Sony Pictures Classics’ Tom Bernard To Lead Panel of Judges To Review Film Submissions For Annual Weekend of Music & Film Set For April 27-29, 2018 in Renowned Jersey Shore Town
Asbury Park, NJ (September 6, 2017) – The Asbury Park Music & Film Festival (APMFF), taking place from April 27-29, 2018 in Asbury Park, NJ, has issued a global “call for entries” to all independent filmmakers. Instructions and deadlines for submissions can be found on the Festival’s website at apmff.com.
2018 submission categories include:
Submission must be at least 60 minutes in length excluding credit sequence in order to be considered a feature film. Feature films may not exceed 120 minutes. The plot of all submissions must include a music component or theme.
“Sony Pictures Classics” SHORT FILM
Submission must be at least 5 minutes in length excluding credit sequence in order to be considered a short film. Short films may not exceed 60 minutes. The plot of all submissions must include a music component or theme.
“Legacy Recordings” MUSIC DOCUMENTARY
The Music Documentary category will include films that document musical talent
including band documentaries, biopics, live concert documentaries, “storytellers”
films and music industry movies, etc.
Submission must be at least 10 minutes in length excluding credit sequence in order
to be considered a music documentary. Music documentaries may not exceed 120
minutes. The plot of all submissions must include a music component or theme.
A music video or song video is a short film integrating a song and imagery, produced for promotional or artistic purposes. Music Videos may not exceed 15 minutes in length.
An animation is a motion picture created by means of the rapid display of a sequence of static images that minimally differ from each other. The animated short category includes all stop-motion pictures, computer animated films, mechanical (puppetry, robotics), and others. Animations may not exceed 60 minutes in length.
ASPIRING FEMALE DIRECTOR
Submission must be a short film or feature film. A minimum of 5 to 20 minutes in length excluding credit sequence in order to be considered. Film must be directed by a female. The plot of all submissions must include a music component or theme.
The APMFF has assembled an impressive panel of judges which includes some of the most powerful figures in the film and music industries today; Tom Bernard (Sony Pictures Classics), Adam Block (Legacy Recordings Sony Music Entertainment), Josh Braun (Submarine Entertainment), Vinnie Favale (CBS Late Night Programming), Shelli Sonstein (Q104.3 Host and iHeart Media Film Critic), Annie McDonough (Falco Ink), George McMorrow (Cinecall Productions), Joe Amodei (USA Home Entertainment) and Steve Gorelick (New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission).
This year’s film submission awards include 45-minute meet & greets with Tom Bernard and Adam Block.
“Entering the fourth year of the Festival, we look forward to securing some of the most moving and ambitious submissions that are deserving of recognition,” said Peter Hurley, Executive Director, Asbury Park Music & Film Festival. “Our lineup of judges are some of the most prominent and respected individuals in the entertainment industry.”
2017 APMFF film award winners:
Asbury Park Press Award: Just Before the Dawn, Directed by: Tom Jones
RWJ Barnabas Health Award: Taylor Tote “Fighter” Infinite Love For Kids Fighting Cancer, Directed by: Kostas Lymperopoulos
Asbury Park Music Foundation Award: Find Your Groove, Directed by: Mike Kirk
Best Animation: Where Do the Seasons Get Their Names, Directed by: Amanda Duncan
Best Music Documentary: Night Bird Song: The Incandescent Life of Thomas Chapin, Directed by: Stephanie J Castillo
Sony Pictures Award: Best Short Film Takes – Ana and Anthony in Love, Directed by: Lauren Dunn
Best Music Video Award: Bones, Directed by: Andy Bond
New Jersey’s Own Award: The Other Side of Love, Directed by: Tyrell Jackson
Best Feature Award: Find Your Groove, Directed by: Mike Kirk
About Asbury Park Music In Film Festival
The APMFF was founded with the mission to benefit the underserved youth in Asbury Park, one of the most challenged youth communities in the country. Funds raised through the APMFF support music programs for these children. Specifically, the APMFF will support three programs including The Hope Academy Charter School, The Hip Hop Institute and the Asbury Park Summer Recreation Music Camp. Over time, the APMFF plans to extend its reach throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties. The Festival will continue to provide music education, instruments and social connection opportunities for children in underserved communities.
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