2019 Winners

2019 Movie Music Competition Winner

Best Theme From A Comedy

“He’s A Beautiful Boy (Theme from Lil’ Balzac)”

Composer: Jan van Oene

Performed by: Jan van Oene, Evan Lincoln, and Shannon Burke


Best Orchestration from a Documentary

World Water Puerto Rico – Main Theme

Composer: Kenneth Blaine

Performed by: Kenneth Blaine


Best Theme from a Home Grown Feature

“The Hospital Room”

Composers: Alan Parness & Larry Weissblum

Performed by: The Stonebridge Jammers


Best Orchestration from an Animation

Never Give Up

Composed, orchestrated and conducted by: Sandrine Rudaz

Performed by: Seattle Studio Musicians


Best Musical Score from a Short

“Circus Fantasy” 

Composer: Kevin Stahl

Conducted by: Kevin Stahl


Best Musical Score from a Feature

Fox Medicine”

Composer : Josh Coffey and Otto Sharp

Performed by: Josh Coffey, Otto Sharp, Stephen Montgomery


Home Grown Alternative Rock

“How the Hell am I Getting Home?”
Performed by: Milan & The Sour Goat

Composer: Milan Lazistan III, John Busse, Edwin Estevez Jr.


Best Ballad From a Short

“Wild One” (The Ballad of Brando)

Composer: Philip Curcuru

Performed by: The Atomik Age Project


Best Pop Song

“Far Away Places” 

Composer: Toni Cornell

Performed by: Toni Cornell   


Best Orchestration From An Animated Short

“Skip Rescues Pip”

Composer: Cristina “Trinity” Vélez-Justo


Best Musical form a Home Grown Student Film – Elementary School

“MP News Theme”

Composer: Robert Shiffman


Best Home Grown Pop Duet

“Theme from That’s Life”


2019 Screenplay Winner

The Garden State Film Festival Screenplay Competition was instituted to recognize the importance of the writer as the foundation for a really great film. Our goal is to shine a spotlight on this year’s winning screenplay, host a live stage reading by professional actors.


A Brooklyn Christmas
by: Drew Henriksen

GSFF is happy to announce Drew Henriksen as the 2019 GSFF Screenplay Competition with “A Brooklyn Christmas”. 


Drew who is an accomplished writer of both novels, as well as award winning short films. He has supplemented his income by supervising a lab, teaching high school, as well as showing off his black belt in martial arts as a stunt work and fight coordinator in several films.


“A Brooklyn Christmas” is set on Christmas Eve when suave wise guy, Tony C., loses his life saving a young boy from being hit by a truck.  He finds himself before Saint Peter who has taken the form of a dentist.  In the heavenly office, we meet Horatio, a bungling apprentice angel. After his judgment, Tony and Horatio are sent back down to Brooklyn to help guide a young fireman Jerry, through the season after losing his beloved wife.


What happens next ..well join us for the screenplay reading on Saturday March 30th at 12:00noon in the Oval Room 2nd Fl. Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel to find out!


The Screenplay Reading is FREE with the suggested donation of the purchase of a screening block ticket $15 to be used over the GSFF weekend. 


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The Garden State Screenwriting Competition is proud to announce a partnership with InkTip, where writers connect with industry professionals every day.


A prize package of one (1) InkTip Script Listing and one (1) InkTip Magazine listing for your grand prize winner of the Donna Rothstein Screenwriting Award and a prize package of one (1) InkTip Script Listing for your top five (5) finalists to assist in providing them exposure for their scripts. InkTip Script Listings provide writers with the opportunity to get their scripts read by InkTip’s extensive network of producers, reps, manager, agents, and other qualified industry professionals.

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2019 Film Winners


Narrative Feature

“Burning Kentucky”

Bethany Brooke Anderson, Ben Fuqua, Elsa Ramo and Ryan Lacen, Producers

Bethany Brooke Anderson, Director



International Narrative Feature

“The Bird Catcher”

Lisa Black and Leon Clarence, Producers

Ross Clarke, Director



M. Carroll Raver Award for Cinematography

John Christian Rosenlund

“The Bird Catcher”




Horror Feature

“Clinton Road”

Steve Stanulis, Richard Grieco and Noel Ashman, Producers

Steve Stanulis and Richard Grieco, Directors



Narrative Short


Niels Neeskens and Fokke Baarssen, Producers

Fokke Baarssen, Director




Science Fiction Short

“The Beacon”

Chris Staehler, Christopher P. Purdy and Thomas Haley-Hermiz, Producers

Chris Staehler, Director



Lou Costello Award for Comedy Short


Keith Armonaitis and Fokke Baarssen, Producers

Fokke Baarssen, Director



International Narrative Short

“Are You Volleyball?”


Nima Rabiei, Producer

Mohammad Bakhshi, Director



International Comedy Short



Ivan Perekatov and Natalia Bannikova, Producers

Ivan Perekatov, Director



Emanuel “Manny” Berlingo Award for Best Feature Length Documentary

“Funny You Never Knew”

Andrew Hunt, Producer/Director



Short Documentary

“One Less Flight”

Jennifer Hahn and Alan Goldsher, Producer

Jennifer Hahn, Director



International Short Documentary

“Portrait of the Milliner as yer man himself”


Godfrey Jordan, Producer/Director



Animated Short

“Two Balloons”

Mark C. Smith, Producer/Director

Teresa Drilling, Naomi Fish, Wendy Fuller, Beth Gavigan, Javan Ivey,

Misha Klein, Sihanouk Mariona, Vanessa Pridgen, Bartiek Prusiewicz

and Suzanne Twining, Animators





“Art of Play”

Dan Buck and Dave Buck, Producers

Homer Liwag, Director



Web Series/New Media


Brittany Portman, Producer

Anthony Patellis, Director


Music Video

“Waiting Tables”

Sakinah Iman, Producer

Evan Seplow and Sakinah Iman, Directors





“Shady Glen”

Ron Harner, Director



Feature – College


(DePaul University)

Elliott Lonsdale, Lucy Lola Manda and Gregory Dixon, Producers

Gregory Dixon, Director



Narrative Short – College

“The Chrysalis”

(Quinnipiac University)

Matt Kravitsky, Richard Olsen and Ross Cohen, Producers

Matt Kravitsky, Director




Documentary Short – College


(Rowen University)

Montana Marose, Peter Chamalian and Tyler Kubicz, Producers

Peter Chamalian, Director




International Narrative Short – College

“Toward the Sun”

(London School of Film)

Rosa Santis, Producer

Monica Santis, Director



Narrative Short – High School

“Grab Him by the-”

(Interlochen Arts Academy, MI)

Lane McKenna, Director


Documentary Short – High School

“Inclusion on the Air”

(Mamaroneck High School, NY)

Eli Canter, 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

“The Incoherents”

Alex Emanuel, Jared Barel, Jeff Auer and Jordan Barel, Producers

Jared Barel, Director



Home Grown Documentary Feature

“Roadie My Documentary”

TJ Hoffmann, Producer

Andy Strohl, Director



Home Grown Short


Alison Hale, Jo Sanford, David Ramirez and Spencer Bacon, Producers

Alison Hale, Director



Home Grown Comedy Short


Mark Ward and Shannon Meehan, Producers

Mark Ward, Director



Home Grown Documentary Short

“First Steps”

Lou Marillier, Chloe Mamelok and Sara Obeidat, Producers

Lou Marillier and Chloe Mamelok, Directors



Home Grown Music Video

“Everybody Said”

Brian Ostering, Producer

Amanda Duncan, Director


Home Grown Commercial

Nike Spec Commercial “Can’t Catch the Dark”– 126 (38)

Jordan Hidalgo, Director



Home Grown Student Short – College



Afrotwin Productions and Paola Ossa, Producers

Poala Ossa, Director



Home Grown Student Documentary Short – High School

“Sonic Highways Middletown”
(Middletown South High School)
Keeley Giblin, Jolene Gianone and Toria Pater, Directors



Home Grown Student Short – High School

Olivia Anton, Writer/Director



Home Grown Student Short – High School Honorable Mention

“The Art of Observation”
Howell High School)
Annie Fleisch, Director



 Home Grown Student PSA – High School
“Are you Enough”(Communications High School)
Summer Ward, Director


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