Bidding War Among Cities, U.S. Senator Urging Lands Top 10 Film Festival In Middletown, NY

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Hoboken International Film Festival Begins May 31 on Other Side of Hudson With Star-Studded Opening Night and many "Talked About” Flicks. FOX & MY9 have called HIFF “One of the World’s Top 10 Film Festivals”.

"We have a rich history of screening movies that make people think and talk," said HIFF Chairman Kenneth Del Vecchio.

“One of the World’s Top 10 Film Festivals” - FOX & MY

Hoboken International Film Festival ("HIFF") - with all its Academy Award and Emmy winner and nominee attendees and cutting edge movies - kicks off May 31st, but not in New Jersey. The Garden State lost its largest film festival to the Hudson Valley of New York. HIFF's new home is the historic Paramount Theater - a 1,100 seat, renovated 1930 breathtaking landmark - in Middletown.

This year's festival boasts over 140 movies, culled from over 1,500 submissions, and promises to deliver numerous talked about, cutting edge films. Case in point: the Opening Night Feature Film, Scavenger Killers, an insane serial killer/horror film about a charming judge and gorgeous criminal defense attorney who go on a murdering rampage, starring three Oscar nominees - Eric Roberts, Charles Durning, and Robert Loggia. Or Gary Null's liberty-minded War on Health, FDA's Cult of Tyranny, a documentary which tackles the abuses of the federal government and the pharmaceutical/corporate food giants against the smaller manufacturers of important supplements, foods and herbs. Then there's How Sweet It Is, the mob musical starring Paul Sorvino, Michael Pare, Erica Christensen, and Joe Piscopo. And people will really be talking, and perhaps very offended, after they watch National Lampoon's newest anti-PC flick, Another Dirty Movie, which is having its worldwide premiere at HIFF on June 1. Another Dirty Movie, starring Jonathan Silverman, Robert Klein, and Dann Florek and a bevy of Playmate-type women delivers one insulting joke after another - it definitely doesn't hold back.

"We have a rich history of screening movies that make people think and talk," said HIFF Chairman Kenneth Del Vecchio, who is also a critically acclaimed filmmaker who has written/directed/produced over 20 star-filled movies, a best-selling author (novels and legal books), and a former judge who recently signed a deal for a network judge show to rival “Judge Judy.” "We want our audiences to be the first to see many of these movies that other festivals don't have the courage to show. We want to entertain. We want to develop and promulgate ideas. And we want to be a hot bed for the perpetuation of the First Amendment. I accept movies that I ideologically agree with - and I also accept movies that I totally disagree with. It's free speech, intellectual discourse, fun and excitement that we offer at Hoboken International Film Festival. If you're interested in that, come on down to the Paramount. If not, stay home and drink warm milk."

After months of being courted by several New Jersey and New York municipalities, HIFF chose Middletown. A turning point in the deliberations came when Del Vecchio received a letter from U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, urging him to move the festival to the Paramount; Del Vecchio decided to do so. In February, the pair held a press conference with Middletown Mayor Joe DeStefano and then the preparations began for "Hoboken New York-style."

At the press conference, Senator Schumer stated, “This is truly exciting…This film festival means lights, camera, action for Middletown…The Hoboken festival has grown to become one of the most widely attended in the world… I can’t wait to hear and read about and witness what a great success this is going to turn out to be…I want to thank Chairman Del Vecchio. He is a man, you can see in the movies he’s involved with and the friends he has, and in his choosing Middletown, he has a great mind, and he also has a big heart. It took someone special to come to this theater and see the benefit that it could bring to both the festival and to the theater. It’s what scientists would call a great symbiotic relationship.”

And Middletown Mayor Joe DeStefano said, “Ken Del Vecchio came to Middletown to make a movie and fell in love with our beautiful Paramount Theatre and our City. We are very excited to see the overwhelming community support for The Hoboken Film Festival.” DeStefano, a multiple term mayor of Middletown who has over 30 years of experience in municipal government added, “The Paramount Theatre has been an economic engine for our city and the film industry is playing a large role in bringing business to communities. I applaud Mr. Del Vecchio for choosing Middletown and look forward to a successful festival for years to come!”

Now in its eighth year, the 2013 Hoboken International Film Festival is being held May 31 to June 6, 2013 at the breathtaking Paramount Theater in Middletown, 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. 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 and sponsors that include ShopRite, The New York Post, WCBS FM, News 12, The Comfort Inn, Anheuser-Busch, Mediacom, RealBeanz, Orange County, Breakdown Services, Mid-Hudson News, Middletown Press & Promotions, Healey Brothers, Charity Kases Cosmetics, the Paramount Theater, and many more, HIFF, hosted by Middletown, NY, is a worldwide renowned film festival.

Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts (The Pope of Greenwich Village; The Expendables; The Specialist; Star 80) will personally accept the 2013 HIFF Lifetime Achievement Award at the HIFF Gala Awards Ceremeony on June 6, 2013. 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…And then there is the very special New York Post Feature Film Trailer Competition held on

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