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Golden Door International Film Festival
Films Screened
Countries Represented

We Are…


Founded in 2010 by actor Bill Sorvino and a small group of dyed in the wool Jersey Cityites.  The renegade band of “old time Jersey City” residents set out on a mission to shine a light on Jersey City, New Jersey and to provide an equal platform to all filmmakers well known and otherwise.  Since that time,  Golden Door International Film Festival has anchored itself as a cultural focal point of Jersey City.

Indie Films
Indie Spirit
Jersey City


Autism Awareness

In addition to providing a forum for independent filmmakers, in 2014 we established a philanthropic arm dedicated to raising awareness about autism.  We are committed to screening  narratives and documentaries about autism from a variety of perspectives.  In particular we seek to offer autistic people a platform to share their stories.  We believe in the power of the arts, and especially film, to give a voice to those people who previously had none.  Along with our annual festival we host events throughout the year that provide a space for people to experience and learn about autism.  

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!

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Why Be a Sponsor?

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?

•High visibility throughout Jersey City and the New York metropolitan area •Your business logo on our website, program, step and repeat (red carpet banner) and all promotional materials (dependent on sponsorship level) •VIP seating •Priority event entrance •access to all afterparty VIP sections
•Highly desirable audiences •Affluent •Educated •Two Universities located in Jersey City •Proximity to New York City •Highly diverse arts & culture scene.
PATH, NJTransit and Hudson/Bergen Light Rail access located across the city.
• Sponsorship of film programs and special events • Custom advertising opportunities • Alignment with the independent film industry
• The Golden Door Film Festival encompasses a diverse community • “A Conversation With” featuring A-List celebrities discussing their films and the industry
Nightly “After Parties” hosted by GDIFF and our sponsors • Opening and Closing Gala Events in the landmark Loews Jersey – an iconic theater built in 1929



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Golden Door Film Festival is a four day Festival in Jersey City, NJ, celebrating the talent of independent filmmakers. Films are screened throughout the city and are judged for excellence culminating in an awards ceremony on closing night. We are a not for profit film festival in Jersey City created to share the talents of local artists and artists from around the world. We have a student segment, as well. The volunteer opportunities include everything from managing venues, ticket taking, welcoming/greeting, set up and clean up, and the logistical preparations prior to festival which occurs from October 5-8, 2017.
If you live in the New York/New Jersey area and would like to contribute to one of New Jersey’s biggest film events,  if you have a strong interest in film, have attended a college or have training in film, AV knowledge, production, television, journalism or the arts in general we welcome you to sign up to volunteer and help us put on this tremendous show!
If you would like to get involved please click the button to the right to signup! Volunteers under the age of 18 years will be accepted; high school students must be at least 16 years or older and must show Signed Parental Permission Form.




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