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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 workshopsprofessional panel discussions and even an open talent casting call. (Hey who knows you may be discovered…it’s happened before at GSFF!!) 

Join us for lots of great parties where you can get up close to those folks you see on and behind the big screen! 

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 best way to experience GSFF is to purchase screening tickets for any single screening block. You can even buy a VIRTU MULTI-PASS that entitles you to screen absolutely everything virtually, except the Black Tie Awards Ceremony.

Get the most out of all the amazing things we have to offer with the Virtual Multi-Pass! Please check it out in the ticket section.

When you buy a SINGLE SCREENING TICKET, it entitles you to one to two hour’s worth of films for just $20.00* (what a bargain) purchased in advance on this site or $20* at the door, for a single screening block.

*Ticket price plus any applicable service and/or venue fees.

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 ticket. After each screening block is a Q & A with the filmmakers represented in that block. 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.

Please look at 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 Ceremony (Yes you can go too!).

VIP Etiquette

We are very excited to have many well-known celebrities at this year’s Garden State Film Festival. To see who is coming click HERE. They will be attending screening events, doing interviews, working press lines, attending panel discussions, the Friday Gala Cocktail Reception, the Awards Ceremony and book signings. 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.



Since many of our films come from non-English speaking countries around the world,  many of our films are subtitled. All subtitled films are designated as such in our printed program and online film information. These are great films for our hearing impaired friends. **Please note that GSFF creates entire film blocks for our hearing impaired friends that include subtitles in all films in the block and are designated as such in our program, website and app for your enjoyment.

Large Print

Large Print programs are available for our annual festival. To avoid waste, Large Print programs will be created on demand with three weeks prior notice. Please contact us at 877-908-7050 or info@gsff.org more than three weeks prior to a screening and we will hold it at the venue for you. You can also access our digital program book on this website, where you can make it as large as you need. (Available after March 1, each year)


Braille programs are available for our annual festival. To avoid waste, Braille programs will be created on demand with three weeks prior notice. Please contact us at 877-908-7050 or info@gsff.org more than three weeks prior to a screening and we will hold it at the venue for you.

Assistive Listening Devices

Assistive Listening Devices are available in some venues for our annual festival.  Please contact us at 877-908-7050 or info@gsff.org to let us know which venue(s) you plan to attend and every attempt will be made to accommodate you. 


Ushers will assist those with walkers to their seat. Walkers must be stored in the lobby until requested at the conclusion of the performance.


The Garden State Film Festival presents in ONLY ADA compliant venues. Wheelchair seating is available on a first come first serve basis in each venue. All Wheelchair users are admitted FREE along with one helper.


Garden State Film Festival is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so, adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines. This website endeavors to conform to level Double-A of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Conformance with these guidelines will help make the web more user friendly for all people. This site has been built using code compliant with W3C standards for HTML and CSS. The site displays correctly in current browsers and using standards compliant HTML/CSS code means any future browsers will also display it correctly. Whilst www.gsff.org strives to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website. We are continually seeking out solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall web accessibility. In the meantime should you experience any difficulty in accessing www.gsff.org website, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 877-908-7050 or info@gsff.org.

Delivery Standards & Refund Policy

Delivery Standards:

GSFF will make every reasonable attempt to deliver items in the shortest time frame possible. GSFF can not be held responsible for delays caused by USPS and other carriers.

Return/Refund Policy:

GSFF has a no return, exchanges, or refund for delivered items (includes all tickets) policy.

Anything Else?

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*

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