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MCVTS student films continue to earn recognition

MCVTS student films continue to earn recognition

Eight films by students in the digital film program on the MCVTS East Brunswick Campus were accepted as official selections at the 2020 All American High School Film Festival, which received more than  2,500 submissions from all 50 states and more than 40 countries. It was the third year in a row that MCVTS student films were selected.

Digital film instructor Louis Libitz said selection is the high school equivalent to getting into the Sundance or Tribeca festivals.

The selections were:

Experimental – “Internally Inflamed” by Nidhi Patel of Old bridge, a 2020 MCVTS graduate who is attending Montclair State University, and Maria Martinez of Carteret, a 2020 graduate who is attending the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Animation – “Humanoid” by Mason Dugasz, a 2020 graduate from Jamesburg who is attending Kutztown University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Comedy – “Door” by Jack Tolnes, a 2020 graduate from Monroe who is attending Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Animation – “Drawings” by Jack Tolnes.

Experimental – “Growing Pains” by Jennifer Ruiz-Gonzalez, a senior from New Brunswick.

Experimental -- “Yume” by Jennifer Ruiz-Gonzalez. 

Horror/Sci-Fi/Fantasy – “Flora” by Aviel Bolesa, a 2020 graduate from Woodbridge.

Horror/Sci-Fi/Fantasy – “Speechless” by Victor Ferrer, a 2020 graduate from Perth Amboy, and Naomi Perez, a 2020 graduate from Carteret.

Also this month, for the second year in a row, a film by MCVTS students was selected for screening at the New Jersey School Boards Association’s Workshop Film Showcase.

The experimental film “Internally Inflamed” by Nidhi Patel and Maria Martinez of Carteret was screened for a potential audience of more than 8,000 attendees at NJSBA’s Virtual Workshop.

The student film showcase was a collaboration of NJSBA, the Garden State Film Festival, Artist Alike Studios, the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission, and Steven Van Zandt’s TeachRock initiative and Roll Forever Foundation.

MCVTS award-winning films can be viewed at