Voted #1 film festival in New Jersey by NJ Stage Magazine in 2015 and 2016. Now in its 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 premier destination for 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 its 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 the film.

Rules & Terms

All submissions 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.

25 Reviews

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    Aaron Sinclair

    Golden Door International Film Festival is one our fave film festivals to attend. The Sorvino Family is amazing and treat you like family, Our screening went smoothly, The events are beautiful, the talks the put on are informative, and The food is AMAZING! Golden Door was the First film festival we were ever accepted into in 2014 and because of the festival we were able to make our next film, we met the right people, the right actors, and the perfect locations ( Jersey City), This film got made and now showed at the fest in 2016, and had a fantastic screening! So Golden Door International Film Festival holds a deep spot in our hearts. We love this festival!!! It is definitely one to submit to and if you have the opportunity to go GO!

    April 2017
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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