9th Annual A.C. Cinefest – OCT 14-16, 2016

The Atlantic City Cinefest invites you to our 9th annual Film Festival!

Northeast Philadelphia-raised Scott L. Schwartz will be one of the key honorees at the 2016 Atlantic City Cinefest. Schwartz played the recurring role of Bruiser in Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13. He also appeared in Fun with Dick and Jane (with Jim Carrey), Starsky and Hutch, Scorpion King, Spider-Man, Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Fire Down Below and a number of television series.

Red Bank’s Peter Dobson will return for the first time in a few years with a short film he directed and starred in, The Demo. He also produced a feature Bad Frank, which stars Tom Sizemore, and a trio of Jersey guys, Brian O’Halloran – last year’s honoree and Kevin Smith go-to guy – Kevin Interdonato and director Tony Germinario. Dobson is known for his roles in Drowning Mona, Forrest Gump, The Frighteners and Last Exit to Brooklyn.

Scott expects to be part of the festival all weekend. In addition to receiving the Lifesaver Award for Achievement in Film, Schwartz will have a feature movie in the festival. He produced, directed, wrote and performed in Changing Hands, which tells the story of a gun, and the path it takes on its journey through different hands.

For the former professional wrestler, coming to Atlantic City is like coming home as he frequented the shore town growing up. He’s also a big guy, menacing enough to secure a lot of bad guy roles. His wrestling experience taught Schwartz how to throw a punch.

The Covington, Louisiana resident spends a lot of time doing charity work to raise both funds and awareness for children’s diseases.



New Jersey Stage is holding online voting for the best film festivals in New Jersey. Please log onto the following site and vote for Atlantic City Cinefest. Vote daily through Sept. 15. Please vote for us. Over and over again. Here is the link: www.newjerseystage.com/awards/awards.php?category=film




Features for $25, Shorts for as low as $10!





              The Atlantic City Cinefest is the beginning of a new adventure!

              Meet filmmakers from all across the U.S.!

              Attend Panels and Discussions with Celebrities!

              And by night experience the Atlantic City Casinos, walk The Boardwalk,  hit the Clubs!

              Best of All!  We’re Awarding a Distribution deal to one Winning Filmmaker!




Looking Back to Last Year’s Highlights!

The schedule for the 2015 A.C. Cinefest has been announced!  View the full schedule here.

Schedule highlights:

Opening Night Film – We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting the New Jersey Premiere of Ben Hickernell’s A RISING TIDE, a new NJ-shot drama focusing on the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The After Party will be held in the Iron Room at the Atlantic City Bottle Company (648 N. Albany Ave). Open to ticket holders of A RISING TIDE and Weekend Pass holders.

HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT – New Jersey Premiere of this new documentary on the historic meetings of two of the greatest cinematic minds in movie history.

Special Presentation: Filmadelphia – NJ-based film writer Irv Slifkin guides attendees through a history of Philly and NJ-shot films, from the well-known to the obscure.

Brian O'HalloranBrian O’Halloran, star of Clerks I, II and, come next year, III, will receive a Creative Achievement Award during ceremonies at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Dante Hall (schedule permitting). A fixture in Kevin Smith films, New York native O’Halloran will also reprise his Mallrats role in Mallbrats, also set for a 2016 release.


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Past guests of the A.C. Cinefest: