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Hoboken International Film Festival

1332 Clinton Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Hoboken International Film Festival



Hoboken International Film Festival ("HIFF") is dedicated to showcasing and promoting fine non-studio films, TV pilots, and screenplays from filmmakers throughout the United States and internationally. The best submissions will be rewarded with cash prizes in nearly ten categories. As will be discussed in the next section, HIFF has quickly become one of the top ten best film festivals in the world.


With a celebrity jury comprised of Academy Award and Emmy winners, and powerhouse partners this past year that include CBS, Anheuser-Busch and Stella Artois, TD Banknorth, 101.9 RXP, The DoubleTree Hotel, The Jersey Journal, The Melting Pot, Glaceau SmartWater, and hosted by Mayor David Roberts and the City of Hoboken, HIFF is a worldwide renowned film festival. Showcasing the edgiest domestic and international movies and their filmmakers, HIFF will kick off on May 29, 2009 with its opening night films--that will be viewed by nearly 1,000 fans and industry personnel at Pier A Park, located directly on the Hudson River and overlooking the majestic New York City skyline.

At this past year's Gala Awards Ceremony, noted as one of the best in the country for its Oscar-like class and fanfare, Billy Dee Williams personally accepted the HIFF Lifetime Achievement Award. The 2007 HIFF Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Charles Durning (2-time Academy Award/8-time Golden Globe/12-time Emmy winner and nominee). The 2006 recipient was Frank Vincent. The 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award winner is a major star TBA.

In addition to nonstop screenings during the week of the festival, HIFF offers a slate of panel discussions held by top industry leaders. The 2007 group included an Academy Award winning producer, CBS news anchors, MTV casting director, CBS soap opera star, a studio executive and a star talent manager.

HIFF also offers unique, star-studded special events. Some past special events include: the "Keg Party Blowout & Screening" sponsored by Sheraton Suites on the Hudson, Harbor Bar and Brasserie, and Stella Artois--featuring the movie "Beer League" and a party with the movie's filmmakers and stars including Artie Lange (The Howard Stern Show); a series of films from Academy Award nominated actor Danny Aiello, with a special Q&A held by Aiello and the filmmakers of his new film "The Shoemaker," as well as a live concert by Aiello and his band; a series of Charles Durning films and special screenings and parties with Durning.

HIFF awards the winning filmmakers with cash prizes in the following categories: Best Feature Film; Best Director (Feature Film); Best Screenplay (Feature Film); Best Actor (Feature Film); Best Actress (Feature Film); Best Short Film; Best Documentary; Best TV Pilot; Best Unproduced Screenplay. There are also awards given in several other categories. In addition, there is a Grand Prize (for Best Narrative Feature Film) of a distribution deal offer (2009 company TBA).

All festival venues are located in the heart of New Jersey's artistic capital, with gorgeous, waterfront scenic views of the New York City skyline.


The 2008 jury included:
Eileen Fulton (2004 Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner; 45-year star of CBS’S As the World Turns)
Richard Barclay (Academy Award and Emmy Winning Producer)
Kenneth Del Vecchio (Critically Acclaimed Filmmaker; Best-Selling Author; Criminal Attorney; Festival Chairman)
Justin Deas (6-time Emmy winning actor)
Sonia Satra (Star from CBSs’ Guiding Light and and ABC’s One Life to Live)
Michael Petolino (MTV & Spike TV Casting Director)
Anthony Falco (Established Film Producer, Police Captain, Festival Commisioner)
Michael Borao (Entertainment and boxing attorney for several boxers ranked in the top 15 in the world)
Francine Del Vecchio (Ivy league professor, screenwriter and producer of critically acclaimed films)
Jeff Quinlan (Film Executive Producer, Festival Vice Chairman)
Brooke Lewis (Star of Universal's Vivendi Visual Entertainment's Kinky Killers)


The HIFF will select films, and award cash prizes, in numerous categories. Cash prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Best Feature Film - $1000.00; Best Director (Feature Film) - $500.00; Best Screenplay (Feature Film) - $500.00; Best Actor (Feature Film) - $500.00; Best Actress (Feature Film) - $500.00; Best Short Film; Best Documentary- $500.00; Best TV Pilot- $250.00; Best Unproduced Screenplay- $500.00.


Kenneth Del Vecchio (Chairman & Founder)
Jeff Quinlan (Vice Chairman)
Lauren Bull (Vice Chairwoman)
Jerry Juzdan (Vice Chairman)
Anthony Falco (Hoboken Film Liaisson)
Andy Levy (Director of Sponsorships)
Barabara Maggio (Assistant Director)
Daniel Frier (Legal)
Francine Del Vecchio (Assistant Director)
James Maggio, Sr (Assistant Director)
Melody Muhi (Assistant Director)


HIFF competition categories are open to United States and international entries. Feature films, short films, documentaries and TV pilots must be submitted on DVD for preview--NTSC only. Foreign language entries must have English language subtitles. Screenplays in the "Unproduced Screenplay" category must be submitted in English. Entries (excluding screenplays submitted in the "Unproduced Screenplay" category) must have been completed after January 1, 2005. Applicants may submit multiple entries.

Include contact information, with both an email address and phone number if possible, on all DVD, and screenplay submissions. For DVD submissions, please submit in sturdy containers and/or bubble wrap to avoid damage.

Payments can be made through Withoutabox by credit card, or by check or money order. Checks and money orders should be made payable to "Hoboken International Film Festival" or "HIFF". Checks and money orders should be sent to: Hoboken International Film Festival, 96 Adams Street, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030. Submission fees are non-refundable.

Earlybird Deadline is November 15, 2008; Regular Deadline is February 1, 2009; Late Deadline is April 1, 2009, and WAB Extended Late Deadline is April 20, 2009. Notification of film selections will be made by May 1, 2009. All responses will be made by email.

Cash prizes are conditioned upon winners personal presence and acceptance at the festival's Gala Awards Ceremony. The winner of Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Feature, Best Short Film, Best TV Pilot and the Audience Award Best of the Festival, must be personally accepted by the projects' producer, director or executive producer in order to be eligible for the cash prizes. In order to receive any cash prize, the winner's film must have been submitted with the appropriate submission fee; films submitted without their respective submission fees are not eligible for cash prizes, though they may win HIFF award(s) and are entitled to the trophies if they do win any HIFF award(s).

In the event that HIFF pays for airfare and/or hotel accommodations for any filmmakers and/or any individuals whatsoever, those said filmmakers/individuals shall forfeit the right to receive any cash prize(s) in a monetary value up to an amount equal to HIFF's payment of his/her airfare and/or hotel accommodations.


Payments can be made through Withoutabox by credit card (see "Submit Films & Screenplays" page), or by check or money order. Checks and money orders should be made payable to "Hoboken International Film Festival" or "HIFF" and sent to 96 Adams Sreet, Hoboken, NJ 07030. Submission fees are non-refundable.


Earlybird Deadline is November 15, 2008; Regular Deadline is February 1, 2009; Late Deadline is April 1, 2009, and WAB Extended Late Deadline is April 20, 2009. Notification of film selections will be made by May 1, 2009. All responses will be made by email. Please see specific categories on "Submit Films & Screenplays" page for more information.