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 New Jersey Film Festivals
New Jersey Film Festival Spring
Saturday, January 28 - Friday, March 31, 2017
New Brunswick, NJ
(for information and screenings)
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 l showcasing new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries. The festival provides meet and greet opportunities and Q & A sessions with filmmakers and producers, actors, and screen writers.
Black Maria Film and Video Festival
February 17, 2017; 8pm
Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Tickets are $10, students are free with student ID
The festival selects works from the annual collection of 40 to 60 award-winning films and sends them out on a national tour each February. The festival travels to museums, cultural centers and colleges throughout the country
Annual Princeton Environmental Film Festival
March 27- April 2, 2017
Princeton Public Library
The mission is to share exceptional documentary films and engage our community in exploring environmental sustainability from a wide range of angles and perspectives. Most of our screenings are accompanied by a Q&A with film directors and producers, as well as other talks by invited speakers who visit for the festival or live here in our local community.
Annual New Jersey Jewish Film Festival
March 29 - April 7, 2017
New Jersey Jewish Film Festival
760 Northfield Avenue
West Orange, NJ
A roster of first-run Israeli films that are nothing short of remarkable. These are films you cannot see anywhere else in our area! We will also offer a mix of other Jewish films, the best speakers and commentators available, and several out-of-festival events. The Festival is one gateway for people to explore what it means to be Jewish through a cultural experience that enriches the lives of thousands. For a list of films and venues, please visit the website above.
The Trenton Film Festival
March 30 - April 2, 2017
Mill Hill Playhouse
205 East Front Street (at Montgomery St.)
This event is a juried festival that showcases 55 films from 16 countries with submissions by independent filmmakers, including student and local filmmakers. Submission categories include narrative, documentary, animation, and a new category which includes experimental, music video, spoken word and new media.
15th Annual Garden State Film Festival
March 30 - April 2, 2017
Multiple venues (Dante Hall & Resorts Hotel & Casino
The artistic philosophy of the Garden State Film Festival is rooted in the celebration of the independent film genre and the creation of a forum where local and other independent filmmakers can exhibit their work. In addition, our event provides novice and aspiring filmmakers, actors, and others interested in a career in the film business, the opportunity to meet and network with industry professionals in an atmosphere that is conducive to learning and mentoring. Past attendees include Glenn Close, Paul Sorvino, Budd Schulberg, Kurtwood Smith, James Gandolfini, Celeste Holm and Clarence Clemons.
Annual Asbury Park Music in Film Festival
April 20 - 23, 2017
The Paramount Theatre and other Asbury Park Venues
Asbury Park, NJ
This three-day festival will feature the rich musical heritage of Asbury Park with filmmakers and industry leaders from around the world. Screenings and live music will take place at The Paramount Theatre, The Wonder Bar, and The Stone Pony. Exclusive after parties, live music and educational workshops will compliment film screenings. The festival will also feature interactive seminars with music and film industry professionals.
Ocean County Library Student Film Festival
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library
101 Washington Street
Toms River, NJ 08753
Original film productions from high school and college students are being accepted by the Ocean County Library for its upcoming 2017 Student Film Festival. Awards will be presented to the winners in the following categories: animation, commercial, documentary, full feature, news, sports short, commercial, P.S.A, short feature, experimental, and music video. Feature films should be no longer than 20 minutes in length.
The festivals judging panel is comprised of film media educators, artists, librarians and various film industry enthusiasts," the library said in a statement. "Judging criteria is based on several factors including originality, editing, audio quality and whether the film achieves its stated goal."
The deadline for submissions is March 27th, 2017. All projects must be original work can be no longer than 20 minutes. "Students do not need to attend school in Ocean County to submit a film," reads a library statement. "
Last year, the festival received more than 120 films submissions from national and international independent filmmakers."
Montclair Film Festival
April 28 - May 7, 2017
At multiple venues across Montclair
The festival will entertain film enthusiasts and professionals from across the region and country with seven days of compelling independent films, comedies, documentaries, panels, family events and work by emerging artists. The festival will provide a platform for talented filmmakers from around the world and give special recognition to New Jersey-connected work.
New Jersey Film Festival - Summer
June 3 - June 11, 2017
New Brunswick, NJ
(for information and screenings)
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 l showcasing new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries. The festival provides meet and greet opportunities and Q & A sessions with filmmakers and producers, actors, and screen writers. Deadline for entries is Monday, April 3, 2017 at Noon Eastern!
Lighthouse International Film Festival
June 8 - 11, 2017
Film showings at a variety of Long Beach Island Venues
The festival will present feature films, shorts, documentaries and family films, as well as panel discussions with leading film industry professionals. Taking place on Long Beach Island, NJ -- one of the East Coast's most popular surfing destinations -- the festival celebrates three days of new, exciting and challenging films in honor of Long Beach Island's historic Barnegat Lighthouse. See above website for information on films, times, and venues.
July 15, 2017
Atlantic Highlands, NJ
The "two minute" film festival features the showing local, national, and international films under the stars. This event occurs annually on the 3rd Saturday in July when more than 2,500 people gather by the town's shoreline for this free outdoor event where nearly fifty films are shown. Films come from every state in the nation and nearly sixty different countries around the globe. Festival begins at 6 pm, film screening begins at dark, Free admission, premium seating available to purchase.