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The 'Golden Door'

The very basis for life in the United States is the opportunity that awaits beyond the Golden Door of America.  Jersey City was that portal for many years and still is.  Golden Door Film Festival was founded on the principles of opportunity and equality for each and every qualified filmmaker that has their film accepted to our festival.


The Golden Door Film Festival organization believes in giving back to the community that supports us and that we are a part of and cherish.  Our first program under that concept is our Scholarship fund which is awarded to an outstanding media arts student within the Jersey City School system.


Each year our festival has grown terrifically and we will continue to shape our organization and events until we have reached the pinnacle of film festival importance. Our aim is to take our place among the most respected film festivals in the world.  

Women in Cinema

November 13th, 2012

 Golden Door Film Festival instituted the Alice Guy-Blaché- Women in Cinema award in our second year-2012. It was a tremendous success and the feedback from the women filmmakers who participated was overwhelmingly positive.

It is a little known fact that a woman-Alice Guy-Blaché , is widely considered not only the first female narrative film director but the first director of either gender!

She also set up one of the first film studios ever in existence here in New Jersey. As an organization whose foundation is to provide the “Golden Door” to filmmakers we feel that is very important to distinguish different groups who may be underserved in the filmmaking and film festival community.   We encourage you, if you are a female filmmaker to submit your film on withoutabox under the Women in Cinema category.  You will still be eligible for whatever other category your film falls under ie. Short, feature, doc etc.


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