• 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
  • What a wonderful festival and good people full of great energy! The venue was beautiful and the feelings were festive. Thank you Golden Door International. Grateful to have taken part in your wonderful festival!

    July 2024
  • Venessa Diaz

    We had a wonderful experience premiering our short “The Road to Lilith” with Golden Door. Bill, Michele and everyone involved were warm and kind and very passionate about the industry.

    The festival events were fun and very well coordinated. Do not hesitate applying for this great festival!

    July 2024
  • Seth Jacobson

    Great festival! Very well run! The folks running it are true professionals. As a filmmaker, I was treated me with honor and grace. Highly recommend.

    June 2024
  • Nicholas Garr

    Wonderful experience! Great communication! Very classy. It was exciting to be part of an event with such a high standard. All the work shown was top notch.

    June 2024
  • Excellent parties, and a full theater for a phenomenal screening experience. Love the audience Q&A, and the chance to network with so many filmmakers. Had a blast.

    June 2024