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 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.
Official Selection Narrative Features
Official Selection Documentary
Official Selection Shorts
Official Selection Web Originals
Celebrity Q&A and Panels
Newark International Youth Film Festival
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>>>
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.
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
The New Face of Independent Film Making in Hollywood
with Larenz, Lahmard, and LaRon, the Tate Brothers!
Together the Tate Brothers have amassed 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 >>>
Meet The Founder.
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.”