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2019 SCHEDULE

Event Schedule is Subject to Change at the Festival's Discretion
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Kick Off

Film Lineup:

Everybody Said (Directors: Brian Ostering & Amanda Duncan / NJ, USA)

Baby (Director: Vincent D'Alessandro / NJ, USA)
Regrets (Director: Maurice Paramore / NJ, USA)
Sombra City (Director: Elias Plagianos / NY, USA )
Alaska is a Drag (Director: Shaz Bennett / USA) *NJ Premiere*

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Party begins at 6:30pm

Films begin at 8:00pm

Gala

Film Lineup:

Cruel & Unusual Therapy (Directors: GMR & Francesca Rizzo / NJ, USA) 

Dog Gone (Director: Tommy Wooldridge / CA, USA) *NJ Premiere*
Magnolia & Clementine (Director: Ashley Shelton / TN, USA)
Sell By (Director: Mike Doyle / USA) *NJ Premiere*

Friday, October 4, 2019

Party begins at 6:30pm

Films begin at 8:00pm

Brunch & Learn

Saturday's "Brunch & Learn" is a talkback with Westfield's very own Mayor Shelley Brindle, former Executive Vice President of HBO.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

9:00am - 10:30am

Film Block 1

Saturday, October 5, 2019

11:00am - 1:00pm

Film Lineup:


The Best Way to Murder (Director: Nick Gavin / NJ, USA)
Elephantbird (Director: Masoud Soheili / Iran)
In Colors (Director: Stephanie Willis / CA, USA) *NJ Premiere*
A New Verse (Director: Cameron Thuman / UT, USA)

The Last Lesbian (Director: Jingyu Liu / USA)

Driver Change (Director: Katie N. Young / NJ, USA)

Honoree Ceremony

Saturday, October 5, 2019

2:00pm - 4:00pm

We will be hosting a special presentation complete with film screenings, awards presentations, and a talk back with our honored guests.

Doors will open at 1:30pm

Andrea Navedo will be in attendance.

Kat Graham's ceremony will take place during Film Block 6.

Film Block 2

Saturday, October 5, 2019

4:30pm - 6:30pm

Film Lineup:

 

Casi Creo Que Aqui Te Quedas (Directors: Alejandro Gutiérrez & José Luis Cornejo / Mexico)
Intimate Fears (Director: Tina Korki / Canada)
Anyone Like Me (Director: Mimi d'Autremont / NY, USA)

The Plural of Blood (Director: Mary-Lyn Chambers / USA) *NJ Premiere*

The Farmhand (Director: Michelle Elise Harding / USA)

Film Block 3

Saturday, October 5, 2019

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Film Lineup:

Reberth (Director: Peter Chamalian / USA)

Fishnet and the Fish (Director: Ali Nikfar / Iran)
You Look Great (Director: Justin Andrew Davis / NY, USA) *NJ Premiere*

Introvert's Guide to Activism (Director: Simone Kisiel / NJ, USA)
Happily Ever Ally (Director: Emily Anderson / NY, USA)

 

Film Block 4

Saturday, October 5, 2019

9:30pm - 11:30pm

Film Lineup:

Goldfish Memory (Director: Lara Celenza / Germany)
You Need Help (Director: Barbara Elbinger / United Kingdom) *NJ Premiere*
Hero (Director: Jessica Mura / Italy)
Royal - Luminosity (Director: Amanda Clark / NJ, USA)

Ways to Look at the Moon (Director: Katherine Clark / PA, USA)

American Mirror: Intimations of Immortality (Director: Arthur Balder / USA) *NJ Premiere*

Brunch &Learn

Sunday, October 6, 2019

9:00am - 10:30am

Sunday's "Brunch & Learn" is a seminar with Kimberly Faye Greenberg, who has performed in 50+ Lead and Supporting Roles in theatres across the United States, as well as in TV/film, and is an on-camera Correspondent for several TV series.

Film Block 5

Sunday, October 6, 2019

11:00am - 1:00pm

Film Lineup:


Zoe, What's Going On? (Director: Michael Pizzano, USA)
Fish Out of Water (Director: Jes Vasquez / NJ, USA) *NJ Premiere*
Sapphic Steal (Director: Lisa Dong / USA)
In My Eyes (Director: Tim Doran / NJ, USA)

Second Thoughts (Director: Larry Rosen / USA)

Film Block 6 

Sunday, October 6, 2019

1:30pm - 4:30pm

Kat Graham will be in attendance to receive the WIFF Humanitarian in Film Award.

Film Lineup:


Blows with the Wind (Director: Hazhir As'adi / Iran) *NJ Premiere*
Gustaakh (The Arrogant) (Director: Vijesh Rajan / India)

Reach (Director: Leif Rokesh / CA, USA)

Film Block 7

Sunday, October 6, 2019

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Film Lineup: 

 

Conspiracy Theory (Director: George Andrew Pasles / PA, USA)

The Snowball Effect (Director: Teagan Nash / USA)
Fine. (Director: Michelle Lulic / NY, USA) *NJ Premiere*

Mobius Dream (Director: Jinmeng Li / China)
High Street (Director: Charlie Hudson / NJ, USA)
For a Better Life (Director: Yasmin Mistry / USA)
Everything's Fine: A Panic Attack in D Major (Director: Zack Morrison / NJ, USA)

Angst (Director: Matt Skerritt / USA)

Film Block 8

Sunday, October 6, 2019

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Film Lineup:

 

Bae (Director: Ryan Cervasio / NJ, USA)

The Lost Basket (Director: Kevin Anton / NJ, USA)
Little Did She Know (Director: Christopher Orangeo / NJ, USA

Hard Laughter (Director: Adrian Toscano / NJ, USA)

Awards Ceremony

Sunday, October 6, 2019

9:45pm - 11:30pm

Please join us in closing the festival weekend at our Film Awards Ceremony, where we will announce and present this year's awards as decided by our panel of judges, consisting of leading filmmakers in the local industry.  Free admission.

All attendees who are not already in attendance for Film Block 8 must enter through the Atrium Entrance (off of Elm St) so as not to disturb the previous Film Block.

Day and Weekend Passes

October 3 - October 6, 2019

Day and Weekend Passes

Saturday Day Passes

Sunday Day Passes

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2019 JUDGES

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Born in Paris, France, Sarah Verstraete has been a producer in NYC at Neymarc Visuals (www.neymarcvisuals.com) since 2011. She has produced award-winning short films, TV and online commercials for renown brands (Pepsi, BB&T Bank, Volvic, Chevrolet, Nestea), and has produced the prototype of a Super Bowl commercial for Dannon, which aired in front of 100 million people during the third quarter of the Super Bowl in 2012.


Recently, she produced “Happy Valentine’s Day”, which received a Vimeo Staff Pick, got shortlisted at Cannes Lion 2018, and received awards from multiple international film festivals.


She has an uncanny ability to scale to projects needs and is experienced in complex productions requiring 360 green screens, rain, light and wind gags, special effects and visual effects. Her knowledge of the advertising industry and experience in film production, make her an insightful guest speaker, panelist or festival jury member. She has spoken at Princeton University, Fordham Law School, and is scheduled to speak at Montclair State University.

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Joe Cruz is a Ph.D. candidate in Mass Communications at Penn State University. Although his research mainly concerns issues of digital citizenship and online political engagement, he also explores how cinema contributes to the dissemination of political ideologies. He has published about Latin American cinema, as well as various film reviews. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., Joe held positions in banking and corporate communications, while managing a community theater group in Puerto Rico. He holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast media and communication studies from Kean University, and a master’s in communication and information studies from Rutgers University.

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David Schoner is currently the Associate Director for the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission. He produced 2 award winning independent films (A Dangerous Place, Murder Reincarnated, that are distributed by outlets such as Screen Media, Netflix, Blockbuster, York Ent). He also has set up feature film screenplays proposals which have awarded/recognized by organizations such as Producers Guild Of America, IFP, Panasonic Digital Filmmakers Award. In his spare time, David raises funds and is involved in various educational and child related charitable endeavors.

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Kathleen Kelly is a professional actress, producer, director and college drama professor. She currently teaches Acting at Kean University. Kathleen has also taught at Rutgers University and The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in NYC. She has produced and directed Off Broadway. As an actress, she has worked Off Broadway and regional theatre.

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Justin LaDeau is a composer, pianist, arranger, and music educator whose original music has been featured on national television, in international film festivals including the Festival de Cannes, and at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.

Justin is adjudicating music composition for the Best Original Score category.

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Award-winning composer and sound engineer Justin Rosin has written concert pieces and scored independent films, shorts and commercials. His passion is to collaborate using instruments and technology to create inspiring and evocative music. Mr. Rosin thoroughly believes that music is a universal language that can effectively communicate any human emotion through any artistic medium. Mr. Rosin started his Master’s of Music Composition Program in Fall 2016 at one of NYC’s top music conservatories, Mannes School of Music, where he studied with renowned composer Dr. Lowell Liebermann. Mr. Rosin was chosen as the primary film composer for the student thesis films and graduated in May of 2018.

Justin is adjudicating music composition for the Best Original Score category.