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  • A worldwide Call for Entries; has been issued to independent filmmakers by The Garden State Film Festival. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2021. Filmmakers will find submission instructions on the festival web site at

    The Garden State Film Festival, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, is New Jersey's largest and most respected film festival, having attracted records crowds of over 30,000 last year. The 2011 Festival returns to the Paramount Theater On-the-Boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey, March 22-March 27, 2022 and will feature film competition for independent filmmakers, open talent casting call, panel discussions, workshops, and opening and closing ceremonies. A panel of professional judges will select winning entries in a number of categories, including best Feature Length, Short , Documentary(short and feature length), Animation (short and feature length), Music Video, PSA, Commercial and Trailers. As well as prizes in categories for International and Domestic entries there is a HOME GROWN category for films of all genres where 75% of principal photography is shot in the state of New Jersey.

    The Garden State Film Festival (GSFF) was the first festival to create a category to recognize the musical compositions and the role music plays in the cinematic arts. To date, it remains the only independent film festival to recognize composers, artists and producers of scores, soundtracks and theme songs judged solely on their own merit. Producers may submit their works, regardless of whether the film has been submitted or accepted.
    "We created the Movie Music category in recognition of the role movie music plays in the cinematic arts. NJ has a rich musical history and represents a crossroads of the film and music industries," making the largest and most respected film festival in NJ the most appropriate forum for the people behind the music." states Executive Director Diane Raver.
    The GSFF invites all music makers who have written and produced tracks for independent films to be recognized for the part they play in the production of fine films. Filmmakers are invited to submit (on CD format) any movie music from an independent film in any category that will be judged by music industry professionals in the new category, dubbed the GSFF Movie Music Track Competition. The winners of the competition will be recognized at The GSFF Black Tie Awards Dinner. Information about the Movie Music Track Competition is also on the web site at,
  • 7/16/11 at 1:00 PM -
    11/15/21 at 4:00 PM
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