We have been doing film series events at the Brightside Tavern and decided to turn it into a festival. Filmmakers Chris J. Cullen and Chris Capaci have come together to create this 15th season event, which now runs twice a year. We will be celebrating the short film in many different categories on two screens with a fun award show at the end of the night. We wanted to make a small shorts fest in Jersey City at a great venue where people can meet up, screen their films and celebrate their work as well as making it affordable. We are known as a big networking event where many people meet up and end up working together as they return the next year with a new film and new friends. We now have a much bigger event with more days. We are in Jersey City and would love to have a number of NJ and NY filmmakers to join us for this special day as well as filmmakers from all over the world We made the fees affordable for everyone and we have a great venue for the short films. This season we are celebrating the student filmmaker with special screenings and awards the day before as well as having some new things planned as we grow.

We will have awards for different short film categories as well as other surprises.
Best Short Film
Best Comedy Short
Best Horror/Thriller
Best actress in a short drama
Best actor drama
Best actress in comedy short
Best actor in a comedy
Best Director
Best NJ Short film
Best Student Film
Best short script-not produced
Best Cinematography
and more additional awards for student film night

The entry fee is different in each category. Submissions that are in other languages should have subtitles or dubbed in English. We prefer online submissions but if you need to mail it to us send us an email first.
For filmmakers since it is a small venue with limited seating we will give two free passes to your films block.
No refunds on submission fees once completely submitted and in the judging process.

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  • Always great to be at brightside.
    Love the vibe and Chris and his team are great!

    March 2022
  • Joe Fernandes

    Great festival! A wide variety of films. Great networking experience and a fun atmosphere was created by the organizers. Looking forward to coming back in the future.

    March 2022
  • Ian Lettire

    Wonderfully supportive team. Thanks for accepting and promoting our film.

    March 2022
  • Ben McHugh

    Had an amazing time at The Brightside Film Festival and was thrilled to win Best Short Short! Thank you Chris and Chris for a fantastic day!

    March 2022
  • Ron Basci

    Brightside is a fun festival with quality programming professionally managed. Abundant networking opportunities make this a festival worth attending. Thanks Chris and Chris!

    March 2022