The Atlantic City Cinefest Board of Trustees announces that Joelle Sokolic has succeeded William Sokolic as president of the annual non-profit film festival. A graduate of Richard Stockton University and a Communications major, Joelle has been part of the festival since its inception and most recently, served as vice-president.
"The Atlantic City Cinefest is a family-run operation. It was only right that when William decided to step down, that I take over. This festival means so much to so many people and Atlantic City. I am proud to continue my father's legacy and bring another strong 10 years to this amazing city."
William Sokolic remains chair of the Board of Trustees and will stay active in festival operations.
"Joelle has been an important player with Atlantic City Cinefest from its founding in 2008," William said. "She earned the elevation to president."
Atlantic City Cinefest holds its 11th annual festival Oct. 12 to 14. Submissions are now open on withoutabox.com and filmfreeway.com.
Presented by Downbeach Film Festival, the Cinefest celebrates the art form of independent moviemaking. The Cinefest screens movies at Dante Hall Theater, 14 N. Mississippi Avenue and the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University, 2200 Fairmount Avenue. Both venues are managed by Stockton University. The festival has hosted Kevin Smith, Terry Winter, Robert Downey, Sr., Blanche Baker, Scott Rosenfelt, William Forsythe, Dominique Swain, Scott Schwartz, Al Sapienza and Brian O'Halloran, among others in ten years.
For more information on the festival, visit www.atlanticcitycinefest.org