New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2024


    Lights, Camera, Action: The New Jersey Film Festival at Rutgers

    Prepare to be swept away by the magic of cinema at the renowned New Jersey Film Festival, hosted by Rutgers University. As one of the state's premier film events, the festival showcases an eclectic array of independent films, documentaries, and experimental works from emerging and established filmmakers around the globe.

    Running for several weeks each semester, the New Jersey Film Festival offers attendees a diverse and immersive cinematic experience. From gripping narratives to thought-provoking documentaries and avant-garde experiments, the festival's lineup spans a wide range of genres and styles, ensuring there's something for every taste and interest.

    What sets the New Jersey Film Festival apart is its commitment to showcasing innovative and boundary-pushing works that might not otherwise receive mainstream attention. By providing a platform for independent filmmakers to share their stories and perspectives, the festival fosters creativity, diversity, and artistic expression within the local and international film communities.

    Attendees of the New Jersey Film Festival can expect more than just film screenings. The festival also features Q&A sessions with filmmakers, panel discussions, workshops, and special events, offering unique opportunities for audiences to engage with the creative process and gain insights into the world of filmmaking.

    Located on the vibrant campus of Rutgers University, the festival benefits from a dynamic and diverse audience of students, faculty, and community members. This lively atmosphere adds to the festival's appeal, creating a sense of excitement and camaraderie among attendees as they come together to celebrate the art of cinema.

    Whether you're a seasoned cinephile or simply curious about exploring new voices and perspectives in film, the New Jersey Film Festival at Rutgers promises an enriching and memorable experience for all who attend. So grab your popcorn, settle into your seat, and get ready to be inspired by the power of storytelling on the big screen.

    New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2024 | Call for Entries
    The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center proudly announces the 43rd Annual New Jersey Film Festival. The festival will be held between September 6-October 6, 2024 at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey and will showcase the best in independent film by featuring premiere screenings, special guest appearances by film directors, screenwriters, cast and crew and more.

    The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center proudly announces the 43rd Bi-Annual New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2024. The festival competition will be held between September 6-October 6, 2023 at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey and will showcase the best in independent film by featuring premiere screenings, special guest appearances by film directors, screenwriters, cast and crew and more. For more information go to or e-mail us at or

    New Jersey has only one media arts center programming year-round -- offering over 100 annual film screenings and events: The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center. Founded in 1982, the Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC draws thousands of viewers from throughout New Jersey by providing an alternative media culture. The Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC is dedicated to the noncommercial exhibition of independent, classic, international, and experimental films and videos. Not only do our audiences have the opportunity to view many independently produced films, but also the added benefit of meeting with the filmmakers, actors, screenwriters and other members of production crew. Some of our guests have included: Todd Solondz, Bill Plympton, Gary Null, Veronica Burstein, Jem Cohen, Peter Sillen, Jason Rosette, Susan Muska, Greta Olafsdottir, Sarah Jacobson, Martin Scorsese, Thelma Schoonmaker-Powell, Paul Morrissey, D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus, Tim Kirkman, Joseph Dorman, Ted Sod, Heather McDonald, Mark Rappaport, Sara Driver, Jim McKay, Su Friedrich, Menachem Daum, Ken Smith, Aviva Kempner, David Riker, John Hulme, Charles Creasy, Tony Leahy, Jeff Cline, Diane Bonder, Sarah Karloff, Michel Negroponte, Vlas and Charley Parlapanides, Ethan Falk, David Rick Balcorta, Roger Weisberg, Daina Krumins, Jenny Stein, James LaVeck, D.R. Hernandez, Matthew Garrett, Thomas Franklin, Thierry Daher, Carolyn Travis, Yasuki Nakajima, Aileen Bordman, Patrick Donnelly, Sara Taksler, Naomi Greenfeld, Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno, Jerome Bongiorno, Sanjiban Sellew, Susan Ingraham, Martha Rosler, Mark Berger, Raphael Ortiz, Maureen Gosling, Marc Maurino, Matthew Brown, Moon Molson, Jave Galt-Miller, Micah Baskir, Paul La Blanc, Thurston Smith, Tim Eberle, Damian Kolody, Nancy O’Mallon, Kathy Foronjy, Joe Coburn, Michael Knowles, Luke Mathany, Sarah Wickliffe, Jonathan Budine, Melissa Thomson, Beth Miranda Botshon, Daniel Califf-Glick, Bonnie Blake, Linda Helm Krapf, Christina Eliopoulos, Melissa Whitely, Andrew Liput, Donny Moss, Raul Barcelona, Alex Feldman, Joesph Bierman, Eve Burris, Ken Castellano, Mark Kolu, Peter Koziell, Darren Garnick, Patty Sharaf, Bill Page, Jon Sell, Danny Medoza, Paul Andersen, Christopher Maloney, Thomas Florek, Paul Marcus, Ryan Smith, Matthew Lawrence, Beth Toni Kruvant, Nadirah Bell, Emma Kenney, Shinako Sudo, Richard Haines, Ken Kimmelman, Christopher Bedford, Neil and Lee Selden, Cassandra Evanisko, Corrina May, Judith Vogelsang, Ryan O’Laughlin, Hemant Tavathia, David Svedosh, Fritch Clark, Chris Pepino, Gorman Bechard, Justin Strawhand, Dave Davidson, Bob Bowdon, Jen Di Cresce, Jonathan Kalafer, Brett Plymale, Doug Compton, Ivan Nemergut, Zach Levy, Noelle Brower, Audrey Holland, Kevin Shaw, Frank Prinizi, Jonathan Bogarin, Marko Vuorinen, Rene Blacer, Christopher Wells, Dimitri de Clercq, Bestor Cram, Joe Amodei, Jeannie Bryson, Barbara Vekaric', Matej Silky, Daryl Wein, Zoe Lister-Jones, and many others.

    Best of Prizes in Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Short
    Narrative, Feature, and Student Film (College or younger)

    This competition is open to U.S. and International entries. Maximum film age is 24 months. No repeat entries. If a work is selected for public screening entrants are contractually obligated to provide an exhibition copy suitable for screening and cannot withdraw their film from the festival. Entry must be a New Jersey or Area Premiere and must not be available to view in full on the internet! Please note we do not pay screening fees. Only finalists are notified in advance that their work has been selected to be part of the Festival.

    Submit a DVD or Blu Ray or an On-Line Screener for pre-screening. If chosen for final judging a high quality region free DVD or Blu Ray disc or Hi Res Digital File (mp4 or mov) must be sent for Festival screening.

    LIABILITY: Filmmaker shall indemnify and hold New Jersey Film Festival harmless 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 in connection with the Film involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and/or loss of or damage to the screening videos submitted. In particular, Filmmaker expressly warrants it has obtained all necessary copyright clearances for original works of authorship used in the Film.

    REPRODUCTION AGREEMENT: Submission of an entry gives the festival permission to have accepted work exhibited, photographed, locally telecast in part, and reproduced either in part or whole, for exhibition purposes.

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