8th Annual

Atlantic City Cinefest

October 16, 2015 to October 18, 2015

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ventnor NJ 08406
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Feature Film: all genres: adventure, romance, thriller, horror, crime, etc...
This can be on any theme or subject, longer than 60 minutes
Short Film (60 minutes or less): all genres: adventure, romance, thriller, horror, crime, etc...
This can be on any theme or subject, shorter than 60 minutes
Feature Screenplay, 80-130 pages, general subject
A feature of any genre.
Short Screenplay, 10-45 pages, general subject
Self-explanatory. Any topic, any genre
One Minute Film Festival
Judges will select up to 25 films to show during a one hour time slot during the film festival. Each filmmaker will get to hold a Q & A
Fan Film: features, shorts, or episodes
Fan Film celebrating all the work of the fans whether is be Features, Shorts, or Webisodes.
Comedies, Satires, & Dramadies: features, shorts, or episodes
Year after year, the Atlantic City Cinefests has had a tradition of comedies and satires. Whether it's anything from dramedy to dark satyr we want to join the laughs.
Dramatic Productions: features, shorts, or episodes
Atlantic City Cinefest is seeking dramatic pieces that get at the real/human emotions that drive us and drive all great stories.
African-American Productions: features, shorts, or episodes
Celebrating African-American productions, whether they be directed by, written by, or starring an African-American talent.
Whether you have a feature or short documentary the Atlantic City CInefest is seeking works like yours.
Movies for Seniors
This special category is features content highlighting issues of import to those 50 and over, whether a narrative of any length or a documentary


The Mission of Atlantic City Cinefest is to present a cultural event for residents of and visitors to the communities of Margate, Ventnor and Longport, Atlantic City, Ocean City and beyond.

The festival, operated by Downbeach Film Festival, promotes new films, both of a general theme and a specific theme chosen each year. The event will also create a forum to exhibit such new films, and honor the art form of moviemaking in panel discussions, honoring filmmakers, screenwriters and actors.


The festival seeks a mix of features, shorts and documentaries. The festival also includes a screenplay component also with features and shorts.

In our first year, we honored Kevin Smith with our Lifesaver Award for lifetime achievement and William Forsythe with the Chameleon Award for character acting. In 2009, we gave the awards to Martin Kove and Louis Mandylor, respectively. In 2010, we honored Chris Mulkey, who has a recurring role in Boardwalk Empire.

in 2011, we honored Scott Rosenfelt, producer of "Home Alone," "Mystic Pizza," "Teen Wolf" and "Smoke Signals," and directed "Standing Silent," a powerful documentary we screened.

In 2012 we used multiple venues for the first time, screening films at Dante Hall, Carnegie Center, Showboat and the Golden Nugget. We honored Terence Winter, creator and head writer for "Boardwalk Empire" and New Jersey native, character actor, Peter Dobson. We also featured Robert Downey Sr., who attracted a sellout crowd for his satire, "Putney Swope." Winter screened a future episode of "Boardwalk Empire."

2013 brought more terrific films and the beautiful Dominique Swain as our honored guest. This year we hope to bring more surprises.

In our first five years, we screened some terrific films, including "iMurder," "Ice Grill USA," shot in Atlantic City by area natives, "Green," a film made by friends from Cherry Hill, and an eclectic mix of shorts, docs and features, such as "Rainbow Rabbit Reliant," "Stained," "Gerrymandering," "No Footing," "A Fight for Survival," "Murphy Goes... Babysitting," "The Desperate," "Taking a Shot at Love," "Deconstructing Dad," "Moment of Truth," :Fallen Heroes," "The Fifth Door," "Johnny's Gone," "Bidentity Crisis," :White Mule," "Sharp Love, Sharp Kittens," "Kvetch," "Death Taxes and Apple Juice," "Pandora's Box" and "The Meat Puppet," among others.

In 2014, we honored Tom Malloy, director, actor, producer. Tom screened his drama, "Ashley." We also ran our first block of films devoted to LGBT subject matter. This year we will specialize in films dealing with themes of interest to senior populations, in addition to general content.


william sokolic (President)


See specific rules under each category


Submission fees are not refundable
Paper scripts must be bound with brads and registered with the WGA
Scripts will not be returned without a self-addressed envelope
Film submissions must include two DVDs.
If selected, filmmakers must provide a logline and brief synopsis
We do not accept submissions without fees.