Like so many other events in Teaneck, the idea of a film festival emerged in Spring 2005 out of discussions among ordinary citizens. With the support of the nonprofit organization Puffin Foundation, a small group of dedicated volunteers set out to create an event that would present a collection of compelling and imaginative feature-length films, documentaries and shorts -- from a variety of cultures; foster cross-cultural connections; honor talented young Bergen County filmmakers; and encourage filmgoers to rediscover Teaneck's appeal as a shopping and dining destination.
The first film festival was held in November of 2006 at the Cedar Lane Cinemas and DanceArt Creative Center on Cedar Lane as well as at the Puffin Cultural Forum in Teaneck, N.J. It drew more than 1,200 filmgoers over the course of the weekend.
Presently, the film festival draws over 3,000 filmgoers each year and has expanded its venues throughout the Teaneck area. The film festival has developed a niche in the film festival circuit by establishing Activism/Making Change as a permanent theme.
The film festival is fortunate to have garnered support and sponsorship from a number of civic and business organizations in addition to the Puffin Foundation. A current list can be seen by going to Sponsors.
For more about previous seasons see the TIFF Events Gallery.
|Gladys Miller Rosenstein||Executive Director, Puffin Foundation, Ltd.|
|Perry Rosenstein||President, Puffin Foundation, Ltd.|
|Judy Distler||Co-Founder of TIFF|
|Ellen Rand||Former Executive Director of TIFF|
|Jacqueline B. Kates||Former Teaneck Mayor|
|Larry Bauer||President, Teaneck Chamber of Commerce|
|Yvonne Witter||President, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Bergen/Passaic Chapter|
|Deborah Witcher Jackson||Past President, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Bergen/Passaic Chapter|
|Robin R. Cooper & Dedra N. Tate||Arts Facets Chair & Arts Facet Member, Bergen County Chapter of The Links, Inc.|
|Jeannette Curtis-Rideau||Role Model Chair, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Bergen/Passaic Chapter|
|Sandi Klein||Veteran Radio Newscaster and Host of Conversations with Creative Women|
|Edward Pierce||Temple Emeth|
|Sonia C. Tracey||Arts & Culture Chair, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Bergen/Passaic Chapter|
||CEO, YWCA of Bergen County
|Jeremy Lentz||Executive Director|
|Judy Distler & Eva Tobias||Marketing & Development|
|Stephanie McCaw||Treasurer & Executive Assistant|
|Lee Long||Volunteer Coordinator|
|Lee Long & Addie Wijnen||Gala Coordinators|
|Ellen Rand & Evelyn Wolff||Grant Writers|
|Carolyn Komerska||Program Designer|
|Joan & Paul Sher||West Coast Film Scouts|
|Ray Turkin & Barbara Balkin||Photographers|
|Theodora Lacey||Youth Outreach & Community Relations Advisor|
|Jason Guzman & Michele Clear||Social Media|
|Karen Yucht||Program Coordinator|
|Lon Garelick||Videographer & Film Editor|
|Sabrina Clay||Talent and Development|