The Call for Entries for the 13th annual Garden State Film Festival is now open, and runs through November 1, 2014. The Festival will take place March 19-22 in Atlantic City. All submissions must be made through withoutabox.com (WAB).
An overview of new requirements and guidelines:
(1) All films must be New Jersey premiers, with the exception of student films, which may have been screened on the student’s home campus
(2) Films may be submitted via on-line screener using either WAB’s secure on-line service or Vimeo (please see notification requirements in WAB), or by mailing a Blu Ray or DVD, which can be in NTSC or PAL, any region. See the festival’s listing in WAB for complete details
The Garden State Film Festival was founded to promote the art of filmmaking on all levels by showcasing a wide variety of film, video and animated works as well as provide educational programs in the creative arts to the public by industry leaders.
The Garden State Film Festival was born in 2002 after a chance encounter in a Sea Girt, NJ Grocery store by 25 year film industry veteran Diane Raver and the well-known Hollywood actor Robert Pastorelli. Through his deep ties to Hollywood Mr. Pastorelli and Ms. Raver were able to bring the State of New Jersey an all-encompassing event. It premiered in 2003 and was immediately deemed a huge success. Since that time, such industry notables such as Glenn Close, Frank Vincent, Batman producer Michael Uslan, Austin Pendleton, Kurtwood Smith, James Gandolfini, Budd Schulberg and others have lent their support.
The artistic philosophy of the Garden State Film Festival is rooted in the celebration of the independent film genre and the creation of a forum where local and other independent filmmakers can exhibit their work. In addition, the event provides novice and aspiring filmmakers, actors, and others interested in a career in the film business, the opportunity to meet and network with industry professionals in an atmosphere that is conducive to learning and mentoring.