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 26, 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
  • Oya Gökşin Babaoğlu

    So honored that we were officially selected into this film festival!

    August 2022
  • Nice and interesting festival!!! It was a great opportunity to be present at the festival

    July 2022
  • stacy chu

    NJ film festival is an amazing festival. Al, who is the original founder and also who runs the festival is so personable and keeps you really informed. He was great to work with, and a true lover of cinema. They really value a huge range of cinema from local to international, documentary, experimental, etc. They are also have a huge presence in the local media of NJ. Being originally from NJ, this was such a treat. To be able to share with my friends and family -- who are mostly still here in NJ. But even if you are not from NJ -- they really take the time to give each film it's spotlight. They truly take the time and value just cinema which is so rare sometimes in this day and age. Our team had such a great time. If you are thinking of submitting, be sure to. It's such a great community. Thank you Al and the team for a wonderful festival. So nice to meet everyone. Hopefully we'll be in touch soon again!

    March 2022
  • Lindsey Martin

    The New Jersey Film Festival is such a great festival. The films are amazing and the organization and communication is wonderful. It's rare to see such a wide spread of high quality international, narrative, experimental, and documentary film in the same festival. Thank you Al and team!

    February 2022
  • Peter Luisi

    A truly excellent film festival! As always there was a great selection of films. All the film makers were always informed what was going on and a lot of effort was made to give all the films the exposure they deserved. As soon as I have new film. I'll be back! :-)

    February 2022