We are an independent festival which screens films from North America, but pays special attention New Jersey movies. We plan to devote a day to screening films that appeal to audiences over 50, as well. We like to bring at least one person from Hollywood/New York as an honoree. Past guests have included Kevin Smith, Robert Downey, Sr. Terry Winter, Peter Dobson, Blanche Baker, Bonnie Bedelia, William Forsythe, Christopher Mann, Chris Mulkey, Brian O'Halloran, Garry Pastore, Scott Schwartz, Al Sapienza, Tom Malloy, Louis Mandylor and Dominique Swain.

We are not holding a weekend festival for 2020 due to the uncertainty of the coronavirus. We may end up with a one day event, and we are seeking other avenues to keep the spirit going this year.

We will have the screenplay competition this year. We are inviting general script and also scripts written by senior citizens in conjunction with Geezermovies.com

We have also added a trailer competition with winners in short, feature and documentary categories.

Cash prizes for winners of the screenplay competition based on a percentage of entry fees. Top prizes will also get a reading and evaluation by producer Scott Rosenfelt, of Home Alone and Mystic Pizza fame.

For the TrailerFest, finalists will be awarded laurels, a certificate, and a screening of their completed film if available at the 2021 Atlantic City Cinefest.

Winners will receive trophies, laurels, a certificate, along with screening of their completed film if available at the 2021 Atlantic City Cinefest

• Cash prizes awarded based on total amount of submission fees. Prizes awarded to as many as three places per feature and per short. Scott Rosenfelt will read only the first place winners.
• Entrants to the senior citizen category must send a photo copy of an ID or drivers license or other material to confirm the writer is at least 60.
• Writers in any category may write about any subject
• Various prizes for each category are dispensed only if deemed worthy by judges.
• Screenplays must be unproduced.
• Entrants must fill out entry form.
• All authors’ names should be listed on the entry forms.
• You may submit multiple entries; each screenplay submitted must include its
own separate entry form and fee.
• Scripts must be submitted via .pdf file. Feature scripts must be between 80
and 120 pages; Short scripts from 10 to 40 pages. Pages must be numbered.
• It is the responsibility of the screenwriters to ensure work is protected via
copyright or Writers Guild registration. Visit www.wga.org
• Payment must be submitted online along with submission.
• Entrants retain all rights to their screenplays.

• Your film does NOT have to be completed.

• Time Limit: 2-3 minutes maximum

• All genres are welcome

• Categories: Shorts, Features, and Documentaries

• Select the category

• Include a synopsis

• Semi-finalists announced: September 30

• Finalists announced: October 15

• Winners announced: October 31

Overall Rating
  • Really enjoyed the communication with William Sokolic, I just had a virtual experience due to Covid, but enjoyed the festival, Thank you!!!

    November 2020
  • Lisa Tedesco

    When they say “special attention” to NJ films they mean it. All the awards categories, besides a few, were for NJ films and filmmakers. Now, I’m just the outsider looking in since I came down from CT because my short script had won first place - but even that felt a tad off. I was initially rejected but received an email saying “just kidding, you actually won.” The communication was great though from then on, the staff very friendly, but all in all I felt like an outsider coming to a family Christmas dinner. Everyone knows one another and the same people kept winning the awards. For my script I won a check but in all honesty I would have preferred a trophy. That would at least make me feel included in the fest as a whole. I wasn’t seen as a filmmaker, given a crew badge, so I definitely felt a bit irked by my experiences here. It’s GREAT if you’re from New Jersey but honestly not great if you aren’t. If you’re going to have a screenwriting section/contest treat the writers as filmmakers and give them the recognition they deserve with a trophy. I also noticed a severe lack in diversity with hardly any women winning any awards (I think I counted two who were present to receive awards) or any semblance of an LGBTQ category. I do wish them all the best of luck in their 13th year ahead. I had fun in AC while i was there!

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your critique, Lisa. We are not without our faults, and one of those faults is waiting half a year to respond. I'm sorry you felt like an outsider. It's true we try to create a family atmosphere and it's also true we have repeat filmmakers year after year. And it's true that some filmmakers have several films n the festival, while other have one. Our goal is to give every film an award, so long as there is someone from the film in the audience. We tried limiting them one year and we heard plenty of backlash. So if you have four films you get four awards and only one person is in the house, that person accepts the award for the ones absent so it looks like the same filmmaker wins all these awards. We haven't figured out how to correct that.

    We will correct the badge situation and have screenwriting badges available. Wee rarely put names on the badges anymore because when we did and people don't show up like they said they would - happens too often - we've wasted a badge.

    I'd say we do get more film submissions from New Jersey but that is not by design. There has been a lack of diversity in who gets honored, but as far as filmmakers, that is not the case. We do not discriminate against women or people of color in the submission process.

    In the past, we've had awards for LGBTQ entrants. But that needs to be fleshed out more.

    Hope that answers your concerns.

  • Nice event, nice communication for my screenplay, "Transgressions," which placed. Sure hated to have to miss this year.

    October 2019
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    August 2019
  • Ryan Cervasio

    This was a fun and well run festival! Everyone was personable and helpful with any questions or needs we had. The venue was great and there were many opportunities for networking. I’ll definitely be submitting to this festival again.

    February 2019