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The Garden State Film Festival

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Plan to join us March 23 - 27, 2022 for the 20th Annual Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park, NJ

The Garden State Film Festival was founded to promote the art of filmmaking on all levels by showcasing a wide variety of film, video and animated works as well as provide educational programs in the creative arts to the public by industry leaders.

The artistic philosophy of the Garden State Film Festival is rooted in the celebration of the independent film genre and the creation of a forum where local and other independent filmmakers can exhibit their work. In addition, our event provides novice and aspiring filmmakers, actors, and others interested in a career in the film business, the opportunity to meet and network with industry professionals in an atmosphere that is conducive to learning and mentoring. See you at the movies!


Garden State 2018 Festival Winners


Narrative Feature

James Burke and Scott Disharoon, Producers
Nico Sabenorio, Director
Chris Miller
James C.E. Burke
Scott Disharoon
Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt



Making a Killing
Devin Hume, Producer/Director


International Narrative Feature

Handsome Devil
Rebecca O’Flanagan and Robert Walpole, Producers
John Butler, Director


Musical Feature Film

Still Waiting In The Wings


M. Carroll Raver Award for Cinematography

The Song of Sway Lake
Eric Lin


The Bud Abbott Award for Feature Length Comedy

Love Eclectic
Bill Brown, Producer/Director


Family Feature

Santino Campanelli, Producer/Director


Horror Feature

The Wanderers: The Quest of the Demon Hunters
Andrei Boncea, Catalin Catoiu and Dragos Buliga, Producers
Dragos Buliga, Director


Musical Feature

Still Waiting In The Wings
Jeffrey Johns/Producer
Allan Brocka/Director


Narrative Short

Paul Castro, Jr. and Aly Miller, Producers
Paul Castro, Jr., Director


Lou Costello Award for Comedy Short

Neil Fennell and Guy Olivieri, Producers
Guy Olivieri, Director


International Narrative Short

The Puppeteer
Carlos Lascano, Producer/Director


International Comedy Short

Ivan Shokha, Producer/Director

2 by 2
(United Kingdom)
Mark Playne, Producer/Director


Emanuel Manny Berlingo Award
for Best Feature Length Documentary

Living in Futures Past
Jeff Bridges, Susan Kucera and Jim Swift, Producers
Susan Kucera, Director


Short Documentary

The Sara Spencer Washington Story
Royston Scott, Director


Alternative Feature

The Rainbow Experiment
Allison Vanore, Producer
Christina Kallas, Director


International Feature Documentary

Melody Makers
Mark Sanders and Leslie Ann Coles, Producers
Leslie Ann Coles, Director


Animated Short

Young Gul Cho, Director


International Animated Short

Au Revior Balthazar
Claudia Frei and Stella Händler, Producers
Rafael Sommerhalder, Director



What’s Out There?
Yijian Lou, Producer
Kirill Yusim, Director


Music Video

Mission to Mars
George Pasles, Director


Narrative Short – College

Undergraduate Student
(Syracuse University)
Kathryn Ferentchak, Producer/Director


Narrative Short – College

Graduate Student
The Hobbyist
(School of Visual Arts, NY)
David E. Munz Maire, Producer
George Vatistas, Director


Animated Short – College

Out of the Box
(Rochester Institute of Technology)
Marcel Saleta, Director


International Animated Short – College

In the Crosshairs
(Soore University, Iran)
Hamidreza Jave, Producer
Marzieh Kheirkhah, Director


International Narrative Short – College

Children of Spring
Zara Demet Altan, Producer/Director

Fantastic Four
Karol Vo, Producer
Juan Alejandro Bermúdez, Director


Narrative Short – High School

About Time
(Viewpoint School, CA)
Anthony Aguirre, Producer
Branton Choi, Director


International Narrative Short – High School

The Candy Girl
Lettie Costea, Producer/Writer
Joshua Costea, Director

The Garden State Film Festival would like to recognize
films shot in the State of New Jersey with the following winners
in the Home Grown Award categories:



“Roadie, The Documentary”
Tj Hoffmann

Home Grown Short

Swiped Right
Lydia Fiore and Dana Marisa Schoenfeld, Producers
Dana Marisa Schoenfeld, Director


Home Grown Comedy Short

Therapy, Bro.
Wally Marzano-Lesnevich, Francesco Nuzzi and John Hedlund, Producers
John Hedlund, Director


Home Grown Documentary Feature

The Oyster Farmers
Angela Andersen C., Producer
Corinne Gray Ruff, Director


Home Grown Documentary Short

Destination Past: Rumson Hill
Chris Brenner, Producer/Director


Home Grown PSA

Azaliah & AJ at Special Strides
Jenna Bush, Director


Home Grown Music Video

Got This Far
Madison Caccioppoli and Diane Raver, Producers
Diane Raver, Director


Home Grown Student Short – College

(Fairleigh Dickinson University)
Lauren Ide, Producer
Salma Hbaich, Director


Home Grown Documentary Short – College

Hope Restored
(Rowan University)
Diana Nicolae, Bryan Dickerson and Erin Cahill, Producers
Argiea Spencer, Director


Home Grown Student Documentary Short – High School

The Pilgrim Pipeline
(Chatham High School)
Zoe DeWitt, Director


Home Grown Student Short – High School

(Communications High School)
Abigail Karl, Director

Parallel Dreams
(Red Bank Regional High School)
John Tuohy, Director/Writer


Home Grown Student PSA – High School

The Community Food Bank
(Atlantic County Institute of Technology)
Amanda Paule, Director


Home Grown Student Music Video – High School

Three Roads
(Monmouth Regional High School)
Emily Heath, Director


Home Grown Student Trailer – High School

(Bloomfield Tech High School)
Edithe Eugene, Director


The Garden State Film Festival
Movie Music Competition Winners


Best Song From a Short Film

The Long Run Performed by: Glenn Roth, Gary Blu, Grant Morrison, & Rachel Blumberg
Composer: Rachel Blumberg, Barbara Bock, & Gary Blu


Best Theme From a Drama

Stars In My Eyes
(Theme from Drawing Home)
Performed by Judy Collins
Written by Jody Gray, Don Rollins & Steve Walsh


Best Orchestral Score

Performed by: Hollywood Studio Symphony, conducted by Tim Williams, concertmaster Mark Robertson , Composer: Kim Planert


Best Instrumental Score from a Silent Film

Center Ring Waltz
Performed by: Bryson Kemp
Composer: Bryson Kemp


Best Contemporary Pop Song

Dancing Girl
Performed by: The Wiggies
Composer/Produced by:  Sandy Linzer & Edward B. Kessel


Best Internationally Inspired song from a Home Grown Artist

Some Fish Can Fly
Performed by: Sound Imagination Players
Composer/Producer: Edward B. Kessel & Marc Hoffman


Best Home Grown Hip Hop Song

Got This Far
Performed by Madison Caccioppoli
Composer: Madison Caccioppoli


Best Indie Rock Song

Mission To Mars
Performed by: Overlord (George Andrew Pasles, Sarah Brockett, Matt Houser, and TrisMcCall)      Composer: George Andrew Pasles


Best Documentary Theme from a Home Grown Short

Azaliah’s Theme
Performed by: David Citron
Composer: David Citron


Garden State Screenplay Competition Winner

Colorblind ( The Legacy of Alvin Bell) by Pamela Peak



Honorary Chair

Brian Cheripka


Lifetime Achievement

Xander Berkeley


Beacon Award

Christopher Lloyd



Armand Assante


Broader Vision Award

Angelight Films


Educator of the Year

Christopher Corey


The Garden State Film Festival Rising Star Award for Acting

Ellie Lee


Pick of the Flicks

Detention (Ballinger)



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