North Bergen resident’s film “Father’s Day” to screen at Garden State Film Festival

Erix Mercedes made the film about a U.S. Marine veteran who gives thanks to his mentor after his father's death

The Garden State Film Festival (GSFF) has announced that the film “Father’s Day,” directed by North Bergen resident Erix Mercedes, will screen at this year’s festival.

The film’s is about a U.S. Marine veteran “who gives thanks to his mentor after stepping up to the plate when his father passed.”

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“We are extremely proud to present Father’s Day as a part of our 20th Annual Film Festival, and to share this work with our global audience,” said Lauren Concar Sheehy, the festival’s Executive Director.

Father’s Day will screen on March 26 at 2:30 p.m. at Berkeley Hotel in the Continental Room. Contact the filmmaker by emailing them at

Film festival details

The film festival is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in person from March 23 to 27 and virtually from March 28 to April 3. The entire program of this year’s selections will be presented in person in five venues in the Asbury Park area, with events and screenings each night. New this year, films will be accessible online the following week.

For its 20th Anniversary celebration, the film festival will include world premieres, celebrities, industry panels, parties, and networking, along with entertainment for all. The schedule of events, showtimes, and which films are screening in-person can be found at

Founder Diane Raver said, “The GSFF will screen over 200 films from 17 various countries. There is something for everyone! Come one, come all, it only happens once a year and we don’t want you to miss it.”

On March 25, the event kicks off at Asbury Lanes with a cocktail reception and light fan fare with industry professionals, red carpet photos and a film screening of the Irish Comedy “Redemption of a Rogue.”

On March 26 and 27, there will be a variety of film screenings and industry related workshops. Winners of the festival’s Movie Music Competition will have their musical compositions played before the live screenings. The festival concludes with a Black-Tie Optional Awards Reception at The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel. All events are open to the public.

This year’s Feature Length Screenplay Competition winner is Siobhan Fallon Hogan with “Shelter in Solitude”. The virtual reading of the winning screenplay by professional actors, will take place on Sunday April 3, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is presented by partner Project Write Now. A ticket is required and available at

For in person or online tickets and more information, visit

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