Top Film Festivals in New Jersey

With its historic theaters and plentiful cultural organizations, New Jersey is a must-visit destination for arts and culture lovers, especially when it comes to film.
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Visit one of the many film festivals this year to watch premiere screenings, meet with film industry professionals and learn about the craft of filmmaking. Here are a few of this year’s must-see events.
New Jersey Jewish Film Festival
March 15 – 25, 2018
Held at the Maurice Levin Theater at JCC MetroWest in West Orange, this 18th annual film festival features a range of international films of Jewish interest, followed by thoughtful discussion.
Garden State Film Festival
March 22 – 25, 2018
Head to Asbury Park to take your pick from more than 200 films from around the world, as well as to meet with film makers and spot celebrities.
FilmOneFest Film Slam
April 21, 2018
See what can happen in 24 hours at this fast-paced film competition held at Monmouth University Lauren K. Wood Theatre in West Long Branch. Teams will be given creative parameters and then have 24 hours to write, film, edit and deliver their completed film.
Montclair Film Festival
April 26 – May 6, 2018
Drawing more than 26,000 attendees and 150 filmmakers and industry guests, this 7th annual festival showcases an impressive lineup of international, cultural and educational films.
Asbury Park Music & Film Festival
April 27 – 29, 2018
Celebrating the vital role music plays in cinema, this one-of-a-kind film and music festival showcases more than 40 films, as well as live music performances in venues throughout Asbury Park.
New Jersey International Film Festival
June 1 – 10, 2018
Get a glimpse into the world of filmmaking at this comprehensive festival at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, where you can watch movie screenings, attend filmmaking workshops and meet-and-greet with screen writers and directors.
10th Annual Lighthouse International Film Festival
June 7 – 10, 2018
From short films to documentaries, this film festival at venues throughout Long Beach Island showcases cinema in its many forms, and also offers attendees the opportunity to learn from industry greats at panel discussions and more. 
July 21, 2018
Super short films (all under two minutes) reign supreme at this FREE outdoor film festival at the Atlantic Highlands Marina. 
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