The New Jersey Mystery & Crime Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing the best of independent films focusing on Crime, Thriller, Horror and ANY KIND of Mystery (drama, comedy) as well as crime fiction, true crime, psychological horror and more!
Both fiction & Non Fiction!

WINNER 2022 BEST SHORT; There’s Something Wrong With Paul

NJ Mystery & Crime Film Festival official selections will receive laurels
Best Short & Best Feature will also receive an actual award

All genres/forms accepted. Seeking all types of Mystery/Horror/Thriller/Crime genre films
Both Short and Feature length films will be considered.
Both Fiction and Non-Fiction Welcome
All foreign-language works MUST be subtitled in English to be considered.

- All submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2018.
- Short films are up to 45 minutes. Feature length films are 46 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 October 1st 2021.
- 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
  • Chris Trembath

    The New Jersey Mystery & Crime Festival is a diamond in the rough. Not only was the venue intimate and relaxing, but the choice of films interesting and captivating. Technically proficient display of films without a hitch, and excellent sound. I do think there could have been a Master of Ceremonies to introduce the block and give some background on the films, or at least a printed program with information on the films. Other than that, I think the festival is definitely worth the entry fee. This film festival cares about the films they show and how they are presented. Excellent!

    October 2022
  • Dennis Chekenian

    The New Jersey Mystery & Crime Film Festival is an extremely well organized film festival. The team of Joshua and Jessica do an incredible job putting together an event with the utmost care and consideration for the films selected. Their communication was spot on helping to create a welcoming space for those who submitted. Overall they do fantastic work and we would highly recommend this film festival to all filmmakers.

    October 2022
  • t Salib

    Lots of fun great event. can't wait for the next onw

    October 2022
  • Jack Foley

    The New Jersey Mystery & Crime Film Festival is a great addition to the New Jersey Film Festival circuit. It is very well run, with good cooperation throughout. I attended the live festival and was well pleased by the quality of the theater and the films. If you have a film in this genre, I highly recommend you submit to this festival

    October 2022