West Milford students to screen films at Passaic County film festival

Festival admission, popcorn and T-shirts are all free

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Several West Milford students will be screening their films at this year's 2018 Passaic County Film Festival.

The festival is Saturday, April 21, beginning at 10 a.m., and is sponsored by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Passaic County Film Commission.

Seventy-five films were submitted to the festival this year by students and independent film makers who live, attend school or work in Passaic County.

The festival features film entries 10 minutes in length and are in the categories of general short film; public service announcement; music video, documentary/historic film and tourism. The films were judged by members of the Passaic County Film Commission in February.

This year’s films cover an array of topics, such as one young adult’s journey to raise awareness about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the impact on her family and her community.

A Passaic County Technical Institute student has produced a public service announcement about the process of organ donation through the Sharing Network. A West Milford student submitted a music video film about a couples’ love of New York City through dance and music.

West Milford representsThree West Milford High School students will have their films screened at the festival:

Carly Love: "NY Devotee" (music video)

Peter Sukiel: "Eye of the Bottner" (music video)

Dylan Purdy: "Is One Text Worth a Life?" (public service announcement)

Another entry being screened at the festival is by Gabriel Mazoriegnos, a West Milford resident attending Passaic County Technical Institute. The project is titled "The Lenda of Sao Francisco do Sul."

Several awards will be presented at the festival and one Grand Prize for the best film of the festival will also be awarded.

Plus, a special donation of film equipment will be presented to one Passaic County High School courtesy of Unique Photo and the Passaic County Film Commission.

Free admission (and popcorn)Admission and mall parking is free. Free popcorn and free T-shirts will be available while they last.

Festival-goers can come early and meet the film festival judges.

The 2018 Passaic County Film Festival will be held at the Fabian 8 Cinema in the upper level of Center City Mall, 301 Main Street, Paterson.

The parking garage entrance is on Ward Street. Directions and more information can be found at centercitypaterson.com.

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