The Bergen International Film Festival of NJ showcases top independent films from 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 and screenplays. The festival is hosted in Bergenfield New Jersey. The festival will kick off in style and spirit with a red carpet and after party, as well as plenty of opportunity for networking with other filmmakers, actors and attendees. We harness an atmosphere of community and encouragement to support each other in the film arts.

The festival includes an awards ceremony and after party, to offer opportunities for interacting and networking with other filmmakers, actors, and film festival goers.

After each screening block, there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers. Following the last block of films, is the awards ceremony. Followed by an after party.

We will hold an awards ceremony in the theater, presenting trophies to the winners. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, including Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, and Audience Choice.

​BERGEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (BIFF) SUBMISSION RULES


1. BIFF competition categories are open to the United States and International entries.


2. Films must submit online preview screeners through FilmFreeway. Any other method must receive prior approval from the festival.


3. Foreign language entries must have English language subtitles.


4. Entries must have been completed in the past 5 years.


5. Applicants may submit as many entries as they wish, as long as each entry has a separate entry form and fee.


6. BIFF has the right to screen any film or projects submitted to the Bergen International Film Festival.


7. In order for award winners to receive a trophy, the project's producer or director must be present.


8. If officially selected, it is the responsibility of the submitter to send the festival their film in digital downloadable format and/or in DVD or Blu-Ray format.


9. Screening copies will not be returned to the submitter, unless a pre-paid return mailer is included.


10. All decisions made by the festival are final and at their discretion.

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  • Mark Clauburg

    When the festival location got moved due to a theater closing during COVID, I was initially concerned about the quality of the screening. I was bringing a crowd and promised a movie theater. My fears were immediately put to rest. Larry and company had set up high quality projection and sound in a private screening room below an amazing venue. Our film The Time in Between the Seconds has been making the festival rounds for some time, and the picture and sound quality here was among the best. That will only get better when the fest moves back to the theater shortly. Networking and hospitality were also top notch. They make you feel like family.

    September 2021
  • Elroy Martinez Jr.

    I really enjoyed my first time at the Bergen International Film Festival of NJ. Saw a lot of great artistic work and it was fun to meet new and see familiar faces.

    July 2021
  • Andrew Kadikian

    This festival was great! Great communication and it seemed well run by attentive and caring programmers and directors. My only disappointment would be not being able to play the highest-quality version of our film with a surround sound mix as the screening did not take place in a theater, but I understand that this was a product of the times and is not something the fest would do in other years. This is definitely a festival worth submitting to and I would happily do so again.

    July 2021
  • Thank you so much for selecting our film Butterfly and thank you for the Young Filmmaker Award! This was my very first in person festival and it was the most wonderful experience! The festival director and everyone who was part of the festival were extremely supportive and welcoming. And I’m very grateful for the most positive feedback and encouragement I have received.

    July 2021
  • Dan Gregory

    BIFFNJ is a great film festival. I recommend it to all Filmmakers.

    July 2021