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 8th 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. All other blocks if you would like to attend will be 50 percent off. Films will play in blocks all day long with an awards show at the end. No refunds on submission fees once completely submitted and in the judging process.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Germain Robin

    The bright side Film Festival is a very good way to showcase your film in a good atmosphere. Even if we didn't attend to the Festival, communication through email and social media is really effective and let you know everything on the way.

    August 2018
  • My film Blown Away (Enchufados) was nominated for Best International Film. Thank you so much to this great festival!

    August 2018
  • The Brightside Film Festival is a fun, friendly, excellent and memorable experience. It came highly recommended and I am very grateful for the chance I had to collaborate with the team behind it. They are highly professional and great cheerleaders for filmmakers or any background. It has been a true pleasure and honor.

    August 2018
  • Jill Simon

    Great festival! -Well-run, friendly, fun, intimate, with great networking and terrific films... I submitted to this festival because of having heard wonderful things about it from filmmaker & actor friends and it lived up to it's reputation. And I was honored to receive a Best Actress award! --Thanks to CJ, Chris and Steve for putting on a lovely fest, I'll definitely be submitting our next one to Brightside!

    August 2018
  • Andrew Froening

    This was my first time at Brightside, which was a festival that came highly recommended by everyone I asked. What a welcome refreshment it was to have such friendly hosts, amazing food (and drinks!) close by... just an overall great atmosphere. Blocks are well organized with adequate time for Q&A sessions. Highly recommended. Will definitely be submitting my next project to Brightside!

    August 2018