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40th Annual NJ Young Film and Videomakers’ Festival

Submission Deadline – Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

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The New Jersey Young Film & Videomakers' Festival is a project of the Thomas A. Edison Media Arts Consortium. It provides young filmmakers, who either live in or attend school in the State of NJ, the opportunity to exhibit work and have it evaluated by prominent representatives in the field of media arts. Since its inception, the purpose of the festival has been to recognize, celebrate, and encourage emerging young talent in New Jersey, the state in which Thomas Edison first developed the motion picture.

Entry Eligibility :
  • Filmmakers between the ages of 12 and 28 must have a home base in New Jersey even if attending school (under-graduate or graduate) out of state. Students are also eligible to enter work if they attend school in NJ and live out-of-state.
  • Works may have a maximum length of up to 20 minutes.
  • Genres including animation, documentary, narrative, or experimental are accepted.

Entry categories, based on school age groups, are as follows:
Category A - Elementary School, Middle School, or Junior High School
Category B - High School
Category C - Undergraduate school, graduate school, or independent filmmaker not currently associated with any school

Entry Format
Entries are accepted on DVD - NTSC. Please submit a playable DVD in high resolution.

Entry Procedure
  • Please complete entry form, downloaded from Black Maria Film and Video Festival website.
  • Enclose the $15 entry fee (Checks should be made payable to Thomas A. Edison Media Arts).
  • There is no minimum length, but the maximum length is 20 minutes.
  • Title of work, entrant's name, phone number, and e-mail must be on all materials.
  • Include a synopsis describing the work.
  • Include the names of main participants (director, editor, etc.).
Entries must be received no later than Wednesday, May 7th, 2014.

Shipping Instructions
New Jersey Young Film and Videomakers' Festival
c/o Media Arts Department, Fries Hall
New Jersey City University
2039 Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, New Jersey 07305

  • Do not send via Registered or Certified mail.
  • Do not use fiber-padded envelopes for videos or DVDs - use bubble packs please.
  • Due to the volume of entries we cannot return DVDs.

Each winning entry will receive a mounted award certificate.

DVD's must be available for the festival's programming. Submission of work indicates that the festival may curate and assemble selected and award-winning works into temporary compilations to be exhibited in venues supporting the festival. Submission of work also indicates that the festival may employ moving images and stills from selected works for promotion via print and broadcast outlets, the web and Facebook. The festival organizers, employees, sponsors, and/or participating organizations assume no responsibility for damage to or loss of materials submitted.

Jurying Jurors' decisions will be announced by May 25th, via email. The festival premiere will be held on Saturday, May 31st – location TBA.

The jury for the 2014 NJ Young Film and Videomakers' Festival include:
Natalie Conn was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She became interested in photography in high school when she took her first oatmeal box pin-hole shot of a squashed soda can on the sidewalk. She studied at The Cooper Union in New York City and The Salt Institute in Portland, Maine. Her work has been published in Arthur Magazine, Port City Life, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, the Phoenix, and the Forecaster. She co-produces a website featuring profiles of everyday people called “The Sunday Best.” Her film with Jay Weichun, “A Place of Spirit” received a Jury’s Choice Award at the 33rd Annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival, 2014.

Stephanie Swart is an independent animator and filmmaker living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She studied animation at Rhode Island School of Design and cognitive science at Brown University. She is interested in analogies between the perceptual process and creative construction in animation. Her film "Strange Wonderful" received a Jury’s Choice Award at the 33rd Annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival, 2014.

Chriss Williams is an Associate Professor at William Paterson University. His first feature film, "Asbury Park," premiered at Lincoln Center, and won the Gordon Parks Award for Directing. His second feature won the prestigious Newark Black Film Festival. His short films have screened at numerous film festivals. He attended NYU’s Graduate Film Program and was mentored by Spike Lee and Julie Taymor. Chriss also holds a Law degree from Rutgers. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Thomas A. Edison Media Arts Consortium.

Jay Weichun's artistic practice is in non-fiction media with an emphasis on documentary and experimental video. He focuses on the dynamics of community, interaction and the inevitable processes of change that effect us all. He is studying for a master's degree in integrated media arts at Hunter College. His current documentary project - titled "Growing Food on Staten Island" - "paints a portrait of people from diverse backgrounds working towards a common goal." His film with Natalie Conn, "A Place of Spirit" received a Jury’s Choice Award at the 33rd Annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival, 2014.