2nd Annual Newark International Film Festival

The 3-day festival (Sept 8-10) will showcase the breadth of the film industry including screenings at a number of cultural anchor institutions and outdoor screenings (weather permitting), stunt exhibitions, pitch opportunities and auditions for TV and film, acting, directing, producing and crowd funding workshops, and much more.

The NIFF is the first international film festival hosted in Newark. A main feature of the NIFF will be the Hannibal Goodwin Award for Innovation in Filmmaking in homage to Hannibal Goodwin, the Episcopal priest who invented celluloid film 1887 in Newark, NJ.

The Newark International Film Festival (NIFF) is dedicated to the art of storytelling through film. The 2016 NIFF put filmmakers in front of major players in the film industry and movie lovers from around the world. NIFF’s audience is important, affluent, and eager to celebrate.

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Brute Sanity|NIFF

The Medium|NIFF


Screen =S1 + S2 + S3

Sept 8...


Express Newark  9AM
Lamann Rucker Master Class 

NJIT Theater 5:30PM
Lorenz Tate and tate Brothers: Q&A w/Anita Kopacz

Express Newark 6PM
Rising Stars in Hollywood w/Tracey Baker Simmons

Taste Venue VIP 10PM
AfterParty (Industry Opening Party)

CitiPlex Theater  
Edie Glum (S1)| Blood Brothers (S2) 12-2PM
Group Therapy (S1) 2-4PM
Pathway (S1) | Brute sanity (S2) 6-8PM
The Rhythm in Blue (S1)| Life is Too Short (S2)| The Real Unemployed Comedian (S3) 6-8PM
Opening Night Film (Shaq Theater) 8-10PM

Curated Blocks
Newark Museum3PM: LGBTQ+ Out Loud
Sisak | Being Less | Sisters | Mx. Enigma | MurHerOus 2-4PM

NJIT Theater 
Marbletown | The Best of Two Evils | Angels in Our Hood | Grounded | 15 Years 15 Stories 2-5PM

Express Newark 4-6PM
No Ban No Wall 4:30PM
In the Darkness of Night | Mutual Coffin | Hamra Tawile | The Guy Came on Horseback

Newark Museum
5PM VOCES: Latinx Voices
#WhatPianoDistrict | No Way Home | Coney Island Dreaming | To My Motherland | La Sala | Dare to Dream

Express Newark 
All We Need Is Another Chance 12-1:30PM
The Voiceless 1:30-3PM

Newark Museum
A Way Out 2-3PM
Sramik Awaaz: Workers 3PM

Symphony Hall 
Lavender Diaries | Mecha | Shed the Shame | Harlem Love | Hi, My Name Is | Pas de Deux | S;LENCE | Oblivion | A Woman Scorned  12-2PM
Circles | Rolling in the Deep | Share the Love | Driving Force 2-4PM
Shoplifters | Served | Tragic Consequence | Conversatons Centered | Around Black Bodies | The Bill | Unapologetic Black Girl 4-6PM

Quiet as Kept|NIFF

Rhythm in blue|NIFF


Screen = S1 + S2 + S3

Sept 9...

Newark Shorts

Essex County College
Adaptation: Book to Screen 10AM

744 Broad Street Panasonic Lounge 
All Day Filmmaker Press 11AM-6PM

Rutgers Bradley Theater
Bootcamp with Wendy McKenzie Black Box 12PM
Screenplay Finalists Consultation w/Pam Gibson 2PM

Essex County College
Call to Action: Stunt Panel & Showcase 2PM

Riverfront Park Orange Sticks
Drone Workshop 3PM

Celebrity Pop-Up Concert w/Major opening Jazzmin Mann 3PM 
Essex County College

Music Supervisors Panel: Q&A 4PM
NJIT Theater 

Emerging Entrepreneurs in Film & Social Media Moderator: Chelsea Deline 4PM
Lance Gross 6PM

Taste Venue
Bob Summer: Let's Laugh Comedy Showcase 10PM


CitiPlex Theater
Youth Festival Finalist (S1) 10-12PM
Agent Hollywood (S2)

Russian Room + The Grind (S2) 12-2PM
Silk City Falls (S3) 12-2PM
Supposition (S1) 2-4PM
The Fearless One (S2) 2-4PM
The Yaku and the Undefeated + Tales from Shaolin (S3) 2-4PM
Short Block:
Two Days in Harlem + Mercy + Perceptions + P. O.V. (S1) 4-6PM
Quiet as Kept (S2) 4-6PM

Web Originals Block
(S3) 6-8PM
Looking through the Windows| Anacostia | Black and White: Karma
Boys & Girls | The Medium Touch

Tattoo Life |195 Lewis | New York 2150 | Mahjongg 8-10PM

Orisa in the Ghetto|NIFF


Golden Five| NIFF

Screen = S1 + S2 + S3

Sept 9...

Express Newark



YOUTH Film Industry Workshops 1-3PM
Casting | Getting into the Biz | Fashion
Youth Celebrity Q&A w|NewarkIFF Youth Ambassador Kylen Davis 3-4PM

Youth Red Carpet Party & Concert 4-6PM

Newark Shorts

Newark Museum
Maya Angelou: Reflections of a Blessed Soul 12-2PM

Block 2-4PM

Last Days | Job Interviews | Spot | The Art of Unrequited Love
Citizen| Victor & Isolina | Orisa in the Ghetto | Dear Father

Block 4-6PM
A Mother's Cry | Echoes of Fado | Story Before the Story Began |
PAVLOV | Vacant Heart | Vacation | We Got a Good Thing
90 Days + Letter yo Heaven 6:15-7:15PM


Symphony Hall 10AM
A Whole World for a Little World | A Woman's Reflection | TOAST | When Mother Goes to Work |
#BusStop | Knock Knock | Montreal Cache | Little Elegy | Lutra | Marz

Shorts 12-2PM
A Place for US | Andy's Wolff's Birthday | Before Christmas | Break the Cycle | Choices | Clean

Shorts 2-4PM
Der Narr/The Fool | Dirty Roses | Dragonfly | Extra 1104-The Story of the Rockport Train Wreck | 
Faithful Disappointments | Fighting for Another Chance | Intercept

Shorts 4-6PM
Fault Lines | Fermentation | Final Decision | The Choice | Giraffe | In the Blue


Fearless One|NIFF

Yaku Undefeated|NIFF


Sept 10

744 Broad Street

Film Industry Television Panel
Pam Gibson | Shaunda Lumpkin | Pam Malveaux | Marci Gruber
Moderator: Eric L. Payne

Women Behind the Mic
M. Joyce | G. Niles | L. Blacknor | A. Carter C. Flowers | L. Brookshire
Moderator: Khairah L. Walker

Newark Museum
Awards Ceremony 6-9PM

Music by Lincoln Park 10PM

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we Got a Good Thing (NIFF)

Tatto Life|NIFF