Are You the Next GSFF Rising Star?



Calling all managers, agents, actors and friends of actors. GSFF is now accepting submissions for its 2019 Rising Star Award through FilmFreeway. The Rising Star Award is open to all up and coming actors (male and female), regardless of age, union affiliation or residence. Applicants are asked to open an account with ‎FilmFreeway (it’s free) and create a project in FilmFreeway named “[Applicant’s name] Rising Star”.

Then please upload a head shot, reel, resume, and any other supporting information you would like the panel to consider. The submission is made under the Rising Star Award category in the Garden State Film Festival competition in that system. You will then proceed to checkout ( there is a fee to apply).

Here is the link to Film Freeway:

The candidate MUST be available to attend the Festival,  March 28-31, 2019 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The winner will be honored at the Black Tie Awards Gala on Sunday March 31, 2019, and will be invited to attend/participate in various events, including the screenplay reading, as applicable.

Eligible candidates must have an undeniable passion for acting and we look for someone who has made inroads to the industry through hard work and determination. The committee will be looking for a progression of work in theater, commercials, television, and film. Past winners include Adam Mucci (‪#‎BoardwalkEmpire), Ronnie Marmo (‪#‎GeneralHospital), Joe Sernio (‪#‎AllMyChildren), Joey Russo (‪#‎JerseyBoys), and Quinn Shephard (soon to be released Blame) and Camrus Johnson and Ellie Lee.

Good Luck!

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AND THE 2018 WINNER was…..Ellie Lee!!!!






Ellie Lee was born and raised in Bergen County, NJ. She has been a TV/digital entertainment host for MTV K, VH1 News, Amazon Video, People Style, and is currently the on-camera host for iHeartRadio. She has made appearances as an entertainment reporter on “The Wendy Williams Show”, E!’s daytime show, “Daily Pop”, and was a correspondent on VH1’s “Big Morning Buzz Live” hosted by Nick Lachey. More recently as an actor, she has made her debut in independent short films as well as indie feature film, “I CAN I WILL I DID” which screens GSFF March 24th. Congratulations Ellie and welcome to the GSFF family!