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A. What is a student internship?
An internship is an opportunity for New Jersey college students to gain valuable exposure to the world of professional film and television production. The internship program is sponsored by the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission. Interns typically work two days per week, on weekdays only.
B. Who is eligible for an internship?
New Jersey residents who are currently attending a college or university. Non-New Jersey residents who are currently attending a New Jersey college or university.
C. What kinds of internships are available?
There are two kinds of student internships:
D. Does the intern receive a salary or other financial compensation?
At this time the Commission internship is unsalaried, although job-related expenses incurred will be reimbursed.
E. How many credits can I receive for an internship?
There is no set number of credits attached to an internship. Credits to be granted will be determined by the college in which you are enrolled and should be arranged by the faculty liaison for your institution.
F. May I take other courses while assigned to an internship?
Additional course work will depend upon the amount of time occupied by the internship, the hours at which the courses are scheduled and/or the flexibility of the internship schedule, the location, etc. Any additional courses should be arranged so that they do not interfere with the internship.
G. How do I apply for an internship?
Print out the application form and send it along with a brief resume and any letters of recommendation from college faculty, or current or previous employers, to:
David W. Schoner Jr.
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The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is currently accepting applications for grant funding through the American Rescue Plan. These funds are intended to help support jobs in the arts sector, keep the doors open to arts organizations, and help the creative community respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Arts and culture organizations of all sizes are encouraged to apply, including those that have never previously received federal support.
Please note that the deadline to apply for these federal funding opportunities is Thursday, August 12, 2021.
We have just launched a new short film festival for the end of this year, the Autumn's Dawn Short Film Festival.
We're now accepting submissions for any and all short films, with a $20 entrance fee. The festival offers the chance to show off your film after incubating during the pandemic, Q&As with industry professionals, and catered food and beverages.
Did you make a movie that you’re having some trouble submitting to film festivals? A dark comedy that’s too intense for your average comedy festival? A brutal horror whose gore factor isn’t high enough? Some genre blend that makes it difficult to market? Well, we want to see it! Got a horror romance? A grindhouse film noir? A hard-R-rated parody of Teletubbies? All that and more is welcome at Autumn’s Dawn Short Film Festival.
While we will give special consideration and preference to films that are what you would consider “tough sells,” we also just enjoy any movie that’s good. So, don’t worry; if you’re nervous that your movie isn’t “weird” enough for this festival, we can assure you that it is.
If you have a film to submit or would like more info, click the link below and tell your friends!
Blast! Films is casting a show for a major US network that follows the lives of overlanders.
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!
APPLY HERE: https://www.blastfilmscasting.com/
Questions to: Instagram: @CharlieCasting | Twitter: @ChannelCasting
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: https://tinyurl.com/ifthxhulu
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: https://tinyurl.com/ifthxhulu
After successfully holding online competition and awards in 2020,
New Jersey Indian And International Film Festivalâ€™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.
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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
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 blackmariafilmfestival.org, 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: www.blackmariafilmfestival.org, click on DONATE at the top of our homepage on the far right, then click on the yellow DONATE button to use PayPal.
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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.
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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 www.bleeproductionsllc.com, and www.princessproblemsfilm.com.
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 DreadCentral.com. 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.
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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.
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 RisingStorytellersSearch.com 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 NJ.gov 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 www.artscouncil.nj.gov.
NJ State Council on the Arts, 33 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608
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.