• 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 do 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
  • 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
  • Jim Toscano

    A great festival all around! The communication and hospitality was beyond great.

    November 2018
  • Angel Lizardi

    Thank you GDIFF for the amazing experience!

    October 2018
  • Screening at the Lowes Theater in Jersey city was a treat, excellent opening night, and closing night.

    October 2018