New Jersey Indian & International Film Festival’s (NJIIFF) aim to reach out to all American, Indian, South Asian Community through Films. The festival aims to give Local & International Film Makers a platform to showcase their films, Internationally.

NJIIFF also aims to create a distribution platform for Independent films makers in collaboration with different distributing agencies including online distribution.

Award Categories:

01. Best Feature Film
02. Best Director Feature Film
03. Best Male Actor In Feature Film
04. Best Female Actor In Feature Film
05. Best Writer Feature Film
06. Best Short Film
07. Best Director Short Film
08. Best Male Actor In Short Film
09. Best Female Actor In Short Film
10. Best Writer Short Film
11. Best Short of Shorts
12. Best of Best Film (Festival's Choice)

Terms and Conditions

** All the films other than in the English language, must have English sub-titles **
** Films must be completed within the past 3 years. To qualify for 2023 NJIIFF, films must be completed between January 2020 to December 2022. Any film before that will be disqualified**
*** DUE TO EVER CHANGING PANDEMIC SCENARIO - We may have to do an online Film Festival Due to Pandemic, in such case, you are, the film submitter or a producer or a company will be solely responsible for online submission and shall indemnify the NJIIFF and its team, directors, officers, members, managers, sponsors from all damages, liabilities, expenses, claims, or judgments may arise from/because of online Film Festival.***

New Jersey Indian & International Film Festival (NJIIFF) will use the term “content” to mean and refer to any and all content, videos, films, media, captures, pictures, and all other materials, such as publicity stills or other supporting content you submit to us. Each time you submit content to the for selection, you will be confirming your acceptance of, and agreement to be bound by, all the terms and conditions of New Jersey Indian & International Film Festival's Terms of Use, including, without limitation, this Agreement. To be considered for the New Jersey Indian & International Film Festival, your content must meet all the specifications and requirements relating to formatting, compatibility, operating characteristics, and submission. These can be found on the website of submitting partner FilmFreeway. In order to submit content, you will also need to meet Age Requirements and your content must meet New Jersey Indian & International Film Festival’s Content Requirements. NJIIFF will not be responsible for lost, damaged, misdirected, unusable or unreadable content. Before submitting content you will need to complete your registration and submission for the festival via the website of submitting partners.
The age requirement to submit a film is 13 and older. If the entrant is under 18 years of age, the parent or guardian will need to complete the registration form and include the name of both the participating child or children and the parent or guardian. Submission of the registration form confirms that the parent/guardian has read and agrees on behalf of the child or children to be bound by this agreement and understands, agrees and shall be fully responsible for the submission. If you are aged 13 to 18 years of age (you are considered a minor where you live) and you submit content for selection in the New Jersey Indian & International Film Festival, you are confirming to that you have received your parent’s/guardian’s express consent to do so and that your parent/guardian (i) has read and, on your behalf, agree to be bound by this agreement; and (ii) understands, agrees and shall be fully responsible for your submission.
You are solely responsible and liable for the content you submit (and the consequences thereof) made under your name, user name, e-mail address, password, and registration or profile information. The content does not reflect the views of the New Jersey Indian & International Film Festival. The Festival reserves the right, at any time, without notice and without limiting any and all other rights we may have under this Agreement, at law or in equity, to remove and delete your content from all and every platform including but not limited to NJIIFF.
You agree you will not submit any content that is libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, sexually, racially, culturally, or ethnically offensive, harassing, intimidating, threatening, hateful, discriminatory, or abusive. You also agree you will not submit any content for commercial or business purposes because it may adversely affect New Jersey Indian & International Film Festival’s ability to gain support from third parties which assists the website to continue.
New Jersey Indian & International Film Festival reserves the right to delete or reject any content that in its sole discretion deems abusive, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, in violation of copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights. New Jersey Indian & International Film Festival reserves the right to remove and take down your content without notice if any content is in violation of any of the terms or conditions of this Agreement. If you receive notice of any claim of infringement that satisfies specific legal requirements may remove content associated with such claims and will notify you if your content is removed.
In regards to intellectual property, copyright, you are fully responsible for the clearance of any music, sound, images, or graphics contained in your entry. If any record company or music publisher contacts us about an entry’s music rights, we will refer that company to you so be sure to obtain all the appropriate clearances beforehand.
If you believe any content on New Jersey Indian & International Film Festival violates the copyright of any other party or violates the terms of this Agreement or in any other way infringes upon the rights of others, you can notify us by email at
In connection with the content you submit to us for consideration in the and associated video-casts, you are authorizing to host, cache, and store your content and grant a non-exclusive, royalty-free right and license to use your content, in full or in part for New Jersey Indian & International Film Festival purpose.
The rights described here are granted to commence immediately upon submission of content to and continue until the completion of the third year from the submission.
New Jersey Indian & International Film Festival has the right to include your film or video in its promotional activities. This may include, but is not limited to, the creation of showreels and advertisements promoting the NJIIFF, physical & or online screenings, viral campaigns, presentations, and product pitches.
New Jersey Indian & International Film Festival has the right to compress, transcode, and package your film for online and offline presentations.
New Jersey Indian & International Film Festival (NJIIFF) has the right to screen your film at screenings and launches associated with NJIIFF. NJIIFF will also screen your film once at partner events, with partnered broadcast media, online premiere, television networks, and otherwise without any compensation within three years from the actual film festival date. If NJIIFF receives more demand for the film telecast/release, then NJIIFF will contact the producer/right owners of the film and seek permission with or without a broadcast fee.
New Jersey Indian & International Film Festival (NJIIFF) reserves the right to market your film with a third party vendor and will inform you in advance if such proposal/s are made.
New Jersey Indian & International Film Festival does not claim any ownership rights to the content that you submit to NJIIFF. The Festival retains all rights, titles, and interests for the time of the Film Festival. You must own the rights to the content you submit and each element of the content you submit and the right to grant all of the authorizations, rights, and licenses described in this Agreement. If you do not exclusively own all of these rights, you must have all necessary authorizations, permissions, approvals, consents, rights, and licenses from the owner(s) to enter into this agreement, perform and comply with all of its obligations.
Upon entering into this agreement, you agree that the New Jersey Indian & International Film Festival reserves the right during the film festival and otherwise benefit from and/or realize revenue in connection with your content during the film festival. No compensation will be given to you or your representative for screening your film in the NJIIFF.
Your indemnification obligations under the Terms of Use include any third party claims arising from or caused by your content, the submission of your content, New Jersey Indian & International Film Festival’s use of your content consistent with the rights granted to by this agreement and/or any use you may make of the service.
Your festival submissions via submitting partners are at your own risk. You are solely responsible for your content, the representations, and obligations under this agreement and for any damages to your computer system or loss of data resulting from your use of the service.
Disclaims all liability for any use not specifically authorized or that is in violation of this agreement or the laws or regulations that may apply to you in any jurisdiction or country. Expressly disclaims all liability for any and all damages, whether direct, consequential, special, indirect, exemplary or punitive damages, howsoever arising or caused, whether foreseeable or not, regardless of the form of action or the basis or characterization of the claim and even if advised of the possibility of damages.
This Agreement, together with our Terms of Use, is the entire agreement between you and relating to your submission of content for use at New Jersey Indian & International Film Festival, and the subject matter of this agreement supersedes any prior or inconsistent agreements. NJIIFF may terminate this agreement with you, your registration, and your right to use or submission at any time without notice to you.
This agreement is made in the State of New Jersey, USA, and is governed by the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the State of New Jersey, USA.
The NJIIFF & its team will make an initial shortlist of films to screen at the Festival Screenings. As per the team's decision, the awards in each category will be given on the last day of NJIIFF. NJIIFF team's decisions will be final to qualify or disqualify a film.
13. You (Film Maker/Participant) also agree that the terms and conditions, Date of Film Festival & Venue may change without prior notice. You (Film Maker/Participant) also agree to all the future changes in the terms and conditions.
By submitting your Film to the New Jersey Indian & International Film Festival (NJIIFF), you freely and voluntarily give and express your full and complete acceptance of all of the terms and provisions set forth in these Terms and Conditions. You acknowledge that no oral representations, inducements, promises or assurances, not set forth in these Terms and Conditions, have been made to the Film’s owners or you by the Festival and or any other Related Parties.

Overall Rating
  • Our movie has participated in more than 50 film festivals, however our experience with NJIIFF has been by far the worst.
    Absolutely no communication and transparency. Worst part is after having asked about waiver on the day of final submission a mail is sent with waiver details. I had already paid the full fees by then and never got a refund too. Till now never got to know which movies were selected, awarded and screened. Seems like a scam. Serious filmmakers please stay away.
    And just because i put up a negative review, the unprofessional director Hemant Pandya has disqualified my film. Wow.. really.

    January 2023
    Response from festival:

    Hi Saurabh, we can understand your frustration, as you could not avail fee waiver… your review it self says everything about you, since you did not receive waiver, you upset & publishing this… also refrain your self using words like scam or a legal procedure will be taken against you. We have all communications with you & if required we will make it public.

  • New Jersey Indian & International Film Festival is one of the most prestigious film festivals of the world. It is a grand and unique platform for the film-makers to showcase their talent.

    January 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, we appreciate your thoughts.

  • Super thrilled to have been a part of this wonderful festival! Thanks for taking Madappally United to audiences in New Jersey :)

    January 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Ajay for your your review & acknowledgement.

  • A great festival to support good cinema and a strong dose of encouragement for indie film makers. Kudos to the organizers!

    January 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you … we appreciate your acknowledgment.

  • Edris Naseri

    Great in all ways. Thanks so much.

    January 2021