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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 film makers, in 2014 we  established a
philanthropic arm dedicated to raising awareness about Autism.  The festival program included an Autism Awareness seminar, films by autistic individuals and films centered on the subject of Autism; all elements were both informative and very well received.  It has been noted by Autism Speaks, one of our generous sponsors,  that our organization is the first and only film festival with an entire segment dedicated to raising awareness 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 September 24-27, 2015.
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.


Film Submissions

Why submit to GDIFF?
Set amidst the iconic backdrop of the beautiful NYC Manhattan skyline, in Jersey City, New Jersey, Golden Door Film Festival is recognized as being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established filmmakers and directors. In our first 4 years, the festival has screened over 300 films from over 40 countries and has attracted more than 10,000 attendees and generated renewed interest in Jersey City.  The Selection Committee is comprised of a distinguished panel of film industry professionals and board members. Each and every film is evaluated by a selection committee and evaluated for possible competition in the Festival. The Awards Committee is comprised of a distinguished panel of jurists who are screenwriters, editors, film professors and other film industry colleagues.  The awards are presented at our Gala Closing Ceremony at the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theater on the last day of the festival. The submissions process is managed by the Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City through a third party vendor. 
Who Should Submit To GDIFF?
Any filmmaker with a film completed within the last 2 years as of submission date can submit their film the GDIFF.  Selections are made based upon the quality of story first, however production quality is essential in the storytelling process.  It is therefore recommended that both components of your film be driven by an artistic vision or “voice” to score highly in our selection process.  
When To Submit To GDIFF?
Our call for entries is currently open on Filmfeeway. Please click the button to submit your film

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Executive Board

Bill Sorvino

Professional Actor

MaryAnne Kelly DeFuccio

Vice President

George Devlin

Board Treasurer

Roberta Aria Sorvino

Board Secretary

Executive Director

Michele Sorvino

Additional Board Members

Hudson County Freeholder Captain “Stick” Anthony L. Romano
Paul Sorvino-Legendary Actor
Mira Sorvino-Academy Award Winner
Leon Gast-Academy Award Winner
Chris Backus-Award Winning Professional Actor
Michael Sorvino-Award Winning Professional Actor/Director
Monique Dubois Inzinna-Legendary French film Actress, Recipient Prestigious French Governmental Award, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
Tom Meyers-Executive Director Fort Lee Film Commission
Derrick Small-Professional Filmmaker
 Jed Dematteo-Legendary Jersey Cityite, Founder Jedsey Journal, Advocate of the number 5
Colin Egan-Founder Friends of the Loew’s (responsible for saving the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre from destruction)


  • Wendy Warren- Volunteer Coordinator
  • Sean Ryan Co-Director Operations
  • Jesse Baskin Co-Director Operations
  • Linda Velwest-Submissions Committee
  • Andy Velwest-Submissions Committee
  • Linda Smith-Fundraising Coordinator
  • Gina Irizzary- Staff Photographer
  • Tamara Thelander-Marketing Coordinator
  • Joy Devlin-Events Coordinator
  • Catherine Macchi
  • Al Jones
  • Arthur Velwest
  • Peggy Simpson
  • Caroline Hroncich
  • Jim Mahon
  • Fabi Macedo
  • Andy McCabe
  • Jesse Baskin
  • William Sorvino
  • Rosemichele Sorvino-Macchia
  • Danielle Inzinna



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