Updated: May 23
To our family, friends, neighbors, and artists across the globe, we would like to take this time on behalf of the Monmouth Film Festival Executive Board to send our hearts and prayers out to everyone affected by Covid-19. We are endlessly grateful to those in healthcare, first responders, and beyond who are helping us get through these difficult times where working together as a community is how we will succeed. Just like you, we have been working from home and spending quality time with our loved ones. We miss being hands-on with our community, but know it is what’s best for now as we all work towards a speedy recovery for those affected, and very soon, look forward to safely reuniting!
We have been working diligently behind the scenes in preparation for our Annual Festival this August 14th-16th, 2020, with more film submissions than ever before! Keep your eyes peeled for exciting announcements about our special events, industry panels, celebrity guests, workshops and premieres! "Now is not the time to sit in fear, but instead be a driving force behind bringing people together again to safely collaborate, network, and connect after months of being apart. Our community and local industry rely on the resources we provide in order for them to grow and thrive," said MFF President Nicholas Marchese.
How are we addressing Covid-19? Each year the Monmouth Film Festival collaborates with and calls upon law enforcement and public safety professionals to ensure that the safety of our attendees and guests is of the utmost importance. In preparation for this August's event, we have additionally called upon medical professionals and experts who are working with us to make sure we are doing everything within our capacity to create a safe environment that puts into practice new precautions that will keep us healthy, so we can have a great time. Attendees can expect some significant changes to how we present this year's event, but all with the intention of doing so in a safe manner, with minimal inconvenience to the weekend‘s events. We ask all of our patrons and members to rest assured that the presentation of this year's event is happening with the health and safety of each of you and our team at the forefront.
Although the past few weeks and months have brought many of our friend's much loss, we can’t deny that it is also a great reminder for what truly matters and how important the arts are. Storytelling, films, music, and education are big factors in helping us to not only ”get through,” but also be inspired and ignite our inspiration to create and dream. We wish everyone at home the very best and are excited to see you all this August 14-16th, 2020 at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey.