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Newark International Film Festival

The five-day Newark International Film Festival (NIFF) from September 4 through 8 showcases the innovation and breadth of the film industry. It maximizes exposure for films, screenplays or series by drawing film and entertainment leaders from both New York City and Los Angeles.

         Events include screenings at a number of cultural anchor institutions and outdoor screenings, stunt exhibitions, pitch opportunities and auditions for TV and film. Celebrity panels include acting, directing, producing, crowdfunding workshops and much more.

         The festival provides engaging experiences for attendees such as pop-up concerts from hip hop to jazz, house to gospel and more, as well as a televised awards and entertainment showcase and a film scavenger hunt.

         A main feature of the NIFF is the Hannibal Goodwin Award for Innovation in Filmmaking in homage to Hannibal Goodwin, the Episcopal priest who invented celluloid film 1887 in Newark.

Admission is free for students, others $10 to $150, depending on access. Location: 744 Broad St., Newark. For more information, visit

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