• 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
  • Noelle White

    This was my first major film festival and I learned so much from this experience. It was such an exciting festival and I'm so thrilled to enter again next year!

    October 2018
  • J. S.

    The Sorvinos run a fantastic, top-notch festival and their support of filmmakers, both emerging and established, is commendable!
    Back in 2014? GDIFF was the first film festival I entered, and will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you for your continued encouragement - can't wait to begin my next film! - Joseph Sexton

    October 2018
  • Will McFadden

    You must experience Golden Door! The venue alone is impressive enough, as the Historic Loews is a magical place, but the Festival as a whole makes it unforgettable. Michele and Bill are all about making it a great event for the filmmakers, and their care and respect for the work shines through everything. The energy of the staff is tireless, and they are bringing their whole heart to what they do. I am so proud to have had our film there and I can not recommend it more highly.

    October 2018
  • Stacey Van Gorder Leung

    The Golden Door International Film Festival is a fun, networking crowd magnet that brings people from all over the world to a beautiful historic theater in Jersey City to talk films, acting and production. I saw some great films at the festival and I hope to be back again to support filmmakers next year!

    October 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