My Film Was Accepted

Congratulations Filmmakers for being accepted to GSFF 2019!



ALL FILMS GET TWO BADGES THAT ACT AS WEEKEND PASSES…Please let Morgan know the names of the two people picking up your badges.


Your badges give you entrance to all events EXCEPT the black tie awards banquet. Separate tickets for that event may be found HERE.


You may download your laurels HERE


 It is our pleasure to inform you that your film has been chosen to be screened at the 17th Annual Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey, March 27-31, 2019.

Please read the following information carefully:




Please provide the following information as you wish it to appear in the program and on the website and attach a high resolution still which may appear with it


Please use upper and lower cases when filing in information.



Premiere status examples are (World Premiere, North American Premiere, East Coast Premiere, NJ premiere, Asbury Park Premier)


If your film has a recognizable cast members name ONLY, please include it in the synopsis. Synopsis should be no longer than two to three sentences and describe the film accurately.


*Remember this is what will get general audience to your screening. Vague synopses are not helpful in getting audience to your film.


Please send ONLY the info below to with a graphic/still for your film


Program/Website Information:

















Please send two (2) final DVDs or Blu Rays of your film for screening purposes.

PLEASE DO NOT ASK US TO BURN YOUR DVD. See Filmmaker FAQ for our DVD/Blu-Ray Policy.

If we screened your submission online we do not have any way to present your film without a hard copy. So please get it to us quickly.


All discs MUST be NTSC, Region 1 or 0, DVD or Blu Ray, Region A.

All films must come to us without a leader.  A leader is color bars and tone, or a slate. We want your film to start playing immediately.


All filmmakers DVD/Blu-Ray disks disks must be Properly Formatted, Authored, and FINALIZED. 

All menus should park themselves on “PLAY” or have it AUTO START.  This will save time for the audience waiting for the projectionist to press play. Please do not have a menu.

All venues will only have NTSC Blu-Ray, Region A and DVD, Region 1 or 0, capability. We cannot accept PAL discs. PAL can not be played.

Currently, audio will be played in Stereo, not 5.1.
Please clearly mark your disc with its format. Format Example: NTSC Blu-Ray, Region A
Please get all films to us no later than February 1, 2019.
Please address any technical questions to: Lauren Concar, She will be happy to help you!


Please send DVD’s to:

1 Page Avenue
Allenhurst, NJ 07711-1112


Marked SCREENING COPY on the outside as well as your WAB or FilmFreeway tracking number.



Our website is filled with great information regarding perks, lodging, packages, and other questions you might have. Make sure to book your rooms early. The discounted rooms are limited and go fast. At this time GSFF is unable to provide transportation or lodging for our filmmakers.


If you have read through the above & have any other questions or concerns please direct them to Morgan.



GSFF makes every effort to drive attendance. In 2018, we were at capacity at most of the screenings.

We have found in the past that filmmakers who take an active role in promoting their screening via social networks, other web based media outlets and their local newspapers, combined with our efforts, are very happy with the results.


Please join us on our social pages page at:





Use Hashtag #GSFF #GSFFasburypark–be sure to tag us on all of your social media posting! Feel free to hype your film to our followers.


Please mail hard copies of any print articles to us for our records. We take your success very seriously.

*IMPORTANT*Please read this because we do not want to be wasteful.


We are happy to distribute promotional materials ONLY if they include the
screening venue, time and date.


Any materials received without this information will be discarded. They must be in hand by March 1, 2019. 

Promotional materials may be sent to:

GSFF | Promo Dept.
711 Boston Blvd.
Sea Girt, N.J. 08750


Already printed a ton of promotional materials? Yes, you could print stickers with your screening venue, time & date and adhere the stickers to your current film poster or post card. 

POSTERS MUST BE on a backing and YOU provide the easel.



All films receive two complimentary Filmmakers Badges that act as weekend passes allowing access to all events Wednesday, March 27–Sunday March 31, EXCEPT the Black Tie Awards Banquet.


If you have additional cast, crew & family members attending you will need to purchase Weekend Passes or single screening tickets.  Remember, you receive 2 filmmaker badges so please click on the appropriate links for any other tickets that you would like to purchase. 


Have a crew member that is sad & the only thing that could cheer them up is having a badge instead of a weekend pass? Please alert She is very kind and will trade the pass for a badge. We want to see everyone smiling.


The GSFF Awards Banquet has always sold out in the past. Tickets are available HERE. PLEASE BUY THEM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you plan to attend. Sorry, we CANNOT comp filmmakers.


GSFF Website & Program – My next email will ask you to fill out a short form for use on our website and in our program and to attach a high res still image. Please return this information to us as soon as possible using upper and lower case letters. We are a very small staff and your help is critical. 

IMPORTANT: Remember, what you give us at this time is what is published. Please do not ask us to change it later.

Wednesday, March 27
We have a Special Screening at the Jersey Shore Arts Center.
The exclusive East Coast Premiere of “My Dinner with Alan: A Soprano’s Session”



We will kick off the weekend on Thursday March 28, at The Asbury Lanes with our MEET THE FILMMAKERS event.


7:00 pm-8:00 pm | Cocktail hour reception- cash bar with complementary appetizers

8:00 pm -9:30 pm | Screening of a selection of trailers of the weekend’s films.

We hope you will be able to attend and work the room to encourage audience members to attend YOUR screening.



Please contact Diane about advertising in our program.  This insures your film a larger presence, allows friends and family the opportunity for congratulatory ads and supports our efforts throughout the year and beyond.


Thank you again for sharing your fine work and we hope you will be able to join us for this fabulous event. We are looking forward to meeting each and every one of you!


Questions- Contact Morgan Yoder

                                                                              PROMO MATERIALS
  • Promotional materials may be sent to

GSFF-Promo Dept

711 Boston Blvd.

Sea Girt, N.J. 08750


We are happy to distribute them ONLY if they include the screening venue, time and date.
Any posters must be accompanied with an easel provided by you.

Any materials received without this information will be discarded.

They must be in hand by February 25, 2018.


Other Details

Filmmaker Breakfast

The Garden State Film Festival is happy to invite this year’s filmmakers to join us for a mix and mingle with the other accepted filmmakers for a light breakfast.


Saturday, March 30

Berkeley Hotel | Continental Room

9 am – 10 am 


Badges will also be available at the Filmmaker Breakfast Saturday morning.

We have a wonderful panel immediately following the breakfast.

After Parties

After Parties are planned for:

Friday March 29 10:30pm – Wonderbar

Saturday March 30 10:30pm- Wonderbar

Sunday is the Awards Banquet

FIlmmaker Lounges

Filmmaker lounges available for you to utilize on Saturday & Sunday to chat and make new friends.


If after your screening block the Q & A sessions would like to continue, please relocate to our Filmmaker Lounges because we must stick to our time schedule.


 Berkeley Hotel | Café | Ground floor

1401 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712


Downtown Area | Snacks available for purchase.