The Turnpike Film Festival was started in order to find emerging filmmaker voices for the new digital age, as well as to provide a showcase for established independent filmmakers.

Turnpike Film Festival is planned as a one-night event held at CENTRAL PARK, a nightclub venue in Roselle, NJ, which will also host the after-party where attendees can celebrate and network with other filmmakers, talent and film fans. Food and beverages are available from Central Park during and after the screenings.

All genres are welcome to submit to the Turnpike Film Festival, pricing is determined by the length category as per the Deadline schedule.

Turnpike Film Festival gives out both Jury and Audience Awards in all four film-length categories.

Turnpike Film Festival accepts narrative (all genres), documentary, animation and experimental films.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
We do not accept free submission/entry waiver.
All films must be in English or have English subtitles.
There is no limit on number of submissions or production date.
All films must have an online screener.
Filmmakers retain the rights to their films.
Filmmakers are responsible for acquiring copyrights, licenses and releases for media used in their films.
Competition categories are open to the United States and International entries.
Film must be submitted by midnight on April 8, 2020.
Films must submit preview screeners via Any other method must receive prior approval from the festival.
Film must be of high-quality.
Filmmakers must submit promotional stills for marketing purposes.
Open to all nationalities and ages.
Open to all filmmakers.
We accept films already submitted to and/or selected to other film festivals.
We don't discriminate against any films that have been published online via a video hosting website. Open to all films that have not had a theatrical distribution.
If officially selected, it is the responsibility of the submitter to send the festival their film for digital download. Most formats are acceptable.
The Festival has the right to screen any film or projects submitted.
In order to receive your trophy or certificate, the project's producer or director must be present, unless a physical festival is not held.
Judges' decisions are final.

Submission categories are as follows:
Feature Films (45 minutes and over)
Short Films (5 to 44 minutes)
Super-Short Films (61 seconds to 5 minutes)
Ultra-Short Films (up to 60 seconds, including opening and closing credits.) - *This category is NOT eligible for the Best Film of the Festival Award.

Overall Rating
  • Marc Kornblatt

    The communication from the Turnpike Film Festival was excellent. Thank you, Robert for being so responsive. Under such trying circumstances, you did an fine job of keeping things together.

    June 2020
  • Brett Eidman

    This was a great festival. The festival directors did an amazing job and it was an honor to be part of it. I'm looking forward to returning next year. Thank you! Brett

    June 2020
  • Our film "Death Offers Life - last moments of Vincent Van Gogh" got two awards (best director and best foreign language movie), a great encouragement for our team. I specifically thank Mr. Robert for painstakingly guiding each film maker to upload their film in and making the event possible in this testing times of Corona virus.

    June 2020
  • Dan Gregory

    Turnpike Film Festival is one of the best deals out there. I recommend it and I am very thankful that despite this year's unforeseen health circumstances , Turnpike decided to make a very cool online film festival. I hope to be there physically next season. I really enjoyed this season because of the other great artists and filmmakers involved. It's an A+ experience.

    June 2020
  • Mark Bailey

    A well run film festival and very appreciated distraction from living in quarantine | Looking forward to their next event

    June 2020