50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2018,
Voted #1 film festival in New Jersey by NJ Stage Magazine in 2015
Voted #1 film festival in New Jersey by NJ Stage Magazine in 2016.
Music Videos will be Judged by Jerry Wonda, 8 time Grammy Winner.
Supported by distribution companies
Leading industry judging panel for your film

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.

Jersey City has become the premier destination for New Jersey's art and film industry. Screenings, after parties and gala celebrations all take place within some of the most beautiful local treasures Jersey City has to offer.

Supported by many celebrities - Please see our FB page!

GDIFF has set its mission to afford all filmmakers the opportunity to be on an equal platform; from the burgeoning filmmaker to some of the most well-known actors and established directors and producers today.

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.

Our recent addition of Music Videos will be Judged by Jerry Wonda, 8 time Grammy Winner.

Supported by:
Mira Sorvino
Paul Sorvino
Bill Sorvino
Tommy Hilfiger
Dash Mihok
Rashaad Jennings
Jerry Wonda
Garry Pastore
Christian Keiber

Feature Film Winner gets a week free Camera and lighting package in the NYC area
Prizes from Jerry's Vodka
Monetary prizes/ scholarships awarded
5 hours to Platinum Studio, NYC for music video recording.

All submissions must be a New Jersey PREMIERE. If your film has or will screen anywhere in New Jersey prior to GDIFF do not submit.

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.


We do not accept DVD or Blu-ray discs for submissions. 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 accepted, the point of contact must respond to all requested items by the deadline given in the acceptance email or risk being rejected from the festival.

Overall Rating
  • Gregg Ascolese

    Seamless events! Amazing time with some prestigious people from all walks of the industry. The awards ceremony was held in a historical and beautiful theater, the Loew's Theater, and felt extremely professional. The films were set up over a three day period, in cohesive categories which made it easier for views to watch films that they were interested in. A great festival, with a great committee and talented featured filmmakers.

    March 2018
  • Emelia Brawn

    We were lucky to screen our short film "Dead Ringer" at the Golden Door International Film Festival, and it was an amazing experience. I highly recommend it!
    1) Communication during the whole process was fantastic. Many thanks to Michelle Sorvino! She even remembered my name and face when I arrived the first day at the festival.
    2) The theatre! Because the festival is big, multiple theatres were used for the screening. The red carpet event and many films were screened at The Landmark Loew's Jersey Theater. The Landmark Loew's Jersey Theater is the most beautiful theatre I have ever seen, and cast & crew from my film were stunned.
    3) Tito sponsored the weekend, and it was an open bar with amazing food from a great catering company based in Jersey City. I forgot the name of the catering company, but it was truly high level.
    4) All of the films I saw were fantastic. It was a great experience getting to mingle with other filmmakers and see their amazing work.

    Overall, just a fantastic experience. Bill and Michelle Sorvino with the rest of their team truly treat you like a star!

    Thank you!

    January 2018
  • Brian Heil

    Fun festival. Great communication.. highly recommended.

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Brian! Email me @michelesorvino@gmail.com for a discount code hope you can join us again!

  • Rich Rickaby

    Had a blast. I wish them continued success.

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Hi Rich! Thank you so much for your review. we are humbled! Reach out to me if you need anything!

  • Jeana Reilly

    If there's a Film Festival that should be on your bucket list, Golden Door International Film Festival is one of them!
    A First Class Festival - Amazing Opening and Closing Galas, brilliant screenings and Q&A's - it was a true honor to screen my film, DANNI, at this Festival. Bill and Michele make you feel so welcomed. Hope to be back soon! - ;)

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Hi Jeana, Thank you so much for this amazing review, I am so Humbled. Loved screening DANNI. Keep the creativity coming! Xo