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Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013

6 pm

Hyatt Morristown, 3 Speedwell Ave.

Admission: FREE!!!


Bring lawn chairs / blankets… for an INDOOR BEACH PARTY!






Re-discover your world through short documentaries by area filmmakers.


with special musical guests:


The SteppingSTONE Band



  • PRIZES will go to the top movie as voted by YOU, the audience!

  • Root for your favorite local filmmaker!

  • Awards for Critics’ Choice and Diversity, too!

  • Come early for the Hyatt’s tasty Film Fest buffet!

  • Celebrate with special Hyatt room rates for Film Fest fans!

  • Refreshments available at the show!

  • Enjoy special offers from merchants in our Film Fest Program!

  • End summer with an evening you’ll remember all winter long!







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See you on Aug. 24!!!




Can you tell the truth with a video camera? This is your year to enter the Film Festival!


  • Documentary, Rock-u-mentary, Mock-u-mentary…give us your version of reality!
  • Five minutes or less
  • Keep it clean!
  • Must be in English, or subtitled in English
  • Copyright music with permission only; original/public domain music recommended
  • Entry deadline: June 15, July 1, 2013  (Details below.)

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This year you have THREE SHOTS to win great prizes:

  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE: As voted by spectators at the Festival in August 2013.

  • CRITICS’ CHOICE: As voted by our panel of experts.

  • CULTURAL DIVERSITY: As voted by the Building Cross Cultural Communities Committee.

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Give us your version of “reality.” With style, and a point of view. Profile someone. Explore something. Discover the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Some examples are here:

Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to “document” reality.–Documentary

At the end of the day, the subject itself is not a movie. You have to–like a good nonfiction book, you can be sure that the civil rights movement a good story, but unless you tell that story well, it’s not a good book. The same thing is true with a documentary. I mean, I think you have to get all ‘the stuff.’ But then you have to put it together in a way that makes it compelling viewing for people who’re going to come to see it. And, hopefully, there’s enough of the author, too, sometimes in indirect ways, that makes the documentary interesting.–Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side), on


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(For People’s Choice and Critics Choice consideration)

Preferred format: Quicktime (.MOV), in the highest resolution you have, up to HD 720P.

Send video file on disc or thumb drive, (not returnable!), labeled with video title, to: 2013 Film Festival

Attention: Kevin Coughlin

c/o 70 Maple Ave.

Morristown, NJ 07960


UPLOAD video file to, then “SHARE” it with

Include your:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Phone contact
  • Title of video
  • Three-sentence synopsis of video
  • Still image from video

(For consideration in the Cultural Diversity category)

Same info as above EXCEPT:

  • Directors in this category must be 18 OR YOUNGER
  • Make sure to indicate your age and grade in school
  • Mark your entry CULTURAL DIVERSITY category

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ABOUT THE CULTURAL DIVERSITY CATEGORY: is delighted to welcome the Building Cross Cultural Communities Committee to this year’s MG Film Fest. The BCCC strives to promote cultural understanding, on behalf of the Morris County Human Relations Commission. Committee members will judge entries submitted to this new category by Morris County students in three age groups: High School, Junior High School and Elementary School. Winning entries will be shown at the Festival, where prizes will be awarded.

Here’s more from the BCCC:

The goal of the Morris County Human Relations Commission is to actively encourage, develop, promote and strengthen respect for human rights and cultural diversity among the residents of Morris County.

There are important social and moral values that help keep societies afloat. With this in mind, the MCHRC Building Cross Cultural Communities Committee and its partner,, have decided to organize a special diversity category of the annual Film Festival to instill some of these values in our youth and to give them a forum and platform in which they can express their understanding and analyses of these values.

The purpose of the contest is to encourage students and teachers to create documentaries about the many forms that prejudice takes in our society. It is our hope that by recognizing differences and exploring their personal experiences, students will begin to understand that compassion and tolerance are essential in our society today.

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Check back on for the Festival date, location, prizes and updates.

Multiple entries, labeled separately, may be submitted for all categories.

If your video is chosen for the Festival, you will be notified via email. Make sure to notify us if your email changes, and add to your safe-sender email list.

The still image from your video should be at least 300 dpi and make viewers want to see the video.

Your synopsis should do the same; we may edit or rewrite it for the Festival program.

Videos will be chosen based on storytelling, artistry, filmmaking techniques, and general audience appeal.

We cannot promise feedback if your film is not accepted. The need for additional editing often is a decisive factor. Profanity, pornography, gratuitous violence, personal attacks or defamatory material also will result in disqualification. Remember, the Festival is a family friendly event.

Likewise, entries that do not broadly fit this year’s Documentary theme will be rejected. (If there are special reasons why your entry should qualify as a Documentary, include them with your entry information.)

We attempt to present an entertaining mix of videos, which may result in worthy entries not making the cut. Don’t despair; we may post honorable mentions to for online viewing.

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By submitting your video to the 2013 Film Festival you…

  • Acknowledge and agree that to the best of your knowledge, you are duly authorized to submit your video to and to grant permissions related to its use and distribution.

  • Grant permission to to use film clips/stills for promotional use. You allow and any third parties at the right to film, videotape and photograph your appearance and voice for any and all marketing and promotion of the Film Festival.

  • Understand you will be added to the mailing list and receive email updates from You can always unsubscribe via the email footer.

  • Grant the non-exclusive right to screen the video at the 2013 Film Festival and to exhibit and distribute the film in its entirety for any promotion or project under the name. This includes presenting videos as part of the online festival component. Exceptions will be granted only by written request.

  • Grant the non-exclusive right to include the video in a branded online video channel on an ongoing basis for purposes of promoting the video and promoting

  • may actively pursue other distribution opportunities for the video. You acknowledge that you may be asked to complete and sign additional distribution agreements. It is always your choice to accept or reject these offers. does not take any copyright or ownership of your video.

  • You agree to all of these rules, terms and conditions, and acknowledge you will not receive any compensation for the use of your video by in accordance with the rules, terms and conditions.

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The Film Festival  is a community celebration of the creative spirit that has become a summer highlight in Greater Morristown. It’s also terrific fun!

Connect with our large, diverse, engaged audience of passionate movie fans, and with our aspiring filmmakers.  Show them you share their commitment and enthusiasm by supporting this growing Festival as a SPONSOR. 

We offer multiple tiers of SPONSORSHIP to prominently feature your brand in Festival promotional materials and at the event.

ADVERTISING in our Festival Program is another great way to tell our audience about your business or product.

Join the MG Film Fest team!  Write to or call 973-944-0530, and we’ll tell you how.

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Stories and videos from recent MG Film Festivals are here:

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Email them to: or call 973-944-0530.

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