The 4th annual SOMA Film Festival will once again be a spectacle of independent films, the people who make them, and a community who supports them.

This year we will offer cash prizes totaling $2000 for numerous categories.

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 that rivals any festival or movie theater.

The festival will span 5 days and nights starting on March 20th with a welcome soirée and screening on the evening of Friday, 3/22.

This past year we screened 3 Academy Award nominated shorts, as well as two world premieres and a US premiere. We held our first table read of our short script finalists, had a record number of filmmakers attend, and almost 100 films screened overall.

Next year, we will again offer a Short Screenplay Competition with a $250 cash prize. 3 finalists will be selected and a table read will be performed by established stage and screen actors.

Comparable to other festivals, 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).

We also offer a direct line to distribution with our exclusive deal with Fandor, a digital streaming site which has been called, "the Netflix for indie film." If you're film is accepted to our fest, you will be screened by Fandor for possible distribution.

Filmmakers who submit and are accepted will receive 2 VIP Passes for all the film programs, the welcome party, guest speakers, and will meet 1 on 1 with a noted expert in film distribution to discuss their work and the options that exist.

We have had 8 films to date gain distribution from our festival which we are supremely proud.

For the first time this year, we will award cash prizes for the winners of the below categories -

Best Feature Length Documentary/Narrative - $500
Best Short Length Documentary/Feature - $250
Original Short Length Screenplay Winner - $250
Best Director / Feature Length Documentary/Narrative - $200
Best Director / Short Documentary/Narrative - $100
Best Actor / Feature Length Narrative - $200
Best Actress / Feature Length Narrative - $200
Best Screenplay / Narrative Feature - $200
Best Screenplay / Narrative Short- $100

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
  • 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
  • Liz Samuel

    This charming 'newish' festival was truly wonderful! From the moment of check-in to the final screening, SOMA was a delight to be a part of! Matt and his staff were fun, friendly and hospitable. I hope this festival continues to grow. I was really happy to screen my short/pilot, MOMTRESS, at SOMA, especially as part of the LOCALS program.

    March 2018
  • Zak Mir

    It is one of the best film festivals out there. It is very intimate and people were very nice and easy to talk to and the line up of films was incredible. Thanks to the festival for giving us a platform to showcase our short film, Dangerous Intersection.

    March 2018