2nd annual Monmouth Film Festival slated for August 11th through August 13th

Delve into the world of independent cinema at New Jersey’s top-rated, critically acclaimed, international film festival at the Two River Theater in Red Bank from August 11 through August 13, 2017! Experience cinema from across the globe – and from right here in New Jersey – with short and feature films starring performers including Michael Cera, Sandra Oh, Ellen Page, Nia Long, and more!

With over 14 hours of film, Monmouth Film Festival will feature narrative, documentary, and student – short and feature length – films from across the state, country, and the world. Does the name Kevin Smith sound familiar? Catch the NJ Premiere screening of Shooting Clerks – a biographical drama detailing how Kevin Smith bankrolled his $27,000 first film with maxed-out credit cards and garnered career-making critical attention at the Sundance Film Festival when Clerks debuted there in 1994. The film will also include a talk-back with special guests who you just may recognize!

Other spotlight films include the newest Michael Cera comedy, Lemon directed by FX’s breakout TV series Atlanta’s Janicza Bravo – catch it before it hits theaters! And the beautifully drawn animated feature, Window Horses – The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming, featuring famous voices including Sandra Oh and Ellen Page! Don’t miss out on the exclusive New Jersey Premiere of The Blood Is At The Doorstep, the 2017 feature documentary – the emotionally raw story of the 2014 killing of Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee as shocking and tragic as any. Our late night feature, The Strange Ones, is an intense and contemplative thriller starring Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) and James Freedson-Jackson (Cop Car, Jessica Jones).

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Do you aspire to make the next award winning film? Are you working on a film now but struggling to get it on the big screen? Experience the industry and ignite your creative inspiration by attending our 2017 Industry Film Panel on August 12, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. – a 90-minute event driven by esteemed industry guests and professionals who are ready to answer your questions! Special guests include, Bryan DeNovellis (News 12), David Schoner (NJ Film Commission), Taimak (The Last Dragon), John R. Green (ABC), Thomas Crowell (Ent. Lawyer/Author), Jenna Ricker (Producer/Director), Jeremy Profe (Filmmaker – The Lennon Report), and Jen Fineran (Film Editor/Documentary).

Special events include our “Industry Networking Event” on August 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Walk the red carpet and join featured filmmakers, artists, actors, agents and press, at this two-hour long catered event. This is a great, energetic atmosphere enabling you to connect with artists to make your creations come to life. Featured companies in attendance will include the world’s most trusted casting resource, Backstage, the New Jersey Film Commission, and the renowned New York Film Academy. Discover the great opportunities and services available to get your next production on the go. Tickets start at $5 and are on sale now and at the door.

General admission tickets ($10-$15) are sold per feature film or per short film block. Experience the entire event with unlimited access and purchase a VIP Pass. Receive exclusive access to the VIP lounge, as well as free admission to the Networking Event and Film Panel. Saturday and Sunday all-day film passes are also available. For more information, visit

Schedule of Events

Friday, August 11th – The MFF Filmmaker Networking Event

Saturday, August 12th – A full screening day awaits with the esteemed Industry Panel event.

Sunday, August 13th – A full day of screenings and our 2017 Awards Ceremony (Open to Public), followed by an after party in Red Bank!

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