Garden State Film Festival Announces New Student Film-Making Competition & Partnerships!

PRESS RELEASE-Asbury Park, Sept. 26, 2019 –

Educators, the Garden State Film Festival (GSFF) announces an exciting new opportunity for your students. The GSFF is introducing a new student submission category, “New Jersey Hometown Documentary Short”.

This category is reserved for films that are written, directed and shot by New Jersey high school and younger grade school students. Films must be five minutes or less and must focus on some aspect of their hometown, including topics like profiles of interesting persons, places, time periods or subjects related to the arts. This new film submission category has been created to encourage young filmmaker’s creativity while instilling a sense of pride in your student’s home towns and state. Students are encouraged to submit entries either on their own or through their schools by Dec. 1, 2019 for the 2020 Garden State Film Festival.

The top submissions will be eligible to screen at the Artist Alike Film Festival in February 2020 in Washington Township and The Garden State Film Festival scheduled for March 25-29, 2020 in Asbury Park.

This new category was added to the GSFF following the recent collaboration of the GSFF with The New Jersey School Boards Association, Artists Alike Studios, the New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission and Steven Van Zandt’s Teach Rock initiative and Rock and Roll Forever Foundation.

GSFF Executive Director, Lauren Concar Sheehy stated, “We are absolutely thrilled with our work with these incredible partners. As an NJEA member I am proud to assist in providing advocacy and support to advance public education and promote the achievement of all students in New Jersey.”

The GSFF is also proud to announce that they will kick-off this exciting new collaboration by screening a curated collection of the top student films of the 2019 at the Workshop 2019 Student Film Showcase, taking place during the New Jersey School Board Associations Workshop. The screenings will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 22 and Wednesday, Oct. 23 in the Film Festival Theater on the Exhibit Floor. With attendance expected to top 8,000, the New Jersey School Board Associations Workshop is the largest professional development event for school leaders in New Jersey. This year’s conference will be held Oct. 21 – 24, 2019 at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

Following the screening, students participating in the film showcase will take part in a live, moderated question and answer session.

Submissions for this exciting category are being accepted NOW via the GSFF’s Call For Entries open until December 1, 2019. (inquiries about extensions should be emailed to Full rules and fees are available at

The festival is scheduled for March 25-29, 2020 in Asbury Park.