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

This category, which was created by NJSBA to support student filmmaking, is reserved for works that are written, directed and shot by New Jersey students. The short 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.

The Garden State Film Festival is the premiere film festival in New Jersey and is recognized internationally as one of the industry’s best festivals.

Students are encouraged to submit entries either on their own or through their schools by Jan. 5, 2024, for the 2024 Garden State Film Festival, which will be March 21 to 24, 2024. The Garden State Film Festival’s professional jury will select the 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.

You can also download this flier with more details.