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NJ International Film Festival Announces Award Winners

Summer Run Concludes on June 18 in Voorhees Hall at Rutgers University
The Suitor

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--On June 18 at 7:00 p.m., the New Jersey International Film Festival will hold its final night of the season at Voorhees Hall on College Avenue.

Following the screening, which will feature five different films, the winners of the film festival will be announced.  

The films include  "The Suitor," a romance film set during Orson Welles' infamous War of Worlds radioplay in 1938, directed by Alvaro Congosto from Woodside, New York, and "Mai (Never)," an international film from Italian director Giulio Poidomani.  

Free food will also be avaible for those whom attend, sponsored by Jimmy John's and Capital Corn and Confections.  

The most recent season of the New Jersey International Film Fesival started on June 4, but it's also part of the larger New Jersey Film Festival that spans over five months, screening a variety of films, including animation, documentaries, and experimental and short films. American independent features are also included in the lineup.

Twenty-One movies have appeared in this years’ summer run, chosen from a pool of 366 submissions.

According to the press release, over 15 special guests, including directors, actors, and scholars, participated in questions and answer sessions after the viewings, speaking directly to the public about their works and the other flicks screened on those days. 

The New Jersey International Film Festival is one of the three oldest film festivals in New Jersey, including the Black Maria Film Festival and the Newark Black Film Festival.

It is funded by the Rutgers Film Co-Op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, run by Professor Albert Nigrin from the Rutgers Cinema Studies Program.

This year's festival was sponsored by the Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies, Johnson and Johnson, Footage Firm, Jungle Software, Jimmy John's, and the New Brunswick City Market.  

For the complete lineup, and general information about the festival, visit their website at: www.njfilmfest.com

The lineup for this season included the following films:

  • Occupy, Texas by Jeff Barry (feature film)
  • Mother’s Day by Jeff Tan’s (short film), starring Academy Award Winner Melissa Leo;
  • Wifey Redux by Robert McKeon (short film) story by acclaimed Irish author Kevin Barry;
  • The Other Kids by Chris Brown (docu-fiction)
  • Chilltown, USA by Elvie Mae Parian (feature-length documentary) highlights the thriving music scene in Jersey City;
  • Nathan East: For The Record by Chris Gero (music documentary)
  • A is for Aye-Aye: An Abecedarian Adventure by Augusta Palmer (animated film)
  • Kurdistan-Kurdistan by Bulent Gunduz (feature film)
  • They Will Al Die in Space by Javier Chillon (short film)
  • Post-Panoptic Gazing by M. Woods (experimental short film)
  • Psychedila by Pat Murphy’s (documentary)
  • The Suitor by Alvaro Congosto (short film)
  • Twinsburg by Joe Garrity (short film)
  • H.O.M.E. Daniel Maldonado (feature film)