FRIDAY THE 13th. SEPTEMBER 13th. We will screen horror films.

Jersey City Popup Film Festival (JCPFF) 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, and Audience Choice.

Winners and nominees will also be listed on our website.


1. JCPFF 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. JCPFF has the right to screen any film or projects submitted to the Jersey City Popup 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
  • Loring Murtha

    Great festival, run very professionally! An honor to screen there alongside such other wonderful films! Will definitely be submitting again!

    March 2019
  • smaller festival with a big heart and great networking,

    October 2018
  • S. Kramer Herzog

    Always the best, try you will like it!

    June 2018
  • Bonnie Harper

    We were fortunate enough to show several films at this brand new festival, so we had fans that were able to see a lot of our current work. There were many, many local filmmakers as well and the networking opportunities cannot be beat. There were definitely people making deals as well as contacts. The venue is a local establishment which does detract a bit due to ambient noise, but the food is fantastic and there is a very fine beer selection. Frankly, as we were running from our day gigs, good food and drink while watching great films was more than welcome.

    September 2017