The Alpha Arts Film Festival (AAFF) cordially invites filmmakers from local, regional, and international spheres to illuminate their original creations in the cultural epicenter of Northwestern New Jersey, nestled within the vibrant landscape of Sussex County, NJ, inside greater urban New York City.

AAFF unfolds annually at the Alpha Arts Institute, within the picturesque campus of Sussex County Community College (SCCC) in Newton, NJ, as an integral component of the Alpha Arts Institute’s "Festival of the Arts,". The festival spectacle encompasses film screenings, immersive workshops, and enlightening lectures, curated under the tutelage of SCCC faculty, esteemed industry alumni, and accomplished guest orators, culminating in a program of screenings and juried awards.

Established in 2022, AAFF swiftly developed a nexus for impassioned filmmakers, artists, and enthusiasts, converging upon the vibrant tapestry of SCCC's beautiful campus.

This program of screenings and juried awards unites seasoned professionals, faculty, and burgeoning talents within the embrace of a liberal arts ethos, providing a fertile stage for showcasing creative works amidst an ambiance of creative inquiry. AAFF's ethos lies in forging robust professional networks, nurturing scholarly discourse, and embarking upon voyages of collective interpretation, analysis, and shared experience.

AAFF is open to all films internationally in any language. Awards are selected in features category film competitions for professional, student and special category for New Jersey film makers. Jurors, guest lecturers, faculty and teachers provide an opportunity for students and aspiring filmmakers to receive feedback from peers and professionals alike.

The Categories for selection and recognition are as follows:

1. Experimental Films: This category embraces the avant-garde spirit of filmmaking, inviting submissions that push the boundaries of traditional cinematic conventions. Experimental films challenge narrative norms and explore alternative storytelling methods, offering audiences a glimpse into unconventional realms of visual expression.
a. Professional/Non-Student
b. Student
c. New Jersey

2. Narrative Short Films: Short films provide a platform for concise yet impactful storytelling, allowing filmmakers to craft compelling narratives within a limited timeframe. This category welcomes submissions that showcase the art of storytelling in its most condensed and evocative form, offering audiences a diverse array of captivating narratives to experience. Time limit 40 minutes.
a. Professional/Non-Student
b. Student
c. New Jersey

Each category will receive recognition via laurels in a stepped category of "Winner(s)" and "Finalist(s)". A distinct category is reserved for "Honorable Mentions".

Open to U.S. and International entries. Maximum film age is 3 years. If a work is selected for public screening entrants are contractually obligated to provide an exhibition copy suitable for screening and cannot withdraw their film from the festival. Please note we do not pay screening fees. Entrants will be notified in advance if their work has been selected to be part of the festival.

Submit a DVD or Blu Ray or an On-Line Screener for pre-screening. If chosen for final judging a high-quality region free DVD or Blu Ray disc or Hi-Res Digital File (mp4 or mov) must be sent for Festival screening.

LIABILITY: Filmmaker shall indemnify and hold Alpha Arts Film Festival harmless from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim in connection with the Film involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and/or loss of or damage to the screening videos submitted. In particular, Filmmaker expressly warrants it has obtained all necessary copyright clearances for original works of authorship used in the Film.

REPRODUCTION AGREEMENT: Submission of an entry gives the festival permission to have accepted work exhibited, photographed, locally telecast in part, broadcast on the internet and reproduced either in part or whole, for exhibition purposes.