The New Jersey School Boards Association encourages students to submit entries to the Garden State Film Festival’s student submission category, “New Jersey Hometown Documentary Short.”

This category, which was created by the Garden State Film Festival, NJSBA, The Artists Alike Film Festival and the New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission, is reserved for works that are written, directed and shot by New Jersey students. Films must focus on some aspect of their hometown, including topics like profiles of interesting persons, places, time periods or subjects related to the arts. This film submission category has been created to encourage young filmmakers’ creativity while instilling a sense of pride in their hometowns and state.

Films must be five minutes or less.

Students are encouraged to submit entries either on their own or through their schools by Jan. 8, 2023, for the 2023 Garden State Film Festival, which will be March 23-26. The Garden State Film Festival’s professional jury will select winning films in various categories.

The festival has been showcased in major international media outlets, such as Variety, Vogue Global Network/Condé Nast, Deadline, IndieWire, ET Canada, News Entertainment and others.

The event stimulates economic growth through the arts, invests in the creativity of students, makes the arts accessible to underserved populations and preserves heritage arts.

For more information, visit or email NJSBA’s Robin Kampf.