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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.  

Involve... Inspire... Imagine...

Do you want to be part of an exciting four day Film Festival in October? Great!


he GDIFF 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 to share the talents of local artists and artists from around the world. We also 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 2-5, 2014. Anyone with a strong interest in film, college or training in film, AV knowledge, production, television, journalism or the arts in general is welcome to sign up to volunteer and help us put on this tremendous show!

If you would like to get involved please click the button below to signup!

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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.