The NJSBA is encouraging students to submit entries for the Garden State Film Festival’s student submission category, “New Jersey Hometown Documentary Short.”

This category is reserved for films that are written, directed and shot by New Jersey high school and younger grade school students.Films must be five minutes or less and must focus on some aspect of the students’ hometown, including topics such as profiles of interesting persons, places, time periods or subjects related to the arts.

This relatively new film submission category was created to encourage young filmmakers’ creativity while instilling a sense of pride in students’ hometowns and state.

Students are encouraged to submit entries either on their own or through their schools by Jan. 8, 2021.

For more information, visit the Garden State Film Festival at 

The top submissions will be eligible to screen at the Artists Alike Film Festival in February 2021 in Washington Township, Gloucester County, and The Garden State Film Festival scheduled for March 24 through March 28, 2021 in Asbury Park.

A selection of earlier student films can be seen at NJSBA’s Virtual Workshop 2020 for those who attended or registered for the Workshop. The student film showcase was originally presented during the Workshop on Oct. 20. Student films have been archived with the Tuesday, Oct. 20 sessions.