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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.

In response to this unprecedented crisis that is affecting our health concerns, all aspects of lives, and in particular with all New Jersey Leisure events and activities, we have removed film festival that we know have been cancelled. However, some of the annual film festivals have chosen to continue in 2020  as a virtual on-line, or Drive-in festival. Our viewers are advised to check in with each of the venues, activities, and events that are listed in our webpages to ensure that they have not closed or postponed.

Please visit our coronavius update web page for the latest information on New Jersey venue and activity closings

Upcoming New Jersey Film Festivals

Yiddish Virtual Film Festival
Yiddish Virtual Film Festival
January 31st, February 1st, and 2nd, 2021
The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County
310 Mounts Corner Drive
Freehold, NJ 07728
Register On-line
Sponsored by The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, the films support theit mission of promotion of public awareness of Monmouth County's Jewish heritage for the education and enjoyment of both children and adults.
This event will be a showing of he Keeper. An incredible true story of Bert Trautman (David Kross), a German soldier and prisoner of war who, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, secures the position of Goalkeeper at Manchester City, and in doing so becomes a footballing icon. Struggling for acceptance by those who dismiss him as the enemy, Bert's love for Margaret (Freya Mavor), an Englishwoman, carries him through and he wins over even his harshest opponents by winning the 1956 FA Cup Final, playing on with a broken neck to secure victory. But fate will soon twist the knife for Bert and Margaret, when their love and loyalty to each other is put to the ultimate test.

New Jersey Film Festival
New Jersey Film Festival (Virtual Event) Spring
On select Friday, Saturday and Sundays between January 30 - February 21, 2021
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ
Website (for information and Tickets)
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.

New Jersey Jewish Film Festival
Annual New Jersey Jewish Virtual Film Festival
February 28 - March 21, 2021
New Jersey Jewish Film Festival
Maurice Levin Theater
760 Northfield Avenue
West Orange, NJ
Website & Enrollment
All Virtual events will be delivered via Zoom
Virtual ticket holders will receive an email with a unique link with instructions to access the films.
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.

The New Jersey Horror Con Film Festival
The New Jersey Horror Con & Film Festival
March 26, 27, 28, 2021
The Showboat Hotel
Atlantic City, NJ
In advance/Day Pass: $30 In advance/ 3-day Pass: $75 Day of show price: $30 Day of show 3-day Pass: $75 Children: 10 and under free with paying adult Ticket sales at the door are cash only
This 3-day event features a showing of amazing Horror films in the indie scene with an opportunity for attendees to mingle with big names in horror. Horror fans can also participate in Q&A sessions get to interact with vendors from around the Horror scene.

Garden State Film Festival
19th Annual Garden State Film Festival --- Goes Virtual
March 23 - 28, 2021
Multiple venues
Asbury Park, NJ
Website & Tickets
Note: Change in Viewing
Stars shine on March 23, 2021 when the Garden State Film Festival presents hundreds of independent films virtually through parallel and dynamic digital streaming in light of the global COVID-19 crisis, and the announcement from the Governor of the State of New Jersey further restricting public gatherings.
Producers are working with F&S Digital to make GSFF 2021 a hybrid virtual and live event.
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.
Recommend viewers purchase a Multi-Pass Ticket for $55. Multi-Pass entitles bearer to all screening events at any venue *plus any applicable venue fees.**Formally the Weekend Pass -but they are are now more than a weekend