The Queen City Film Festival (NJ), a A Queen City Film & Television Workshop event, is a community centered film festival based in the historic city of Plainfield, New Jersey; a central jersey hub for culture, cuisine, music, art and film. Located 25 miles southwest of Tribeca in lower Manhattan, Plainfield is set with two train stations along the NJ Transit Raritan Valley Line and is a quick easy commute to and from from New York City. QCFTVW is a NJ nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing Tv and film production training to area youth, free of charge
With tree-lined streets and Victorian homes set against a unique urban landscape, the city is a perfect location for the festival, which attracts cinephiles from all around for two days of movies, workshops, networking, vendor opportunities, parties and an awards ceremony. Community partners include restaurants, shops, air b&b stewards and other local businesses .
The festival, now in its 6th year, started out as a pop-up short film showcase featuring both Plainfield filmmakers as well as films produced within its borders. The goal of the festival is to provide a platform for developing and seasoned filmmakers with a platform for their work. To Connect audiences with emerging talent while curating impactful films. To create a space for film professionals to access continuing education and development in and effort to encourage career preparedness for the television and motion picture industry.

The festival also pledges to continue its youth mentoring and internship programming through various nonprofit components. The Plainfield Film and Television Production Training Program has afforded dozens of local youth access to the tools of film production, direct contact with accomplished professionals and career counseling and placement in industry.

Projects with socially impactful themes in their storytelling will be given the primary consideration from the judge’s panel . The class of 2018’s included films from Writer Okema T. Moore, Jacqueline Howell-King, Jamal Hodge, Director Patrick Coker as well as renowned novelist and Plainfield’s own, JM Benjamin.

Despite the challenges presented by COVID 19 - the Queen City Film Festival continues to thrive. We have amassed thousands of views on our Facebook and YOUTUBE pages by hosting live screenings of official selections. We returned to live Screenings at CINEMARK THEATER in October of 2021 to great success. Though we have also been virtual hybrid event since April of 2020, the Queen City Film Festival has weathered the pandemic conditions and remains dedicated to providing a multiverse space for filmmakers - ONLINE,DRIVE IN THEATER EXPERIENCE and IN PERSON. Three days of film, workshop and development as well as an awards stream.

Join us October 20 -22,2023 as we bring the best independent short and feature length films, series,animation, horror, music video, documentary and screenplays. New Jersey's fastest growing film festival for underrepresented artists.

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Laurels and trophies plus some cash prizes for top categories

Grand Jury Prize
Production Deal fueled by Nonstop Show Group and Tryboro Productions

Cash Prizes


Best Director
Best Cinematographer
Best Short
Best Documentary
Best Music Video
Best Horror
Best Digital Series
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best ScreenPlay

Vanguard Filmmaker Award

Queen City Film Fest (NJ) Entry Submission Guidelines

Queen City Film Fest (NJ) is now accepting film entries for our 2023 Festival. We are seeking films from a wide variety of independent filmmakers from every walks of life. We are filmmakers and enjoy watching well made, crafted productions that open our minds to worlds previously unimagined.

Please read the following information fully and complete the online submission form found on FilmFreeway. Note: if your film was shot in New Jersey or there are any verifiable New Jersey ties of your principals (NJ residence) there is a $10 entry fee reduction (Early Bird, Regular or Late deadlines applies). You are encouraged to submit prior to the deadline for a reduced fee. Please state why your film is eligible in this category.

QCFFNJ Eligibility

Entries must be written, directed, produced and/or principally acted by a person of color. Works in progress are not considered.
More than one entry can be submitted; however, each entry must be accompanied by a separate online submission form, entry fee, color JPEG publicity photo, one - two sentence synopsis and URL link and password.
Year of completion must be 2020 or later.
Foreign language films must have English subtitles.

Online submissions must include the fully completed submission form, entry fee, JPEG publicity photo(s), downloadable trailer link, two sentence synopsis and URL link (Vimeo preferred). The URL link and password for selected films must be available until Nov 1, 2023.

Completion of the entry form certifies that you are the rightful owner of the submitted work and own all rights and releases necessary for public screening. All legal clearances and releases including, but not limited to talent, intellectual property, music or stock footage are the responsibility of the filmmaker. The submitted film is not subject to litigation and is not threatened by litigation. If selected, you agree to provide a final exhibition downloadable link and password no later than Oct 1, 2023. You give permission for QCFFNJ to utilize clips or stills of your entry for festival promotional purposes (including but not limited to television, web, and presentations).

QCFFNJ encourages at least a NEW JERSEY premiere for the selected films and shorts, but is not required. Projects may have distribution but not yet had a theatrical release, airplay on television, or broadcast on the Internet (excluding webisode series).
Official Selection Announcement will be made the week of Oct 9, 2023, via Facebook Live or via email. It will be followed up by an official acceptance sent via e-mail.

Submission and Judging Categories include:

- Feature Film (narrative fiction): (60 minutes or less)
- Short Film (32 minutes or less) All shorts must provide a link and password.

- Documentary: (120 minutes or less)
- Digital Series (two in a series; each not to exceed 30:00 min)
- Music Video (must be an original song, not a cover and not to exceed 6:30)

- Student Shorts (up to 39 minutes); must be written, shot, directed and produced by
students who were in college during the time of its production and submission.
(Student shorts are not eligible to be submitted in the Shorts category;
QCFFNJ reserves the right to move them to the Student category)

BEST OF recommendations will be based on the judge's evaluations.

Overall Rating
  • What a fabulous honor to be celebrated by one’s own hometown! We are proud to have been selected for the 2022 Queen City Film Festival (Plainfield, NJ), and we are thrilled that “The Nine O’clock Whistle” received an Honorable Mention in the documentary category. This is a fun festival, so filmmakers don’t hesitate to enter!

    November 2022
  • Jarrett Roseborough

    Great festival! Really awesome people and very in-depth and powerful artistry was represented here!

    Thank you so much for selecting our film “This is My Black” to be a part!

    November 2022
  • Moonlight Media

    This is a fantastic festival, opening night was amazing, their curated selections are always engaging. Great time!

    November 2022
  • Brigid Turner

    QCFF is one the best Film Festivals I have been to. Their communication and updates were on point. They made sure the filmmakers felt appreciated and acknowledged all of their hard work.

    October 2022
  • Horane Henry

    The QCFF team are really committed to showcasing great talent as well as providing opportunities for upcoming filmmakers to work with industry experts. I'm so happy our film got selected to screen in this festival as I was able to network with other amazing filmmakers who I hope to work with in the future. Great festival and great mission and representation.

    October 2022