ASBURY PARK - The deadline for independent filmmakers to submit a film for the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival (APMFF) is Wednesday, January 3 at 11:59 p.m for the festival which runs from 27 - 29 April, 2018 in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
Instructions and deadlines for submissions can be found on the Festival’s website at apmff.com.
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."
2018 Submission Categories include:
FEATURE FILM 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.
MUSIC VIDEO 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.
ANIMATION 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.
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
For music fans, the partnership brings Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of the Beatles to Paramount Theatre on April 14th. Direct from London’s West End and Broadway, Let It Be invites you to experience the rise of the world’s most successful rock’n’roll band – from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the height of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces. The show is a must-see for not only fans of the iconic rock group, but any lover of live music.
TICKETS to all of these events are available via Ticketmaster.com at http://bit.ly/2jYJrp4, and The Stone Pony Box office, located at 913 Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park, NJ 07712.