Grove Film Festival was created to offer a fun relaxed festival atmosphere, showcasing quality independent films, while offering networking opportunities in a fun upbeat setting. The diverse array of films, selected by a committee, includes features and shorts from all genres, as well as documentaries, music videos and screenplays. The festival is hosted in Jersey City New Jersey; with an after party following the screenings, that includes networking for actors and filmmakers.

Our festival will be a one night event, with films screening in the screening room of the Brightside Tavern in Jersey City. Following the screenings will be a chance for filmmakers and actors to mingle, followed by an after party. Food and Beverages are available during the screenings and after.

The Audience Choice Award is determined by the festival attendees voting.

Winning and nominated screenplays will be listed on our website.


1. Grove Film Festival competition categories are open to the United States and International entries.
2. All entries must submit preview screeners on DVD (NTSC) or Blu-Ray or via online through FilmFreeway. Any other method must receive prior approval from the festival.
3. Foreign language entries must have English language subtitles.
4. Entries must have been completed in the past 5 years.
5. Applicants may submit as many entries as they wish, as long as each entry has a separate entry form and fee.
6. Entries must include contact information, submission tracking #, and both an email address and phone number if possible, on all DVD and Blu-Ray submissions.
7. For DVD and Blu-Ray submissions, please submit in sturdy containers and/or bubble wrap to avoid damage. No fiber filled envelopes. DVD and Blu-Ray submissions will not be returned to the submitters.
8. Grove Film Festival has the right to screen any film or projects submitted to the Grove Film Festival without paying screening fees.
9. In order to receive an award trophy or certificate, the project's producer or director must be present, unless a physical festival is not held.
10. If officially selected, it is the responsibility of the submitter to send the festival their film in DVD, Blu-Ray, or digital download format.
11. Screening copies will not be returned to the submitter, unless a pre-paid return mailer is included.
12. All decisions made by the festival are final and at their discretion.

Payments can be made through FilmFreeway by credit card, or by check or money order. If payment is not made by credit card through FilmFreeway, the submission must also include a check or money order of the appropriate funds made out to: Grove Film Festival. Submission fees are non-refundable.

Overall Rating
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    Melissa Malone

    Our cast & crew had a great time at Grove Film Festival. Larry was an excellent communicator and the Brightside Tavern was accommodating and friendly.

    October 2017
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    Chris Russell

    Fun festival to screen your film/meet other filmmakers!

    July 2017
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    Christopher Fox

    Just want to start out by saying the Grove Film Festival KICKED A**!!
    Great staff, great venue and great films. Larry Rosen is a great guy and and it shows how much he cares about the festival with the work he puts into the Grove Film Festival. Not only did they show my debut short film " Tri-an-gle " some love by being accepted but our lead actor was nominated for Best Actor which was awesome! We had a blast at the event and it was truly a great night to remember. I highly suggest submitting to this festival.

    July 2017
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    Heather Nichols

    This is a great film festival. We really enjoyed being a part of it. They are excellent at communication and answering any questions you have. We were greeted as soon as we entered and felt welcomed and like we were part of something. There was a great turnout for the screenings and a lot of good films. Before the screenings, we had the chance to network with other filmmakers. Everything about this festival was so on point. Thank you to the festival director Larry Rosen for running such a great event. We'll definitely be submitting again.

    July 2017
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    Bill Dobb

    The communication was phenomenal. Quick responses. Clear communication. Well organized from start to finish. We were absolutely thrilled to be selected and have our premiere at Grove Film Festival. It was an excellent experience I can't wait for again!

    June 2017