The New Jersey Young Filmmakers’ Festival (NJYFF) is a project of the Thomas A. Edison Media Arts Consortium. The mission of NJYFF is to support and promote the work of young emerging filmmakers, who either live in or attend school in the State of New Jersey. NJYFF gives students the opportunity to submit their films to a highly respected and long-running film festival and have it evaluated by prominent representatives in the field of film and media. Since the very beginning of New Jersey Young Filmmakers in 1975, the purpose of the festival has been to recognize, celebrate, and encourage emerging young talent in New Jersey, the state in which Thomas Edison first developed the motion picture.

Every year the Festival premiere, reception, and awards ceremony is held in late May or early June at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange, NJ - the original home of Thomas Edison's first film studio known as the "Black Maria."

The award-winning films are screened on a Saturday evening under the stars, awards are presented, a party with refreshments for filmmakers, family, and friends is held, photos of filmmakers are taken and a video is produced every year at the event and posted on the NJYFF website. Activities include a film trivia game, raffle, and more. Admission is free and open to the public.

Prizes include:
NJYFF T-Shirts - with a new logo every year designed by a winning young NJ artist.
NJYFF Buttons for all filmmakers attending the premiere with the winning logo design.
NJYFF Plaques commemorating the top-award winners.
Complementary photos for all winning filmmakers with their family and friends.

The New Jersey Young Filmmakers’ Festival seeks short films and videos from students with a home base in NJ. NJYFF is an open-genre festival accepting films in all categories including Animation/Stop Motion, Documentary/Broadcast, Experimental, Narrative, and hybrids.

Filmmakers attending middle school, high school, college, and/or independent directors from age 12 through 29 may enter. Filmmakers must either reside in or attend school in New Jersey. This festival is specifically designed to support and feature works from New Jersey based young filmmakers. Filmmakers are required to list both the school they attend and their home mailing address. One of these addresses MUST be based in New Jersey.

All films that include a music track, must either have permission from the artist to use the music, use royalty-free music, or original music. All music included in the sound track must be listed in the credits. FIlms employing copyrighted music without express permission from the artist will be disqualified.

Film Submission running times:

Middle School: Total running time for films must be 5 min. or less.

High School & College/Independent: Total running time for films must be 10 min. or less.

Opening Date for Submissions: Friday February 14, 2020

Deadline to Upload Entries – Friday May 1st, 2020

Jury for student films + T-Shirt/Logo design - Friday May 8st, 2020

Awards Notification for filmmakers & T-shirt/Logo Design – Monday May 11th, 2020

NJYFF Festival Premiere 2020 - Saturday May 30th, 2020 at 6:00PM at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park, 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ.

Submission Guidelines:
Films must be entered directly on FilmFreeway’s NJ Young Filmmakers’ Festival page. A $15 entry fee is required for each film submitted, payable on the FilmFreeway website. For 2020 the submission extended deadline is June 30th, 2020. A downloadable link must be provided for each film submitted.