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 January 1, 2022.
- 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
  • Kate Darion

    The New Jersey Documentary Film Festival is something really special. It was so great to have our short film at the event. Hope to screen something else there in the near future! Cheers!

    December 2021
  • Blair Academy

    Admittedly, the turnout was a little sparse at the high school film screening, but the venue was great and the organizers were very welcoming. I look forward to seeing this festival grow in the years to come!

    August 2021
  • Very honored to have had my film chosen to be part of the festival alongside other great directors. Joshua was very responsive and kind to me. Highly recommend.

    August 2021
  • Roger Sherman

    It was great to be a part of the festival. They communicated easily and were very helpful. I'll definitely submit my next film.

    August 2021
  • Douglas Clayton

    As a film maker, this is clearly one of the best festivals I've attended. The curators really know what they're doing and show great respect to the audience and film makers. They provided a lovely venue, top notch quality awards and gifts, extremely thoughtful short film pairings, and free beverages and snacks. Thank you for providing a platform for story telling.

    August 2021