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Posted on: April 11, 2017

Passaic County Film Festival - April 22nd at Fabian Theater

TOTOWA – The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the members of the Passaic County Film Commission support film education in our high schools and universities.

For the first time, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, members of the Passaic County Film Commission and the Passaic County Community College Foundation will sponsor a grant to supply film equipment to support film education in our high schools.

Unique Photo of Fairfield, New Jersey will donate film, video or audio equipment valued up to $500 to a high school to be utilized in the production of student films.

Five Passaic County high schools submitted an application for this grant. They requested specific film and sound equipment that will enhance their film education programs and described what the equipment would mean to their students.

As a former educator, I know how important it is that we encourage young adults to advance their knowledge and learn skills outside the classroom,” said Freeholder Director Sandi Lazzara. “For many of these students, the Film Festival is the first step they take to their desired career and achieving their dreams.”

The grant will be awarded at the Passaic County Film Festival on Saturday, April 22 at the Fabian Theater 8 in the upper level at Center City Mall, 301 Main Street, Paterson.

Films were submitted to the festival this year by high school students, university students and independent film makers who live, attend school or work in Passaic County.

Short film entries are up to 10 minutes in length and are in the following categories: general short film; public service announcement; music video and documentary/historic film. The films were judged by members of the Passaic County Film Commission in February.

Awards will be presented at the festival and one Grand Prize for the best film of the festival will also be awarded.  The North Jersey Federal Credit Union will also be awarding a special “Rising Star” award to support film makers in Passaic County.

A selection of short films will be seen on the big screen. Admission to the festival is free and it is open to the public. A free parking voucher for the underground parking garage at Center City Mall will be provided at the film festival, courtesy of Fabian 8 Cinema, Center City Mall and the Paterson Parking Authority.

The Film Festival is sponsored by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders with additional financial support from a grant administered by the Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The North Jersey Federal Credit Union, Bascom Corporation, investorBank, Ross International and the Passaic County Community College Foundation.

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