It’s a good time to be a fan of the cinema as the New Jersey Film Festival kicks off its spring calendar of showings in January.Hosted by Rutgers University and their cinema studies department, the festival will showcase new international, American independent, experimental, animated, and short films; including fifty premiers.

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Al Nigrin, cinema professor at Rutgers University pointed out the wide scope of premiers during the 2014 festival, including a documentary on 16 year old Malala Yousafzai- the Pakastani girl who was shot by the Taliban for her promotion of education for women.

Nigrin noted on opening night, Friday January 24th, they’ll be premiering a movie titled The Other Side of the Mountain, the first co production between the US and North Korea.

This is the 32nd year the film festival has been taking place, Nigrin said one of the things that makes them unique is instead of only lasting a few days, their festival lasts for five months with only weekend screenings.

He also pointed out, the NJ Film Fest claims to have a different feeling and attitude about it.

“Some film festivals are very chi-chi  in that you have to know someone to get in and get tickets. These are open to the public.”

Nigrin said movie fans come from all around New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York, some filmmakers have come from across the globe to premiere their works at the festival.

“I’ve had film makers come from Japan.”

Over fifteen directors have confirmed their attendance for the festival, all of which will do a Q&A after the screenings.