45th Annual New Jersey Young Filmmakers - Festival of Short Films 2019

(Scroll down this page to see all instructions and to submit an entry.)

The NJ Young Filmmakers’ Festival seeks short films and videos from students with a home base in New Jersey. NJYFF is an open-genre festival accepting films in all categories including:

Filmmakers attending middle school, high school, college, and/or independent directors from age 12 through 29 may enter. Filmmakers must either reside in or attend school in NJ.

Middle School: Films may not exceed 5 minutes in length.

High School: Films may not exceed 10 minutes in length.

College/Independent: Films may not exceed 15 minutes in length.

Opening Date for Submissions - Friday March 1st, 2019.

Entry Fee - $15. This fee is solely to cover costs.

Deadline for Submissions - Friday May 3rd, 2019.

Jury - Friday May 10th, 2019.

Awards Notification - Wednesday May 15th, 2019.

Premiere - Saturday June 8th, 2019, 6:00PM at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park, West Orange, NJ

Supplying your film for consideration

There are a number of ways that you can provide your film to us:

  • PREFERRED METHOD: Upload your film to a free Vimeo Basic account or YouTube account. Then supply the link in the space provided on the form below labeled "Enter Details about your Submission." Free Vimeo accounts allow you to set a password so that others cannot view your film. If you set a password, make SURE to supply us with the password on our form. If you use YouTube, you can choose to make your film "Unlisted" so that no one can view it unless you supply them with the link. Again, supply the link in the space on our form.
  • ALTERNATIVE METHOD: If you are unable to use the method above, you can make it available for us to download using a free service like DropBox, iCloud Drive, Google Drive, WeTransfer, or something similar. Email us a link to and MAKE SURE to include "NJYFF 2019 Submission" in the subject of your email. If you click the email address link, it should fill in the subject automatically for you.

Enter Details about your Submission

Click the button above labeled "Film Info" and enter one film per submission form. If you have multiple films to submit, you must return to this page and enter one at a time. NO submissions will be considered unless payment is received.

Pay via Credit Card or PayPal

Enter one film per submission form. After making payment via PayPal, which accepts all credit cards and PayPal accounts, come back to this site and click the button below "Film Info" to enter required information about your entry. Make sure that you fill in both the Submission Title and Submitted By fields below so we can match your payment with your submission form.

Submission Title
Submitted By

After you click the "PayPal" button note that you do not have to enter a username & password; you can click on "Pay with Debit or Credit Card" instead. After paying, come back to this site and click the button below "Film Info" to enter required information about your entry.

Pay via Check

If you are paying by check please make your check payable to:

The Thomas Edison Media Arts Consortium, Inc.

Send payments to:
The Thomas Edison Media Arts Consortium, Inc.
PO Box 2436
Hoboken, NJ 07030

In the memo section of the check you MUST write "NJYFF" and the Film Title. Remember - no submission can be considered if payment is not received.