JANUARY 2017 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Newark International Film Festival Officially Open for Its Second Year
Newark, NJ – Newark is no stranger to the world of blockbuster film, stellar entertainment and vibrant culture. September of 2016 saw an inspiring culmination of all three during the premiere of the inaugural Newark International Film Festival and it did not disappoint.
An ambitious endeavor birthed in the mind of its founder Kenneth Gifford, the festival consists of three main components – screenings, celebrity driven panels and Q&A’s and interactive workshops and exhibitions for filmmakers, industry insiders and spectators alike. Mr. Gifford voiced his gratitude for the first year along with his hopes for year two.
“Our goal for the festival mirrors our mission – we want to revolutionize the film experience for film lovers and we wanted to do it in Newark. Last years’ experience rivaled our expectations and the bar is even higher for our second year. We were truly humbled by the participation and spirit of collaboration in the city and are really looking forward to even more dynamic partnerships this year.”
A standout in its first lap to the festival circuit, the NEWARKIFF’s unique approach to catering to its filmmakers and festival goers has already made it a darling amongst festival elitists and film insiders around the world.
“We screened our film Ekaj at the 2016 NewarkIFF and we have to say that they really went out of their way for their inaugural event this year…” Cati and Mike Gonzalez, Filmmakers.
This year promises to be an even more illustrious and immersive event with the founding team working harder with an earlier start. January 12th saw the official opening of submissions for the film festival and they are already representative of two countries. Newly minted Executive Director Leslie Peters says the excitement for the festival’s second year is palpable.
“I am excited that the NIFF will be celebrating its second year in the City of Newark, New Jersey in September 2017! It is with sincere and humble honor that I have accepted the role of Executive Director and I endeavor to continue to introduce to the world the finer talents, history, and cultivation the people of the city possess.”
The Newark International Film Festival saw over 800 submissions from 70 countries in 2016. Between target marketing and strategic metrics, the staff is confident a groundswell will happen early and be consistent leading up to their early admissions date.
The Newark International Film Festival will hold an official press conference in conjunction with the city of Newark and Mayor Ras Baraka at Newark City Hall to officially kick off this year’s festival on January 26th at 1:30 PM. A reception will follow at Taste Venue from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend both events.
Tickets and passes are now on sale at www.newarkiff.com
For inquiries, please contact:
Khairah L. Walker, Communications Director