Garden State Film Festival

The Garden State Film Festival is a film festival in the United States held in Asbury Park, New Jersey which debuts more than 200 independent films annually over four days each spring.[1][2]

Garden State Film Festival
LocationAsbury Park, New Jersey, U.S.

The festival was founded in 2002 in a Sea Girt, New Jersey by Diane Raver[1] and Hollywood actor Robert Pastorelli. Pastorelli and Raver mounted the first festival in 2003. Executive Director is Lauren Concar Sheehy.

The festival pays tribute to Jersey’s legacy as the birthplace of the American filmmaking in Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratories where he invented the first film cameras and projectors, to Fort Lee, where the studios were founded.[3] The festival is one of Asbury Park's major cultural and economic forces.[4]  

Annual Film FestivalEdit

The Garden State Film festival premieres independent films by Jersey born or based talent, but also features American and international films. The festival gives awards in categories such as Best Comedy Feature, Narrative Feature, Family Feature, Documentary, among others. During the 2020 Covid 19 outbreak, Garden State Film Festival converted to a virtual festival and featured films with notable talent including Linda Hamilton, John Goodman, Jodie Foster, Catherine Hardwicke, Lou Gossett Jr., and Shaquille O'Neal.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Gates, Anita (March 30, 2008). "A Film Festival That's Unabashedly Local" – via
  2. ^ "Garden State Film Festival Moves to New Home [AUDIO]". 94.3 The Point.
  3. ^ "Irish famine movie and James Joyce documentary project to be shown in the US". 2019-03-26. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  4. ^ Community, Hunter Hulbert- (2020-03-24). "2020 Garden State Film Festival to launch four-day digital streaming event featuring over 240 films". Jersey's Best. Retrieved 2020-10-07.

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