The Garden State Film Festival

Asbury Park, New Jersey – USA
April 4 to 7, 2013

The 11th Annual Garden State Film Festival (GSFF), is one of the East Coast’s most respected and well-attended showcases of independent cinema. This premier event takes place just an hour south of New York City in historic Asbury Park on the famed Jersey Shore, where huge crowds of nearly 30,000 revel in a four-day exploration of film each year.

The festival was founded in 2002 after a chance encounter in a Sea Girt, New Jersey grocery store by 25-year film industry veteran Diane Raver[2] and Hollywood actor Robert Pastorelli. Mr. Pastorelli and Ms. Raver mounted the first festival in 2003. Since that time, such industry notables such as Glenn Close, Frank Vincent, Batman producer Michael Uslan, Austin Pendleton, Kurtwood Smith and others have lent their support.

GSFF is an all-volunteer non-profit organization.

November 22, 2012 – Late Deadline
The Garden State Film Festival was founded to promote the art of filmmaking by showcasing a wide variety of film, video, and animated works, as well as by providing public educational programs in the creative arts. The goal of the festival is to present films of the highest quality, both in respect to their production value and to their content.
In addition to its more traditional competitive categories, the Garden State Film Festival offers its very own Home Grown Awards, presented to filmmakers who developed their projects within the great state of New Jersey. These awards are granted in addition to individual category awards and are GSFF’s special way of saying thank you for keeping filmmaking and storytelling alive and well in the Garden State. Whether you’ve developed your labor of love in New Jersey or elsewhere, submit your work to the Garden State Film Festival today for the chance to take part in this always-exciting, one-of-a-kind event!

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