Jersey City Horror Film Festival (Formerly Jersey City Popup Film Festival) (JCHFF) is designed to be a fun relaxed film festival, offering quality independent films and networking opportunities.
We strive to create opportunities for networking with fellow filmmakers and actors before and after the screenings.
Each festival will have an after party and awards.
The films, selected by a committee, include features, shorts, music videos, webisodes, and documentaries.

The festival will be hosted in the screening room at the Brightside Tavern in Jersey City. Before the screenings will be opportunity for networking and meeting fellow filmmakers and actors, with an after party to follow the screenings.

Trophies will be given to Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Unproduced Screenplay.

Winners and nominees will also be listed on our website.


1. JCHFF competition categories are open to the United States and International entries.

2. Films must submit preview screeners through online via secure screener, youtube or vimeo. 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. JCHFF has the right to screen any film or projects submitted to the Jersey City Horror Film Festival.

7. In order to receive an award, the project's producer, director, or representative must be present, unless a physical festival is not held.

8. If officially selected, it is the responsibility of the submitter to send the festival their film for digital download.

9. Items mailed to the festival will not be returned to the submitter, unless a pre-paid return mailer is included.

10. All decisions made by the festival are final and at their discretion.

Overall Rating
  • Bobby McGruther

    Larry and his team are always amazing to screen with. First time seeing my film in a real movie theater was surreal!

    August 2021
  • Javan Nelson

    Jersey City was great! Small group of artists and not many from outside the filmmakers, but was a cool gathering. Honored us with a best actor award! Only thing I'd change is adding a step-and-repeat to get some cool images. Otherwise had a great time!

    August 2021
  • Joshua Nelson

    Great festival! Amazing location, wonderful people! Highly recommended!

    August 2021
  • Excellent Communication. Informative. Awesome. I highly recommend this festival to any aspiring filmmaker. 😇❤️

    November 2020
  • JoeBert Entertainment

    We always have a good time at Jersey City Popup. It's well-hosted with a fun atmosphere, making it easy to network. We were happy to be part of the special Horror edition on Friday the 13th. Who doesn't love horror movies?

    September 2019