The New Jersey Documentary Film Festival is screening both short and feature length documentary films over a 4 day period in Sparta, NJ.

There will be a Q&A for all attending filmmakers following their screenings.

Awards for:

Best Feature Documentary
Best Documentary Short
Judges Choice
The Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction Award

NJ Documentary Film Festival official selections will receive laurels
Trophies will be awarded to the winners.

All genres/forms accepted. Seeking Documentary films only, Both Short and Feature length films will be considered. ALL GENRES of Documentary Films will be considered
All foreign-language works MUST be subtitled in English to be considered.

- All submissions must have been completed after May 1, 2021.
- Short films are up to 30 minutes. Feature length films are 31 minutes or longer.
- We place no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status
- Applicants may submit as many entries as they wish, as long as each entry has a separate entry form and fee.
- Features must not be available online as a DVD or digital download/link for purchase. They also must not have been broadcast on television in the United States or screened theatrically in the United States prior to May 1st 2023.
- All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles.
- By submitting to us, you give us the right to screen your film in front of a live audience. You are also giving us permission to promote clips and stills from your film on social media, based on the press kits you provide us with.
- Official Selection: Films selected for screening will be notified via email.
- We cannot provide refunds.
- We reserve the right to update our terms and conditions at any time.

- FilmFreeway and its video player;
- Vimeo with its current password protected private link;
- YouTube as an unlisted link.
Passwords must not be changed until submissions have closed and notification of program films is announced.

Overall Rating
  • Richard Poller

    We were thrilled to be selected for The 2022 New Jersey Doc Festival! Although it just a few years old, Joshua and his team really know what they are doing and put together a great afternoon screening for our film The Irritable Heart. Thanks again!

    May 2022
  • Gavin Shwahla

    Had a short-film of mine featured in this Festival! I will defiantly be participating with future projects! It's a small, family run festival and very professional! As a filmmaker I was welcomed warmly and graciously. Joshua and Jessica were great hosts! They put on this festival out of a love for documentary filmmaking and it shows!

    May 2022
  • Eric Cochran

    Joshua and Jessica put on a great festival. It was a fun, intimate experience that I would definitely do again!

    May 2022
  • Josh and this festival are top notch. The festival is in a great little venue and everyone was really nice. We got a nice goodie bag and the audience was very into all the films, with a deep appreciation for documentaries.

    By far the best festival I have been to on this run.

    May 2022
  • We had a fantastic time at the NJ Doc Fest. Joshua and Jessica put on a wonderful event with care and consideration for the films selected and for the passionate audience that attends the screenings. We are flattered to have won an award for DELIVERING HOPE and humbled to have been selected for the festival. Great work to all and we highly recommend this festival.

    May 2022