The 5th Annual Rahway International Film Festival finds a new home this year at the James Ward Mansion in Westfield from Friday, September 22, through Sunday the 24. This year’s event includes seven feature-length films and 36 short films from across the world, to be screened for guests and fellow movie-makers in attendance. Global filmmakers from NJ to Estonia and India will share the screen as their independent films are showcased during the three-day event.
The festival’s Opening Night Gala, which takes place Friday from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm, will have catering, an open bar and a screening of the feature film Life Hack followed by an after-party until the early morning in downtown Westfield. The two latter days of the event offer 11 straight hours of feature-length and short film blocks as well as a filmmaking seminar and a screenplay competition, all beginning at 11:00 am. There’s also a spectacular Closing Night Awards Ceremony following the final short film block on Sunday!
The Rahway International Film Festival prides itself on being a women-led film festival in a male-dominated industry. Its mission is to present “films that promote equality, awareness, and open-mindedness,” and as such, the festival is dedicated to showcasing an equal ratio of films spotlighting female and male filmmakers in a leading role, whether it be director, writer or producer.
The festival team also proudly announced it is now officially a program of Big Dreams & Silver Screens Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in the state of New Jersey. The organization is committed to encouraging the state’s youth, from grades three through 12, to showcase their original films and amaze audiences as well as themselves.
Ticket prices for the 5th Annual Rahway International Film Festival range from $10 to $75 and can be purchased on the festival’s website. Tickets for the event will not be sold at the door and are only available online for a limited time.