The NJSBA has received 10 entries this year from students throughout the state in the “New Jersey Hometown Documentary Short” film category. 

This category is reserved for works that are written, directed, and shot by New Jersey high school students. The films are five minutes or less and focus on some aspect of the entrants’ hometown, profiling an interesting person, place, time period, or subject related to the arts.  

The following schools submitted entries: 

  • Columbia High School, South Orange-Maplewood School District, Essex County 
  • Orange School District, Essex County 
  • East Brunswick Tech, part of the School of the Arts of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools, Middlesex County 
  • Barringer High School, Newark School District, Essex County 
  • Jonathan Dayton High School, Springfield Township, Union County 
  • Washington Township School District, Gloucester County 
  • Cape May School District, Cape May County 
  • Collingswood High School, Camden County (three film entries)  

The New Jersey School Boards Association teamed up with the Garden State Film Festival, theNew Jersey Motion Picture & Television CommissionSteven Van Zandt’s TeachRockinitiative and Rock and Roll Forever Foundation to form a student submission category for the Garden State Film Festival. This year is the second year for such a category. 

The films will be screened at the Garden State Arts Festival scheduled for March 24 through March 28, in Asbury Park. They will also be featured at the NJSBA’s Workshop 2021 on Oct26 and Oct. 27.