TWO NIGHTS OF FRIGHTS!

October 9-10, 2020

Highlands Borough Community Center

22 Snug Harbor Avenue, Highlands NJ 07732

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We are eager to see your film and consider it for our 2020 Film Fest!

Our inaugural Weekend was a great Success!

High School Winners Were Amazing

Highlands film fest awards, high school

From left: Highlands Film Fest director Rob Kneller,  Isaiah Gomez (Best Scriptwriter), Morgan Barth (Best Actress), Michelle Burger (Best Producer).

ONE MUST FALL wins the Carver Award!

One must Fall movie, Taylor Cristine, Antonio Pantoja

Attendees were blown away by ONE MUST FALL!  Producer Taylor Christine, representing film director Antonion Pantoja and crew, accepted the Carver Award for Best Horror Film. from Highlands Film Fest director Rob Kneller.

Olivia Anton Wins Best NJ Film Prize

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The director of TILLIE was with us to accept her award for Best NJ Film from the Highlands Film Fest.  TILLIE features the iconic Asbury Park cartoon character and was filmed on the Jersey Shore!

Mayor Opens Highlands Film Fest

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Mayor Rick O'Neill was kind enough to open the Film Fest on Friday night with a laudatory speech that highlighted the benefits to the town of Highlands.

We Had Fun!

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Attendance was great.  We had many local fans attending as well as film makers from all over the East Coast.  Here is one of the fans who camped out at the door waiting for the Fest to begin.

Our New Award--Yorick's Skull!

Horatio Award from the Hihlands Film Fest

Our new Highlands Film Fest award has been christened "The Yorick" in honor of Hamlet's famous graveyard scene. Sort of appropriate for a horror award, don't you think?



Featured Films Friday, October 4, 2019

STRANGE CLOWNS

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  A lonely killer clown turns to online dating when ax murder just isn’t enough anymore.  The results are horribly comical.

 Director: Michael Paul 

ONE MUST FALL

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  A crime scene cleanup crew is on a job that turns deadly when they discover that the killer never left the scene of the crime. Director: Antonio Pantoja 

SQUEEZE TOY

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 A young man is on the brink of losing his mind to a self-constructed conspiracy, wherein an evil trio is after him.

Director: Chris K. Daniel

RUN

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  Basil begins to have second thoughts when she discovers that her new friends may have Satanic leanings. 

Director: Michelle Burger

AFTER DARK

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Black magic, zombies, bloody vomit combine to create an eerie and disturbing tale of murder and mayhem.

Director: Isaiah Gomez

DECEPTION

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Was it a hit and run?  Or an execution? Now he's wracked with guilt and being deceived by his girlfriend.

Director: Amanda Clark

Featured Films, Saturday night, October 5, 2019

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED

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 Following classic horror tropes while turning others on their head, this is a horror/ thriller short film set in the 1970s. 

Director: Lindsay Barrasse

TILLIE

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 When Julia and her friends spend the day at the local carnival, Julia’s friends start to go missing. Will Julia be next?

Director: Olivia Anton

THE TATTOOED HEART

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 A creative writing instructor at a juvenile detention center tries to help a troubled student and finds herself in great danger.

Director: Sheldon Wong Schwartz

37 GHOSTS

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 A  contract killer. A dark night, a single shot to the chest of the victim, collect the cash and take off. It would be simple, if the Ghosts would just leave him alone. 

Director: Collins Abbot White

JERKY

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 A Feminist Horror movie about a recluse falconer, her quirky neighbor Alice, and the things in the forest that slither between the trees.

Director: Brent Braaten, Amy Trefry 

WHISTLER"S MOTHER

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 James McNeill Whistler spent years trying to capture her essence—not to create a masterpiece—but to save his mother from possession by an evil Russian witch. 

Director: Robbie Robertson

BIG NEWS!

BOXED IS NOW IN CONTENTION FOR AN ACADEMY AWARD!

One of Saturday's featured films, BOXED, is in the running for the  

Best Short Film - Live Action- 92nd Academy Awards. 

So far, BOXED has been selected by 50 Festivals, garnering 6 wins and 16 nominations. 

Come and join us as we screen this great short film!


 

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CONTACT US

Highlands Film Fest

22 Snug Harbor Avenue, Highlands, New Jersey 07732, United States

(973) 714-9841

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We Like Creative Film Makers!

Sandy Hook Lighthouse is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in the United States.

The Highlands Film Fest is dedicated to showcasing the filmmakers who express their creative visions on low budgets fortified by a lot sweat and dedication. We are New Jersey's newest and funkiest film festival!

The Beginning of the Jersey Shore

The Highlands Bridge is the gateway to the Jersey Shore.

We are a film festival looking for the best entries from around the world, with special consideration given to "home grown" productions featuring 

New Jersey locations and themes. 

Renowned Restaurants and Bars

Bahr's Restaurant has been a favorite in Highlands, New Jersey for 100 years

Highlands offers Film Fest attendees many excellent restaurants and bars  to patronize during the event.  And the National Park on Sandy Hook is right across the bridge! Make your film festival visit a vacation!