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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.  

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The Golden Door Film Festival is recognized as being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established filmmakers and directors. In our first 2 years, the festival has screened over 150 films from over 40 countries and has attracted more than 3,000 attendees and generated renewed interest in Jersey City.

The Selection Committee is comprised of a distinguished panel of officers of the Board of Directors of the Golden Door International Film Festival some of whom are actors and filmmakers. 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, Without A Box. Please click here to submit your film.

Films are mailed to the Golden Door International Film Festival offices at 31 Glenwood Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306.

Two copies should be sent in DVD format. One copy is retained by the Director of Submissions and the other is forwarded to the Selection/Jury Committee. On the last evening of the Festival, an Awards Ceremony takes place where each nominee and each winner in the category is celebrated for their contribution by showing scenes form each nominated film and announcing the winner in each category. A beautifully inscribed trophy is handed out to each winner!

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