Join one of the finest globally recognized film festivals on the East Coast! The Monmouth Film Festival is known for discovering and showcasing top-quality, ground breaking independent cinema. Our award-winning films have been featured in global platforms including the Academy Awards, Netflix, PBS, Showtime, HBO, Amazon Prime, Vimeo Staff Picks, and more! As a a 501(c)(3) New Jersey non-profit organization, the MFF is designed to promote and connect filmmakers from all over the state, country, and the globe! The festival is more than an opportunity for artists to have their work showcased, it is a forum for educational opportunities through professional workshops and seminars, networking events and Q&As with filmmakers and special industry guests. Our industry partners include ABC, Disney, Viacom, Nickelodeon, Blue Sky Studios, New York Film Academy and many more. We are your platform to present and promote your stories and artistic voice. It all begins right here!

Best Feature Narrative
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Narrative
Best Short Documentary
Best New Jersey Film
Best Student Film
Best Foreign Film
Best Animated Film
Best Screenplay
Best TV Pilot
Best Web Series
Kevin Smith Director Award
Audience Choice Awards (Select Categories)


The 6th ANNUAL MONMOUTH FILM FESTIVAL will take place November 15th-21st, 2021, virtually due to current New Jersey State restrictions on in-person events in addition to the health and safety of our community and patrons. Live events or screenings may be presented by the time of the event date but are not promised or guaranteed.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE - Submissions deadlines are listed under each submission category on FilmFreeway. Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance.

SUBMISSION FORMAT - Films must be submitted via FilmFreeway online screener in order to be properly viewed and judged. Please DO NOT mail submission DVDs of your film.

SUBMISSION ELIGIBILITY - All submissions must have been completed after January 1st, 2019. All films must be in English or subtitled in English. Films must not have been commercially screened in the US, or available for video or internet distribution prior to the 5th Annual Monmouth Film Festival. There is no premiere policy for submission.

SUBMISSION FEE - The fees are selected based on category and deadline.

EXHIBITION - If accepted, short films must be able to provide a digital file of their film (.mov/.mp4). Feature films, in addition to a digital file, may also mail a Blu-Ray for exhibition only if desired.

SUBMISSION NOTIFICATION- Filmmakers will be notified of their film(s) submission status ON or BY the listed notification date on FilmFreeway. If there are any issues or incomplete submissions, you will be notified. This Notification date may be subject to change.



I, the representative of the project being submitted, (the "Film"), acknowledge and agree as follows in connection with the Film's submittal to MFF (the "MFF") for consideration for the Monmouth Film Festival (the "Festival"):

I hereby represent and warrant to the Festival that (a) I am duly authorized, on my own behalf and on behalf of all other persons or entities who have any ownership rights in the Film, to exhibit this Film at the Festival, (b) this exhibition will not violate any law or any right or consent of any person or entity and (c) the Film is not subject to litigation nor is it threatened by any litigation.

COPYRIGHTS - I am responsible for reserving the rights to any content used in the Film. I further represent and warrant that, to the best of my knowledge, the exhibition of the Film at the Festival will not violate or infringe any copyright, patent, privacy right, publicity right, trademark, service mark or any other personal or property right of any person or entity and that my Film does not constitute a defamation of any person or entity. I have paid and will pay in full all license fees, clearance fees, and other obligations, of any kind, arising from the exhibition of the Film in connection with the Festival.

PROMOTIONS AGREEMENT - By submitting, whether my film or screenplay is accepted or not, I hereby grant without reservations, to the Festival, and their related entities (a) the right to use footage, stills and/or titles, and information from the Film for promotional purposes and (b) the right to issue and authorize publicity concerning the filmmakers and the Film and to use all associated names, likenesses and biographical information. I also agree to provide contact information for the director and producer(s) of the Film and grant the Festival the right to provide this information to film industry organizations sponsoring Festival events at its discretion.

LIABILITY: I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the MFF, the Festival, the affiliate, subsidiary and parent entities of each, and the officers, directors, employees, attorneys, advisors and agents of each of the foregoing from and against any and all claims, losses, or liabilities (including but not limited to attorney's fees and costs of the court) that may be asserted against any of the foregoing or incurred by any of the foregoing at any time in connection with the Film or the Festival's use thereof, and/or arising from any breach or alleged breach of any representation made by me to the Festival and affiliates.

COMPENSATION: If accepted, I acknowledge that the Festival's presentation of the Film does not create any confidential or fiduciary relationship between the Festival and I. I understand that I will not receive any compensation for such exploitation, although some prizes at the Festival may or may not include cash awards. I acknowledge that no obligation of any kind is assumed by or may be implied against the Festival or the MFF because of the Festival's selection of the Film. I understand and acknowledge that the selection of my Film by the Festival does not in any way constitute an express or implied endorsement or approval by the Festival or the MFF of the content of the Film or any opinion expressed therein.

CONSENT: I represent that I am 18 years of age or older, or that if I am younger than the legal age to enter into contracts in my state, I have provided a written consent from my parent or legal guardian. I agree that any controversy arising out of or in connection with my Film and the Festival will be governed by the internal laws of the State of New Jersey and conclusively determined by arbitration in the City of Red Bank, New Jersey in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association before a single arbitrator mutually agreed by the parties. I hereby waive any and all rights and benefits which I might otherwise have or be entitled to litigate any such dispute in court, including without limitation a trial by jury.

I acknowledge that I have read and understood the rules and regulations for submitting a film to the Festival.

By submitting a film or screenplay, I freely and voluntarily give and express my full and complete acceptance of all of the terms and provisions set forth in these General Rules and Terms and Conditions. I acknowledge that no oral representations, inducements, promises or assurances of any kind, and no representations, inducements, promises or assurances not set forth in these General Rules or the Terms and Conditions, have been made to me or the Film’s Owners by the Monmouth Film Festival Inc. of New Jersey or any Indemnitee.

Overall Rating
  • vijaykumar mirchandani

    It was my second selection in two consecutive years. Super thrilled as our short film "Paese Che Vai - When in Rome" won the Audience Choice Award Short Film. I was looking forward to the ground event however kudos to the team to turn it around so beautifully into an online event offering super films and some great panel discussions which are my favorite. Congratulations to the entire team on the success of going virtual for the first time ever and looking to making it into a Hat-trick next year. Cheerz

    September 2020
  • Artemis Fradelou

    Very well organized and although there was the Covid-19 restrictions that made it difficult to attend and all, the festival made a digital online platform that made it so much easier for us to follow, and possible for the viewers everywhere in the world to watch the program!

    September 2020
  • Marlene Emilia Rios

    These guys did a fantastic job re-organizing the festival and moving it online and accommodating it to making a truly engaging virtual film festival ! By far one of the best festivals that adapted for 2020 and still made the festival experience fun and exciting for filmmakers. Can't wait until the next one!

    August 2020
  • Robert Burnett

    Thanks to the Monmouth festival for an excellent virtual experience. Our film "The City Behind Us: The Story of the Elmora Troopers" was honored with a top award. We feel honored given the high quality of films screening in this festival.

    August 2020
  • This festival is fantastic. My short EX DISPOSER showed virtually this year - thanks again to Mr. Calisti for the opportunity! My favorite part was participating in a remote interview with Michael Sockol. Interview opportunities like this are rare for emerging filmmakers, especially now with COVID-19 restrictions, but Mr. Calisti, Mr. Sockol, and Nicole Andexler (Publicity Coordinator) all did a wonderful job of communicating with me & inviting me for this promotional opportunity. Thanks, Monmouth! I hope to be back in the years to come!

    August 2020