Director Shari Berman (left) of “Sugar” talks with two actors on set. The movie will be one of many presented in this year’s Atlantic City Cinefest.

ATLANTIC CITY — For all of the South Jersey cinephiles who are looking for the next chance to catch an independent film, an October festival will be right up your alley.

The ninth annual Atlantic City Cinefest will be returning to the resort Friday through Sunday at multiple locations.

The festival, which will show more than 50 feature, short and documentary films, will take place at the resort’s art district at Dante Hall Theater and the Noyes Art Garage of Stockton University on Mississippi Avenue, according to a statement from the event organizers.

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The festival will open with the film “Bad Frank,” which was shot entirely in New Jersey and stars Monmouth County native Kevin Interdonato, former “Clerks” star Brian O’Halloran and Tom Sizemore.

Blanche Baker, who played sister Ginny to Molly Ringwald’s character in “Sixteen Candles,” will host a screening of the John Hughes film Saturday evening at Dante Hall Theater. Earlier in the day, Baker will participate in a panel discussion, and will also be honored with a Lifesaver Award.

Festival President William Sokolic said the festival, though small, is still a vibrant event that attracts many hidden gems from the New Jersey area.

“I’d like to think that the Atlantic City Cinefest has brought a bit of the artistic sensibility the resort strives to highlight among its options,” Sokolic said.

Tickets are $40 for a weekend pass, $25 for a day pass and $5 for a single block of films. Tickets can be purchased at, at the door or through Stockton University.




I’ve written for multiple publications including Levittown Now, Passyunk Post, Philadelphia Neighborhoods,Temple News and JUMP Magazine. I’ve covered arts, entertainment, business, music, sports and local government. Experienced in videography.

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