New Jersey Film Festivals
Popular Independent, Non Studio Film Makers
The NJ Film Festivals showcase quality production and content from independent, non-studio film makers.
The NJ film festivals are a popular attraction for students, emerging film producers, directors, performers and film buffs.
These film festivals are themed and cover a wide range of creative arts on Super 8mm/8mm film, Digital video, and 8mm video formats on a variety of themes including: educational, cultural, documentary, non-mainstream, spiritual, animation, music video, local, national, and international.
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2017/18 New Jersey Film Festivals
The Newark Black Film Festival
June 28 until August 2, 2017
49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
The Newark Black Film Festival (NBFF)is one of the nation's defining voices on behalf of independent film. The festival is a showcase for films that focus on the experiences and concerns of contemporary African Americans, as well as an outlet for films about the African-American experience from earlier eras. The six-week festival is free to the public and provides emerging filmmakers, writers, directors and producers with a high profile outlet for their work.
Monmouth Film Festival
August 11 - 13, 2017
Two Rivers Theatre
21 Bridge Ave
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Monmouth Film Festival is an international film festival with a commitment to educate and inspire young and aspiring filmmakers. It is geared to promoting and connecting filmmakers from all over the state and country. The festival is more than an opportunity for artists to have their work showcased, it is a forum for educational opportunities through workshops, networking, Q&As and special panels with industry guests; that provide insight, growth and inspiration. Their unique platform strives to create an atmosphere where filmmakers of all levels, including high and low budget works, can be seen, heard and interact with movie-goers, promoters and other artists. The festival offers internship opportunities for High school and college students interested in many areas including programming, marketing and production.
The festival welcomes short films, features, documentary and narrative, as well as student showcases along with a compilation of trailers.
Northeast Film Festival
September 8 - 10, 2017
The Teaneck Cinemas
503 Cedar Ln.
The Festival is very Jersey-centric with Festival Directors The Festival showcases top independent films and TV pilots from celebrated filmmakers, as well as new talent. The diverse array of films, selected by a committee, includes features and shorts from all genres, as well as documentaries.
New Jersey Film Festival - Fall
Select evenings between September 15 and October 15, 2017
Voorhees Hall (adjacent to the Zimmerli Art Museum)
Free parking in Lot 9
71 Hamilton Street/College Avenue Campus
New Brunswick, New Jersey
The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, in association with the Rutgers University Program In Cinema Studies present the New Jersey Film Festival Fall showcasing new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries.
Deadline or the receipt of entries is Monday, July 17, 2017 at Noon Eastern
Rahway International Film Festival
September 22 - 24, 2017
The James Ward Mansion
169 East Broad Street
The mission of the film festival is to promote equality and understanding in the community. As a women-led festival in a primarily male-dominated industry, they are dedicated to showcasing an equal ratio of films by female and male filmmakers in keeping with equality. The program is for independent filmmakers and fans of film in New Jersey and the surrounding area. They annually showcase short films, feature films and music videos while offering seminars and networking opportunities to those interested in the film industry.. Submission deadline: Regular Deadline is May 20th and Extended Deadline is July 6th.
The Golden Door International Film Festival
October 5 - 8, 2017
Extended Entry Deadline: June 19, 2017
Jersey City, NJ
These films are not Capra-esque platitudes. Nor are they antagonistic cant. They reflect the process of creativity and the striving that shapes our wonderful reality. They are as varied as our community, one of the most densely populated cities in the world and one of the most diverse. The showings will be held in venues within the ultra-hip downtown area of Jersey City as well as uptown at the Loew's Landmark Theater. Set amidst the backdrop of the beautiful NYC Manhattan skyline, Golden Door Film Festival is recognized as being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established filmmakers and directors. In our first 3 years, the festival has screened over 200 films from over 40 countries and has attracted more than 10,000 attendees and generated renewed interest in Jersey City. The Selection Committee is comprised of a distinguished panel of officers of the Board of Directors of the Golden Door International Film Festival some of whom are actors and filmmakers. Each and every film is evaluated by a selection committee and evaluated for possible competition in the Festival.
The Downbeach Film Festival/Atlantic City Cinefest
October 13 – 15, 2017
Atlantic City, NJ
The Downbeach Film Festival, is rooted in the celebration of film and the creation of a forum where independent filmmakers can exhibit their work. They plan to devote a day to screening films that appeal to audiences over 50, as well. They are planning to bring at least one person from Hollywood/New York as an honoree. Past guests have included Kevin Smith, Robert Downey, Sr. Terry Winter, William Forsythe, Chris Mulkey, Tom Malloy, Louis Mandylor and Dominique Swain. Awards & Prizes
August 15, 2017 Late Deadline
12th Annual Teaneck International Film Festival Activism: Making Change
Thursday, November 2 to Sunday, November 5, 2017
at three venues in Teaneck, NJ
The film festival has developed a niche in the film festival circuit by establishing Activism/Making Change as a permanent theme.
The festival features compelling and imaginative feature-length films, documentaries and shorts -- from a variety of cultures; foster cross-cultural connections; and to honor talented young Bergen County filmmakers. Held in venues throughout the Teaneck area.
Cape May Film Festival
Cape May Film Society
The West Cape May Borough Hall and Banquet Hall
West Cape May
RegularDeadline: $20 if submitted by January 1, 2018 (Students: $15)
This weekend film festival is committed to the presentation of creative, challenging, ground-breaking work by New Jersey filmmakers and films with New Jersey or World Premiere status. It's a juried festival, showing only the best of dozens of entries. The film festival is a three-day event celebrating the best New Jersey films and filmmakers, screening a full day of short films, features, documentaries and local films. Along the way, attendees have the pleasure unique to film festivals of meeting face-to-face with the directors, actors, producers, screenwriters, and composers who are the makers of these films.