Get ready for the 2nd Annual Cranford Film Festival!

Saturday April 30, 2022

at the Cranford Theater

6:00 - 10:00 pm

Lights, Camera, Action! The 2nd Annual Cranford Film Festival is almost here. This year's selection of films includes celebrity cameos from Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle), Kevin Smith (Clerks), Fred Melamed (A Serious Man, Lovesick, Law & Order), Linda Purl (Happy Days, Matlock) and Norm Lewis (Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon- Broadway) and there's something for everyone's taste: comedy, suspense, drama, animation, issue-driven films, and music videos. In addition, we have 8 Cranford-related films, either set in Cranford or directed, produced, or performed by a Cranford resident!

This year, we will have a live screening of the “Best of the Fest “ (including all 8 Cranford-related films) at the Cranford Theater on Saturday April 30th from 6 - 10 pm, as well as the complete festival selection of 45 films available for viewing online from April 23 - May 8. Along with the in-theater screening on April 30th, we'll also be hosting a pre-party at Ciao Amici from 4 - 6 with filmmakers in attendance. There will also be two Q&A sessions with filmmakers at the live in-theater screening.

2nd Annual Cranford Film Festival

A Celebration of the Best in Short Films From Around The World

The Cranford Film Festival (CFF) screens short films (30 seconds to 20 minutes) in the following categories: fiction, documentary, animation, student fiction, and music videos.

The Cranford Friends of the Performing Arts, the Cranford Theater, the Downtown Merchants and CFF Festival Director Lew Goldstein discussed the idea of scheduling the film festival as the capstone to the town's downtown Arts Day. Cranford has been voted the best downtown in New Jersey for the last three years.

Festival Director Lew Goldstein said "We are appreciative of the community support for the 2022 Festival and our collaboration with the Cranford Theater. We will continue to monitor health updates on the COVID-19 virus and variants of the virus in the upcoming days. We are taking all health precautions to assure the indoor experience on April 30 will be safe for festival goers. Given our success last year going virtual, we will also offer the virtual experience this year from April 23-May 8 for festival goers. The best of the fest films and local films will only be shown on the big screen at the Cranford Theater on April 30. We will also have a question and answer session for audience members to ask questions of filmmakers about their films."

Following up last year's successful inaugural film festival, CFF has earmarked funds from ticket sales, donations and sponsorships to once again go toward the non-profit organization Cranford Schools Friends of the Performing Arts (Cranford FOPA). 2022 FOPA festival coordinators Chris Hoffman, Pam Brewster and Stephanie Levine and Cranford Theater President Doreen Sayegh are looking forward to working with all groups and individuals to make the 2022 Festival a continued success. Please show your support for the festival and its mission by buying tickets starting February 14 (see Buy Tickets button at bottom of page). For those wishing to sponsor or donate (see sponsorship levels/donate now! at bottom of page).

This film festival gives an opportunity for new and current filmmakers to have their short films screened. All genres and styles of films will be considered. A Best of Festival Award and laurel will be given in each of the five categories.

(For more information on submission, deadline dates and awards, please visit


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