The New Jersey School Boards Association is teaming up with the Garden State Film Festival, Artists Alike Studios, the New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission, and Steven Van Zandt’s TeachRock initiative and Rock and Roll Forever Foundation on a student submission category for the Garden State Film Festival. Learn more online.

Information on Submissions

Please encourage the students in your district to submit entries to the Garden State Film Festival in the”New Jersey Hometown Documentary Short” category. This category is reserved for works that are written, directed, and shot by New Jersey high school students. Films must be five minutes or less and must focus on some aspect of their hometown, that profiles an interesting person, place, time period, or subject who is related to the arts. The category is listed in the bottom slot under “categories and fees” in the right column of the following web page.

Due to COVID-19 and its impact on school districts, students may use their own smartphones and editing software to create their films. The deadline is Friday, Jan. 8, 2021.

Top Submissions on Display

The top submissions will be eligible to be shown at the Artist Alike Film Festival in February 2021 in Washington Township, Gloucester County, The Garden State Film Festival scheduled for March 24-28, 2021 in Asbury Park, and Workshop 2021, October 26 – 27, 2021.

For more information, please contact Robin Kampf.