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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2018 New Jersey Film Festivals
The Newark Black Film Festival
Wednesdays, June 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 2018
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.
July 21, 2018
Atlantic Highlands, NJ
Free admission, premium seating available to purchase.
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, with music played by various bands. Enjoy the magic of the clown, stilt walker, and the princesses while visiting the food and craft vendors.
Monmouth Film Festival
August 10 - 12, 2018
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 7 - 9, 2018
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 14 and October 14, 2018
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 for the RECEIPT of entries is Monday, July 16, 2018
Westfield International Film Festival
September 20-23, 2018
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
The Golden Door International Film Festival
September 20 - 23, 2018
The submission deadline is February 2, 2018.
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 11 - 14, 2018
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
Annual Teaneck International Film Festival Activism: Making Change
Thursday, November 1 to Sunday, November 4, 2018
at Five venues in Teaneck, NJ
(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.