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Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City is one of the premier events in Northern New Jersey where filmmakers, celebrities and industry leaders gather for four incredible days in the heart of Jersey City. The Festival provides a unique opportunity to reach a sophisticated audience in a fast growing market. The GDIFF team works closely with sponsors to develop a one of kind experiences for their brands and businesses. Why be a sponsor of Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City?
Golden Door Film Festival was founded upon the premise that every film that is selected for our program and it’s respective filmmakers should have the opportunity or “Golden Door” to be on equal footing with all others. Whether an emerging or established artist, you will treated like a star. We are an elite festival but we are far from elitist!
The name Golden Door Film Festival was derived from the poem by Emma Lazarus which adorns the base of the Statue of Liberty (in Jersey City, New Jersey waters!). The final line of that poem reads “I lift my lamp beside the golden door”. Jersey City, New Jersey is that golden door and Ellis Island (also in Jersey City waters) served as the door to opportunity for several decades. Set with the backdrop of the beautiful New York City skyline, this four day film festival holds the opportunity for filmmakers, actors and crew to network with colleagues and share their work with the public in the heart of the NYC indie filmmaking landscape.
Screenings, after parties and gala celebrations all take place within some of the most beautiful local treasures Jersey City has to offer. Located immediately next to downtown New York City, yet firmly entrenched in New Jersey, Golden Door Film Festival is an indie filmmakers dream come true. Our festival affords all filmmakers the opportunity to be on an equal plane. It is indeed foremost among our important missions to do so. Additionally, we wish to bring focus to this great city’s resurgence as a player in the film industry within the NY metropolitan area.
Founded in 2010 by actor Bill Sorvino and a small group of dyed in the wool Jersey City faithfuls and film lovers. This renegade band of old and new Jersey City residents set out on a mission to shine a light on Jersey City, New Jersey through film and festival. Since that time, Golden Door International Film Festival has anchored itself as a cultural focal point of Jersey City. GDIFF has been twice named #1 film festival in New Jersey by New Jersey Stage Magazine and has been placed on the 2018 Top 50 Film Festivals by Movie Maker Magazine.
GDIFF is more than just a film festival. It is a networking event, a learning repository, a hotbed of new talent and a host of generous galas and afterparties!