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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...

T he 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 Sponsor The Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City?

• Market Reach
Highly desirable audiences
Two Universities located in Jersey City.
Proximity to New York City.
Highly diverse arts & culture scene.

• Accessible
PATH, NJTransit and Hudson/Bergen Light Rail access located across the city.

• The Gateway Destination of the New York Metropolitan Area
Jersey City is the Golden Door of opportunity for independent filmmakers with access to the most diverse market in the world.

Custom Programming
• Sponsorship of film programs and special events
• Custom advertising opportunities
• Alignment with the independent film industry

Festival Events
• 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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