Mission Statement



Festival Directors C.J. Cullen, Brian Kopack and Rich Lello with award winning director Maurice Paramore.

We are Rich Lello, Hiram Ortiz, and Brian Kopack; three Jersey boys who enjoy the many local, cultural experiences of the Jersey Shore.  After Hurricane Sandy in 2011, the shore was hit very hard and many people came together to help rebuild the shore.

We all work in the entertainment industry in some form and we all love the art of film making.  We decided to create a fun, and positive festival that celebrates Asbury Park, the Jersey Shore and also celebrates those who are trying to break into the film industry.

Cullen and Kopack with 2016 Festival Hosts, stars of AMC’s Comic Book Men and podcasters, Ming Chen and Mike Zapcic.

The Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival is an intimate short film festival in the amazing area of Asbury Park, New Jersey.  In 2023, we feel lucky and blessed to be celebrating our TENTH anniversary!





Cullen, Kopack, and Lello with 2015 Festival Host, actor from Clerks Brian O’Halloran.