• Movie Maker Magazine's Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.
• Twice named #1 film festival in New Jersey by NJ Stage Magazine.
• Music Videos Judged by Jerry Wonda, 8 time Grammy Winner producer of The Fugees, Justin Bieber, Whitney Houston and many more.
• Grand Jury comprised of top of the industry influencers including:
Maureen Van Zandt (The Sopranos, Lillyhammer)
Christian Keiber (star of the new FX series Y, Gotham, Homeland)
Kerry McGann (The Irishman, Bloodrunners, Banshee!!!)
Derek Wayne Johnson (Official Sylvestor Stallone Doc: 40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic)
Gary Donatelli (Served as national Fourth Vice President Directors Guild of America)
Garry Pastore (The Deuce, Apalachin)

Golden Door International Film Festival has taken it's place among the most celebrated film festivals on the eastern seaboard.
Now in its 9th year, this four-day film festival holds the opportunity for filmmakers, actors, and crew to network with colleagues and share their work with the public in the heart of the indie filmmaking landscape.
Supported and attended by top industry influencers, distributors, celebrities. Please see our FB page for more.
In addition, GDIFF has also become one of the most important outlets for raising awareness for Autism and other disabilities through its innovative special needs panels and film platform.

• Feature Film Winner awarded one week camera and lighting package for use in the NYC area
• Scholarships awarded to student filmmakers
• Music Video winner awarded 5 hours at Jerry Wonda's Platinum Studio

New Jersey premieres only. If the film has screened in New Jersey prior to GDIFF your film may removed from the program even if accepted. Special exceptions may apply.
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City 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 involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered
If film is accepted, the point of contact as found on the filmfreeway submission must respond to all requested items by stated deadlines or risk being removed from the festival program.
Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

Overall Rating
  • Frank Cappello

    This is my first time at the GDIFF and it was a fantastic experience. The screenings, the amazing theater, and all the food and drinks - like a party everyday. The Sorvino family and the staff were all so accessible and eager to make our festival experience a special one. And it was! We won Best Director and Best Narrative Feature Film and my main actors all received nominations. It couldn't have been a better time us. We're definitely coming back! Frank Cappello & Cami Varela.

    September 2019
  • 9/29/19 - To all the people at the Golden Door International Film Festival. I was thrilled to have my film "Happy Trans Girl Like Me" screen at the festival, and I loved the wonderful feedback from the audience and the Q&A! I attended every day and/or night of the festival and was amazed by the truly incredible films I saw, the talented filmmakers, directors and actors I met and the exuberant time I had. A huge hug of congratulations to Bill and Michele and their gifted hard-working team who did superbly. In addition, among the many great films were 2 films that deeply touched me on a very personal level and I am currently working with several of the involved people in however I can help them bring their films to the next level. In so many ways, a truly extraordinary festival! xoxo Fran Sisco

    September 2019
  • They know how to throw a party! This festival is well run, lot's of great films screening, well moderated thoughtful blocks of shorts. Can't say enough good things!

    September 2019
  • this festival is huge and good place to meet folks and make some connections. The main theater at Journal Square in Jersey City is dope. A historic venue. I would certainly submit again in the future. Bill Sorvino is a hard working boss man who has an energetic and dedicated team to pull off this huge festival. Thanks for having my film Gay Baby screen at Golden Door 2019

    October 2019
  • So grateful and honored to have been selected to the festival! Definitely a festival I will be submitting to again in the future!

    October 2019