Kenneth Gifford, Director of the Newark Office of Film & Television and Jeff Friday of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) announced that the Newark International Film Festival (NIFF), a 3-day festival will launch in September 2016.

“The NIFF mission is to showcase the wonderful work of filmmakers from across the globe as well as to educate and train young minds who may not know how broad the film industry is and the spectrum of opportunities that are available to them. We will focus our energy to bring agents, managers, producers and industry executives looking for clients and content to Newark and to promote Newark as a premier filming destination,” said Gifford.

The 3-day festival 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 in 1887 in Newark, NJ.

The festival will also provide a number of engaging experiences for attendees such as pop-up concerts and a History of Film in Newark film scavenger hunt. A press conference is scheduled for 1pm today at Newark City Hall. All are invited to attend.

NEWARK – New Jersey’s largest city plans to host an international film festival.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka on Tuesday will announce details of the three-day event, which is scheduled to take place in September.

The festival will feature screenings, workshops and the presentation of an award named for a minister who invested celluloid film in Newark in 1887.