FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION
The Opening Night reception will be a Red Carpet VIP event for the Newark Dignitaries, Sponsors, Celebrities and Partners. The event will be hosted by the Festival committee and the celebrity ambassador.
The Awards show will be a two and a half hour show with celebrity Hosts and Performances. The NIFF awards show will be filmed and packaged for TV and the rights to the show will be shopped around to networks such as BET, VH1, UPN9.
HANNIBAL GOODWIN AWARD
The Hannibal Goodwin Award for Innovation in Filmmaking in homage to Hannibal Goodwin, the Episcopal priest who invented celluloid film 1887 in Newark, NJ.
Screenings during the film festival will be shown throughout the Downtown area of Newark in collaboration with Symphony Hall, Newark Museum, Newark Library, Rutgers, NJIT, Essex County College, Military Park and the City Plex Theater.
There will be a multitude of events during the NIFF. The city will be entertained with pop up concerts with a list and local celebrities, Restaurant events to showcase the fine eateries in the down town Newark area.
Youth Festival component
The Youth Component to the Newark IFF will be a free entry contest for any youth under the age of 19. The youth Festival will be included in the Newark IFF body but will be governed by a separate group, as to insure that the youth are treated fairly and have all the opportunities allotted in the Adult component. No adult may enter into the youth festival but a youth may submit their body of work into any competition that they see fit other than the youth component however they may not enter one body of work into the youth and adult components.
There will be workshops around the Down Town area for Actors, Directors, Producers, Film Makers, Writers, Stunt Training, Film Equipment and celebrity meet and greets. There will be workshops and booths for Film equipment, new technologies and a tour around the city of Newark.
The NIFF is expected to bring in a minimum of 30,000 people to the city of Newark during the 3 day event. All participants and ticket holders will receive a NIFF black card that will allow them to purchase food and merchandise with a discount.
The NIFF will not just be a 3 day festival once a year, the goal of the festival is to bring awareness to great talent in Newark and throughout the world. The NIFF will have a not for profit component that will serve the city of Newark all year round in partnership with the Newark Office of Film & Television. The Partnership will host special workshops, Training for the Newark residents in film making and job development in the film industry as well as the next upcoming film festival. Some of the programs that the festival will support is the Script to Screen program. Youth ages 12 to 21 will be encouraged to help create a movie or TV idea as a group and see it through from script conception to screen, while learning all of the aspects of the business.