New Jersey Film Festivals

Popular Independent, Non Studio Film Makers

New Jersey Film Festivals

The NJ Film Festivals showcase quality production and content from independent, non-studio film makers.

The festivals are a popular attraction for students, emerging film producers, directors, performers and film buffs.

They are typically 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.

Note: Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event.

Upcoming New Jersey Film Festivals

Lighthouse International Film Festival
Lighthouse International Film Festival
June 2 - 5, 2022; 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences
120 Long Beach Blvd
Beach Haven, NJ
(646) 245-8400
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 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.

New Jersey International Film Festival
2022 New Jersey International Film Festival
Select Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between June 3-12, 2022; Beginning at either 5PM or 7PM on their show date
Voorhees Hall #105
Rutgers University
71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ
Tickets: $15=Per Program; Festival All Access Pass=$100.
The 27th annual Festival will be presenting it online as well as doing select live in person screenings at Rutgers University. All the films will be available virtually via Video on Demand for 24 hours on their show date.
Each ticket or Festival Pass purchased is good for both the virtual and the select live screenings. The select live screenings will be held in

Newark Black Film Festival
The Newark Black Film Festival
July 14-17, 2022
Newark Museum
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. Each film selection encompasses a wide range of cinematic forms and formulas, from documentary to the avant-garde.
The festival is free to the public and provides emerging filmmakers, writers, directors and producers with a high profile outlet for their work.

July 16, 2022; 7pm - 11pm
SeaStreak Parking Lot
Atlantic Highlands, NJ
(732) 291-1260
Cost: Free
FilmOneFest takes place in a beautiful outdoor setting with the majestic Manhattan skyline as the backdrop. FilmOneFest (a production of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council) is the Jersey Shore's preeminent showcase for all forms of short films under two minutes in length. FilmOneFest also promotes local and international filmmaking through the use of new media and technology, educational activities and screenings, and supports its local food bank. The Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is comprised of a team of dedicated volunteers who include professional artists, educators, business leaders and community organizers. Open for Submissions starting February 1, 2022 FilmOneFest (Films under 2 Minutes) proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway,

Indie Street Film Festival
Indie Street Film Festival
September 9, 10, 11, 2022
Bow Tie Cinemas Red Bank
36 White Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701
(732) 747-0333
Indie Street Film Festival is a regional film and arts festival that combines its curated film selections with connective community events in order to celebrate human creativity and storytelling. ISFF is searching for films that voice high impact human stories from across all genres. We hand pick the most resourceful and innovative filmmakers from the US and across the globe to screen and connect with the engaged arts community of Red Bank and the Northeast. In the last 6 years, the festival has touted films that have also been official selections/nominees and award winners at Sundance, Slamdance, SXSW, Spirit Awards, and the Oscars.

Northeast Film Festival
Northeast Film Festival
September 9 - 11, 2022
The Teaneck Cinemas
503 Cedar Ln.
Teaneck, NJ
The Northeast Film Festival (NEFF) showcases top independent films 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. Our awards ceremony will be held on closing night. We will have guest presenters. In past, we have had guest presenters including: David Harris (The Warriors, A Soldier's Story), Lloyd Kaufman (Troma Films), Fatima Ptacek (Dora the Explorer), Vinny Pastore (Sopranos), Brian O'Halloran (Clerks), and Donna McKenna (Casting Director).

The Downbeach Film Festival/Atlantic City Cinefest
The Downbeach Film Festival/Atlantic City Cinefest
October 15th - 16th, 2022
Dante Hall Theater
14 N. Mississippi Avenue
Tickets can be purchased at the door!
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.

Montclair Film Festival
11th Annual Montclair Film Festival
October 21-30, 2022
486 Bloomfield Ave
Montclair, NJ
The annual Montclair Film Festival will entertain film lovers and professionals from across the region and country with ten 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 artists. Submissions for the eleventh annual festival will open on Friday, March 25th.
Queen City Film Festival
Queen City Film Festival
October 21 - 23, 2022
Plainfield, NJ
With tree-lined streets and Victorian homes set against a unique urban landscape, the city is a perfect location for the festival, which attracts cinephiles from all around for two days of movies, workshops, networking, vendor opportunities, parties and an awards ceremony. Community partners include restaurants, shops, air b&b stewards and other local businesses. This year they are planning ring the best independent short and feature length films, series, animation, horror, music video, documentary and screenplays. New Jersey's fastest growing film festival for underrepresented artists.
They are now accepting film entries for the 2021 Festival. They are seeking films from a wide variety of independent filmmakers from every walks of life. We are filmmakers and enjoy watching well made, crafted productions that open our minds to worlds previously unimagined. Entries are being accepted on FilmFreeway