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Rising Star Award

The Fifteenth Annual Garden State Film Festival is scouting candidates for their annual Robert Pastorelli Rising Star Award. The award is named after the late award winning actor and co-founder of the GSFF, Robert Pastorelli who was instrumental in bringing this prestigious event to the State of New Jersey.

The Robert Pastorelli Rising Star Award is open to all present or former New Jersey actors, regardless of age or union affiliation  Eligible candidates must have been born, raised or now reside in New Jersey and have an undeniable passion for the art form as well as have made inroads to the industry through hard work, struggle and determination. The deciding committee will be looking for a progression of work in theater, commercials, television, and film. The candidate should show they have made a commitment to their educational advancement in the preforming arts.

Please provide:
Short Personal Bio
Head Shot
Website/IMDB links
Any other pertinent information you want the judging committee to see!

Interviews will take place in January at a location to be determined.

The Garden State Film Festival will take place March 30-2, 2017 and this prestigious award will be presented at the Garden State Film Festival Awards Dinner on April 2, 2017.


*** And to those of you who don’t make the cut this year please feel free to apply next year. Persistence really counts in this business!