The 7th 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.

The festival will span 3 days from October 21-23.

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 have had 11 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
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
  • Paul Ashton

    Great Festival. I was unable to attend as I'm in the UK but some local friends went instead and had a great time. Very good communication from Matt and a great festival for both the local community and international filmmakers. Highly recommended.

    September 2021
  • Todd Densmore

    Even though I wasn't able to attend - we were so thankful to the SOMA family for their fantastic communication, support of our films that played, and offering a venue to screen. Hoping to attend at some point in the future!

    September 2021
  • John Rokosny

    We had such a wonderful experience at SOMA. Our film, “They Survived Together”, was very well received and we are grateful for the opportunity. Thanks to all at SOMA!

    September 2021
  • Chris Messineo

    A favorite New Jersey festival! Very well run with a friendly staff and great films. Proud to be part of this festival and looking forward to many more!

    September 2021
  • Mario Lopez

    What a wonderful screening experience for the cast and crew of “The Rainy Day” at the SOMA Film Festival. Cool venue and an even cooler staff that runs it. Thanks again!

    September 2021