New Jersey Stage

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


(ASBURY PARK, NJ) --  A worldwide "Call for Entries" has been issued to independent filmmakers by The Garden State Film Festival.  The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2011.  Filmmakers will find submission instructions on the festival's web site at

The Garden State Film Festival, celebrating its tenth anniversary, is New Jersey's largest and most respected film festival, having attracted records crowds of over 30,000 for the past four years.  The 2012 Festival returns to the Paramount Theater On-the-Boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey, March 22-March 25th, 2012 and will feature film competition for independent filmmakers, open talent casting call, panel discussions, free school field trip opportunity, 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. 

In addition 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. Information about the Movie Music Track Competition is also on the web site at  

The winners of all competitions will be recognized at The GSFF Black Tie Awards Dinner held on March 25th, 2012 at The Crystal Point in Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ.

About the 10th Annual Garden State Film Festival

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 Garden State Film Festival to life at its successful premiere in 2003. Since that time, such industry notables such as Glenn Close, Frank Vincent, Batman producer Michael Uslan, Austin Pendleton, Kurtwood Smith, James Gandolfini, Budd Schulberg,Clarence Clemons, Bruce Stringsteen and others have lent their support. GSFF is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization held in the spring of each year at the Paramount Theater/Convention Hall complex as well as other venues in Asbury Park, New Jersey and surrounding area. For more information about the Garden State Film Festival please visit   or call 1-877-908-7050.

About the Sponsors of the 10th Annual Garden State Film Festival

The 10h Annual Garden State Film Festival could not be possible with out the generous support of the following sponsors. Platinum sponsors, who present the festival, are The Asbury Park Press, In Jersey Magazine, Metromix Jersey Shore and the Islander. The gold sponsor is Madison Marquette. Silver Sponsors include NJ Transit, Video Corporation of America,, Monmouth County Arts  Council. Bronze sponsors include, Saker Shop Rites, Inc., Currents Magazine, and Media Services. Contributors include the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce, , The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, , Tim McLoone's Supper Club, King Limousine and Car Service.

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