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.

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Upcoming New Jersey Film Festivals

Teaneck International Film Festival
Annual Teaneck International Film Festival Activism: Making Change
Thursday, November 1 to Sunday, November 4, 2018
at Five venues in Teaneck, NJ
Website/Tickets (Tickets are $10 at the door or $ 8 in advance)
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.

Black Maria Film Festival
Black Maria 2018 Award Winners
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 7:30PM
The Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Road
Morristown, NJ
(973) 971-3706 
Black Maria focuses on short films – animation, documentary, experimental and narrative – including those, which address issues and struggles within contemporary society such as the environment, race and class, family, and issues of global concern. These exceptional films range from animation, comedy, and drama to the exploration of pure form in film and video and are the heart and soul of the festival. The Festival advances and exhibits the work of diverse filmmakers from across the US and around the world. These artists often represent an under-served constituency who might not otherwise have the opportunity for live public exhibition nationwide or abroad.

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.

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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