Ocean County Library set to host student film fest

Ocean County Library will hold its first Student Film Festival at 6 p.m. March 30 at the Toms River branch, 101 Washington St., Toms River.

The Student Film Festival is the result of a collaborative effort between student filmmakers, Ocean County schools, Ocean County Library, Ocean County College and the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

Approximately 70 entries were submitted to the festival, including music videos, documentaries, short features, animation, commercials and news segments. Not only did the submissions come from filmmakers in the Ocean County area, but some came from as far away as New York, California and even Ireland.

A panel of experts from the Ocean County Library, the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission and local film and television professionals selected 20 films to be shown at the festival. All films shown will have an introduction from the filmmaker. Following the end of each film, there will be a brief question-and-answer period.

After the screenings, there will also be time for local filmmakers to network and discuss their projects with each other.

Filmmakers whose works are screened will receive a commemorative T-shirt courtesy of Toms River Daybreak Kiwanis Club and the Kiwanis Club of Jackson. Additional shirts will be available for the public to purchase.

The film screenings are free and open to the public. Call (732) 349-6200, ext. 5201 to register.

Films selected to be screened include: Matt Tholen, “Jesus of Suburbia,” Nadia Burgess, “Different Branches, Same Tree,” Eric Burtis, “Bad Toss,” Ricky Cook, “Fluke,” Kim Pezza and Kyle Canney, “The Text Slinger,” Ryan Fitzpatrick, “TV 21 News,” Aubrey V. Hickey, “Living Past” and “A Day in the Life.”

And, George Lampard, “Performing Arts” and “Feed the Needy,” Sean Mon-guso, “Love Loss,” Jason Napolitano, “Differences,” Joseph Negra, “All Amer-ican Family: The Red, Black-n-Blue,” Megan Osborne and Sam Savona, “Thriller,” Rob Price, “Cell Phone Video,” Courtney Schmidt, “I Woke Up on the Wrong Side of the Bed,” Frank Zarillo, “The Felipe Felix Fernandez Story,” Ryan Eckert, “Chasing Cars.”

Also, Lindsay Manchester, “400,000 Marks,” William Bigos, “Breakfast Gang,” Megan Osborne, “Behind the Lens-The Making of Thriller,” Taylor Leach, “A Kid’s Journey Through Grief,” Mark Noonan, “Pepper and Salt,” Jen Meagher-EVC, “Alienated,” and Harri-son Rego, “Son Sketched Collection-Dedication.”