SOMA Film Festival

SOMA Film Festival will screen an unprecedented 3 Oscar nominees at this years event that will take place from March 16-18 at The Woodland, Maplewood Theater, and Bow Tie Cinemas in South Orange.
The first nominee is Garden Party, which is about a female frog who catches the attention of a curious male toad in a stately villa whose owner seems to have been gone for a very long time. The second nominee is Negative Space and is about a young man who speaks of his father and the lesson of proper packing he was taught. Both are nominated in the “Best Short Film (Animated)” category and festival goers can decide for themselves who deserves Oscar gold.
The third nominee is the hysterical The Eleven O’Clock which is about a delusional patient of a psychiatrist who believes he is actually the doctor. As they each attempt to treat each other the session spirals out of control. This film is nominated in the “Best Short Film (Live Action).”
“We’ve made a concerted effort to step up our game this year and having 3 academy-award nominees is a clear indication we’ve succeeded” stated festival programmer Linda Beck of South Orange.
The three shorts will play across three programs with other great shorts and features, The Eleven O’Clock will run during the “Opening Night Program” on Friday, 3/16 at 8:00 PM, Garden Party at the “Afternoon Delight II Program” on Saturday, 3/17 at 4:45 PM, and finally, Negative Space at the “Award Winning Shorts Program” on Sunday, 3/18 at 7:00 PM.
To view this years’ schedule and purchase tickets go to

The festival will begin with an opening night soirée and screening, end with a closing night award ceremony and over 100 great films (long and short) in between.

Screenplay Competition
Once again this year, we will hold a short screenplay competition with a $1000 prize. Three finalists will be selected and the winner will be announced before the Saturday night feature.

Special Programs
Our much-loved Kids, Youth Filmmaker, and our Locals Only Program will be back again this year.

Filmmaker Passes
Filmmakers who submit and are accepted will receive five VIP Passes for all the films, the party, guest speakers, and panels. Also, filmmakers in attendance will meet one-on-one with a noted expert in film distribution to discuss their work and the options that exist.

Awards & Prizes
Winners will be announced for the categories below at the festival’s closing ceremony:

    • – Best Short Documentary/Narrative
    • – Best Feature Length Documentary/Narrative
    • – Best Short Director Documentary/Narrative
    • – Best Feature Length Director Documentary/Narrative
    • – Best Screenplay / Narrative Feature

Notable past speakers and participants:
Fredric Lehne- Director, Shy Guys, appeared as an actor in over 100 films and TV shows.
Steven Kampmann- Director/Writer/Actor – directed Stealing Home w/ Jodie Foster, wrote Back to School with Rodney Dangerfield, and was a series regular as an actor on Newhart.
Stephen Whitty- Famed critic and journalist for Newark Star Ledger, book author
Danielle Ferland- Tony award winner, actress in Jessica Jones on Netflix

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