Highlands Film Fest proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway, the world's #1 submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD screeners, unlimited video storage, filmmaker profiles, and very much more!
Do not send us anything in the mail until we ask you to do so. We just don't have the space!
HD digital files are requested. We would like and MP4 file because we know they work with our projection system.
The 2020 Highlands Film Fest welcomes films produced after January 2017. Films are accepted from any country - worldwide. (Student films will be limited to the United States.) . If your film is not in English, we require English subtitles.
We will contact you with a request detailing all our requirements for screening at the Highlands Film Fest.
Winners receive the Yorick Award, a gruesome skull mounted on a handsome real wood base!
Please contact us at NJFilmFest@gmail.com
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From left: Highlands Film Fest director Rob Kneller, Isaiah Gomez (Best Scriptwriter), Morgan Barth (Best Actress), Michelle Burger (Best Producer).
Attendees were blown away by ONE MUST FALL! Producer Taylor Christine, representing film director Antonion Pantoja and crew, accepted the Carver Award for Best Horror Film. from Highlands Film Fest director Rob Kneller.
The director of TILLIE was with us to accept her award for Best NJ Film from the Highlands Film Fest. TILLIE features the iconic Asbury Park cartoon character and was filmed on the Jersey Shore!
Mayor Rick O'Neill was kind enough to open the Film Fest on Friday night with a laudatory speech that highlighted the benefits to the town of Highlands.
Attendance was great. We had many local fans attending as well as film makers from all over the East Coast. Here is one of the fans who camped out at the door waiting for the Fest to begin.
Our new Highlands Film Fest award has been christened "The Yorick" in honor of Hamlet's famous graveyard scene. Sort of appropriate for a horror award, don't you think?
" Hands down, one of the BEST film festivals that any up and coming filmmaker could be a part of! It was truly an honor to have our film screened."
"The NEW FILM FESTIVAL GEM OF THE JERSEY SHORE The setting is like none other with the gorgeous water & beach--overlooking NYC and attendees from all over."
"Great festival! Such organization and communication. Highly recommend submitting a film or attending their future festivals!"
The Highlands Film Fest is dedicated to showcasing the filmmakers who express their creative visions on low budgets fortified by a lot sweat and dedication. We are New Jersey's newest and funkiest film festival!
We are a film festival looking for the best entries from around the world, with special consideration given to "home grown" productions featuring
New Jersey locations and themes.
Highlands offers Film Fest attendees many excellent restaurants and bars to patronize during the event. And the National Park on Sandy Hook is right across the bridge! Make your film festival visit a vacation!