What to know / FAQ
WHAT IS A FILM FESTIVAL?
A film festival is a weekend full of current independent films from all over the world. They are made by filmmakers who are passionate about their art and not necessarily for any commercial reason. Many of these films will go on to get distribution, but right now you can see them first, right here with us!
Filmmakers do a Question & Answer session (Q & A) after the screening of each film block. You get to ask all those questions you always wanted the answers to! In addition to the screenings there are workshops, professional panel discussions and even an open talent casting call. (Hey who knows you may be discovered…it’s happened before at GSFF!!)
WHO GOES TO A FILM FESTIVAL?
Everybody who likes to have fun, see great films, meet celebrities and film industry professionals are invited to attend. GSFF only comes around once a year, so do yourself a favor and get up off the couch and check it out. We promise you will be glad you did!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Garden State Film Festival screens in Screening Blocks curated carefully for a fun experience for all those who attend.
- You will notice a Screening Block Code for each film on our schedule.
When you buy a SINGLE SCREENING TICKET, it entitles you to a screening block
For example, you may see a short film (that’s a film that has a running time of less than 40 minutes) combined with a feature length film and a music video all in one screening block for the price of a single ticket.
A Q&A with the filmmakers follows this entire screening event. This is your chance to ask all those questions you always wanted to know answers to!
A complete schedule of titles and their synopsis is available.
NOTE: Out of courtesy for all of the filmmakers in the block we ask that you do not enter or leave the theater in the middle of the block.
Check back for GSFF AT A GLANCE for the entire schedule or Films from A-Z for the specific titles and the ticket link for that block. There are also tickets to all the other weekend events, such as workshops, professional panel discussions and the Black Tie Awards Banquet (Yes you can go too!).
WHICH PACKAGE OR TICKET SHOULD I BUY?
The best way to experience GSFF is to purchase screening tickets for any single screening block. Get the most out of all the amazing things we have to offer with the PARKWAY PASS!
The Pass includes:
- Access to Meet the Filmmakers Preview event*
- Friday Night Gala Reception*
- All film screenings
- Panel Discussions
- Screenplay Reading.
The PARKWAY PASS does not include the Black Tie Awards Banquet.
* RSVP is Required for these events. Email our Filmmaker Hospitality with your RSVP.
Please check it out in the ticket section.
HOW DO I PURCHASE TICKETS?
For all ticketing information, pricing and package specifics, go to the Ticket Information page.
WHAT IS THE RETURN POLICY?
*** ALL TICKETS ARE FINAL SALE NO REFUND-NO RETURNS ***
Purchaser and/or bearer of ticket agrees that GSFF, its agents and licensees shall be held harmless in the event of technical difficulty and/or interruption for any or all reasons, whether or not the fault of GSFF. Purchaser and/or bearer of ticket agrees that GSFF’s “no refund” policy shall remain in effect.
All seating for film screenings is General Admission and seating is first come, first served.
The films being screened during the festival are unrated and may contain content that can be found offensive. Viewer discretion is advised.
Valid ID required for alcohol consumption.
We are very excited to have many well-known celebrities at this year’s Garden State Film Festival. They will be attending screening events, doing interviews, working press lines, attending panel discussions, the Friday Gala Cocktail Reception, and the Awards Banquet. In short, they’ll be mingling.
It is sure to be a whirlwind and we understand the desire to introduce yourself, communicate your admiration for their work or take photos with them. However, we simply ask that you respect their time and be mindful of any lines or crowds that may be forming around them. Please do not sit in seats reserved for VIP’s.
We certainly want them to feel loved, appreciated and welcomed, but we also want them to be assured that they can ‘mingle’ with their personal space intact. We ask that you respect the VIP’s, be professional in your conduct and wait for an appropriate time to shake hands and then move on.
IS THERE MORE YOU’D LIKE TO DISCOVER?
The Festival Attracts Thousands of People
- It’s quite possible lines will be long so please wear comfortable shoes!
Seats Cannot Be Held
- Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Screenings are general admission only.
It’s always best to buy your tickets online ahead of time!
- Print-at-Home tickets can be purchased up to an hour prior to the screening and all venues sell tickets at the door (while supplies last)
Arrive to the Venues Early
- To start the film on time, we must seat as many people as possible in a very short time frame so please enter and exit the theater as quickly and quietly as possible.
Most Of the Venues Are Staffed By Volunteers
- Our army of volunteers make the festival possible by donating their time. Please be patient and don’t forget to thank them for their efforts. If YOU or anyone you know would like to be a part of the team we hope you will volunteer by clicking here!
Please Silence Your Cell Phone Once In the Theatre