Festival 101 | Garden State Film Festival

Festival 101

What Is A Film Festival?

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A film festival is a weekend full of current independent films from all over the world that you can’t see anywhere else except at another film festival. They are made by filmmakers who are passionate about their art and not for any commercial reason. Many of these films will go on to get distribution, but right now you can see them first, right here with us! Filmmakers do a Q&A after the screening of their film. You get to ask all those questions you always wanted the answers to! In addition to the screenings there are workshops, professional panel discussions and even an open talent casting call. (Hey who knows you may be discovered…it’s happened before at GSFF!!) Join us for lots of great parties where you can get up close to those folks you see on and behind the big screen!

Who Goes to a Film Festival?

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Everybody who likes to have fun, see great films, meet celebrities and film industry professionals, is invited to attend. It only comes around once a year, so do yourself a favor and get up off the couch and check it out. We promise you will be glad you did!

How Does It Work?

When you buy a screening pass it entitles you to one to two hours worth of films for just $12.00 (what a bargain!!) for a single screening block. For example, you may see a short film (that’s a film that has a running time of less than 60 minutes) combined with a feature length film and a music video all in one screening block for the price of a ticket. After each screening block is a Q&A with the filmmakers represented in that block. This is your chance to ask all those questions you always wanted to know answers to! A complete schedule of titles and their synopsis is available here. Please look at GSFF At A Glance for the entire schedule or Films from A-Z for the specific titles and the ticket link for that block. There are also tickets to all the other weekend events, such as the Friday night cocktail party ($25), workshops ($12), professional panel discussions ($12) and the Black Tie Awards Dinner ($125)         (Yes you can go too!!). But the best way to experience GSFF is to purchase a Weekend Pass ($45) and really get the most out of all the amazing things we have to offer. Please check it out in the ticket section.

VIP ETIQUETTE

We are very excited to have many well known celebrities  at this year’s Garden State Film Festival. To see who is coming click HERE. They will be attending screening events, doing interviews, working press lines, attending panel discussions, the Cocktail Party, the Awards Dinner and book signings. In short, they’ll be mingling.

It is sure to be a whirlwind and we understand the desire to introduce yourself, communicate your admiration for their work or take photos with them. However, we simply ask that you respect their time and be mindful of any lines or crowds that may be forming around them.

We certainly want them to feel loved, appreciated and welcomed, but we also want them to be assured that they can ‘mingle’ with their personal space in tact. We ask that you respect the VIP’s, be professional in your conduct and wait for an appropriate time to shake hands.

The Festival Attracts Thousands of People

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It’s quite possible lines will be long so please wear comfortable shoes!

Seats Cannot Be Held

Seating is on a first come, first serve basis with online pre-sale ticket holders for each individual block entering the theater first. Weekend passes enter next and then, if any seats are available, tickets will be sold for the remaining seats.  Screenings are general admission only.

It’s always best to buy your tickets online a head of time!**

*** Print at Home tickets can be purchased up to an hour prior to the screening and ALL VENUES SELL TICKETS AT THE DOOR!!

Arrive At the Venues Early!

To start the film on time, we must seat as many people as possible in a very short time frame so please enter and exit the theater as quickly and quietly as possible.

Most Of the Venues Are Staffed By Volunteers

Our army of volunteers make the festival possible by donating their time. Please be patient and don’t forget to thank them for their efforts. If  YOU or anyone you know, would like to be a part of the team, we hope you will volunteer by clicking here!

Please Silence Your Cell Phone Once In the Theatre

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But don’t put them too far away, you will need them to place your vote on our CineBallot system for the coveted PICK OF THE FLICKS AWARD!!