Narrative Features

Narrative Features

SUBMIT NOW Film that tells a fictional or non-fiction story, event or narrative; believable narratives and characters help convince the audience that the unfolding fiction is real
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Documentary

Documentary

SUBMIT NOW A nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or historical record General submission info
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Shorts

Shorts

SUBMIT NOW any film not long enough to be considered a feature film General submission information for Short Films: Run Time: * 40 minutes or less including credits P
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Web Originals

Web Originals

SUBMIT NOW an episode of a series that is distributed as web television. It can available as either download or streaming, as opposed to first airing on broadcast or cable televis
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Social Media Comedy Skit

Social Media Comedy Skit

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Music Submissions

Music Submissions

SUBMIT NOW All music must be original & owned by the submitter. Music can not have been used in a film prior to festival. Music must be submitted via email submission...
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Celebrity Q&A and Panels

Celebrity Q&A and Panels

The Newark International Film Festival will host multiple celebrity artist talks, Q & A sessions as well as moderated panels for some of today’s hottest TV shows, web-series ...
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Selected Screenplays

Selected Screenplays

              SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED NewarkIIF  Screenplay Contest The art of the Table Read Hosted by Hollywood Sc...
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Master Classes

Master Classes

The Newark international Film Festival has Master classes in acting, cinematography, directing, crowd funding, casting and music in film. Please check back as we add classes to the...
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Newark International Youth Film Festival

Newark International Youth Film Festival

The Newark IFF Youth Festival will take place September 8-10th and feature screenings, workshops and an awards show for Newark Metropolitan Area youth ages 14-21. The Youth Fe...
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Sponsors

Sponsors

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Submission FAQ’s

Submission FAQ’s

Rules & Terms See full rules and terms on our website at NewarkIFF.com. All submissions must be submitted via the online system, no exceptions. All submissions must
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Kenneth Gifford

Kenneth Gifford

NewarkIFF’s Founder Born in Newark N.J Kenneth attended Arts High School where he honed his skill for art and found his love for entertainment. During the early 90’s Kenneth started his career in front of the camera with MTV on the hit show The Grind & then after a few independent acting roles Kenneth focused his sights behind the camera with a MTV show titled you write it you watch it.

In 2008 after years in the field of television Kenneth decided it was time to try his hand in movies.  To date Kenneth has worked on some of Hollywood’s biggest films with some Hollywood’s A list amazing talent. Some of the movies he is credited for working on are Hancock With Will Smith, Charlize Theron & Jason Bateman, Motherhood with Uma Thurman, Minnie Drive, Anthony Edwards & Jodie Foster,  Cadillac Records  With Beyoncé, Jeffrey Wright, Adrian Brody, Cedric the Entertainer  & Columbus Short just to name a few. While enjoying a long list of Hollywood projects, Kenneth still kept his interest for independent film making.  Since starting his career Kenneth has worked on over 20 independent films.

In 2009 Kenneth founded Area 21 Studios, a film and television production company based in Newark NJ. Area 21 Studios was created to assist urban film makers gain access to industry resources and opportunities that would not ordinarily be available to them.

Starting with a focus on making a change in 2014 Kenneth was tapped to be the Director of the Newark Office of Film & Television, seeing this as a great opportunity to bring more resources to urban filmmakers & improve the image of his beloved city of Newark to the film industry & the world; he humbly & graciously accepted the challenge.

“ Life is amazing when you control the ending.”