DISMISSAL TIME to Screen at Hamilton Arts Festival Short Film Series June 19

Before we make our Boston debut next month, our award-winning short film Dismissal Time will proudly be screening as one of 6 titles at the Hamilton Arts Festival Short Film Series! This live event will take place on Monday June 19th at 6 pm EST at the Fabian 8 Cinema located at:

301 Main Street

Paterson, NJ 07504

Tickets to the event can be purchased in person at the Fabian or in advance at Eventbrite:


DISMISSAL TIME Wins “Best NJ Short” at Hang on to Your Shorts Film Festival

Another huge honor for our special story Dismissal Time, now WINNER for “Best New Jersey Short” at the 10th annual Hang on to Your Shorts Film Festival! I want to personally thank Hiram, Brian, and Rich for this award and more importantly getting our film seen in front of an audience. There’s no better feeling than to see the profound effect that such a traumatic experience can serve as a moment of clarity to educate not just teens but also teachers and parents.

In addition to this award, Dismissal Time has landed Semifinalist status for the Brooklyn International Short Festival and was accepted to screen as part of Hamilton Arts Festival Short Film Series! Hope to have more specifics on those soon and more. Once again, congrats to our cast and crew all around!

See DISMISSAL TIME on May 7th at Hang on to Your Shorts Film Festival

Tickets are now on sale for Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival on FilmFreeway! If you want to see Dismissal Time on the big screen, purchase the “Individual Set Tickets (A)” for $12. Screenings take place Sunday, May 7th starting at 11am @ The ShowRoom Cinema – Asbury Park (707 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712). Award show happening the same day where we are up for 7 nominations! Hope to see you there! https://filmfreeway.com/hangontoyourshorts/tickets

DISMISSAL TIME Receives 7 Award Nominations from Hang on to Your Shorts Film Festival

Congrats to Lisa Regina, Oliver Fester, Sarah Dolhansky, Jay Pastelak and writer/director André Joseph for their award nominations for Dismissal Time at this year’s Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival! Event takes place May 7th at Porta in Asbury Park. Hope to have more details and announcements soon!

DISMISSAL TIME accepted to Bizarrya Short Film Festival

Our award-winning drama Dismissal Time is going straight to Portugal this month as part of the Bizarrya Short Film Festival happening March 15-31. “Share what is related to mainly public artistic work with the focus on segments that change what things are. In times of great danger to culture, the main goal of continuing to make art is sometimes the way that minds achieves a gateway to freedom.”

DISMISSAL TIME Wins “Narrative Short” Award at The New York City IO Festival

We are grateful for another big accolade for our special project Dismissal Time, now the winner for “Narrative Short” at The New York City IO Festival! Hope to have more news about it very soon. Also, please watch and VOTE for our film in the Race to Justice competition which ends tomorrow! https://audpop.com/films/dismissal-time-274253

Watch & Vote for DISMISSAL TIME in AudPop’s Race to Justice Film Challenge

ATTENTION: Our award-winning short film DISMISSAL TIME is competing in AudPop’s “Race to Justice” Film Challenge. Between now through January 20th, you can watch and vote for our film. The top 10 submissions with the most votes and the top 10 preliminary jury-selected films will advance to the finals round. Winners will get a live screening in Los Angeles. So please watch our movie, share the link, and please VOTE!


DISMISSAL TIME Director André Joseph on the Hang Onto Your Shorts Podcast & Festival News

Here’s some major breaking news! I just appeared on an impromptu live stream for next year’s Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival where I got to promote all things Dismissal Time and you can watch the replay below right now. And just so you know, we’ve been accepted to the next festival happening May 6-7th in Asbury Park, NJ! Thank you Hiram Ortiz and team for your thoughtful praise of our film and we look forward to attending the event in 2023!

Final Call to Donate to Support DISMISSAL TIME

At the end of this year, we will be ending our fiscal sponsorship arrangement with Fractured Atlas for all fundraising on Dismissal Time. But we still need as much support as possible to cover film festival expenses and our push for more public screenings in 2023. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation before the end of December, we would really appreciate it! https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/dismissal-time-short-film


This is Part 7 about the making of AJ Epyx Productions’ short film, Dismissal Time. This installment gets thoughts from the cast and crew about working with writer/director André Joseph.

For more about the Dismissal Time short film from AJ Epyx Productions, visit our LinkTree at https://linktr.ee/ajepyxdismissaltime and check out our hashtags, #DismissalTimeStories #DontDismissMe.