From left: Highlands Film Fest director Rob Kneller, Isaiah Gomez (Best Scriptwriter), Morgan Barth (Best Actress), Michelle Burger (Best Producer).
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.
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 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.
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 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?
A lonely killer clown turns to online dating when ax murder just isn’t enough anymore. The results are horribly comical.
Director: Michael Paul
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
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
Basil begins to have second thoughts when she discovers that her new friends may have Satanic leanings.
Director: Michelle Burger
Black magic, zombies, bloody vomit combine to create an eerie and disturbing tale of murder and mayhem.
Director: Isaiah Gomez
Was it a hit and run? Or an execution? Now he's wracked with guilt and being deceived by his girlfriend.
Director: Amanda Clark
Following classic horror tropes while turning others on their head, this is a horror/ thriller short film set in the 1970s.
Director: Lindsay Barrasse
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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!
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.
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!