• 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
  • Marvin Glover

    Thank you Golden Door International Film Festival, we are so grateful to be a part of this exceptional, high-caliber festival. Thank you for screening The Weight of Perfection and sharing our work in your fantastic festival! We hope to see you again soon!

    October 2021
  • I really enjoyed this festival. The organization, feel and overall aesthetic was great! I enjoyed meeting new people, especially the actors and other filmmakers. I made some really good contacts and being in the Landmark Loew's Theater, a place I frequented as a child, was incredible! Bill and Michelle Sorvino are wonderful people and the Golden Door is an OUTSTANDING Film Festival. I can't wait to participate again in the future!

    October 2021
  • Adam Gascho

    Super happy to have been selected to Golden Door. They put on a great festival, and we highly recommend the festival!

    September 2021
  • Markus Johnson Castro

    Great festival with a proper opening gala, a cursing festival general, and a very funny award show. Great for networking and meeting other filmmakers and getting some attention to your work.

    January 2020
  • Wendy Stuart Kaplan

    Amazing opportunity to network at more than a one red carpets event and cocktail parties. The Sorvinos and Christian Kieber run a first class festival with a huge range of international films. Because the screenings are in numerous venues, you really need to make your own schedule of particular films you would want to see. This was our second year in this highly recommended festival.

    November 2019