THE NEWARK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH THE MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA AS THEY PREPARE FOR THE 4TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL, SEPTEMBER 4 -8, 2019
NEWARK – The Newark International Film Festival (NIFF) is pleased to announce its new partnership with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). The MPAA is the signature sponsor for the upcoming annual festival, which will be held September 4 – 8 in Newark, and will support NIFF’s efforts to support diversity in filmmaking.
“Newark is the birthplace of film and so it’s fitting that one of the preeminent organizations in the industry would collaborate with us,” said Kenneth Gifford, President and Founder of the Newark International Film Festival. “Our city is rich in colorful and cultural anecdotes and MPAA believes in the power of a good story. This partnership will also benefit youth and entrepreneurs in filmmaking in our community.”
“Newark’s storied role in the launch of the motion picture industry has led the city and state of New Jersey to become an integral location for creators from around the world to produce and tell their stories. The MPAA is thrilled to be the signature sponsor for this year’s Newark International Film Festival,” said John Gibson, MPAA’s Vice President of External and Multicultural Affairs.
To date, NIFF has received more than 6000 submissions from creatives in 83 countries in 8 categories ranging from narrative feature and documentary to web original and music video. Many celebrities, filmmakers, and producers will also return to the festival again this year; namely among them Lance Gross, Tyrese, and the Tate Brothers.
NIFF was established to educate and train young people in urban communities about the many facets of the film industry. Since its founding, they have brought agents, managers, producers, and industry executives looking for clients and content to Newark and promoted the city as a premier filming destination.
The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) serves as the voice and an advocate of the American motion picture, home video, and television industries from its offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Its members are: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Netflix, Inc.; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
For information on the 4th annual Newark International Film Festival, please visit the website at www.newarkiff.com
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
For Immediate Release:
August 8, 2016
2016 Newark International Film Festival Gears Up For September Debut
Newark, NJ - After making its official announcement in January, the 2016 Newark International Film Festival (Newark IFF) has been building buzz around the world and gearing up for its debut September 9-11th. Astoundingly, over 800 films across various genres were submitted from over 50 countries around the world. The 2016 Newark International Film Festival is set to bring thousands of filmmakers and festival goeers to Newark, NJ – the birthplace of film – to showcase an array of film-focused events including screenings, workshops, celebrity Q&A panels, and more.
The Newark IFF is the first international film festival hosted in Newark. A main feature of the Newark IFF will be the Hannibal Goodwin Award for Innovation in Filmmaking in homage to Hannibal Goodwin, the Episcopal priest who invented celluloid film 1887 in Newark, NJ. A core component to the Newark IFF are the various workshops, celebrity Q&A panels, and receptions that will provide access and platforms for filmmakers from all over to take advantage of the wealth of experience, resources, and opportunities available to them.
Among the scheduled events for the three-day weekend, the 2016 Newark IFF will include Let’s Laugh (Newark) Comedy Showcase Presented by Bob Sumner and the “Filmed In Newark” Scavenger Hunt that will lead participants throughout downtown Newark on a quest to find landmarks and locations that have significance in the film industry or have been filming locations for major motion pictures.
“Newark has historically had great significance on the national and international stage, particularly in the area of innovation,” said Tehsuan Glover, Newark IFF Director of Communications. “It is especially poetic that we bring this international film festival here to Newark to showcase the fact that Newark is an international city, and that Newark has so much to offer for Newarkers as well as international filmmakers, actors, entertainers, and tourists.”
Newark IFF passes and hotel accommodations are available in advance online via the newarkiff.com website. Festival passes are available starting at only $50. All Access VIP passes are available in limited supply for $150.
About Newark IFF
Founded by Kenneth Gifford, Director of the Office of Film & Television for the City of Newark, the Newark IFF mission is to showcase the wonderful work of filmmakers from across the globe as well as to educate and train young minds who may not know how broad the film industry is and the spectrum of opportunities that are available to them. We will focus our energy to bring agents, managers, producers and industry executives looking for clients and content to Newark and to promote Newark as a premier filming destination.
Newark, NJ, January 5, 2016– Kenneth Gifford, Director of the Newark Office of Film & Television announced today that the Newark International Film Festival (NIFF), a 3-day festival will launch in September 2016.
“The NIFF mission is to showcase the wonderful work of filmmakers from across the globe as well as to educate and train young minds who may not know how broad the film industry is and the spectrum of opportunities that are available to them. We will focus our energy to bring agents, managers, producers and industry executives looking for clients and content to Newark and to promote Newark as a premier filming destination,”
The 3-day festival will showcase the breadth of the film industry including screenings at a number of cultural anchor institutions and outdoor screenings (weather permitting), stunt exhibitions, pitch opportunities and auditions for TV and film, acting, directing, producing and crowd funding workshops, and much more. The NIFF is the first international film festival hosted in Newark. A main feature of the NIFF will be the Hannibal Goodwin Award for Innovation in Filmmaking in homage to Hannibal Goodwin, the Episcopal priest who invented celluloid film 1887 in Newark, NJ.
The festival will also provide a number of engaging experiences for attendees such as pop-up concerts and a film scavenger hunt.