*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 fifth 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 project at the beautiful Clairidge Movie Theater, so you can grab some popcorn and see your work up on the Big Screen!🍿 You will also have the opportunity to network and mingle with industry powerhouses, special guests, and fellow creators at the terrific 505 Cinema, where we hold our workshops and panels. Of course, parties will be part of the festivities throughout the weekend!

And our wonderful Awards Gala gives you the opportunity to eat, drink, and celebrate your work! Check out the pics, and follow our social media for videos from the events. You've never been to a festival like the #NJWebFest.

** See further below on this page for Submission Rules!

These are some of the awards that are expected for 2023 (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: LA WebFest
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. “Don’t Wait Create!” Award
Best of the Best Web Series

FICTION PODCASTS | ACTUAL PLAY PROJECTS

*This list is an example of awards we are considering for 2023 and is subject to change at any time*

Fiction Podcast

Best Editing of a Fiction Podcast
Best Overall Sound Design of a Fiction Podcast
Best Action Sound Design of a Fiction Podcast
Best Environmental Sound Design of a Fiction Podcast
Best Director
Best Writing / Script
Best Leading Performance (1)
Best Leading Performance (2)
Best Supporting Performance (1)
Best Supporting Performance (2)
Best Chemistry
Best Ensemble Cast
Outstanding Comedy
Outstanding Drama
Outstanding Science Fiction
Outstanding Fantasy
Outstanding Horror/Thriller

Actual Play

Best Editing of an Actual Play
Best Sound Design of an Actual Play
Best Game Master of an Edited Actual Play
Best Game Master of an Unedited Actual Play
Best Player Character Performance of an Edited Actual Play
Best Player Character Performance of an Unedited Actual Play
Best Ensemble Cast of an Actual Play
Best Costume/Makeup in an Actual Play
Best Overlay Design in an Actual Play
Best Ensemble Character Art
Outstanding Edited Actual Play
Outstanding Unedited Actual Play

Combined Fiction Podcast and Actual Play

Best Cover Art
Best Series Premise
Best Original Scoring
Best Original Song
Best Anthology
Best Family Friendly
Best of the Best Actual Play or Fiction Podcast

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. All Fiction Podcast creators (which includes Actual Play audio projects!): 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. Please submit a MAXIMUM of 30 minutes from your series for our judges. This can be a straight 30 minute excerpt, it could be a “highlight reel” of sorts, or anything in between. It is entirely up to you to decide what gets included in your submission, but know that is the primary thing our judges will use for acceptances, nominations, and awards. Please also include a link to where we/our judges can check out your whole series both as fans of the medium and also if we need more beyond your submission! Visit newjerseywebfest.com/film-freeway-podcasts for more detailed instructions. Contact Ned at podcasts@newjerseywebfest.com if you have any questions.

3. 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 and Actual Play video projects that have a spoken language other than English must be subtitled in English. If your 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. Scripts must be in English.

5. Actual Play creators. All audio-only projects should submit as “Actual Play (Podcast)" and all livestreams and pre-recorded/edited video projects should submit as "Actual Play (Video)”. Your submission must be a maximum of 30 minutes, which you could submit an excerpt of an episode, or create a highlight reel of sorts. If you have any questions at all, contact Ned at podcasts@newjerseywebfest.com.

6. Official Selections will be announced on or before August 1, 2023.

7. Award nominees will be announced on or before August 15, 2023.

8. Event date: September 21-24, 2023.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • As a fiction podcaster it is hard to find a place to meet other like minded passionate creators and celebrate our art together. There truly is NO OTHER place as receptive to new people, bold in their support of each other and supportive of each other’s successes. Collaboration is a KEY focus of most conversations, focusing on elevating strengths and not simply highlighting challenges. Neem and the NJ WebFest team treat everyone like rockstars and because of that everyone shines a little brighter. This place is home to many people that freely share knowledge, experience and wisdom and for that alone it is priceless.

    September 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Wow! Cannot thank you enough for this. Means the world. It is truly our pleasure to provide this space, and it is YOU creators who bring the magic.

  • John Fahey

    NJ Webfest was an incredible experience! The fest itself is full of good panels and great screenings in some beautiful venues. The creators involved were so friendly and there were a ton of opportunities to meet some cool new people. Neem, the festival operator, believes in the idea of this community being a family and it shows. He and the staff were so personable, I felt very welcome as an outsider from LA! Creators, this is the kind of fest you want to go to!!

    September 2022
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    Response from festival:

    We are so so appreciative of your kind words! We are thrilled to have you as part of the NJ WebFest FAMILY!

  • Nathalie Schmidt

    My apology for the late review - I was sure I had posted this last fall (please blame it on the end of the travel ban with France which got me then a bit upside down!). New Jersey Web Festival is a wonderful venue. The hosting of Neem Basha and his team is exceptional. They love creators, and the whole atmosphere at the festival is very friendly. The event is meant to be a celebration of your work. I'm grateful and I was honoured that I DO the Pilot and then, two years later, the whole Season 1 were selected and nominated. I had a great time at the Festival, seeing series on a big screen, and networking with lovely creators in a warm and friendly space. The gala is spectacular, so is the Manor where it takes place. Congratulations and many thanks for having me!

    August 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Nathalie! Very much appreciated. We loved having you!

  • Chris Oledude


    From Christopher R. Owens, President, CESO Enterprises, Inc. crowens@cesony.com:

    On behalf of CESO ENTERPRISES, INC., Alyssa Dann, Chris Oledude, and all of our production participants, I would like to compliment the organizers and operators of New Jersey Web Festival. When we created our first music video (which was long enough to be a short film), we knew nothing about film festivals. With the help of FilmFreeway, we started researching. The categories were good. Everyone who contacted us on behalf of this festival was helpful. The submissions looked excellent.

    It was indeed exciting to discover this new world and to be so warmly welcomed by the inhabitants! To have GEORGE FLOYD: SAY THEIR NAMES selected for inclusion was an honor in and of itself.

    We were happy to “get the word out” and continue motivating people worldwide to consider the injustices embedded within our nation’s criminal justice system. After all, situations where a powerful segment of the population uses its law enforcement apparatus to abuse and oppress other segments of the population are recognizable in and common too many societies.
    We recommend submitting your work and we certainly intend to participate again in the future.

    Peace and stay safe!

    January 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for this review! We love your work!!

  • Janel Tanna

    I cannot say enough good things about NJWF, Neem and founders. Pre festival communication allowed for filmmakers to feel the excitement of the festival approaching, and really feel part of a community. The festival truly supports their artists. The festival itself was amazing, from the screenings and networking to the stunning awards reception. The reception was outstanding, and such an amazing way to end the festival. It also created such good energy and joy amongst all the artists , and will definitely remain a very happy memory on the festival scene, especially now. Cannot thank NJWF enough for selecting our work and look forward to bringing new work to this special community.

    November 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Wow, thank you so much for this review, Janel! Means the world to us! Please keep creating awesome content. The world needs more filmmakers like you!