In year 5 in Asbury Park, NJ it is us the "Hang on to Your Shorts" Film Festival. We are going to be back for a fifth season and this year 2018 we hope to be much bigger and better. The first season turned out to be a huge success with so many great films entered and shown in Asbury Park, NJ.
There have been festivals in the area in the past that have closed down or moved away. There are many other film festivals in the state of New Jersey but they are not close to the shore area in Central New Jersey. There have been past festivals that focuses mostly on feature films but what about that filmmaker who hasn't been able to make one yet. The artist who created a short film but is unable to show it or showcase their work. This is where we come in to the picture. We encourage the filmmakers who have short films of any length from 1 minute all the way up to 45 minute shorts to enter our festival.

(We have low entry fees so it could be affordable. We need to raise money for the festival so as a festival we can not waive any entry fees, so please do not ask, thank you.)

Awards & Prizes

We have over 28 awards for short films, all different categories and special guests.

Rules & Terms

The entry fee is per category. We only need 1 DVD, WE NOW PREFER ONLINE SUBMISSIONS ONLY! But...
Label DVD with the FilmFreeway Tracking ID, Film Title and Contact Info.
Submissions that are in any language other than English must be subtitled or dubbed.
Entries will not be returned.
If sending a check make checks payable to "Jersey Shore Shorts Film Festival"
We would prefer an online screener of the short film.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The entry fee is per category. 1 DVD Label DVD with the FilmFreeway Tracking ID, Film Title and Contact Info. Submissions that are in any language other than English must be subtitled or dubbed. Entries will not be returned.

23 Reviews

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    Jeffrey Sutton

    This festival had been great since it first started a few years ago! Chris, Rich and Brian our great guys on a great mission with their festival and I'm so happy to have been apart of this festival for the last few seasons!

    November 2017
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    Barbara Holstein

    I had a great time at 'Hang on to Your Shorts! Film Festival. Everyone was so friendly and it was fabulous to be able to show my films at the Showroom in Asbury Park. Having my actress, Megan Brown, get chosen as a Rising Star actor was an amazing and exciting experience for both Megan and myself. Also, Chris was so helpful beforehand, getting back to me right away if I had a question. Can't wait for 2018!

    November 2017
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    Kim Paris

    I was SO impressed with Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival! Tons of amazing films, huge crowds and really lovely venues for all the screenings. The vibe was friendly and comfortable as it seems to be with all of Chris's events. Ocean-front Asbury Park was wonderful too. Can't wait for next year!

    June 2017
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    Christian A. MorĂ¡n

    Hang Onto Your Shorts is a GREAT FILM FESTIVAL!!! If you have a short film this festival is the place to showcase it. The festival screens your film in awesome venues and has fantastic ceremonies for networking. It's a two day festival, one day is dedicated to student films and the other day is for pro films. It is a festival that thrives with selections of divers films. If you want exposure, Hang Onto Your Shorts is the festival for you and your film.

    June 2017
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    Mark Clauburg

    This fest is big enough to host some epic networking events and awards ceremonies but small enough to treat each filmmaker like family. The director of the fest checked up on our group minutes after our screening to see how it went. CJ and his team care about the films and filmmakers.

    June 2017