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Film Festival Platform

Brings New Audiences to Film Festivals While Giving Young Filmmakers Broader Distribution for Their Creative Work ...

Cinema Ed works closely with film festival directors to recognize the talent of local students and enhance festival attendance by featuring a Young Filmmakers track. This customizable program showcases short films produced by local high school students that have been juried by professionals in the film industry, offers awards and even provides the opportunity for director 'talk-backs' and roundtable workshops that promote a rich dialogue about the creative process between student and professional filmmakers.


All this is supported by local and national businesses.  The Cinema Ed Young Filmmakers festival platform offers new and exciting programmatic elements for festivals that in turn, bring new opportunities for sponsors to connect with a young demographic, their families and with the local community at large. 

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The Third Annual Orange Youth Shine Bright virtual film festival features 12 films created by Orange student filmmakers over this past year. Students were able to film in person for the first time in two years, so check out their films and see the hard word and creativity that they put into this year!  Click here to watch the films!

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The Second Annual Orange Youth Shine Bright virtual film festival features 17 films created by Orange student filmmakers over this past year. Some of the films have already garnered honors in other film festivals, but all of the films are a result of the hard work by these students during this difficult year.  Click here to watch the films!

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Orange Youth Shine Bright is not only a film festival, it is a celebration of the work that Orange student filmmakers created over this past year. Some of the films were already entered in other contests and some of these films are newly submitted.  Click here to watch the films!

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This was our biggest year yet for submissions, with with a record number of films submitted from all over the world, the US and local filmmakers.  Click here to see our 2019 Finalists, Honorable Mentions, and Storyteller Citations!

All Finalists, Honorable Mentions and Storyteller Citation winners should be very proud, as this year was extremely competitive, with entries from Iran, China, Canada and all parts of the U.S.!  Click here to see our 2018 Finalists, Honorable Mentions, and Storyteller Citations!

This year's submissions were even more  competitive than last year with many entries from NJ and out of state. We were so impressed by the quality of the filmmaking!  Click here to see our 2017 Finalists and Honorable Mentions and see who won!

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With submissions from high school students across New Jersey, the number and quality of the student films that Cinema Ed received was impressive. Here are the winning films and their directors -- just click on the name to watch the film!

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