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NJ Motion Picture & Television Commission

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State

NJ Motion Picture & Television Commission Update

The physical office of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission may be closed due to a wider closure of State of New Jersey government offices, but WE WILL REMAIN OPERATIVE via phone and e-mail. During this uncertain time, please reach out to us via our e-mail address ( and staff members will respond either by e-mail or phone, as required. If your business or livelihood is being impacted by the COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus outbreak, please visit the following web site:

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for the self-employed and independent contractors in New Jersey:

Bulletin Board

Hollywood has a problem.

Millions of dollars are stolen from investors, producers, and filmmakers every year. No one is sharing the information needed to avoid falling victim.

That silence is why fraud persists. It's especially insidious within Hollywood because not only is it financially devastating, it crushes the spirit. The entertainment industry cannot exist without the hopes and dreams of filmmakers, screenwriters, producers, and actors.

And that's what conmen are counting on.

When a life-changing opportunity presents itself, will you be able to see the red flags?

FRAUDCON, a free two-day virtual summit hosted by Film Launch, is designed to educate content entrepreneurs including filmmakers, actors, producers, and investors on the prevalence of fraud and theft in the film industry, and give them tools to keep from getting conned as they build their careers.

Date and Time
Sat, Apr 24, 2021, 12:00 PM – Sun, Apr 25, 2021, 8:00 PM EDT

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) just announced two new funding opportunities to distribute American Rescue Plan funding to cultural organizations and educational institutions impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find more information from this recorded NEH webinar,, and the deadline for to apply for both grant opportunities is May 13, 2021.

These funding opportunities will provide direct grants to individual humanities institutions and also to grantmaking organizations to distribute as competitive subawards to affected organizations and individuals. You can find more details on both programs below – please feel free to reach out with any questions and to share these opportunities with your network. I encourage you to let me know if you or your organization applies for any federal funding so that we may explore the possibility of submitting a letter in support of your application.

  • American Rescue Plan: Humanities Organizations emergency relief grants provide up to $500,000 to cultural organizations and educational institutions to support humanities projects across the fields of education, preservation and access, public programming, digital humanities, and scholarly research for one year. Applicants may propose new humanities projects or focus on sustaining core humanities programs and activities. Relief funding may be used for activities that emphasize retaining or hiring humanities staff at cultural organizations across the country. Applicants may propose new humanities projects or focus on sustaining core humanities programs and activities:
  • American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grantmaking is directed at experienced grantmaking organizations to administer competitive grantmaking programs to support humanities activities undertaken by organizations or individuals. Applicants proposing grantmaking programs for organizations may request up to $5 million; those aimed at individual humanities professionals may request up to $2 million. Funding may be used to establish new grantmaking programs or expand or adapt existing programs to support recovery within the humanities sector:

Starting on April 1, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will be kicking off a series of ten virtual grant workshops ( for those who wish to learn about NEH grant opportunities, deadlines, and application information.

They will also be hosting targeted workshops ( for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Native Communities, Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities, Community and Two-Year Colleges, Museums, Digital Humanities, Individual Scholars, Archives and Libraries, and College and University Grants and Sponsored Research Offices.

Senator Booker will also be hosting a webinar for New Jersey non-profit organizations on Tuesday, March 30 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. with the New Jersey Center for Non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the NJ Economic Development Authority to provide details on assistance available to the non-profit community through American Rescue Plan Act.

You can register here to attend this free webinar:


Los Angeles based P.A. BOOTCAMP is conducting a free 2-day work training program in New Jersey for entry level Set and Office Production Assistants. Learn what’s necessary to work on a film or television set so you do the job RIGHT from day one. Intense, no-nonsense, “bootcamp” style training prepares you for the “REAL WORLD” of production. Check out our website for program details. Be sure to watch the video before signing-up!

When: Saturday and Sunday April 10-11, 2021

Hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm both days

Location: Newark, New Jersey

  • Space is limited. Do not wait until the last minute or you may not get in. This is a valuable work training opportunity. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP IF YOU ARE NOT CERTAIN YOU WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND BOTH DAYS. Attending one day is not permitted.
  • Interested residents can learn more at and apply via email. Write to: and place Newark Bootcamp in the subject line. The email should include your name, email, phone number and a short paragraph explaining why you want to attend.
  • Attendance at P.A. Bootcamp is not a guarantee of employment. We provide resources for finding work but we do not place you on television or film sets.
  • We would be especially interested to hear from applicants from a diverse background.
  • Participants in this program must be New Jersey residents. Proof of residence will be required on check-in.
  • Participants are required to adhere to all COVID-19 safety protocols set forth by Executive Order 192. Face masks must be worn at all times, and at least six-feet social distancing must be maintained throughout the duration of the program.

Blast! Films is casting a show for a major US network that follows the lives of overlanders.

  • Are you traveling America in a 4x4, RV, truck, bus, or van?
  • Are you migrating across America searching for artifacts and treasures?
  • Or maybe you are designing and selling your clothing line from the back of your truck?

Blast! Films is casting across America for experienced nomadic truck-loving off-roading adventurers and their wheeled tiny homes for a major U.S. Network! This exciting new tv show will feature seasoned adventurers who are currently or about to embark on a life on the open road. Capturing the off-beat and extraordinary situations unique to you and your truck.

If you are a trucking pioneer and turned their back on suburban living, making money on the road and traveled to where very few have ventured before; we want to hear from you!


Questions to: Instagram: @CharlieCasting | Twitter: @ChannelCasting

Open for films that are unique and that make a contribution to society, the deadline for Roy W. Dean Film Grant for Spring is fast approaching. All entries for the film grant for independent filmmakers must be submitted by March 31st 2021.

Sponsored by the non-profit From the Heart Productions, the Roy W. Dean Grant is now celebrating its 30th year. Grant accepts submissions from documentary films, narrative feature films, short films, and web series budgeted under $500,000.

Winner will receive $3,500 cash and thousands more in film production services including 40% deduction on color, editing, and sound from ProMedia, and 30% discount in equipment rental from AbelCine Tech,Inc. NYC, an 8tb Glyph StudioRaid hard drive from Glyph Production Technologies, and much more from many heartfelt donors.

All Filmmakers Who Apply Get a Free Consultation

Unique among grants, each applicant is offered the opportunity for a 15-minute consultation. Filmmakers can get advice on how to fund their film, build up a database of donors, market their film, and more. It is a feature much appreciated by those who apply for the grant.

“A rare opportunity to pitch your project and get direct feedback from the funder. Highly recommended!” Susanna Duellmann

Filmmakers can apply for the grant at

For more information, please email or call 805-984-0098

The Battleship New Jersey is offering some unique videos about the history and spaces aboard the ship beginning Monday, Feb. 15 at 7pm EST. This video “Blitz” will air each weekday at 7pm through March 12 and can be seen on the Battleship’s YouTube page –

The videos are free to experience, but we are hoping you can make a donation to help the Battleship, which has been hit hard financially due to the pandemic. The Battleship, a non-profit museum and memorial, has had to close for tours for most of the past year and has also had to cancel successful programs such as Overnights, Group Tours and Special Events.

Please consider donating to help the Battleship!

Donations can be made at

Announcing New Roy W. Dean Short Film Grant for 2021

Message: From the Heart Productions is pleased to announce the inaugural Roy W. Dean Short Film Grant is now accepting applications. The newest entry in their line up of Roy W. Dean Grants for independent filmmakers is specifically for fiction shorts, live action or animated, that are 15 minutes in length or less. As with their other grants, the films need to be unique and make a contribution to society.

Winner of the Roy W. Dean Short Film Grant will receive $3,000 in cash. From the Heart Productions is also expecting and seeking donors in the film industry to provide up to $15,000 in services and products for the recipient. They hope to have this in place by March 1st.

Deadline for submission to the Roy W. Dean Short Film Grant is April 29th, 2021 Roy W. Dean Short Film Grant

Dedicated to helping independent filmmakers fund their films, the non-profit From the Heart Productions created the Roy W. Dean Short Film Grant in response to the explosion and popularity of short form content. Many filmmakers use short films to hone their craft and as a proof of concept for later full length features. From the Heart Productions wants to support their work and encourage them to make films with stories told with passion that enlighten us about our lives and the world we live in.

Filmmakers can apply at

Every Filmmaker Gets Help for Their Project by Just Applying

What sets apart the Roy W. Dean Film Grants from other grants is that every applicant has the opportunity to receive a 15-minute consultation on their film. Filmmakers can get advice on how to find funding, build up a database of donors or investors, market their film, and more.

For more information on the grant, please email or call 805-984-0098.

Welcome to the Spring 2021 New Jersey Film Festival!

The Spring Festival was scheduled to take place at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey but because of COVID19 the University will not be having any public events on campus this Spring so the Festival is a virtual one. It will take place between on select Friday, Saturday and Sundays between January 30 - February 21, 2021. We are using Eventive as our Festival Provider. They have an excellent reputation and have done a masterful job of streaming films for many years.

All the films will be available on VOD (Video On Demand) for 24 hours on their show date. There will also be special Filmmaker Introductions and Q+A Sessions available for many of the films.

To buy tickets go here:

IF/Then Shorts (an initiative of Field of Vision) in partnership with Hulu Documentary Films calls short-documentary filmmakers based in North America to take part in the Inaugural IF/Then x Hulu Short Documentary Lab. This lab will channel Hulu and IF/Then’s shared vision of creating a new pipeline of diverse talent and incubating strong voices who will be the next class of non-fiction storytellers.

Four filmmaking teams will be chosen to participate in a one-year lab focused on short-documentary production and career training. Filmmakers will be individually mentored through production by IF/Then staff and take part in monthly virtual cohort trainings, consisting of keynotes from industry heavy-hitters and edit consultations. Filmmakers will be invited to debut their works-in-progress to an invitation-only audience, and receive high-level festival and distribution strategy consultations, along with guidance creating their publicity materials, and pro-bono legal support. Each team will receive a $25,000 grant to use for the production of their film. Hulu will have the right to review the projects for potential acquisition or further development.

This opportunity will be open to individuals living in/from North America, with an emphasis on black and/or Indigenous filmmakers, people of color, women, LGBTQ+, recent immigrants, and individuals who identify as having a disability. We will welcome any and all stories from underrepresented voices, with a strong preference around subjects related to gender, the LGTBQ community or issues unique to the BIPOC community.

Applications are now open and will close when we reach max capacity.
For more information on how to apply:

Are you a fearless filmmaker with a story-driven short  #doc? Up to $25k, yearlong mentorship, industry consults and more await #nonfiction  #filmmakers  in the first ever @IFThenShorts x @hulu Short Documentary Lab! Apply now:

After successfully holding online competition and awards in 2020,

New Jersey Indian And International Film Festival’s (NJIIFF) Call for Entries Open & Currently accepting submission for 2021, Festival Dates are October 22,23,24, 2021.

Please submit your film by clicking the below link,

Again this year New Jersey Film Makers & Student Film Makers has very special discounted rates, kindly look at the link above.

Please forward this email to all film makers across the globe.



Hemant M. Pandya
+1 954 830 0906


THOMAS A. EDISON MEDIA ARTS CONSORTIUM Thomas Edison Film Festival Celebrating our 40th anniversary of “fueling the independent spirit since 1981” PO Box 3426, Hoboken, NJ 07030

December 2020

Dear Friend of the Festival:

I welcome this opportunity to express my personal thanks for your many generous contributions over the years to the Thomas Edison Media Arts Consortium. Your loyal support means everything to us, especially in these challenging times. It has been a difficult year for all – from our frontline workers in hospitals, food service, and transportation, to those in the arts – musicians, dancers, visual artists, and yes, filmmakers. But many good things have emerged along the way.

As many of you know, the Festival was founded in 1981 and is named for Thomas Edison’s West Orange, NJ, film studio, whose resemblance to the familiar black-box shaped police paddy wagons sparked the nickname “Black Maria.” Although the history behind the name is rich and interesting on many levels, many folks did not make the connection with the festival’s name and the extraordinary achievements of Thomas Edison, the inventor of the motion picture camera and the kinetoscope.

If there was ever a moment to make a positive and thoughtful change it is certainly now. I am proud to announce to you that we plan to launch a re-branding of the festival in honor of our 40th anniversary. Our relationship to Mr. Edison’s invention of the motion picture and his experimentation with the short film is at the core of all of our projects and we are excited to have the opportunity to express the festival’s mission by honoring his name.

Perhaps most importantly, we launched a virtual film festival on April 6th, 2020 - showcasing our award-winning short films from the 2020 season and archive. Filmmakers from all over the world, who have been festival award-winners agreed to have their films screened for free – no strings attached – for as long as the pandemic lasts. Creating this on-line festival for the public was an enormous undertaking. Consortium board members and volunteers donated their time and talent to make it happen including curatorial, legal, technical, and social media services. If you haven’t had a chance yet, please go to, click on Virtual Festival, and start watching!

Thanks to donations from lovers of film like you, we have been able to "pay it forward" by supporting the filmmakers whose important work we present and continuing to reach out to underserved audiences “virtually” across the country and abroad. All of the film programming presented on our website throughout 2020 was offered for free to the public. Since we were unable to continue our in-person programming we made the decision to offer our films at no cost to uplift morale and fulfill our mission to bring independent films to people no matter where they live. We are dedicated to making a difference with programs that “fuel the independent spirit” which is why we need your help.

In past years I have written that, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” This is true now more than ever. Your donation, no matter how modest, will bring us closer to our goal of continuing the legacy of the Thomas Edison Film Festival, and all of the other worthy projects we support. In honor of the Thomas Edison Film Festival’s 40th Anniversary in 2021, please consider a tax-deductible donation of whatever you can afford. We will be proud to acknowledge your support in our 40th Anniversary Program Booklet which will be available on-line and by request this year via mail due to the pandemic.

To donate, please send your tax-deductible check to the Thomas Edison Media Arts Consortium, PO Box 3426, Hoboken, NJ 07030, or visit our website:, click on DONATE at the top of our homepage on the far right, then click on the yellow DONATE button to use PayPal.

Let's keep the Thomas Edison Media Arts Consortium and all of its worthy projects sustainable and vibrant! Please support the Thomas Edison Film Festival, NJ Young Filmmakers, and our Global Insights Collection today.

My warmest regards and sincere thanks,

Jane Steuerwald, Executive Director, Thomas Edison Media Arts Consortium Thomas Edison Film Festival, New Jersey Young Filmmakers Festival, Global Insights Collection

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Danish Renzu’s THE ILLEGAL and Seema Desai’s TINDEY win big at the 3rd New Jersey Indian and International Film Festival, organized by Indian arts and Culture Corp.

Archana Pradeep and Pratik Gandhi Win best Actors in Feature Films Ashwini Kalsekar and Joseph Lloyd Lopez win best actors in short film section.

The Third edition of the New Jersey Indian International Film Festival (NJIIFF), was held virtually with screening of films via online platform MovieSaints. With a large number of audience watching it online across the globe, the closing and award ceremony took place live.

The three day festival that screened about 40 films from different cultures, countries including short, feature and documentary had some interesting winners.

In the shortfilm section actor Joseph Lloyd Lopez won for his performance in AMERICAN HATE and Ashwini Kalsekar of Golmaal fame for her stunning performance in the film TINDEY.

Deepak Reddy was awarded the best director for his short film MANASANAMAHA. The film deals with the subject of A Young man muses on the nature of love, recounting three relationships from his past. The girls in his life resemble three different seasons, namely Chaitra (Spring), Varsha (Monsoon) and Seeta (Winter). Filmmaker Seema Desai’s TINDEY won best short film award at the festival.

THE ILLEGAL directed by Danish Renzu won two awards at the festival. Danish was awarded the best director for the film and THE ILLEGAL won BEST FILM award too. Archana Pradeep won the best female actor for Malayam film in KATHAAH@8, from Singapore, which is probably the first anthology of its kind - 8 films in 8 (Indian regional) languages. and Pratik Gandhi win best male actors for his Gujarati Feature Film DHUNKI.

Two entires from IRAN had their share of win, EVEN AN HOUR LATER won best short of short film award and THE OTHER won Best of Best Films Award (Festival’s Choice).

Other winners at festival are from films PIED PIPER, KAANBHATT and THE CHERNOBYL SAGA- IRISH BUTTER CASE OF INDIA won best documentary film award.

Festival Director Hemant Pandya was very overwhelmed by the kind of support he got from the filmmakers who participated in the festival. He said, “2020 was very tough, due to pandemic situation we had to postponed our film festival twice, finally we took decision to do it online, and with help of MovieSaints we were able to pulpit though”. He added “I am going to make sure that NJIIFF will get bigger and even better with each passing year. I am thankful to all the filmmakers, the people of New Jersey, media supporters, Mana TV International, Radio Zindagi, Vista India Digital Media and my sponsors for supporting the festival.

3rd edition on New Jersey Indian International Film Festival goes virtual from Nov 27 to 29

The Pandemic has not deterred the intention and mantra of getting diverse kinds of cinema from across the world to film lovers. The 3rd edition of the New Jersey Indian International Film Festival (NJIIFF) will be held virtually from November 27th to November 29th with 52 films including short, documentary and feature films participating in this festival which has gained popularity within two years of its inception.

Elaborating on the festival programme, NJIIFF director Hemant M. Pandya said, “The ever growing demand for good content is the motivation for the new filmmakers to venture into filmmaking. New Jersey Indian International Film Festival is the perfect platform for all such filmmakers to showcase their talent, seek market & supply to the right kind of network.”

The more diverse the content, more is the demand. This year, NJIIFF has selected almost 52 films in different categories and from around 12 countries.

Pandya further adds, “NJIIFF aims to connect filmmakers with distributors, networks and potential investors, and also to create market for Indie films.”

He also tells the reason for the virtual festival which has become a norm in 2020. Pandya said, “Due to the pandemic restrictions many film festivals closed their operations, but we are standing by our commitment and this year we are holding a virtual film festival.”

Some of the interesting films selected are Suraj Sharma and Shweta Tripathi starrer Illegal directed by Danish Renzu whose film Half Widow had won the best film in the first edition of NJIIFF. The film is a story of an immigrant who drops out of school to support his family back in India.

Tindey, a film directed by Seema Desai, is an interesting film about a man who is leading a boring married life. The film stars Rajesh Sharma and Adah Sharma who is a superstar in South India. Mita Vashith's starrer Kasaai is another promising entry at the festival. The festival will also screen Level 13 that has Anup Soni of Crime Patrol fame and Sandhya Mridul in it.

Another interesting film is Ekaant, a lesbian love story directed by Swapnil Pagare which stars well known Marathi actress Sukanya Kulkarni. Shilpa Krishnan Shukla's Singaporean entry Kathaath@8 is the first of its kind anthology of 8 films shot in 9 days in 8 different Indian languages.

Some good films from France, Iran and USA also feature on the list. Following is the link for the audience to watch the entire catalogue of selected movies this year.

Do you and your college friends have active online lives? Do you film yourself spending time with your friends, partners and significant others? Do you all have big feelings about entering your senior year and all it has in store?

A major cable network is looking for a diverse group of college juniors to take part in an exciting new documentary series that will explore the way technology is fundamentally affecting how we experience the world around us. This project will follow a group of college friends - online and off - as they navigate friendships, relationships, and other aspects of their everyday lives.

To submit your friend group:

Email -

  • Names of everyone in your group (must have at least 5 friends)
  • Ages of everyone in your group
  • Location (city and state)
  • Tell us about you and your friends. Who's who in the group.

All participants must be 18+ years old to be considered.

Do you have the worst feet in America? Are your feet damaged, deformed, disfigured and disgusting? Are you embarrassed by your feet? Have you neglected your foot issues and now they are out of control?

We are here to help! Please email with photos and a description of what you are going through.

We're on a new PRINCIPAL CASTING SEARCH for a New Regency Sci-Fi film directed by Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)!

No acting experience necessary to submit!

CASTING: YOUNG BOY OR GIRL to portray age 5 - 9 (to play age 6 - 7); South, East, South-East, North-East Asian, Indian or Pakistani heritage.
Bright, smart boy or girl with a sweet & thoughtful soul (must speak excellent English, but accent is ok)

To Submit:

  • Email DeLisi Creative at
  • Subject Line: Gareth Edwards/New Regency film, Candidate's first & last name (city/state of residence)
  • Body-of-Email:
  • Candidate's first & last name, age, date-of-birth, height, weight, and city/state of residence.
  • Our point-of-contact: Parent/guardian's name, phone & email -- OR -- Agency, agent's name, phone/email. This should be one or the other, not both! (parent/guardian OR agent/manager - whomever we should communicate with).
  • 3 cell phone snapshots taken recently: close up of face, 3/4-length & full-body -Nothing dated, retouched or filtered! Photos should be an honest portrayal of accurate look today!
  • Fun facts about the candidate! We love to get to know his/her personality - favorite things to do, places to go, school, heritage, languages, anything you want us to know other than acting!
  • How you heard about this casting - please be specific!

Important Notes!

  • Tell your incredible kid: don’t “BE” someone you THINK we want! Be YOU!
  • If right for the role, we'll email you specific taping instructions! If audition continues, we’ll contact you! This includes auditions, call-backs, etc. No need to inquire about your status - thank you for understanding!
  • MINORS: We must correspond w/ parent/guardian OR agent/manager, not the candidate.
  • Casting Directors: Jina Jay (overall & UK) and Debbie DeLisi (US). Please don’t resubmit if you've already had contact w/ Jina’s office. We're on the same team!

The Producer is committed to providing equal employment opportunity & prohibits all forms of unlawful discrimination & harassment based upon ages 40 or over, ancestry, color, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability, military & veteran status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by law.

** There is NEVER a fee to audition! Such claims are fraudulent & should be reported. **

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 29, 2020

COVID Can’t Stop One Actor and Filmmaker in NJ: B.Lee Productions Opens New Studio

NUTLEY, NJ – NJ-based actor and executive producer, Brittney Lee Hamilton, opened THE STUDIO at B.Lee Productions this past weekend to help bolster the suffering arts community during the pandemic.

THE STUDIO at B.Lee Productions is a creative oasis in the heart of Nutley, NJ (just 13 miles from Manhattan), offering film and theatre production services, private voice/acting lessons, small group classes, self-tape audition sessions, intimate live events, and private screenings.

With so many actors and creatives leaving NYC for the cheaper rents in NJ, Brittney Lee Hamilton is hoping to offer her community a haven to coach and tape their auditions, perform for a small audience, and keep their creative juices flowing.

Brittney's short film, #PrincessProblems, has won a multitude of awards as it makes its way through the festival circuit. Most festivals have gone virtual due to the pandemic, which creates an obstacle to the necessary networking opportunities they provide. This led Brittney to blaze her own trail and move forward with opening THE STUDIO to cement her place in the NJ film community and eventually pitch #PrincessProblems as a TV series.

As an acting and vocal coach, Brittney has a strong following of child and teen students in the area, some of whom she even cast in #PrincessProblems. "There are so many theatre programs for children in NJ, but not many TV/Film programs for kids as young as 6. At THE STUDIO, I can offer extensive acting (for TV, Theatre, Musical Theatre, & Voiceovers) and film production training at a young age to cultivate the children's talents and appreciation for the arts early in their lives."

Safety is the number one priority at THE STUDIO. By keeping the classes small, safety guidelines can be easily enforced, while allowing the kids to engage with their peers in a creative setting. For more information, visit, and

Heather Buckley announced that after Dread Central posted an article introducing her newly minted inclusive horror studio, Black Mansion Films, its first campaign on GoFundMe met the funding goal within a mere five hours.

Buckley stated, “We saw this massive outpouring of support from the horror community. It was an undeniable endorsement that people want stories told from new perspectives.” In fact, nearly 3x the original goal was raised in four days.

Major contributors included Tara Ansley, co-owner of FANGORIA magazine, who wrote, “Women In Horror. Fund Women.” Some contributors, such as actress Kristina Arntz, returned to donate multiple times, as funding doubled and then tripled. Producer David Tripet added, “I believe in Heather, and I want to see more genre films made by women and minorities. I can’t wait to see what she and her team create!”

The funds raised will be used for early development, specifically to package the film INSIDE from Writer/Director Elise Salomon, which has already attracted significant interest. Buckley plans to keep the funding campaign open for the next stage of development, and you can check it out here.

About Black Mansion Films
An inclusive film studio founded in 2020, Black Mansion has a meticulously curated slate of character-driven narrative features and television projects, all in the elevated genre space with timely themes. The Black Mansion slate is repped at WPA by Partner, Brian Goldberg. Founder and CEO, Heather Buckley, has been involved with the genre film community for over 20 years. As a journalist, she has written for Fangoria Magazine and Her production credits include The Ranger and Blood & Flesh, The Reel Life, and Ghastly Death of Al Adamson as well as over 175 short-form documentary interviews with prominent actors and directors in the genre space for physical media.

Media Contact
Adina Eaton | 201.736.5745 |

A corporate video production company is seeking a Covid compliance officer to work out of our studio in Fairfield, NJ.

Duties include:

  • Monitoring all office and studio areas to ensure safety measures are being met by employees, crew, & clients (maintaining social distance, wearing masks when not on camera, etc.)
  • Providing up-to-date documentation on Covid certification
  • Ensuring adequate PPE is provided around various office areas

Must be able to self-report to Fairfield, NJ. Please send resumes, rate, and certification to

Kearny, NJ, 08.24.2020 — Palisade Stages is the latest sound stage construction in New Jersey. The facility is located within Kearny Point Industrial Park in Kearny, NJ, a multi-use redevelopment project owned by Hugo Neu Corp. The site benefits from its close proximity to New York City, Newark International Airport and major road networks.

The Palisade Stages will rival those in the Tri-State region, and help meet demand for more TV and film production space in NJ, taking advantage of the Tax-Credit Program reinstituted by Governor Murphy last year. While activity was brought to a standstill due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the thirst for content has been insatiable as networks and streaming services are keen to get working again to meet this demand.

“Finding adequate facilities has always been challenging. Once guidelines are agreed upon to begin filming, we believe the competition will be even more intense because of the limited number of sound stages in NJ,” said Jamie Payne, President of Palisade Stages.

The studio, just four miles from NYC, will have an expansive lighting grid and industry standard sound mitigation design within a 29.5 thousand square foot space with 32-foot high ceilings. “We envisage this initial space to be the beginning of a long-term relationship with Hugo Neu Corp. with the intent to expand in the sprawling development,” said Payne.

In addition, Kearny Point currently has ancillary and office space available for productions of all sizes, offering double-height ceilings with large windows and state of the art hospital-grade HVAC filtration system.

Palisade Stages • (o) 201.881.9541 • (e)

Back2Back Productions is filming "The World’s Deadliest Weather" in both New Jersey and Brooklyn toward the end of August/beginning of September. They are seeking one operative who would be able to film both of these interviews.

Ideally, this person has their own kit and vehicle (with insurance for business use in place). They would be working solo, i.e. conducting the interview as well as operating lights, camera and sound. As well as the interview, the production company requires an amount of B-Roll, establishing and hero shots, and a few stills for publicity purposes.

Back2Back Productions is offering a daily buyout rate of $750 plus mileage and per diems per a 12-hour day, which would look something like this:

2 hrs max: Travel
1-hour: Set up and light for interview
2-hours : Interview contributor
1-hour: B-roll etc
30 mins: Pack down and leave
2hrs max: Travel
Then Back-up rushes and download to UK

The production company is adhering to a strict COVID 19 protocol, and keeping a close watch on state guidelines.

Please send inquiries to:

Are you a polyamorous couple or throuple wanting to expand your family with another?

Or are you a single woman curious and open to becoming part of a larger family?

Gobstopper Television is in pursuit of Americans looking for another and willing to work with us to find the perfect new wife to complete their family; also searching for single women open to joining a loving polygamist family.

Bold perspectives and diverse backgrounds are extremely welcome.


Gemstone Studios, an independent television production studio label under Sony Pictures Television Studios is proud to be launching a new program focused on amplifying diverse voices with the winner inking a highly coveted development deal with our studio! Rising Storytellers Search is casting the net far and wide in hopes of inspiring as many unheard voices as possible to participate.

Storytelling as an artform unites us and liberates us – and never have we craved the human connections and sense of community stories to promote more than right now. In an effort to spark emerging voices from underrepresented creative communities across the country, Gemstone Studios’ pilot program is calling out for creators to share their stories at a time we need them most.

Launching August 12 at Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival with a panel of distinctive female pioneers in the creative space, RISING STORYTELLER SEARCH is a three month campaign designed to source and elevate diverse creators with authentic, bold, and undeniable voices.

Submissions will be self-taped and submitted via then four breakout finalists will be paired with studio mentors to pitch their concept to a panel of industry judges.

The winner will be offered a development deal with GEMSTONE STUDIOS, a Sony Pictures Company, worth $30,000 and the chance to work with industry creatives dedicated to developing their story!

The creator of the winning proposal will also be offered a Sony Alpha Camera Body, Model a7S III, lenses, other camera equipment and access to Sony DMPC technical-virtual training.

In addition, the three finalists will each receive a Sony Alpha Camera Body, Model a7 III as well as other items. The winner and the finalists will also receive a 24-month subscription to Celtx Video Production Studio Software with personalized instruction and training, as well as Josefinas products.

Contact: Michelle Baxter-Schaffer
May 19, 2020

New Jersey State Council on the Arts Announces CARES Act Funds for Arts Organizations Federal Funds Help Support Nonprofit Arts Industry Statewide Impacted by COVID-19

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts will distribute $492,700 in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to help preserve jobs and stabilize arts organizations statewide. The announcement was made at the Arts Council's public meeting held virtually earlier today.

"My office is working closely with the Council board and staff to understand the ongoing impact of the crisis on the arts," said Secretary of State Tahesha Way. "With the release of these federal CARES Act funds, the Council continues its dedication to providing impactful and thoughtful service to New Jersey's arts sector. The Council is grateful to the Murphy Administration for recognizing that art matters in New Jersey, and for the inclusion of the arts as we look to the future and develop strategies to reopen and rebuild."

"The nonprofit arts industry, like so many others, is reeling from the financial and societal impacts of the current crisis," said Council Chair Elizabeth Mattson. "Health and safety remain the highest priorities as organizations that exist to bring people together, attempt to adapt to restrictions, cancelations, layoffs, refunds and mounting expenses. The innovation we've seen from artists and arts organizations speaks volumes about the resiliency to come. And while their creativity may know no limits, these community anchors need support now to be able to weather this storm and survive."

Council Executive Director Allison Tratner remarked, "This CARES Act funding comes at a critical time, and we are grateful the federal government continues to include the arts sector in strategies for recovery. With our partners at the National Endowment for the Arts we will continue to work to get resources out the door quickly. The financial need is tremendous, and our goal is to provide meaningful relief for as many organizations as is responsibly possible."

Last month, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded nearly $30 million in CARES Act funds to the nation's states and territories to ensure broad distribution throughout the country. The Endowment instructed State Arts Agencies, like the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, to regrant the funds to help arts organizations endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closure of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19.

As an essential part of our state's economy and overall quality of life, New Jersey's arts sector, when it is stable and thriving, employs thousands of people, engages millions, and provides irreplaceable value for communities, families, residents and visitors.

The Council has identified nearly 60 nonprofit arts organizations and 21 County Arts Agencies as eligible to receive the CARES Act funds. This swift and strategic distribution will ensure the funds reach organizations of varying sizes, touching communities throughout the state. View the list of organizations and county arts agencies here.

Chair Mattson expressed gratitude for the Murphy Administration's ongoing, clear guidance and support. She commended essential workers and pointed to the 24/7 resources for health and safety available at thanks to the thousands of public service sector professionals.

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, created in 1966, is a division of the NJ Department of State. The Council was established to encourage and foster public interest in the arts; enlarge public and private resources devoted to the arts; promote freedom of expression in the arts; and facilitate the inclusion of art in every public building in New Jersey. The Council receives direct appropriations from the State of New Jersey through a dedicated, renewable Hotel/Motel Occupancy fee, as well as competitive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. To learn more about the Council, please visit

NJ State Council on the Arts, 33 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608

Seeking Documentary Filmmakers & Photographers in New Jersey for "PBS American Portrait" Project

Apply for for "PBS American Portrait" Project

Hello! We are currently seeking 2 artists with a documentarian mindset to help tell the stories of New Jersey for a national storytelling project called PBS American Portrait. This project is aligned with PBS’s 50th anniversary celebration, and seeks to define what it really means to be an American today. By inviting audiences across the country to be heard and share their stories through their own words and images, PBS American Portrait will ultimately capture the state and spirit of our nation.

Everyday American people will answer specific American Portrait prompts with their own unique thoughts, words, beliefs and experiences. We will ultimately begin to find that we, as a nation, have much more in common than we realize. A few example prompts include:

  • I was raised to believe…
  • The tradition I carry on is…
  • What keeps me up at night is…
  • When I step outside my door…
  • Most days I feel…
  • I took a risk when...

Following the UGC portion of the campaign, PBS will create a multi-episode documentary set to air in early 2021 that will highlight the PBS American Portrait project and what it means to be an American today. The top submissions will be integrated throughout the documentary. This project has no political affiliations and will be focused on the American people, their beliefs, their traditions, and their experiences.


PBS American Portrait is seeking storytellers with a documentarian mindset to help capture stories, images, and footage that represent authentic diversity within the communities they have access to. Each storyteller has the opportunity to turn in up to 5 submissions, using their creative discretion to represent their subjects in as authentic a manner as possible. We are looking for artists who want to represent the way they see America through the people they know: utilizing image, sound, and story to capture compelling narratives and untold American stories.

This is work for hire and paid on receipt of 5 submissions ($150 total). You will be connected with a team of 100 storytellers (total) across the country: 2 in every state.

Kelsey Petersen
PBS American Portrait Outreach Team
C: 630-903-9821

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 27, 2020 CONTACT : Ned Donovan,

THE NEW JERSEY WEBFEST EXPANDS ITS 2020 FESTIVAL TO INCLUDE FICTION PODCASTS The Festival creates the Fiction Podcast Planning Committee of experienced creators to build an unprecedented crossover of creators for its September Event.

MONTCLAIR - The New Jersey Web Festival ( NJ WebFest ) announces the expansion of its festival to includefiction podcasts, which will join web series, music videos, pilots, and trailers to be celebrated by NJ WebFest.

“In our inaugural year our message was #MakeHistoryWithUs. We quickly became one of the highest rated film festivals on,” said NJ WebFest founder and director Neem Basha . “Each year we have strived to open doors for web content creators to have their work recognized and celebrated by the creative community. This year I’m delighted to open our doors even wider to an amazing community of artists who are making some of the most exciting fiction content on the web. The Venn diagram between web series creators and fiction podcast creators is, in essence, a circle. And so it made perfect sense to bring these vibrant, passionate, and supportive communities together. In the memory of Michael Ajakwe Jr. and his rallying cry of ‘Don’t Wait, Create!’ we decided to create a space to jointly celebrate both these creative movements.”

In honor of NJ WebFest’s creator-first focus and ideals, the Festival is creating the New Jersey WebFest Fiction Podcast Planning Committee. The committee features two NJ WebFest alums and Fiction Podcast creators, Adam Berley ( Sheriff Death , 2018 NJWF Best Writing in a Comedy Winner) and Ned Donovan ( Encounter Party! , 2 time NJWF award winner for The Hunted: Encore ), in partnership with Hug House Productions ’s ( VALENCE , Scoring Magic ) team of long-time vocal advocates of fiction podcasting: Anne Baird , Katie Youmans , and Wil Williams.

“Our mission since the inception of Hug House has been to educate people about the wonderful medium of podcasts. When Neem reached out to us about a collaboration, we knew that this was something we needed to make happen,” said Hug House co-founder and COO Anne Baird . “Our hope is that, by opening up this space for fiction podcasters and web series creators to meet and collaborate, we can increase visibility for the ever-growing fiction podcasting community and create new opportunities for both groups of artists.”

Creators of fiction podcasts who are interested in submitting their work can learn more at . All shows accepted will be showcased at the festival, be eligible for exclusive Fiction Podcast Awards determined by independent industry judges, attend industry panels, and have the opportunity to network with other fiction podcast creators and with the Web Series community that NJ WebFest continues to support and celebrate.

In 2018, the NJWebFest made history by bringing the first Web Series Festival to New Jersey. In 2019, the festival opened its doors to music videos and trailers, and joined the Web Series World Cup to further solidify its standing in the international web festival community. In 2020, the festival continues to grow with this new, amazing group of artists joining our community.

Now Casting - A New Season of Supernanny on Lifetime! The original host, Jo Frost, returns as the charming, no-nonsense supernanny ready to help moms and dads everywhere learn the ins and outs of parenting. If you wish that your children would listen better and you could calm the chaos in your household, please email with the names and ages of parents and children, the issues that you would like Supernanny to address, your email, best contact phone number, location, and a few recent pictures of your family. *Must be U.S. resident.

Day 28 Films Liberty, LLC is currently in production for the feature film Gimme Liberty, and we are accepting resumes for experienced Production Assistants and Office Assistants, (must have some prior experience working on a movie or television set, and all applicants must have a valid drivers license). Must have a positive attitude, be highly motivated, organized, good communication skills, able to multitask, work flexible hours indoors/outdoors, and able to work alone and with a team.


Assist producers and production team in a supporting role to various departments on set or behind the senses during production.

Assist producers with general office duties of the production, including answering phones, arranging travel, data entry, ordering and maintaining supplies.

Must be available to work (Monday-Friday) in Ramsey, NJ and Newark, NJ. Positions are currently available for Winter and continuing to Spring of 2020.

Serious applicants can apply by emailing your resume and experience to:
Attn: Jeff Billingsley

NOTE: Only submit resumes for the Production Assistant and Office Assistant positions mentioned above.

Day 28 Films Liberty, LLC is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is represented at all job levels. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

Showman Fabricators offers full assistance for your production needs.

Our background is 33 years of building scenery for Television, Stage and Industrial locations.

We have invested time and money into creating a top of the line fabrication facility with fully supported CNC machinery. We have created "ShowCut", which is a segment of our company that focuses on making parts for set construction needs. Whether it is plywood ribs to build structures of fully carved foam sculptures, we can handle it. We have the space and capability to build things for you or to just manufacture parts so that you can build it on set.

We offer:
- Hot Wire Foam Cutting - (molding profiles, sculptured shapes, fluted columns)
- 3D Foam Milling - (statues, textured panels, props)
- Water Jet Cutting - (decorative panels, various materials, metal grates)
- Plate Laser Cutting - (steel brackets, laser engraving, tight details)
- Laser Tube Cutting - (parts for roll cages, structural elements, extreme precision)
- Break Forming - (custom angle, metal cabinets, custom brackets)
- Roll Bending - (handrails, curved pipe headers, structural elements)
- 3 Axis Routing - (plywood parts, decorative panels, multiples)
- Large Format Printing - (laser cut shapes with location points, laminations, custom direct printing)
- Storage - (daily, weekly, monthly)
- Mod Truss Rental/Sales - (Mod Truss structure to rent or purchase for custom support elements)

We want to make your concepts come to life with an understanding of tight budgets and aggressive timelines.

Mention you found us on this bulletin board and we will extend a 5% discount on any of the services we provide.

See our capabilities at or call Patrick @ 201.705.2986 for any questions or requests.

The classic game show Press Your Luck, where players take big risks for big bucks, is back for Season 2!

We're looking nationwide for outgoing and knowledgeable contestants that want to press their luck for the chance to win lots of money! If you are interested in trying out, please apply as soon as possible at...

We also highly recommend checking out a few clips of the show online so you become familiar with it. You can check it out at:

Note: You must be 21 years or older and a legal US resident to apply. Other eligibility requirements apply.


Are you ready to hit the open road for the trip of a lifetime? Tastemade is searching nationwide for people who have NEVER LEFT the state where they were born. A few lucky people will be selected to go on the ultimate all American road trip.

They want to learn your story!

If you would like to apply or nominate someone, please send name, age, city, dream destination, why you have never left your area, photos or social media profiles, and phone number to

There is payment for participating!

Princeton Productions

New Jersey’s Leading Below-the-Line Service Company Princeton Productions helps productions get done.

Our business offers a rebate of 35% back to producers and we seek to service any size production throughout the Garden State.

We offer the following equipment and services for your production:
1) Camera Gear - full Alexa Mini Package
2) G&E - have a 10 ton Grip and Electric Package that is the most affordable in NJ
3) Location Services - understand south New Jersey better than anyone and can find locations that maximize a production spend
4) Food & Craft Services -- will create a package that feeds large and small crew. Our food truck will get people fed well and back to work refreshed
5) Budget Management - will review budgets and work with producers to maximize their qualified production spend
6) All Post Production / VFX work

Our prices are the lowest in the New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia Markets. We will match any price and our packages will give you an even better deal with a 35% production rebate from the state.

Our goal is help productions to maximize every dollar.

Packages require ½ the money paid upon signature and we must be paid in full before completion of principal photography. We request every production to share their Day Out of Days and we seek to have a complete understanding of the most important aspect of any production, the schedule.

We are producers as well and we want to work with great producers.

Interested productions should use the email or via telephone at 310-483-8550 and we will get back to you quickly.


Did you finally purchase your dream home, only to find that it’s truly a ‘money pit’!?!
Have things you thought would be simple cosmetic fixes proven to be anything but?
That small bulge in the ceiling, the knocking sound coming from the wall, the constant drip you’re hearing?!
Have these roadblocks created a budget sucking nightmare?!
Would you benefit from two bonafide experts – who’ve seen and fixed it all – creating premium spaces on a shoestring budget?

If so, a major cable network is looking for you! Our experts will come in and help you whip that lemon into lemon drop martini’s. We’ll track your progress on camera and show you how to make your dream home a reality once again.


The Creators of Botched and So You Think You Can Dance are launching "It Runs in the Family," on which a series of dermatologists, surgeons and experts will help multiple family members (3 or more, nuclear and/or extended) who all experience the same bothersome or unhealthy condition and who all do not have access to help or the financial means to get help.

Examples of said physical conditions that each family member are experiencing would be obesity, cleft lip or palate, alopecia, cystic acne, keloids, and more - essentially all physical treatable conditions that with help could offer relief and less inhibited lives for those desiring it.

If interested, please send your contact info to *Must be at least 3 family members, but can be more, any age and US only.

Betty TV is transforming the most popular pastime of gardening into a high stake TV competition. We are searching for American's top landscapers to compete in a brand new project for a U.S network. Contestants much work in pairs to grow the gardens of their lives; designing, building, & planting spectacular landscapes.

Apply Today!

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Premiere Residences
7 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ

Affordable units available for qualifying households with annual incomes from $19,097 - $59,150

@TheActorsFund is excited to spread the word about affordable apartments now leasing at Premiere Residences. The newly constructed building contains 42 affordable and 165 market rate apartments perched above New Brunswick Performing Arts Center. Some of the units have been reserved for those applicants that qualify as Artists, please see application for full details.

With panoramic views, this majestic tower looks out over downtown New Brunswick. The contemporary studio, one and two bedroom apartments feature stainless steel appliances, spacious closets, and stunning views. Community amenities include: rooftop pool and sky lounge complete with an outdoor fire pit and kitchen, a fitness center, co-work and meeting space and karaoke room. The building is pet friendly, has bike storage and is secure with a 24-hour lobby attendant. Apply Now!

The Commissioners and Staff of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission extend our sympathy to the family of Governor Brendan Byrne, who passed away on January 4th. Our Commission was created in 1977 under Governor Byrne’s leadership, thanks to his remarkable vision, and with his unwavering support. Governor Byrne’s wisdom, knowledge and wonderful sense of humor will be greatly missed. His many accomplishments, including the establishment of the NJMPTVC, have improved the state in ways that are immeasurable.




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