This will be the second year in a row for the three-day festival, which was founded by Kenneth Gifford had its debut in 2016. As with last year, the festival will feature film screenings, classes, panel discussion and parties. The festival’s official selections include narrative features, documentaries, short films and web originals, and screenings will take place at a number of Newark institutions including Newark Symphony Hall, Newark Museum, Newark Public Library, Rutgers University, NJIT, Essex County College, Military Park and the Cityplex Theater.
Newark IFF also includes original music and original screenplay categories, with the entrants from the latter being critiqued by Gregory Allen, who wrote Remember The Titans and Oscar-nominated biopic Ali.
Alongside the main festival will run the Newark International Youth Film Festival, which will comprise a set of screenings, workshops and awards targeted to current and aspiring young filmmakers.
Master Classes this year will include sessions on auditioning, improv, cinematography and drone operation, and panel discussions will include a set of music supervisors advising how to get one’s music into to film and TV, and a panel about stunt work that includes panelists who have worked on Luke Cage, Gotham, Ghostbusters, Daredevil and Quantico, among other films and television shows
Newark IFF announced on its Instagram page on Sunday that actor Lance Gross will lead a session on how to brand oneself in Hollywood
And as they did last year, the festival is having a social media-driven contest to select their red carpet announcer.
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