*Web Series World Cup Participant!*

Just ten days after our first festival took place, we became one of FilmFreeway's Best-Reviewed Festivals -- and now as we enter our fourth year, we continue to get bigger and better thanks to the amazing talent that has been part of our events! Thank you 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.

Submissions from all over the world, and from every genre, are welcome. Quality is the only criteria: we want to showcase the very best.

We accept webseries, short films, pilots, trailers, music videos, narrative fiction podcasts, actual play fiction podcasts, actual play livestreams, and short scripts, so that all digital creators can experience the #JerseyMagic! (See our Rules section for more deets on submitting.)

Those who attend will be treated to a screening of their show at a wonderful venue 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, 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.

These are some of the honors that are expected for 2022 (subject to change, depending on submissions.)

WEBSERIES | PILOTS | TRAILERS | MUSIC VIDEOS | SHORTS
Best Actor in various genres (Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Fantasy...)
Best Actress in various genres (Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Fantasy...)
Best Supporting Actor in various genres (Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Fantasy...)
Best Supporting Actress in various genres (Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Fantasy...)
Best Host
Best Guest Star
Best Director in various genres (Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Fantasy...)
Best Writing in various genres (Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Fantasy...)
Best Cinematography in various genres (Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Fantasy...)
Best Ensemble Cast - Comedic
Best Ensemble Cast - Dramatic
Best On-Screen Chemistry
Best Special Effects/Video Effects
Best Editing - Comedic
Best Editing - Dramatic
Best Score/Soundtrack
Best Theme Song
Best Series Premise
Outstanding Trailer
Outstanding Music Video
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
Direct Selection: Apulia WebFest
Direct Selection: London Short Series
Outstanding Short Film
Outstanding Script
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Animation Series
Outstanding Sketch Comedy Series
Outstanding Dramedy Series
Outstanding Thriller Series
Outstanding Sci-Fi Series
Outstanding Unscripted/Reality Series
Outstanding Mockumentary Series
Michael J. Ajakwe Jr. β€œDon’t Wait Create!” Award
Best of the Best Web Series

FICTION PODCASTS
Best Editing of an Actual Play
Best Editing of a Narrative Fiction
Best Sound Design of an Actual Play
Best Sound Design of a Narrative Fiction
Best Series Premise of a Narrative Fiction
Best Cover Art of a Fiction Podcast
Best Director
Best Writing / Script
Best Game Master
Best Player Character Performance
Best Leading Performance
Best Supporting Performance
Best Chemistry
Best Ensemble Cast of an Actual Play
Best Ensemble Cast of a Narrative Fiction
Best Theme Song
Best Original Scoring
Best Anthology
Best Family Friendly
Outstanding Actual Play Podcast playing D&D
Outstanding Actual Play Podcast not playing D&D
Outstanding Comedy
Outstanding Science Fiction
Outstanding Fantasy
Outstanding Drama
Outstanding Horror / Thriller
Best of the Best Fiction Podcast

ACTUAL PLAY LIVESTREAMS
Best Game Master of a Livestream
Best Player Character Performance in a Livestream
Best Costume/Makeup in a Livestream
Best Ensemble Cast of a Livestream
Best Cover Art of a Livestream
Best Overlay Design
Best VTT Integration in a Livestream
Outstanding Livestream playing D&D
Outstanding Livestream not playing D&D

ACTUAL PLAY PODCAST/LIVESTREAM CATEGORIES
Best Surprise Moment (Game Master to Players)
Best Surprise Moment (Players to Game Master)
Best Series Premise of an Actual Play

1. If you've uploaded a video file to FilmFreeway, great! But web series creators should 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. Fiction Podcast creators: when you join FilmFreeway, you can upload your audio file by categorizing your work as "Music/Songwriting." It's currently the only category that allows you to upload audio-only files (but we're working with FilmFreeway on updating that!) :) So, get your work up and submit to get the film festival experience! Visit
newjerseywebfest.com/film-freeway-podcasts for more detailed instructions. Contact podcasts@newjerseywebfest.com if you have any questions.

3. There is no length requirement or limit to submit. Quality is our only criteria. So make it good! :) Please note, however, that if you get selected, we may ask for a truncated version of your project for screening purposes, depending on the length of your episodes.

4. Web series that have a spoken language other than English must be subtitled in English. If your fiction podcast is in a language other than English, we need you to email us an English transcript after submitting (email it to info@newjerseywebfest.com; include your tracking number in the subject line). Music videos don't need to be subtitled or translated.

5. Actual Play Livestream creators: Your show must stream live on the internet, no edited pre-recorded shows are eligible in this category. Your back catalogue must be available for us to look through should we like. Please submit a single episode from your back catalogue that you feel best exemplifies your show. Please also include a link to the platform where your show streams live, as well as to your back catalogue if it is held somewhere else. Contact podcasts@newjerseywebfest.com if you have any questions.

6. Official Selections will be announced on or before August 1, 2022.

7. Award nominees will be announced on or before August 15, 2022.

8. Event date: September 22-25, 2022.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • I've been accepted in many festivals. However, NJ Web Festival is the 1st to make me feel this welcomed and like family. They are not just producing a festival, they are building a tribe of people who believe in digital story telling and I love it. I sing their praises throughout the year because their spirit sings a love for the Indie Content Creator. I look forward to seeing you all in 2022πŸ™‹πŸ½β€β™€οΈ.

    September 2021
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    Response from festival:

    That means a lot to us! That truly is our goal, and we are thrilled to know that it shines through :) Thanks!

  • Nora K

    This is an amazing festival I will always go to no matter what. They treat you like family (or better, depending on your situation :)) the event has a really supportive and fun atmosphere, the gala is in this outstandingly beautiful venue, with wonderful music, food, and neworking possibilities. And Neem and his collective are such warm, fun and attentive hosts. You really see they care. About you as a creator, about your show, about you as a supporter or viewer of what somebody else created.

    And their programming is really good too. I have been introduced to some super entertaining shows there (hello Demon Doctor).

    All of this make it one of the best festivals out there and certainly one really worth its fees.

    Go #feelthemagic

    September 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks! We're thrilled that you had a great time, and even more thrilled that you found value in the other projects and creators. That's what it's all about!

  • The New Jersey folks know how to celebrate creativity and showcase talent. Thanks for including us … We look forward to doing it again in the future.

    September 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Very much appreciated Courtney! We missed you at the fest, but glad you felt our love from afar!

  • This festival is a must! Neem and his team are so passionate about creators and they do everything they can to support them in this festival! Amazing energy, excitement, and so much heart. They are organized and very open with communication. I have been twice and I can't wait for next year! I love this festival!

    September 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Ashley! We love your show and think you're fab!

  • James Lockhart

    The New Jersey Web Festival was an incredible experience that we will never forget! The screenings were great
    and everyone was so supportive and friendly to one another. And of course, the Gala was
    AMAZING! It was such a gorgeous venue and it was very nicely set up. Winning the Outstanding Web Series Trailer
    award was one of the greatest and most magical moments! Thank you so much, Neem and your awesome team
    for hosting such a great festival! We were certainly feeling the magic! - Producer LaTasia Greene & the AbSolved Team

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Team Absolved! We loved having you all at our festival and are thrilled that you enjoyed yourself!