Posted by: Drew | March 4, 2009


The historic Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ seeks submissions from NJ and NJ-area filmmakers for Open Screen Night, an “open mike night” for filmmakers.

Premiering in the summer of 2009, Open Screen Night is a forum for filmmakers to screen an excerpt of a work-in-progress for an audience of filmmakers and film lovers, and receive their critical feedback. It is not an interview or an “evening with” program.

On the fourth Monday night of each month, each 90-minute Open Screen Night will feature 6-8 filmmakers. After being introduced by the host, each filmmaker will provide the audience with a brief explanation of the scene they are about to see, and how it fits into the context of the larger work. Following the screening, each filmmaker will have the opportunity to receive critical feedback in a 10-minute audience interaction period moderated by the host. A reception in the Count Basie Theatre’s Patron Lounge will follow each program, providing the filmmakers and interested audience members an opportunity for extended interaction not possible in the framework of the program.

Attendance at Open Screen Nights is open to the public. Tickets are $10 each. Filmmakers will receive four complimentary tickets for the evening their work is screened. Participating in the audience interactions is a key element of Open Screen Night; therefore entrants will be expected to attend the screening of their work. Submissions from filmmakers at all levels are welcome.

Scenes from features, documentaries and short subjects are all welcome. Filmmakers must own the copyright to the work in question, and have cleared all copyrighted material in their film, including but not limited to music, stock footage or other elements that could violate someone else’s copyright.

Please do not submit an entire film, just the scene you propose screening. Submissions should be on a single DVD-R or DVD+R disc, accompanied by: (1) cover letter with name, address, phone and email; (2) a brief resume or bio; and (3) a one-page description of the film and the scene being submitted. Please make sure that your disc plays in a standard DVD player before sending. Mail materials to: Open Screen Night, Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701.

For more information visit or call 732-224-8778, extension 105.

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