Garden State Film Festival 2021

The beginning of spring can mean only one thing to cinephiles - the arrival of The Garden State Film Festival. For fans of big and small screens eagerly awaiting the screening of independent films, the wait is over. Events begin on March 23rd and run through the 28th, with panel discussions and parties in addition to films. We predict that no one will be disappointed.

The festival, which typically draws more than 25,000 attendees to the Shore, screening local, national, and international movies will be a hybrid of selected live events and virtual screenings that include an incredible variety of feature and short-length dramas, thrillers, comedies, documentaries, student films, videos and web series, music, and more. Participants can virtually connect with the filmmaker interviews, Q&A sessions and even the awards presentation. One upside to this year’s digital experience: movie lovers around the globe can view the films.

This year’s GSFF Honorary Chair is NJ native Arianna Brocco. Presently a resident of Bradley Beach, Arianna is the President of IFC Films. Of this privilege Arianna says “The Garden State Film Festival did an incredibly impressive job of navigating through the 2020 Covid crisis shut down. They managed to be the first film festival in the country to continue showing films on their own digital platform. Again this year, they're providing amazing programming while continuing to show in-person films digitally. Their dedication to the arts in this area could not be more important at this very moment."