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Teen filmmakers win chance to create CU commercial
PATERSON and PROSPECT PARK, N.J. (5/5/14)--North Jersey FCU, through its charitable foundation, recently awarded a group of young filmmakers the opportunity to create a 30-second commercial for the Totowa, N.J.,-based credit union.  

Lourdes Cortez, North Jersey FCU president/CEO, left, presented a $1,000 check to Nicole Romero, center, one of three students filmmakers who will produce a 30-second commercial for the credit union. At right, James Giffin, vice president of business development. (Daily Exchange photo)
The $1,000 prize was presented to Nicole Romero, Nayley Moran and Paul Harris, who produced a short film called "Dream Act" to win the award at the 10th annual Passaic County Film Festival April 26.

"It was very hard for our judges to choose a winner from the many talented films we viewed," said Lourdes Cortez, president/CEO of the $213 million-asset credit union. "I was amazed at the level of talent, professionalism, and thoughtfulness these teens put into their work. I really look forward to working with them."

The trio also won two other categories at the film festival, including top honors in the High School Music Video and High School Documentary Short Film categories.

Working with credit union staff, the commercial the group films for the credit union will be aired on local cable network stations in Totowa, Little Falls and Paterson. The spot will be used to showcase the North Jersey FCU Foundation and its philanthropic work.

"This is a great opportunity for me," Romero said. "We are really looking forward to working with the credit union staff to produce a meaningful and captivating commercial that will focus on reaching my generation and peers. It should be a lot of fun."

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