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 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.

Note: This information is provided by event sponsors as a free service to our viewers. 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

New Jersey Film Festival
New Jersey Film Festival Spring
On select evenings between between January 25 and March 8, 2019
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ
Website (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 the RECEIPT of entries is Monday, November 5 , 2018 at Noon Eastern time.

Garden State Film Festival
17th Annual Garden State Film Festival
March 28 - 31, 2019
Multiple venues (Paramount Theatre, The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, The Asbury Hotel & The House of Independents, Jersey Shore Arts Center)
Asbury Park, NJ
Website & Tickets
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.
Seating is on a first come, first serve basis with online pre-sale ticket holders for each individual block entering the theater first. Weekend passes enter next and then, if any seats are available, tickets will be sold for the remaining seats. Screenings are general admission only. It's always best to buy your tickets online a head of time!** *** Print at Home tickets can be purchased up to an hour prior to the screening and ALL VENUES SELL TICKETS AT THE DOOR!!

New Jersey Jewish Film Festival
19th Annual New Jersey Jewish Film Festival
March 27 - April 7, 2019
New Jersey Jewish Film Festival
Maurice Levin Theater
760 Northfield Avenue
West Orange, NJ
These are films you cannot see anywhere else in our area! They 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.

Trenton Film Festival
The Trenton Film Festival
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 28 - 31, 2019
Mill Hill Playhouse
205 East Front Street (at Montgomery St.)
Trenton NJ
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. Submissions accepted until November 1, 2018.

Princeton Environmental Film Festival
Annual Princeton Environmental Film Festival
April 8 – 14, 2019
Princeton Public Library
Princeton, NJ
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.General entries (feature length and shorts for the 2019 Princeton Environmental Film Festival will be accepted through January 15, 2019.

Montclair Film Festival
Montclair Film Festival
May 3 - 12, 2019
At multiple venues across Montclair
Featuring over 26,000 patrons and 150 attending filmmakers and industry guests, the festival has grown to become one of the top regional festivals in the United States. Easily accessible from Manhattan, the festival has received strong support and coverage from regional, NYC, and national press, industry trades, and strong celebrity attendance, including guests such as Stephen Colbert, Richard Curtis, John Stewart, Richard Gere, Julie Taymor, Rob Reiner, John Turturro, Mavis Staples, Bill Nye, and many more.. The festival will provide a platform for talented filmmakers from around the world and give special recognition to New Jersey-connected work.
Deadlines: Early Bird Deadline: November 16, 2018 Regular Deadline: December 21, 2018 Late Deadline: January 4, 2019 Extended Deadline: January 11, 2019

Lighthouse International Film Festival
Lighthouse International Film Festival
June 6, 7, 8, 9, 2019
Film showings at a variety of Long Beach Island Venues
(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 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.
Submission deadines: December 25, 2018 Earlybird Deadline, February 4, 2019 Regular Deadline, March 4, 2019 Late Deadline, April 4, 2019 Extended Dea

July 21, 2019
Atlantic Highlands Marina
54 First Ave
Atlantic Highlands, NJ
FilmOneFest takes place on the third Saturday of July in the beautiful with the majestic Manhattan skyline as the backdrop. Films (under 2 minutes in length) are projected on a giant screen under the stars on the historic shores of Sandy Hook Bay.
Six Jury Awards (one from each of our judges), a Directors' Choice Award, Audience Choice Award, Best Animation, and Young Filmmaker's Award (to filmmakers under the age of 18) are given out on the day of the festival. Selected films will be promoted to other festivals.
This category is open to all full time students under the age of 20 and encompasses all genres. Films must be less than 2 mins in length (including credits). Students may also submit in other categories. Note that all films submitted under this category are automatically entered into the FilmYoungFest competition. Approximately four student films will be selected for the main festival in July. Approximately forty student films will be selected and screened at FilmYoungFest in October.
Submissions accepted beginning January 1, 2019 , with March 29, 2019 as the Earlybird Deadline, and April 18, 2019 as the Regular Deadline
This festival is supported by Sony Pictures Classics, and in part, by the Monmouth County Arts Council through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the County Historical Commission, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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