• 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 Sylvester Stallone Doc: 40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic)
Gary Donatelli (Served as national Fourth Vice President Directors Guild of America)
Golden Door International Film Festival has taken its place among the most celebrated film festivals on the eastern seaboard.
Now in its 11th 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.

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
  • Ryan Richter

    The Sorvino's and the rest of the team were top notch. What a time, you guys really blew our nips off! Thank you!

    June 2022
  • One of the best festivals around!! They know how to treat the artists! JHS

    May 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Ben Myers

    Bill and the entire Golden Door team put on a great in-person event, and also programmed great films. With Red carpet party events, a warm ethos of support to filmmakers and two venues of films playing all weekend, this is a great festival to plug into the NJ film community. This fest definitely brought Hollywood to Jersey City. I will be submitting my work again- highly recommend!

    May 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Ben!! Was a pleasure meeting you and spending the weekend with you and so many great folks! -Bill

  • Thank you Golden Door! Our first in person event was filled with amazing films and filmmakers! 9 Lives: Chapter One was proud to be included as an Official Selection. And the nominations for Best Short Film and Best Actress were so appreciated, especially given the caliber of this festival's selections. Your kindness, hospitality, events planned, hospitality and professionalism were beyond me and my cast and crew's expectations. Hope to see you next year!

    May 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Gabrielle! Was so great meeting you and the fam! And congrats on your great work! -Bill

  • Taylor Taglianetti

    Thank you very much for including Heirloom at this year's festival!

    May 2022