*Web Series World Cup Participant!*

New Jersey's first web festival arrived in a big way in 2018! Just ten days after our first festival took place, we became ranked one of FilmFreeway's Best-Reviewed Festivals! Thanks to all the creators who took time to leave thoughtful reviews! We are #AllAboutTheCreators, and they clearly felt it! Just read the reviews and see for yourself.

We are excited to be entering our second year, coming off the heels of that exciting inaugural edition! Submissions from all over the world, and from every genre, are welcome. Quality is the only criteria: we want to showcase the very best.

Those who attend will be treated to a screening in beautiful Montclair, NJ, at the Clairidge Theater, the premiere art house in the northeast, and will have the opportunity to network and mingle with industry powerhouses, special guests, and fellow creators. Workshops, panels, and parties will of course be part of the festivities!

And our Awards Event is a beautiful gala with gourmet food, unlimited drinks, dessert, entertainment -- first-class all the way. Check out the pics, and follow our social media for videos from the events. You've never been to a festival like the #NJWebFest, so join us and #LetsMakeMemories!

Awards are listed below, but we may add some. In 2018, we had a couple of surprise awards! :)

Best Actor in A Comedy
Best Actress in A Comedy
Best Actor in a Drama, Thriller, or Sci-Fi
Best Actress in a Drama, Thriller, or Sci-Fi
Best Supporting Actor in A Comedy
Best Supporting Actress in A Comedy
Best Supporting Actor - Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Best Supporting Actress - Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Best Host
Best Guest Star
Best Director in a Comedy
Best Writing in a Comedy
Best Director in a Drama, Thriller, or Sci-Fi
Best Writing in a Drama, Thriller, or Sci-Fi
Best Cinematography in A Comedy
Best Cinematography - Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Best Ensemble Cast in A Comedy
Best Ensemble Cast - Drama, Thriller, or Sci-Fi
Best On-Screen Chemistry
Best Special Effects/Video Effects
Best Editing
Best Series Premise
Direct Selection: Seoul WebFest
Direct Selection: Miami WebFest
Direct Selection: Asia Web Awards
Direct Selection: Rio WebFest
Direct Selection: Baltimore Next Media WebFest
Direct Selection: Minnesota WebFest
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Thriller Series
Outstanding Sci-Fi Series
Outstanding Unscripted/Reality Series
Outstanding LGBTQ Series
Michael J. Ajakwe Jr. “Don’t Wait Create!” Award
NJ WEBFEST BEST OF THE BEST

1. If you've uploaded an episode to FilmFreeway, great! But please also include a link for us to view your entire series. We are lovers of web series, and want to watch every episode before making our selections. You can also email us the link to your show at info@newjerseywebfest.com. IF IT IS PASSWORD-PROTECTED, please make sure to provide us with the password.

2. Ideally, you should have at least three episodes produced, but if you have one or two outstanding episodes, with future episodes in the works, feel free to submit. If it's a cant-miss show, we won't pass up the chance to showcase you at our festival.

3. There is no length requirement or limit. Again, quality is our only criteria! We do require, however, that what you're submitting is part of a series. Don't submit a 24-minute short film disguised as a web series pilot.

4. Shows that have a spoken language other than English must be subtitled in English.

5. Official Selections will be announced on or before August 1, 2019.

6. Award nominees will be announced on or before August 15, 2019.

7. Event date: September 14-15, 2019

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Michael Mullen

    We loved being apart of NJ Web Fest! Amazing people, great programing- a true celebration of work and community!

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    And we loved having you all, and showing you some "Nerd Love"! :) Thanks!

  • One of my favorite festival experiences! Neem and co. were always enthusiastic, communicative and organized. The screening was a ton of fun and the awards gala was AMAZING. I am honored to have been an official selection and winner (Best Lead Actor in a Comedy) at the New Jersey Web Fest :)

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Rob!! We appreciate the love! Congratulations on your well-deserved award :) Keep creating!

  • Tyler Martin

    In just a short weekend, this festival created a a sense of community that valued creators above all else. The participants of the festival all felt well valued, and we're given the opportunity to learning from industry professionals. Neem and his team, above all, cultivated a personal experience where are the attendee's we're able to connect and support each other in incredible ways. I would definitely recommend this festival!

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for this review, Tyler! You creators MAKE the festival, and the least we can do is show you appreciation. It means the world to us that you felt loved. You rock!

  • Sally Hassan

    NJ Web Fest was one of the best, if not the Best Festival experience I have had to date. From Day 1 I felt welcome, the panels and screenings started on time, and it was a perfect mix of networking, learning tricks of the trade, and fun. I cannot give enough praise to Neem and Michael who led the festival with such enthusiasm. Anyone would be lucky to be a part of this special web fest.

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    This makes us so happy! We want to give you the best experience possible, so hearing this type of feedback means the world. Thank you, Sally!

  • April Audia

    Wow!! Neem Basha and his team of New Jersey Webfest organizers didn't miss a beat from the beginning to the end and beyond. It starts with a social media connection that begins once you submit!! Sharing hashtags and getting your show seen before things begin. The shows that got into the festival are announced live thru Facebook and Instagram, so again you're already on the ride with everyone else. Once you're in the festival the social media connections continue and everyone becomes a community. THIS ALL HAPPENS BEFORE WE EVEN GET TO THE FESTIVAL!!!
    The festival starts with a kick-off picture of everyone in front of the theatre and goes right into workshops and screenings and a welcome after party!! The next day the screenings, the red carpet interviews, more workshops and then an amazing sit down dinner, music, red carpet and an award ceremony, along with an award given in honor of the Web Festival visionary himself Michael Ajakwe Jr. I can seriously say this festival left NOTHING out. It was first class all the way, with constant surprises and support of all of the creators. We became a community within two days and the social media continues far after the festival is over. There is information, connections, awards and an abundance of inspiration. If anyone is hand picking the festivals they are going to submit to, I would put New Jersey Webfest on the TOP OF THE LIST!!

    September 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, thank you!!! Of all the things you listed that made the NJ WebFest a hit, we have to say that the most important component for success was having amazing creators like you! Thanks for everything, April!