The inaugural River Town Film Festival & Art Expo in Clinton, New Jersey will showcase independent films that enhance our understanding of community, invite dialogue and encourage relationship. The films may have an abstract conceptual association to community; yet harness the potential to deepen awareness and insight. In addition, festival attendees will enjoy art exhibits from internationally acclaimed artists, local artists from Hunterdon County and the Greater New York City area.

Clinton is a sophisticated small town that embraces strong community spirit. With an ongoing full schedule of events throughout the year, it’s a meeting point between cosmopolitan East Coast culture, home to artists, multi-generational farms and salt of the earth people.

The River Town Film Festival will span three days; with the art expo opening the night of Friday, November 10, and the film program running from Saturday, November 11 through November 12, with screenings of short and feature-length films (narrative and documentary).

In addition to the films in competition, there will be a screening of a project that embodies the heart and soul of the festival’s mission to promote the theme of community, Academy-Award winner Ernest Thompson’s community-made film HEAVENLY ANGLE followed by a Q&A by Mr. Thompson. Other featured non-competition films are the Oscar-nominated documentary A TIME FOR BURNING, with a Q&A with the director, Bill Jersey, about how 50 years after the release of this movie we are still having the same conversation about race relations today; and the world premiere of NO REWIND – HISTORY OF THE BAND, STORY OF THE ALBUM (THE ORCHESTRA Starring ELO FORMER MEMBERS) with a Q&A with band members after.

At the opening night party there will be food, beverage and mingling with the filmmakers. The closing ceremony will be capped off by a rock and roll performance by iconic musicians who are former members of Electric Light Orchestra, ELO Part II, and Styx, and have also performed with Billy Joel, John Lennon, Bonnie Tyler, James Taylor, KISS, Aerosmith, Celine Dion, Meatloaf, Carly Simon, and many more.


Clinton’s sophisticated atmosphere embraces the strong community spirit within a melting pot of consumers, creatives, and locals. Learn more about our screening venues.

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The River Town Film Festival team is comprised of the town of Clinton’s mayor, filmmakers, former Hollywood executives and local entrepreneurs. Learn more about the team.

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After qualifying the film submissions the panel of judges will select filmmakers to award during the closing ceremony. Find out about the hand-crafted awards and celebrity panel.

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The River Town Film Festival and Art Expo would not be possible without the help of our amazing collection of sponsors!

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