The 3rd annual SOMA Film Festival will be a spectacle of independent films, the people who make them, and a community who supports them.

We are moving venues this year to The Woodland, a beautiful 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."

This past year we saw the Academy Award nominated documentary, "Fire at Sea" screened, films from over 15 countries and 4 continents, 12 female filmmakers showcase their work, industry professionals in attendance and 2 short films gaining distribution. Expect the same this year and more.

Next year, we will again offer a short screenplay competition with a $1000 prize. 5 finalists will be selected and the winner will be announced before the Saturday Night Feature. We will also again feature our highly successful "Kids Program" and our popular "Local Filmmakers Program."

SOMA has made entry fees low to give filmmakers an opportunity to submit and hopefully present their work regardless of their financial situation(s).

The festival will span 3 days and nights starting on March 16th with an opening night soirée and screening, and will feature short and feature length film screenings, both documentary and narrative throughout the fun filled weekend.

Filmmakers who submit and are accepted will receive 2 VIP Passes for all the films, the party, guest speakers, and panels. Also, filmmakers in attendance will meet 1 on 1 with a noted expert in film distribution to discuss their work and the options that exist. We have had 4 films to date gain distribution from our festival which we are supremely proud.

Awards & Prizes

Winners will be announced for the below categories at a closing ceremony to close the festival:

Best Short Documentary/Narrative
Best Feature Length Documentary/Narrative
Best Short Director Documentary/Narrative
Best Feature Length Director Documentary/Narrative
Best Screenplay / Narrative Feature

Rules & Terms

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 of festival.

The $1000 prize for the short screenplay contest will be specifically rewarded towards production of the winning screenplay.

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.

11 Reviews

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    Giancarlo Fusi

    Great movies at a great venue with a great host, Matt Smollon. He and his staff really care about films and it's evident in the festival they organized in the beautiful town of Maplewood, NJ. Good turnout and a nice theater plus a fun opening night reception. Hope to return next year.

    November 2017
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    Vic Campos

    I had the distinct honor of having my film be the first film screened at the Inagural year of the SOMA Film Festival in Feb 2016. It was also awarded "Best Short Documentary". Regardless of the award, words can't even begin to describe how great this festival is. Matt, and everyone associated with the festival went out of their way to make each filmmaker feel welcomed and appreciated for submitting. They were encouraging and the newtworking one-on-one sessions with TriBeCa Film Festival Programmer, Susan Greeley, was a tremendous plus. Although my film was accepted into numerous festivals during 2016, none of them came close to replicating the feeling one gets from the SOMA Film Festival. If you are looking for a Festival that is focused solely on the Filmaker and the art of Filmmaking, look no further! The SOMA Film Festival is not to be missed.

    July 2017
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    Alvaro Ron

    SOMA may be a young festival, but they have one of the most passionate and professional teams I have ever seen. We had our last film in their program and it was fantastic.

    June 2017
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    Katie Goodman

    A very friendly, hospitable, and down-to-earth festival. The organizers are enthusiastic, flexible, and available and involved. We had a great time.

    June 2017
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    Robert Vornkahl

    SOMA was a great festival with a very hospitable team.

    May 2017