New Jersey may be small, but we love our film festivals! Check out this upcoming list of events:
Atlantic City Cinefest/Downbeach Film Festival: Oct 24 – 26
The mission of the Downbeach Film Festival/Atlantic City Cinefest is to present a cultural event for residents of and visitors to the communities of Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate, Longport, Ocean City and beyond.
The festival promotes new films, as well as filmmakers and actors, all in an effort to celebrate the art form of moviemaking. We are rooted in the celebration of independent and studio film, and the creation of a form where local and other independent filmmakers can exhibit their work.
Our event also 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.
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.
New Jersey Jewish Film Festival - March 15- 29
Founded in 2000 by Caren and Herbert Ford, the New Jersey Jewish Film Festival has become one of the premier Jewish cultural events in the state. Enthusiastic MetroWest audiences anticipate the annual festival that offers the best of Israeli, American and international films of Jewish interest. As the festival has grown, so too has the number of high caliber Jewish-related films. We promise a roster of first-run offerings that are nothing short of remarkable and, best of all, you can see enjoy them close to home! These are films that have not been shown in commercial theatres or on television. We also offer post screening discussions with the insightful speakers and commentators, including scholars, actors and directors. In addition to its two-week spring run, the festival offers several film programs at other times of the year, including the Reel Series and extra!. The festival offers many exciting opportunities to explore the breadth of the Jewish experience through cultural events that enrich the lives of thousands.
Garden State Film Festival – March 19 – 22
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.
The Bergenfield Film Festival’s goal is to celebrate independent and mainstream cinema and bring it to the Northern New Jersey area. The BFF aims to support filmmakers based in NJ as well as the world over. It is held each year, one night only, within five separate screening rooms, inside the beautifully redone Bow Tie Cinemas in Bergenfield, NJ. Filmmakers from all over the world have come here over the last eight years to see theirs and others’ movies screened. It is run by the Bergenfield Film Coalition (a non-profit organization).
Each filmmaker whose work is selected to be screened will receive a Certificate of Recognition for their contribution to the medium. The festival’s Best Feature & Best Short Awards will be given to the filmmakers whose work has been judged to represent the best in all aspects of the filmmaking process.
General Admission: $12 per person
Senior & Student Admission: $10 per person
Hoboken International Film Festival - May 29 – June 4
Now in its tenth year, the 2015 Hoboken International Film Festival (“HIFF”) is being held May 29 to June 4, 2015 at the breathtaking Paramount Theater in Middletown, New York. With the Gala Awards Ceremony hosted by Gilbert Gottfried, HIFF will showcase numerous film and TV stars, and the world’s most cutting edge films. HIFF continues to grow – in 2014 HIFF had over 1,500 film submissions from all over the world, and less than 10% were accepted (the competition is fierce). Festival attendance eclipsed 15,000 people last year. A star-filled event, HIFF has had several Academy Award and Emmy winners and nominees, and numerous other fan-favorite celebrities at screenings, award ceremonies and special events.