Past Festivals

Follow the links below to see a list of winners and images from this years and past Garden State Film Festivals.

And the 2018 Winners are….

Narrative Feature


James Burke and Scott Disharoon, Producers

Nico Sabenorio, Director


“Making a Killing”

Devin Hume, Producer/Director



International Narrative Feature

“Handsome Devil”


Rebecca O’Flanagan and Robert Walpole, Producers

John Butler, Director

Musical Feature Film

“Still Waiting In The Wings”

Carroll Raver Award for Cinematography

“The Song of Sway Lake”

Eric Lin

The Bud Abbott Award for Feature Length Comedy

“Love Eclectic”

Bill Brown, Producer/Director

Family Feature


Santino Campanelli, Producer/Director

Horror Feature

The Wanderers: The Quest of the Demon Hunters


Andrei Boncea, Catalin Catoiu and Dragos Buliga, Producers

Dragos Buliga, Director


Musical Feature

“Still Waiting In The Wings”

Jeffrey Johns/Producer

Allan Brocka/Director

Narrative Short


Paul Castro, Jr. and Aly Miller, Producers

Paul Castro, Jr., Director

Lou Costello Award for Comedy Short


Neil Fennell and Guy Olivieri, Producers

Guy Olivieri, Director


International Narrative Short

“The Puppeteer”


Carlos Lascano, Producer/Director


International Comedy Short



Ivan Shokha, Producer/Director


“2 by 2”

(United Kingdom)

Mark Playne, Producer/Director


Emanuel “Manny” Berlingo Award for Best  Feature Length Documentary

“Living in Futures Past”

Jeff Bridges, Susan Kucera and Jim Swift, Producers

Susan Kucera, Director


Short Documentary

“The Sara Spencer Washington Story”

Royston Scott, Director


Alternative Feature

“The Rainbow Experiment”

Allison Vanore, Producer

Christina Kallas, Director


International Feature Documentary

“Melody Makers”


Mark Sanders and Leslie Ann Coles, Producers

Leslie Ann Coles, Director


Animated Short


Young Gul Cho, Director


International Animated Short

“Au Revior Balthazar”


Claudia Frei and Stella Händler, Producers

Rafael Sommerhalder, Director



“What’s Out There?”

Yijian Lou, Producer

Kirill Yusim, Director


Music Video

“Mission to Mars”

George Pasles, Director

Narrative Short – College

Undergraduate Student


(Syracuse University)

Kathryn Ferentchak, Producer/Director


Narrative Short – College

Graduate Student

“The Hobbyist”

(School of Visual Arts, NY)

David E. Munz Maire, Producer

George Vatistas, Director

Animated Short – College

“Out of the Box”

(Rochester Institute of Technology)

Marcel Saleta, Director


International Animated Short – College

“In the Crosshairs”

(Soore University, Iran)

Hamidreza Jave, Producer

Marzieh Kheirkhah, Director

International Narrative Short – College

“Children of Spring”


Zara Demet Altan, Producer/Director


“Fantastic Four”


Karol Vo, Producer

Juan Alejandro Bermúdez, Director

Narrative Short – High School

“About Time”

(Viewpoint School, CA)

Anthony Aguirre, Producer

Branton Choi, Director

International Narrative Short – High School

“The Candy Girl”


Lettie Costea, Producer/Writer

Joshua Costea, Director

The Garden State Film Festival would like to recognize films shot in the State of New Jersey with the following winners in the “Home Grown Award” categories:

Home Grown Feature

“Clinton Road”

Noel Ashman, Richard Grieco and Steve Stanulis, Producers

Richard Grieco and Steve Stanulis, Directors

Home Grown Short

“Swiped Right”

Lydia Fiore and Dana Marisa Schoenfeld, Producers

Dana Marisa Schoenfeld, Director

Home Grown Comedy Short

“Therapy, Bro.”

Wally Marzano-Lesnevich, Francesco Nuzzi and John Hedlund, Producers

John Hedlund, Director

Home Grown Documentary Feature

“The Oyster Farmers”

Angela Andersen C., Producer

Corinne Gray Ruff, Director

Home Grown Documentary Short

“Destination Past: Rumson Hill”

Chris Brenner, Producer/Director

Home Grown PSA

“Azaliah & AJ at Special Strides”

Jenna Bush, Director

Home Grown Music Video

“Got This Far”

Madison Caccioppoli


Home Grown Student Short – College


 (Fairleigh Dickinson University)

Lauren Ide, Producer

Salma Hbaich, Director

Home Grown Documentary Short – College

“Hope Restored”

(Rowan University)

Diana Nicolae, Bryan Dickerson and Erin Cahill, Producers

Argiea Spencer, Director

Home Grown Student Documentary Short – High School

“The Pilgrim Pipeline”

(Chatham High School)

Zoe DeWitt, Director

Home Grown Student Short – High School


(Communications High School)

Abigail Karl, Director

“Parallel Dreams”

(Red Bank Regional High School)

John Tuohy, Director/Writer

Home Grown Student PSA – High School

“The Community Food Bank”

(Atlantic County Institute of Technology)

Amanda Paule, Director

Home Grown Student Music Video – High School

“Three Roads”

(Monmouth Regional High School)

Emily Heath, Directo

Home Grown Student Trailer – High School


(Bloomfield Tech High School)

Edithe Eugene, Director

The Garden State Film Festival Movie Music Competition Winners

Best Song From a Short Film

” The Long Run”
Performed by: Glenn Roth, Gary Blu, Grant Morrison, & Rachel Blumberg
Composer: Rachel Blumberg, Barbara Bock, & Gary Blu 
Best Theme From a Drama

“Stars In My Eyes”
(Theme from Drawing Home)
Performed by Judy Collins
Written by Jody Gray, Don Rollins & Steve Walsh 
Best Orchestral Score


   Performed by: Hollywood Studio Symphony, conducted by Tim Williams, concertmaster Mark  Robertson , Composer: Kim Planert

Best Instrumental Score from a Silent Film

“Center Ring Waltz”
Performed by: Bryson Kemp
Composer: Bryson Kemp

Best Contemporary Pop Song

“Dancing Girl”

Performed by: The Wiggies

Composer/Produced by:  Sandy Linzer & Edward B. Kessel

Best Internationally Inspired song from a Home Grown Artist

“Some Fish Can Fly”  

Performed by: Sound Imagination Players    

Composer/Producer: Edward B. Kessel & Marc Hoffman

Best Home Grown Hip Hop Song

“Got This Far”          

Performed by Madison Caccioppoli          

 Composer: Madison Caccioppoli


Best Indie Rock Song
“Mission To Mars”     

 Performed by: Overlord (George Andrew Pasles, Sarah Brockett, Matt Houser, and TrisMcCall)      Composer: George Andrew Pasles

 Best Documentary Theme from a Home Grown Short


“Azaliah’s Theme”

Performed by: David Citron                                                                                          Composer: David Citron



Garden State Screenplay Competition Winner

“Colorblind ( The Legacy of Alvin Bell) “by Pamela Peak


Honorary Chair

Brian Cheripka

Lifetime Achievement                                                                                                                Xander Berkeley

Beacon Award                                                                                                                         Christopher Lloyd

MVP                                                                                                                                                      Armand Assante

Broader Vision Award

Angelight Films

Educator of the Year

Christopher Corey

The Garden State Film Festival Rising Star Award for Acting

Ellie Lee

Pick of the Flicks

Detention (Ballinger)


2017 Festival Winners

2017 Festival photography can be found on our Facebook Page HERE

GSFF 2017 Program Book

2016 Festival Winners

GSFF 2016 Program Book

2015 Festival photography can be found HERE

See our 2015 Program HERE

2015 Festival Winners

2014 Festival Winners

2014 Festival Montage

2014 Festival photography from Grace Raver can be found HERE

2014 Festival photography from John Rivera can be found HERE

2014 Festival photography from South Street Photography can be found HERE

2014 Festival photography from Rebekka Gable can be found HERE

2013 Festival

2013 Festival Images

2011 Festival

2010 Festival

2009 Festival

2008 Festival

2007 Festival

2003 Festival