NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Near Enemy Film Festival is coming back with a smack to New Brunswick tonight.

Coordinated by the Morristown-based Near Enemy Creative, the festival, now in its second year, will screen 11 short films featuring martial arts and stunt fight choreography.

Ranging 2 to 17 minutes in length, submissions have come from all over the country, including some outside of it. Among the selections are 8 films from the US, one from Canada, one from Brazil, and a 10 minute computer-animated short from Iran.

According to Near Enemy Creative founder/director Cara Parmigiani, the film, entitled “Return” by director/animator Yahya Ghobadi, could only be submitted electronically “because of international relations” between the two countries.

When asked why she would organize a “films with fighting” festival, Parmigiani, Rutgers Aluma Class of 2003, shared, “people don’t readily have access to short films in a theatrical experience.”

“I felt that this niche, films with martial arts and fight choreography was reason enough to have its own showing.”

The festival will run from 7:30-9:30pm at the George St Playhouse.  At the conclusion, one of the short films will be named “Best in Show.”

OQ Coffee from Highland Park will be sponsoring the event with free beverages, and other concessions will be available.

Tickets are available online at