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Festival Information

Hoboken International Film Festival (“HIFF”) is dedicated to showcasing and promoting fine non-studio films, TV pilots, and screenplays from filmmakers throughout the United States and internationally. The best submissions will be rewarded with cash prizes in nearly ten categories. As will be discussed in the next section, HIFF has quickly become one of the top ten best film festivals in the world.
Now in its 13th year, Hoboken International Film Festival (“HIFF”) – called by FOX, Time Warner and other major media “One of the 10 Biggest Film Festivals in the World – is being held May 18 – 24, 2018 at the breathtaking lakeside beach at Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park and other locations in Greenwood Lake, New York. With the Gala Awards Ceremony hosted by Gilbert Gottfried, HIFF will showcase numerous film and TV stars, and the world’s most cutting edge films. HIFF continues to grow – in 2017 HIFF had over 1,500 film submissions from all over the world, and only approximately 10% were accepted (the competition is fierce). Festival attendance has eclipsed 15,000 people in each of the past several years. A star-filled event, HIFF has had several Academy Award and Emmy winners and nominees, and numerous other fan-favorite celebrities at screenings, award ceremonies and special events.

With a celebrity jury comprised of several elite actors, filmmakers and industry leaders, and powerhouse partners that include WCBS FM, Anheuser-Busch, News 12, Coca-Cola, WRWD FM, The New Continental Inn, vitamin water, Orange County, Warwick Valley Dispatch, Greenwood lake Chamber of Commerce, Cove Castle Restaurant, Mid-Hudson News, WTBQ FM, The Helm, O’Connor Davies, WALL Radio, Ferreira-Carpenter Wine Club, Beattie & Krahulik, Josephine Moon Bloomfield, Reilly Design, Orange County Distillery, and many more, HIFF, hosted by Greenwood Lake, NY, is a worldwide renowned film festival.

Green Wood Lake Beach

The 2017 HIFF Lifetime Achievement Award was personally accepted by 4-time Golden Globe/2-time Emmy Winner & Nominee ARMAND ASSANTE (Gotti; Striptease; American Gangster; Private Benjiman; Q & A). The 2018 recipient will shortly be determined and this actor will personally receive the award at HIFF’s Opening Night celebrations on May 18, 2018. Past winners of the HIFF Lifetime Achievement award include Burt Young (Academy Award nominee; Rocky; Back to School; Rocky sequels); Eric Roberts (Academy Award nominee; The Pope of Greenwich Village; The Expendables; The Specialist;) Robert Loggia (Academy Award & Emmy Nominee; Independence Day; Scarface; Jagged Edge; Big); Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas; The Firm; Romeo + Juliet; Nixon); Danny Aiello (Academy Award nominee; Do The Right Thing; Moonstruck; The Professional; 29th Street); Cloris Leachman (Academy Award, 4-Time Golden Globe,19-Time Emmy Winner & Nominee); Michael Biehn (Terminator; Tombstone; The Seventh Sign); Billy Dee Williams (Empire Strikes Back; Return of the Jedi; Batman; Lady Sings the Blues), Carroll Baker (Academy Award Nominee & Golden Globe Winner; How the West Was Won; Baby Doll, Kindergarten Cop); Joyce DeWitt (“Three’s company”; Rock Story; Snapshot); Mike Starr (Dumb & Dumber; The Black Dhalia; Summer of Sam; Ed Wood); Martin Kove (The Karate Kid movies; Rambo; “Cagney & Lacey”) and Charles Durning (2-Time Academy Award, 4-Time Golden Globe, 8-Time Emmy winner & nominee; Tootsie; The Sting; O’ Brother Where Art Thou).

HIFF awards the winning filmmakers with cash prizes in several categories. There are also awards given in several other categories, and there are numerous top distribution companies in attendance of the festival and monitoring the Official Selections.

The Jury

An elite jury of celebrities, industry leaders, and key festival personnel have determined the winners of several prizes awarded by Hoboken International Film Festival. The 2017 jury members are:

  • Kenneth Del Vecchio

    Critically Acclaimed Filmmaker, Bestselling Author, HIFF Chairman

  • Nina Transfeld

    The Life Zone, The Great Fight, HIFF Vice Chairwoman

  • Suzi Lorraine

    Bleeding Hearts; Wrath of the Crows; Price For Freedom

  • Christopher Lind

    HIFF Vice Chairman, Filmmaker

  • Dr. Francine Del Vecchio

    Ivy League Professor, Screenwriter, Producer

  • Martin Kove

    The Karate Kid, Rambo, “Cagney & Lacey”

  • Julie McCullough

    “Growing Pains”; Sharknado; Big Bad Mamma 2

  • Dylan Bank

    Director – Netflix Original Movie Get Me Roger Stone; Scavenger Killers

  • Kenneth Hampton

    HIFF Music Director; Film Score Composer

  • Jeff Quinlan

    Vice Chairman, Executive Producer


  • Sydney Houllihan

    Filmmaker, HIFF Screenplay Competition Director

  • Michael Borao

    Boxing Manager, Entertainment Attorney, Screenwriter

  • Charles Durning Jury Member Emeritus

    2 – Time Academy Award Winner, 4 – Time Golden Globe, 9 – Time Emmy Winner & Nominee


Kenneth Del Vecchio, Founder & Chairman
Christopher S. Lind, Vice Chairman
Jeff Quinlan, Vice Chairman
Lisa Munjack, Marketing & Sponsorship Director
Christie Napurano, Talent Coordinator
Julie McCulough, Festival Ambassador
Sydney Houllihan, Director of Screenplay Competition
Kenneth Hampton, Music Director
Robert Krahulik (Beattie & Krahulik), Legal Counsel
Keith Balla (O’Connor Davies), Accountant
Christopher Reilly, Webmaster
Andrew Gause, Assistant Director
Josephine Moon Bloomfield, Assistant Director
Justin LaMarca, Assistant Director
Chris Devalme, Assistant Director
Nick Turco, Assistant Director
Theresa Teresi, Assistant Director
Francine Del Vecchio, Festival First Lady & Vice Chairwoman


Kenneth Del Vecchio, Chairman

“As usual, Mr. Del Vecchio was larger than life.”
-The New York Times

Kenneth Del Vecchio is a critically acclaimed filmmaker who has written, produced and directed over 30 movies that star 100+ film and TV stars, including multiple Academy Award and Emmy winners and nominees. His films are distributed through industry leaders such as Sony Pictures, NBC/Universal, Anchor Bay, Millennium Entertainment, Cinedigm, Screen Media Films, Vivendi Entertainment, Green Apple Entertainment, and E-1 Entertainment. He has starred in numerous movies, as well. Mr. Del Vecchio is founder and chairman of Hoboken International Film Festival, called by FOX, Time Warner, and other major media “One of the 10 Biggest Film Festivals in the World.” He also is the author of some of the nation’s best-selling legal books, including criminal codebooks published by Pearson Education/Prentice Hall and ALM/New Jersey & New York Law Journals. A best-selling criminal suspense novelist, he penned his first published novel at only 24-years-old. In addition, he is a frequent analyst on Fox News and other major networks, and he is the owner of the Criminal Law Learning Center, where he has taught thousands of police officers and lawyers…And he is a former Judge, who also has tried over 400 cases as a practicing criminal attorney.

Kenneth Del Vecchio’s filmography includes: The Life Zone, Scavenger Killers, An Affirmative Act, Price For Freedom, Rock Story, The Savant, Snapshot, Bleeding Hearts, Cries of the Unborn, Blue Lives Matter, O.B.A.M. Nude, Joker’s Wild, iMurders, Kinky Killers, The Grand Theft, Fake, Hospital Arrest, Renaissance Man, American Brawler, Puppets, Aberrant, Real Gangsters, Three Chris’s, Alone in the Dark 2, The Drum Beats Twice, Pride & Loyalty, The Great Fight, Tinsel Town, Here and There, The Crimson Mask, and Rules For Men. His novels are Pride & Loyalty, Revelation in the Wilderness and The Great Heist (his most recent novel). And his legal books include: Code of Criminal Justice: A Practical Guide to the Penal Statutes (national criminal codebook), New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice: A Practical Guide to the Penal Statutes, New York Code of Criminal Justice: A Practical Guide to the Penal Statutes, and Test Prep Guide to Accompany New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice, with numerous others in the works.

For more detailed information about Kenneth Del Vecchio, including critical reviews and press quotes, please visit www.justiceforallproductions.com & www.hobokeninternationalfilmfestival.com.


The Official HIFF Hotel is the New Continental Inn, located in Greenwood Lake, New York. You can book your rooms by clicking here.

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