Honorary Chair

Scott Cronick

GSFF is proud to announce Director of Entertainment Publications for the Press of Atlantic City, overseeing At The Shore magazine and Atlantic City Weekly, where he is also a staff writer, columnist, food and music critic and editor, Scott Cronick ,as the Festivals’ Honorary Chair. Scott also hosts a daily radio show – Off The Press with Scott Cronick – on  talk station WOND 1400-AM. Scott has won several New Jersey and Pennsylvania journalism awards and we are thrilled to honor him.

Spirit Of New Jersey

Richard Kind

GSFF proudly presents Richard Kind, who hails from Trenton, recipient of the 2017 Spirit of New Jersey Award. With an extensive resume which includes roles in productions such as Inside Out (2015), Spin City (1996) and A Serious Man (2009), Richard makes all the rest of us proud to be from New Jersey too.  Congratulations Richard!



Excellence in Animation Award


Laika Studios

Founded in 2005, LAIKA has grown to occupy a unique and distinctive place in American cinema by continuously expanding the boundaries of the 120-year-old technique of stop-motion animation. Their accomplishments include the  2009’s Oscar®-nominated Coraline, followed by the Oscar®- and BAFTA-nominated ParaNorman in 2012. The Boxtrolls hit theaters in 2014, garnering the studio its third straight Oscar® nomination. Their fourth film, Kubo and the Two Strings, was also an award winning film.


Broader Vision Award




The Garden State Film Festival proudly recognizes a deserving organization each year with the Broader Vision Award for film making dedicated to the greater good. This year the award goes to PEI Kids and Seven13Films. PEI Kids’ is a not for profit organization, whose mission is dedicated to promoting and maintaining a safe environment for all children. Seven13films is made up of award-winning filmmakers Joseph A. Halsey and Lee Kolinsky. Together they are dedicated to providing social messages that spark conversation through the art of film making designed to drive education, awareness, community outreach and engagement on important public issues giving a voice to inner city kids. Congratulations and keep up the good work.

GSFF  Rising Star 2016


Camrus Johnson

The Garden State Film Festival proudly presents the 2017 Rising Star Award to Camrus Johnson. He graduated from high school with honors at which time he received a remarkably heavy Thespian Gold Medal. Johnson got 14 college callbacks at the Thespian Conference, however, he decided to head to New York City to pursue his career. Camrus has worked with the Rockettes, the cast of Jersey Boys, Marvel’s Netflix series, Luke Cage and various others.  Camrus’s undeniable passion and work ethic has gotten him to where he is today. When asked advice for other young talent he replied, “It gets really hard at times, but working your way up is the fun part. Mainly because of all the struggles and efforts, we can always look back and see how much we have overcome”. Congratulations, Camrus from your GSFF family!