the co-founders of Sirk.

Generation Z. Our Third Place Winner is Andrew Favorito of Pascack Valley High School for his film The Idea.

All of the finalists can intern at Sirk Productions and the Fort Lee Film.

Watch the winning film at https://vimeo.com/140069612.

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Left to right, Johanna Antonacci (sister of the late actor James Gandolfini), 2015 James Gandolfini Best of the Fest Award Winner Urmil Dalal of Lodi High School and Tom Richardson of Downtown Community Television Center of NYC following the Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow awards presentations on Nov. 7th, 2015

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JFOT Festival Director Tom Meyers opens the 2015 JFOT Screening / Awards Ceremony at Fort Lee High School on Nov. 7th, 2015

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2015 JFOT finalists with Johanna Antonacci (sister of the late actor James Gandolfini), FDU Professor of film Elliot Hoffman and Tom Richardson of Downtown Community Television Center of NYC

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