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Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival is the Jersey Shore’s premier short-film festival. Now entering our seventh year, the Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival aims to promote the art of the short film at the Jersey Shore by creating an organic artistic space where those that enjoy the arts and short films can unite.

Rich Lello and Brian Kopack created the Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival to celebrate the art of film-making, with an emphasis on short films!

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