This is a small, grassroots storytelling festival.

Films must include an association with mythology and folklore, examples of which are Witches, Jersey Devil, Spirits, etc. But we are not limited to NJ folklore or monsters.

Our goal is to explore the unique history that occupies the space between history and fantasy, the shadowy space of local legends that help create and define our cultural identities.

We will have :

Gift Cards

General Eligibility

Submissions must be accompanied by the applicable submission fee PER ENTRY and a completed online entry form. All films must be in English or have English subtitles at the time submitted.

Films must be submitted as an online streaming video via a participating submission platform ( FilmFreeway), a password-protected streaming URL. DVD will be accepted with prior approval

Films that have been submitted to JDFF in previous years are eligible to be resubmitted, provided they are eligible according to all of JDFFs current rules.

Films with US distribution (obtained prior to being selected for AFF screening) or films produced, financed or initiated by a major film studio or television network are ineligible for competition but may be considered for a special screening. Selection for screening will be determined no later than 21 days prior to the festival.

Short films that are publicly available online prior to the Festival may be considered for exhibition during the Festival,

JDFF reserves the right in its sole discretion to reject or disqualify any ineligible entries, without a refund.

Films that are selected to screen at the Festival may not necessarily be selected to be 'in competition' for awards purposes. Notifications regarding potential selection for competition status possibly may occur subsequent to notifications of acceptance for the exhibition.