Voted #1 film festival in New Jersey by NJ Stage Magazine in 2015 and 2016. Now in it's 7th year this four day film festival holds the opportunity for filmmakers, actors and crew to network with colleagues and share their work with the public in the heart of the indie filmmaking landscape.
Jersey City has become the premiere destination in New Jersey. Next door to NYC, screenings, after parties and gala celebrations all take place within some of the most beautiful local treasures Jersey City has to offer.
GDIFF has set it's mission to afford all filmmakers the opportunity to be on an equal platform; from the burgeoning filmmaker to some of the most well known actors and established directors and producers today.
In addition, GDIFF has also become one of the most important outlets for raising awareness for Autism and other disabilities through film.

Rules & Terms

All sibmissions MUST be a North New Jersey premiere. If it is found that this rule was not adhered to, your film will be rejected without refund.
Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.
***** WE ONLY ACCEPT ONLINE SUBMISSION SCREENERS THROUGH THE FILMFREEWAY PLATFORM NO EXCEPTIONS****** for the submissions process. We will not accept dvd or blu ray discs for submissions. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered
If accepted, the point of contact must respond to all requested items by the deadline given in the acceptance email or risk being rejected from the festival.

24 Reviews

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    Laura Fay Lewis

    Very good NE film Fest. Bill, Michelle and staff do a super job!

    January 2017
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    Christian A. MorĂ¡n

    The Golden Door International Film Festival is a glitzy festival for networking. It also has tons of events for festival participants to go and party.

    January 2017
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    Michelle Clay

    Thank you so much for having us. Met some great fellow filmmakers. Friendly organizers. Well worth the trip from LA to NJ (even without getting a swag bag). Cheers!

    October 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Michelle! Thank you so much for the kind review! Please email our festival director and we will get a nifty swag bag out to you!

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    Rosanne Limoncelli

    The Golden Door Fest is run by wonderful people that care about filmmakers. It was a great experience.

    October 2016
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    Steven Alexander Russell

    The upside of this festival is the Red Carpet event, after that it goes a bit downhill. I screened my film in an art gallery, the venue itself had terrible acoustics. The sound on most films that played at my venue sounded harsh because it wasn't placed in a theater. I was told to promote my film, but if I I don't know people in Jersey City I don't see how that is possible for me or any film maker for that matter. A lot of the venues were spread out as well, so it was harder to get from venue to venue. I didn't see any promo flyers around the city, or even within the immediate area where the screenings where held. I walked into somebodies screening and there was NOBODY there, which is a waste in my opinion.Because of that there were a lot of great films that didn't receive promo or the proper push. My film didn't even get an instagram post. It's great that you accept a lot of films but if the films aren't being promoted by the festival within the city I don't see the point.

    October 2016