The 5th annual SOMA Film Festival will once again be a spectacle of independent films, the people who make them, and a community who supports them.

We hold the majority of our screenings in the cozy, and community atmosphere of The Woodland, a beautiful century old theater hall situated steps from the mid-town direct train from NYC, and smack dab in the middle of picturesque Maplewood, NJ which is often referred to as "Brooklyn West."

We project your film on a 16 x 9 screen with a state of the art projector and sound system that rivals any festival or movie theater.

This year we will have a feature length screenplay competition with the winner receiving $250 and a table read with professional actors will be performed of your work.

The festival will span 5 days from March 18 - 22.

Our 4th annual festival saw over 1,400 attendees.

Comparable to other festivals of our stature, SOMA FF has made entry fees low to give filmmakers an opportunity to submit and hopefully present their work regardless of their financial situation(s).

Filmmakers who submit and are accepted will receive 2 VIP Passes for all the film programs, the welcome party, and guest speakers. Those who submit and are not accepted will be provided 1 VIP Pass, a $100 value.

We will also have one-on-one interviews with noted distribution expert and Program Director Susan Greeley with all accepted filmmakers who are in attendance.

We have had 9 films gain distribution from our festival which we are supremely proud.

"Best Of" awards are given in the following categories -

Feature Length Documentary/Narrative
Short Length Documentary/Feature
Short Length Screenplay Winner
Director / Feature Length Documentary/Narrative
Director / Short Documentary/Narrative
Actor / Feature Length Narrative
Actress / Feature Length Narrative
Screenplay / Narrative Feature
Screenplay / Narrative Short

You must fully comply with these Entry Rules & Regulations, including all deadlines, film length, entry material and other requirements.

Non-English language works must have English subtitles at the time submitted.

Do not submit your film until it is complete.

All films submitted may be used in promotion and marketing prior to and after the festival.

All filmmaker images may be used in promotion, publicity, and marketing prior to and after the film festival.

Once an entry payment has been processed we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed, the account holder may be subject to any fees.

Overall Rating

    Great festival! Very well run with great atmosphere and local sponsorship including Soma Brewing which added a nice flavor tp the event.

    March 2019
  • Scott Sinkler

    Fabulous, extremely well run festival.

    March 2019
  • Kasha Sequoia Slavner

    SOMA is a wonderful festival in a charmingly beautiful small town. A wonderful line up of diverse films and a very supportive and accommodating staff who were clearly passionate about film and helpful to new & independent filmmakers. I was really thankful they had a large filmmaker attendance as well and made some wonderful contacts there. Highly recommend this festival!

    May 2018
  • I am very proud of my hometown festival. They put together a solid weekend and were easy to communicate with every step of the way. I see only spectacular festivals in SOMA Film Festival's future.

    March 2018
  • It was great to be a part of the SOMA Film Festival. Unique venue and well run festival.

    March 2018