Garden State Film Festival Welcomes Celenrities, Filmmakers & Fans To Asbury Park

The Garden State Film Festival (GSFF) will welcome celebrities, filmmakers and fans to the spectacular seaside town of Asbury Park next week, from Wednesday, March 27th through Sunday, March 31st at multiple local venues for the Festival’s fabulous 17th Anniversary Celebration. This DAZZLING FIVE-DAY EVENT celebrates the best in international and local cinema and will feature exciting networking opportunities, instructive hands-on workshops, an open talent casting call, screenplay competition winner reading, intriguing and informative panel discussions, and entertaining and fun parties – all in addition to the over 245 fabulous films from around the globe screening throughout the Festival. This is also the first year that GSFF will present acting awards, with winners to be announced at the Sunday Awards Banquet.

GSFF Executive Director Lauren Concar Sheehy says, “For the past 17 years, the Garden State Film Festival has been achieving its mission of promoting the art of filmmaking on all levels, and we’ve been having a blast doing it!” Sheehy enthusiastically invites anyone who enjoys movies and filmmaking to this year’s Festival. She ads, “This year we’re planning a lot more fun, and we’ll once again showcase amazing films by independent filmmakers from around the world. Plus, the Festival is a fabulous learning opportunity, too, where industry leaders share their knowledge and skills at our workshops and events.” The Festival’s events are listed along with the complete film screening schedule on the Garden State Film Festival website at
This year’s participating venues include the historic Paramount Theatre, Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, The Asbury Lanes, The Asbury, House of Independents, Jersey Shore Arts Center, the Asbury Park Senior Center, and City Council Chambers inside City Hall.
Free jitney service will be offered throughout the weekend.
Two related apps are available for download; one for the volunteers and one for the patrons, both will link to the City’s Parking APP and may be found on the GSFF website at
In addition to meeting and mingling with filmmakers and celebrities and other exciting perks, volunteers will receive a special badge that provides access to the Friday night cocktail party, film screenings, panel discussions and after parties. Those interested in volunteering can contact GSFF at for more information and register using their volunteer management software app
Individual film screening tickets are $15 online and $17 at the door. Weekend Passes for the Festival are $50 and includes all events and film screenings – except the Awards Banquet on Sunday evening. Day Passes are also available – the Saturday Day Pass is $30 and Sunday Day Pass is $25.
Tickets for the Friday night Gala Cocktail Party & Screening are $30 each or two for $55 (in advance only) and includes first screening (This event IS included in the weekend pass). Sunday Night Awards Banquet advance-purchase tickets are $125 each (early bird price) and $115 (early bird price) for entire table (seats 10). Tickets are available at and at Festival box offices. For more information about the Garden State Film Festival, please visit the GSFF website at

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