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The Newark International Film Festival (NIFF) is dedicated to the art of storytelling through film. The 2016 NIFF put filmmakers in front of major players in the film industry and movie lovers from around the world. NIFF’s audience is important, affluent, and eager to celebrate. The city of Newark has a rich history of fostering great artists and innovators who have created definitive work. As the birthplace and/or workplace of names like Seth Boyden, Thomas Edison, Hannibal Goodwin, Brian De Palma, Savion Glover and many more, Newark continues to make its mark on the world.  Read More>

Lance Gross as Newark International Film Festival's 2018 Celebrity Ambassador

Lance Gross as NewarkIFF 2018 Celebrity Ambassador

 

Actor Lance Gross  is serving as the 2018 Newark International Film Festival's Celebrity Ambassador. Below are a few of the many roles he has portrayed in TV and  film. 
Tyler Perry's House of Payne: Calvin Payne, Steel Magnolias : Sammy Desoto, Dice City: Derek,  Crisis: U.S. Secret Service Agent Marcus Finley,  MacGyver: Billy Colton,  Tyler Perry’s The Paynes :Calvin Payne and much more.

 

We officially thank and welcome Lance to the Newark Iff Team. 

 

New Season Special Screening of Greenleaf With Cast Members

Opening Night Film

Closing Film

Armed the movie starring Mario Peebles

ARMED

WHAT COULD GO WRONG?
A former U.S. Marshall struggling to put his life together after a case gone wrong. A former colleague reappears in his life and explains all of the survivors of the man's unit are suffering the same symptoms and that there may be a larger conspiracy at hand.

Must have festival Pass and RSVP to armed@Newarkiff.com to attend this special screening. READ MORE>>>

Official Selection Narrative Features

Official Selection Narrative Features

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. Gener...
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Official Selection Documentary

Official Selection Documentary

A nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or historical record General submission information for...
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Official Selection Shorts

Official Selection Shorts

            any film not long enough to be considered a feature film General submission information for Short Films: ...
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Official Selection Web Originals

Official Selection Web Originals

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 television. Genera
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Submissions

Submissions

Submissions
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Music Submissions

Music Submissions

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 submissions@NewarkIFF.co...
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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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Screenplay Competitions

Screenplay Competitions

                NewarkIIF  Screenplay Contest The art of the Table Read Hosted by Hollywood Screenwriter Gregory A
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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

All entries (film and screenplay) require a submission fee of $45 All film entries must have English subtitles, no exceptions All screenplay entries must be written in Engli...
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Master Classes 2018 | Q&A

The Art of Auditioning
with Lamman Rucker
Lamman Rucker returns to NEWARKIFF,  for an intensive master class on Auditioning Techniques. He will also share pointers on how to jump-start and maintain a sustainable career in the theatre, film... Read More>>>

Act Out Loud Improv Class
We will provide a supportive, non judgmental environment, to increased self awareness and reduce stage fright. During our classes each student will take part in playful fun activities designed to fuel the imagination by using Team Building, Music, Movement, Poetry and the Art of Acting.
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Cinematography Master Workshop
With world renowned Cinematographer Alex Fernbach
Participants will get up close and personal with some of the industries most advanced state of the art equipment as used in hit shows such as Game of Thrones.
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Drone Workshop
Raymond Spencer is an FAA commercially licensed pilot with an sUAV rating. He has been piloting drones for four years and specializes in flying drones in urban areas, like Newark, New Jersey. Read More>>>

Celebrity Q&A and Panels

Sustainability In Hollywood, How To Get Staying Power

These actors have amassed over 25 years of knowledge and experience, both in front and behind the camera, in the entertainment industry. They have attained key, solidifying relationships with premier talent, producers, executives, directors, writers and musicians. Read More>>>

Real Talk with Eva Marcille

Please join us for a one on one  talk with Eva Marcille.

The  talented and beautiful Eva Marcille will discuss her transition from modeling to Film & TV.

Marcille was the winner of the third cycle of America's Next Top Model,beating fellow contestants Yaya DaCosta, Amanda Swafford, and Ann Markley. Her prizes included a CoverGirl cosmetics contract, a spread in Elle, and a modeling contract with Ford Models.  Read More >>>

Branding Yourself in Hollywood with Lance Gross NewarkIFF's 2018 Ambassador

Please join us for an up close and personal  conversation with one of Hollywood’s  sexiest leading men .

Join us as Lance talks about his journey through the entertainment industry and explains how to get noticed  and how to be in the right place at the right time.

Lance  began his career by modeling for Karl Kani and appearing in music videos for artists such as Mary J. Blige, Rihanna,... Read More >>>

The Business of Comedy a Conversation with Comedy Producer, Bob Sumner. Moderated by Lisa Durden.

Conversation with the Bob Sumner. Producer of the critically acclaimed HBO DEF Comedy Jam. He is also the Producer of Tru TV's Laff Mobb Laff Tracks. He has managed great comics like Bill Belamy, Bernie Mac and the list goes on. If you are interested in any aspect of comedy, you do not want to miss this session. Read More>>>

Bob Sumner’s “LET’S LAUGH” (Newark) COMEDY SHOWCASE!

The Newark International Film Festival Presents Bob Sumner's Lets Laugh Comedy Showcase
 The NewarkIFF presents Bob Sumner's "LET'S LAUGH" (Newark) COMEDY SHOWCASE!  featuring some of the, top up & coming comedians from the tri state area and beyond!
 
Produced by the Legendary Talent Scout who helped launch the careers of many of today's most well known comedians including Dave Chappelle, Chris Tucker, Sheryl Underwood, the late Bernie Mac, Mike Epps, Academy Award Winner Monique, Newark's very own Bill Bellamy, and many more.
This event will be held at the TRYP Hotel 24 E Park St, Newark, NJ 07102. Saturday September 8,  at 9pm.
 

 

 

 

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NewarkIFF Founder

Meet The Founder.

Kenneth Gifford

Kenneth Gifford

NewarkIFF’s FounderBorn 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.”