One of my great passions is my involvement as Vice-Chair of the prestigious Garden State Film Festival. GSFF is the largest (and first!) film festival in New Jersey and this year we celebrated our 21st year! I derive great satisfaction from promoting independent film and providing my fellow independent filmmakers with this fantastic platform to share their work.
A few stats from this year’s festival:
The festival screen 237 films from 23 countries around the world.
Over 18,496 attendees.
425 students attending the statewide filed trip.
Screened at 10 venues in Asbury Park and Cranford.
We promoted student creativity, make the arts accessible to underserved populations and preserved heritage arts.
We honored our Independent Spirit Award Recipient, Ron Perlman; Broader Vision Award, New Jersey Natural Gas; Lifetime Achievement for Cinematography, Ronald Vidor; Lifetime Achievement for Photography, Donald Kravitz; Spirit of New Jersey, Kenny Vance; Exceptional Women in Film, Dr. Jennifer Turner; and Educator of the Year, Jody Lazarski.
We open for submissions for next year on May 15th!