Montclair Film Festival Teams Up

The Montclair Film Festival (MFF) and Montclair Public Schools are teaming up to offer new programs for the community. It will surely be enjoyable for all!

Partnership with Montclair Film Festival and Montclair Public schools offers new programs.

Montclair Public Schools and the Montclair Film Festival have recently announced a partnership that will “build a series of community-based professional development and learning initiatives for students of the Montclair Public School system,” according to a statement that was released.

According to the statement, there were over 28,000 people that attended the Film Festival last year as well as year-round events and professional support from the film and television professionals in the community. These features allowed the Montclair Film Festival to become “New Jersey’s leading non-profit film organization.”

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The partnership between Montclair Film Festival and Montclair Public Schools will build various programs for students from kindergarten through high school, as well as allowing students to participate in the 2015 Montclair Film Festival, which will be held from May 1 through May 10, 2015. According to the release, “the partnership will focus on film-driven education and will include multiple screening, filmmaking, adjudicating and writing opportunities for participating students.”

Additionally, there are a few various programs that have already been planned due to the partnership, along with others that are still in the works. The partnership will offer youth screenings, which will aim to include “appropriate films and target free classroom screenings” for students. These screenings will also take place during the school day, which will allow students to experience films with their classes and be part of the festival.

Another program, titled “Filmmakers in the Classroom,” will bring filmmakers to various Montclair Public schools, allowing classes to meet with film artists and screen films they have worked on. The program “Kidz Shortz” offers students mentorships who are interested in participating, leading up to a red carpet event at the 2015 Montclair Film Festival that celebrates the work of various students in town.

Two more programs will offer “a film screening and critique program with film jury training for high school students” (MFF Junior Jury)  as well as the “Live Read Club Partnership,” which is a partnership with Montclair High School’s Live Read Club that will present a “live screenplay reading program during the festival, allowing students to study the art of screenwriting and perform in front of a live audience.”

This year, the Montclair Film Festival will be held from May 1 through May 10, longer than past festivals. Be sure to show your support for this great community event, and find out how you can get involved. For information about Montclair Film Festival, visit

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