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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 14th 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 17-23, 2019 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 2018 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, The New Continental Inn, Stella Artois, Times Herald-Record, Orange County, Backstage, Warwick Valley Dispatch, Greenwood Lake Chamber of Commerce, Cove Castle Restaurant, Empire State News, WTBQ FM, O’Connor Davies, Mid-Hudson News, Greenwood Lake Bagels, Alkaline Water King, Juli-Anne’s Kitchen, Green Point Juicery, Greenwood Lake Roasters, Jean-Claude Pastries, Tracey Diamond Designs, Beattie & Krahulik, Josephine Moon Bloomfield, Reilly Design, Ferreira-Carpenter Wine, and many more, HIFF, hosted by Greenwood Lake, NY, is a worldwide renowned film festival.
Green Wood Lake Beach

  • The 2018 HIFF Lifetime Achievement Award in Acting will be personally accepted by Academy Award, Emmy & Golden Globe Winner LOUIS GOSSETT JR (An Officer and a Gentleman; Diggstown; Iron Eagle; “Roots”) at HIFF’s Opening Night Celebrations on May 18. 
  • The 2018 HIFF Excellence in Acting Award will be personally accepted by Grammy Winner TIA CARRERE (True Lies; Wayne’s World; Lilo & Stitch) at HIFF’s Gala Awards Ceremony on May 24.
  • The 2018 HIFF Lifetime Achievement Award in Writing will be personally accepted by legendary screenwriter KAREN McCULLAH (Legally Blonde; Ella Enchanted; 10 Things I hate About You; The House Bunny) at HIFF’s Gala Awards Ceremony on May 24.

Past winners of the HIFF Lifetime Achievement Award in Acting 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; Scarface; Independence Day; Jagged Edge; Big); Cloris Leachman (Academy Award, 4-Time Golden Globe,19-Time Emmy Winner & Nominee); Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas; The Firm; Romeo + Juliet; Nixon); Danny Aiello (Academy Award Nominee; Moonstruck; Do the Right Thing; The Professional ; 29th Street); Armand Assante (4-time Golden Globe/2-time Emmy Winner & Nominee; “Gotti”; American Gangster; Private Benjamin); Billy Dee Williams (Empire Strikes BackReturn of the JediBatman; Lady Sings the Blues; Emmy nominee), Carroll Baker (Academy Award Nominee & Golden Globe Winner; How the West Was Won; Baby Doll, Kindergarten Cop); and Charles Durning (2-Time Academy Award, 4-Time Golden Globe, 8-Time Emmy winner & nominee; Tootsie; The Sting; O’ Brother Where Art Thou).
Past winners of the HIFF Excellence in Acting Award include: Michael Biehn (Terminator; Tombstone; The Seventh Sign); Joyce DeWitt (“Three’s Company”; Rock Storyy; Snapshot); Mike Starr (Dumb & Dumber; The Black Dhalia; Summer of Sam; Ed Wood); and Martin Kove (Karate Kid movies; Rambo; “Cagney & Lacey”)

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, Scavenger Killers, HIFF Vice Chair

  • Suzi Lorraine

    Bleeding Hearts; Wrath of the Crows; Price For Freedom

  • Julie McCullough

    “Growing Pains”; Sharknado; Big Bad Mamma 2

  • Dr. Francine Del Vecchio

    Ivy League Professor, Screenwriter, Producer

  • Martin Kove

    The Karate Kid, Rambo, “Cagney & Lacey”

  • Dylan Bank

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

  • Kenneth Hampton

    HIFF Music Director; Film Score Composer

  • Jeff Quinlan

    HIFF Vice Chairman, Executive Producer


  • Sydney Houllihan

    Filmmaker, HIFF Screenplay Competition Director

  • Michael Borao

    Boxing Manager, Entertainment Attorney, Screenwriter

  • Julie Kimmel

    Filmmaker, HIFF Vice Chair

  • Christie Napurano

    Author, HIFF Talent Coordinator

  • Charles Durning Jury Member Emeritus

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


Kenneth Del Vecchio, Founder & Chairman
Julie Kimmel, Vice Chair
Chris Devalme, Vice Chair
Jeff Quinlan, Vice Chair
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
Nick Turco, Assistant Director
Theresa Teresi, Assistant Director
Frank Zarrillo, 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.


Pat Bianco
Salvatore Bianco
Matthew Caminiti
Frank Carr
Thomas Logan Crown
Francine Del Vecchio
Kenneth Del Vecchio
George Fear
Sydney Houllihan
Karen Iacobbo
Michael Iacobbo
Julie Kimmel
Danielle Lopez
Eileen Mahoney
Daniel Mihailescu
Sherri Ruggieri
Victoria Stevens
Theresa Teresi
Hope Wannermeyer
Dan Zarrillo
Frank Zarrillo
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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