• 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

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.
All screenings must be a New Jersey premiere unless otherwise authorized. 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.
No form of disc (DVD, BLURAY etc) is accepted for the submissions process.

Overall Rating
  • Alexander Kirby

    I had an absolute blast all weekend at the GDIFF. All of the screening locations were amazing and interesting in their own right, and the hospitality was INCREDIBLE! An absolute must if you can make it.

    May 2019
  • Melissa De Leon

    This is my second time going to this festival, but my first time as a director. They definitely improved the festival from the first time I was there. The main venue was gorgeous as ever and the atmosphere felt very Hollywood which I loved. I loved all the red carpet opportunities and loved that the pictures were posted pretty quickly. It was also nice that they had a swag bag for the filmmakers. I found that networking wasn't as easy to do because there were so many films going on so sometimes it felt like you had to pick between watching someone's film or talking to someone. But other than that I'm happy my film got accepted into this festival.

    December 2018
  • Robert Kaiser

    The Golden Door International Film Festival was a professional pleasure to be a part of. I had a wonderful experience at my first festival. The staff and fellow filmmakers were incredibly supportive, the screenings professional and I would recommend that any filmmaker with a worthy project, submit their work to this festival. You will have a good time, maybe win an award and definitely, make connections that will enhance your next project. Go for it!

    November 2018
  • Katherine Rodriguez

    This was an amazing opportunity I will never forget. As a filmmaker, I met had the chance to interact with other filmmakers and I watched some amazing films! I am thankful and appreciative of this experience, Thank You!

    November 2018
  • Adrian Colon

    It was my first time getting into this festival and it was fabulous. The venue was gorgeous and the hospitality superb. I will definitely submit my future projects here for sure.

    November 2018