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.


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.

Overall Rating
  • BIFF is a wonderful film festival and is very organized. I met a lot of great filmmakers who are all very supportive of each other.

    July 2022
  • I did not attend but project members living in New Jersey did. They loved the festival.

    July 2022
  • Great festival! Plenty of opportunities to network, incredible venue, and well-run by capable people. What more could you ask for? We’ll be submitting again in the future.

    July 2022
  • I was, unfortunately, unable to attend in person. However, communication was excellent through and through. I really love that the festival encourages participants to walk the red carpet and get interviewed. A fun experience, no doubt.

    July 2022
  • Isaac Platizky

    A great festival in a great venue. It’s always a pleasure to see your film on an actual movie screen. The festival had great communication and the after party was right down the block. Recommended.

    July 2022