Monmouth Film Festival Redefines the Festival Experience this August

Updated: Aug 10, 2020

As film and theater folk like to say, the show MUST go on, and this August 14th-16th it WILL! The Monmouth Film Festival, New Jersey's renowned and critically acclaimed international film event is known for showcasing the finest independent films from all regions of the globe. Additionally, the festival has spotlighted celebrities including Kevin Smith, Sinbad, Michael Cera, Micahel Kelly, Sandra Oh, amongst others, as well as presented and hosted exclusive panels with leading industry professionals from top networks including Viacom, Disney/ABC, Hulu, Netflix, Nickelodeon, Blue Sky Studios, and more! This year has only gotten better!

Due to Covid-19 regulations, the Monmouth Film Festival has expressed sincere regrets that the traditional theatrical experience they have perfected since 2016 will not be possible this year. However, it's given them the opportunity to branch out and stream the sights and sounds of these incredible films right into your homes and hands! Introducing the 2020 Virtual Monmouth Film Festival! This new and exciting format will allow for the HD high-resolution streaming of ALL this year's movies; accessible on your computers, smartphones, and tablets via the website. Additionally, for the home theater experience, you can access the "Monmouth Film Festival" streaming channel on Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV by downloading the free BoxCast App! As they say on TV..."WAIT, there's more!”

"We are proud of our roots as an integral non-profit arts organization here in Monmouth County. New Jersey was hit hard over the past months from Covid-19, it's been equally as heartbreaking as it has been devastating to our communities and quality of life. So we (MFF) had to do something special this year to give back to our community and help rebuild people's spirits, creativity, and overall mental well being. We have voted to make this year's 2020 Virtual Monmouth Film Festival completely FREE of charge. All movies, streams, interactive panels, and seminars will be accessible by simply registering on our website, all for free,” said MFF Founder and President Nick Marchese. "Yes, we rely on funding from our community to help us grow and return each year, but more importantly we rely on our community itself! They've always been there for us, so this year we are here for you.“ This free film festival event is an unprecedented move, not being offered by any other event of its liking.

An exciting lineup of over 65 films, short and feature-length, can be found by visiting the Monmouth Film Festival website. Movie stream dates, times, and registration information will be available as early as Monday, July 20th. Virtual interactive panels and seminars will be presented from the website this year, open to real-time questions and feedback from the audience via chat. This year's Industry Pro's represent all corners of the industry from Viacom, Disney, VFX artists, Producers, Directors, Documentary Filmmakers, and more!

The complete 2020 Film Festival Schedule is available HERE!

Feature Films include Grizzly II. Revenge (George Clooney, Charlie Sheen, Laura Dern), Give Or Take (Jamie Effros); documentaries Mentally Al (Al Lubel), and Miracle Fishing.

Mentally Al follows “the funniest comedian you’ve never heard of,” and explores how we define artistic success.

A rich selection of New Jersey Films, short and feature length, are also featured in the festival this year, like Bruce Springsteen: Hometown.

Bruce Springsteen: Hometown explores his roots in Freehold, New Jersey and how the community shaped his life.

This is our time to join together as a community of artists, both filmmakers, and film lovers, and create positive memories that will last a lifetime! We are confident that this will still be a year to remember, while also being the safest and smartest option for our community at this time. Your stories are more important now than ever and we want to continue to host a platform for artists to network, connect, learn, and grow. We thank our community for their understanding and participation in this year’s 5th Annual Monmouth Film Festival.

Stay updated on where you can register for all of our weekend events this August 14th-16th!

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