The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center proudly announces the 41st Bi-Annual New Jersey Film Festival. The festival will be held between January 27 - February 19, 2023 at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey and will showcase the best in independent film by featuring premiere screenings, special guest appearances by film directors, screenwriters, cast and crew and more. For more information go to, call (848) 932-8482 or e-mail or

Steve Snyder wrote a few years ago in the Newark Star-Ledger that the NJ Film Festival "wants to use movies as a way of building bridges between cultures." Alvin Klein wrote in the NY Times: "The New Jersey Film Festival...represents the first sustained effort at year round art-film programming in the state...and thanks to the the New Jersey Film Festival New Brunswick has become the Mecca for filmgoers in New Jersey, a true cinematheque."

New Jersey has only one media arts center programming year-round -- offering over 100 annual film screenings and events: The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center. Founded in 1982, the Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC draws thousands of viewers from throughout New Jersey by providing an alternative media culture via our Bi-Annual New Jersey Film Festival and New Jersey International Film Festival. The Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC is dedicated to the noncommercial exhibition of independent, classic, international, and experimental films and videos. Not only do our audiences have the opportunity to view many independently produced films, but also the added benefit of meeting with the filmmakers, actors, screenwriters and other members of production crew. Over the past 38 years we have provided New Jersey residents with many inspiring and provocative programs and activities. Some of these include: over 1170 area and premiere screenings of Independent and International Feature and Documentary Films; over 550 Visiting Directors and Media Artists including established directors/producers like: Martin Scorsese, Thelma Schoonmaker-Powell, Paul Morrissey, D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus, Mira Nair, Todd Solondz, Bill Plympton, Jem Cohen, Mark Rappaport, Sara Driver, Jim McKay, Su Friedrich, Menachem Daum, Ken Smith, Aviva Kempner, David Riker, Sarah Karloff, Michel Negroponte, Gary Null, Tim Kirkman, Joseph Dorman, Ted Sod, Heather McDonald, Veronica Burstein, Peter Sillen, Jason Rosette, Susan Muska, Greta Olafsdottir, Sarah Jacobson, Vlas and Charley Parlapanides, Dustin Grella, David Rick Balcorta, Roger Weisberg, Daina Krumins, Jenny Stein, James LaVeck, Thomas Franklin, Thierry Daher, Carolyn Travis, Yasuki Nakajima, Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno, Jerome Bongiorno, Sanjiban Sellew, Susan Ingraham, Martha Rosler, Mark Berger, Raphael Ortiz, Maureen Gosling, Matthew Brown, Moon Molson, Jave Galt-Miller, Micah Baskir, Paul La Blanc, Thurston Smith, Tim Eberle, Damian Kolody, Nancy O'Mallon, Kathy Foronjy, Joe Coburn, Michael Knowles, Luke Mathany, Donny Moss, Raul Barcelona, Alex Feldman, Joesph Bierman, Paul Andersen, Christopher Maloney, Thomas Florek, Paul Marcus, Ryan Smith, Matthew Lawrence, Beth Toni Kruvant, Nadirah Bell, Emma Kenney, Shinako Sudo, Cassandra Evanisko, Daryl Wein, Zoe Lister-Jones, Augusta Palmer, Jonathan Zelenak, Noemie Lafrance, Julie Tortorici, Jessica Provenz, Sarah Louise Lilley, Augusta Palmer, Jonathan Zelenak, Michael Gartland, Frank Prinizi, Jonathan Bogarin, Marko Vuorinen, Christopher Wells, Dimitri de Clercq, Bestor Cram, Matej Silky, Chris Brown, Jeanie Bryson, David Spaltro, Bobbito Garcia, Joe Amodei, Barbara Vekaric’, Bestor Cram, Frank Prinzi, and many others.

Best of Festival Awards!!

This competition is open to U.S. and International entries. Maximum film age is 24 months. No repeat entries. If a work is selected for public screening entrants are contractually obligated to provide an exhibition copy suitable for screening and cannot withdraw their film from the festival. Entry must be a New Jersey or Area Premiere and must not be available to view in full on the internet! Please note we do not pay screening fees. Only finalists are notified in advance that their work has been selected to be part of the Festival.

Submit a DVD or Blu Ray or an On-Line Screener for pre-screening. If chosen for final judging a high quality region free DVD or Blu Ray disc or Hi Res Digital File (mp4 or mov) must be sent for Festival screening.

LIABILITY: Filmmaker shall indemnify and hold New Jersey Film Festival harmless from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim in connection with the Film involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and/or loss of or damage to the screening videos submitted. In particular, Filmmaker expressly warrants it has obtained all necessary copyright clearances for original works of authorship used in the Film.

REPRODUCTION AGREEMENT: Submission of an entry gives the festival permission to have accepted work exhibited, photographed, locally telecast in part, broadcast on the internet if we cannot hold the Festival in person, and reproduced either in part or whole, for exhibition purposes.

Overall Rating
  • NJFF is a festival that makes a great effort to help independent film projects; with press interviews and film reviews, etc. A festival with a true spirit of independent cinema!

    February 2023
  • The New Jersey Film Festival is an amazing event, and I was lucky enough to have my short film included this year! The films they selected had an incredibly diverse range of styles and topics, bringing together incredibly talented filmmakers from across the globe. Thank you so much NEW JERSEY FILM FESTIVAL.

    February 2023
  • Mersolis Schöne

    We are very impressed by the professinality and media impact of the festival. Best support, excellent communication, terrific selection of films. Many thanks to the director and the entire festival team for their outstanding dedication!

    February 2023
  • André Silva

    The festival's communication is fantastic and unparalleled! Though I was unable to attend in person, every stage of inclusion in the festival went above and beyond. The director regularly sent press about films and screening blocks to filmmakers, so even if we couldn't be there, it was like we were there. It's inspiring to be accepted into any festival. But my experience being part of the New jersey Film Festival was especially unique for the level of appreciation and engagement the festival staff have with filmmakers and their films.

    February 2023
  • Ana Cuadra

    This is a fantastic festival with great opportunity for filmmakers to show their work and network. The films are a great selection. It is very well organized and they showcase quality work from a variety of filmmakers with wonderful vision and clear concept of story telling.

    February 2023