Hudson filmmakers selected for Garden State Film Festival

The festival, in its 20th year, will feature filmmakers from North Bergen and Weehawken

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary in-person March 23 – 27, as well as virtual online access March 28 – April 3, the Garden State Film Festival (GSFF) will celebrate the independent film genre by bringing a carefully curated selection of original works to a diverse audience locally and around the world.

Two film screenings will be presented in person at The Cranford Theater in Cranford on Wednesday March 23 and Saturday March 26 at 7 p.m.

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The entire program of this year’s selections will be presented in person in five venues in the Asbury Park area, with special events and screenings each night. Check the schedule at for showtimes and to see which films are screening in-person at which venue.

New this year, films will be accessible online the following week March 28-April 3, 2022 from the comfort of your own home.

This year’s 20th Anniversary celebration will include world premieres, celebrities, industry panels, parties, and networking, along with entertainment for all.

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.”

Among the selection of over 200 feature length and short films, videos, documentaries, comedies, children’s, thrillers, student films and “Home-Grown” films shot in New Jersey, the film Miss Fortune, directed by North Bergen resident, Samiksha Thakur, will screen at this year’s festival.

The film’s subject is: Jane lands a date with a boy– a typical high school romance. But come date night, Jane receives a mysterious handwritten note in a fortune cookie…

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

Miss Fortune will screen on 3/26/2022, 9:30am at Jersey Shore Arts Center. You may contact the filmmaker by emailing them at

In addition, the film Twenty-Nine, directed by Weehawken resident, Rob Ciano, will screen at this year’s festival.

The film’s subject is: Two twenty-somethings, who thus far have been coasting through life, meet and start to fall in love just in time for life to threaten to take them in separate directions.

Twenty-Nine will screen on 3/27/2022, 2:30pm at Jersey Shore Arts Center. You may contact the filmmaker by emailing them at

Asbury Park in-person highlights include the red-carpet Gala on Friday, March 25 at Asbury Lanes, includes a cash bar cocktail reception and light fare with industry professionals, red carpet photos and a film screening of the Irish Comedy “Redemption of a Rogue”. Tickets to this live event are limited and are available on the website

Saturday and Sunday offer a schedule packed with films for every viewer, plus industry related workshops. Winners of the festival’s Movie Music Competition will have their musical compositions played before the live screenings. You can also listen to the music winners by clicking the playlist  here.  The festival concludes with a Black-Tie Optional Awards Reception at The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel. All events are open to the public following New Jersey State mandates.

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, 10:00am-12:00pm and is presented by partner Project Write Now. A ticket is required and available at

You may purchase an In-Person Multi-Pass that grants access to all In-Person Films, March 23-March 27, 2022, for $75 or choose a Saturday In-Person Day Pass for $30 and a Sunday In-Person Day Pass for $20.  All In-Person single screening block tickets are $15 in advance or $17 at the door while supplies last.

Can’t make it to the In-Person events? Don’t worry, GSFF has you covered with virtual online access. You may choose to purchase a Virtual All-Access Pass that grants access to all Virtual Films, March 28-April 3, 2022, for $44.99 or see one film for $10, 5 films for $17 or 10 films for $25. Be sure to catch the virtual component of the Festival March 28 to April 3.  To learn more, visit

For tickets and more information about this film and other programs, please visit

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