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Asbury Park Arts Council announces 2023 APin3 film challenge

Contestants must create a 3-minute short, themed film highlighting an aspect of and shot entirely within the city

ASBURY PARK, NJ – By Alissa Deleo — Attention all creators, the Asbury Park Arts Council (APAC) is bringing back its APin3 film challenge in August.

This three-minute video challenge is open to anyone who thrives on the fun of filmmaking within the parameters of a deadline and is ready to shoot their short film in Asbury Park.

All the entries will be reviewed and the top ten will be chosen by a panel of local judges. Finalists will be screened to an audience at Asbury Park’s House of Independents Theater on October 22.

The top three winners, and an audience favorite entry chosen by the assembled audience on premier night will win prizes that can be used in future filmmaking endeavors.

“We had such a great turnout last year at our contest screening. We expect more entries this year, vying for the recognition of their peers and, of course, the prizes,” Mike Sodano, one of the founding members of APAC, said.

Applicants will be required to write, shoot and edit a three-minute short film set in Asbury Park during a three-week period in August, utilizing a specific line of dialogue and incorporating a designated prop and location.

Executive Director of the film challenge, Nancy Sabino remarked, “We believe Asbury Park has a variety of compelling locations, easily making it a layered backdrop and key element in any short subject.”

The APin3 is a storytelling activity for filmmakers to engage with the community in a positive light, and use imagination, teamwork and video technology.

The online submission platform, Film Freeway, will be utilized for the challenge, which is now accepting applicants.

There is a $25 entry fee, but no one should feel that the cost is a barrier as there are discounts and sponsorships available for qualified applicants to help with the entry cost.

The filming timeframe will start on August 7, when filmmaker kits will be sent via email to all applicants, and will end on August 27.

“We’ve reached out to a number of organizations this year and expect to have more participation with the longer, three-week completion timeline,” Carrie Turner, Executive Director of APAC, said, adding, “The concepts showcase the city and to see our streets alive with video artists capturing its magic is wonderful.”

The Asbury Park Arts Council is a 501c3 group formed to advocate for and promote arts and culture initiatives in the city.