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Thank you to our sponsors especially our presenting sponsor  The Asbury Park Press most especially Tom Donovan and their ever so wonderful Gina Longo , our gracious venues, our partner inns, our venue Czar and Czarinas, our army of volunteers and most of all our wonderful Board to have made the most wonderful event in our long history a reality.


We set the tone on Thursday Night , continued with the Gala cocktail party and first screening, which we have to give a shout out to our dear friends at the Fort Lee Film Commission for providing the Red Hook Ramblers and their score for the silent film they recently restored.


Thank you to all the filmmakers that shared their enriching films, our wonderful honorees, Diane Ladd, James Rebhorn and Kristine Sutherland for sharing with us their precious time and wisdom. Mr. Tom Hayes our best ever Honorary Chair- person was supportive beyond measure.

And a special thank you to our dear Lori Draz who wrote that unbeatable song" One Light" for the benefit to be used for tourism with the film we shot that night and who also M.C.'d last nights awards dinner so beautifully.

This was by far the most fun I have ever had and I guess we will now get started doing it all over again for next year!

Stay Tuned!

Diane Raver 
Executive Director/Founder 


The Garden State Film Festival

2013 Winners



Narrative Feature

The Story of Luke

Alonso Mayo, Director

Fred Roos, Julien Favre and Nina Leidersdorff, Producers



International Narrative Feature

"Il Cacciatore Di Anatre"


Egidio Veronesi, Director/Writer

Maurizio Panini, Producer



M. Carroll Raver Award for Cinematography


Ton Hurwitz, Cinematographer



The Bud Abbott Award for Feature Length Comedy "The Perfect Wedding"

Small or Large Productions, LLC

Scott Gabriel, Director

Ed Gaffney, Jason T. Gaffney and Suzanne Brockmann, Producer



Narrative Short


Exit 135 Productions

Gregory Principato, Director/Producer



Lou Costello Award for Comedy Short

"The Miracles on Honey Bee Hill"

Bob Pondillo, Director/Writer

Diana Rice, Producer



International Narrative Short



D-Turn production

Santosh Davakhar, Director

Diksha Davakhar, Producer



International Comedy Short

"Merci Beaucoup Bradley Cooper"


Anne-Christine Caro, Director/Writer

Alexandre Gelbert, Producer



Short-Sci Fi

House at The Edge of the Galaxy

Inner Film Productions, LLC

Gleb Osatinski, Director/Producer



Emanuel "Manny" Berlingo Award for Best Feature Length Documentary


Daniel Anker, Director

Daniel Anker, Christian Beetz and Tiffany Peckosh, Producers


"Bettie Page Reveals All"

Mark Mori, Director/Producer



Short Documentary

"Elephant in the Room"

Justin Ervin, Director/Producer



International Feature Documentary

"The Suffering Grasses"


Caipirinha Productions

Iara Lee, Director



International Short Documentary

"Motorbike Midwife"

(United Kingdom/Ghana)

Giant Screen Films

Masumi Higashi, Director/Producer



Animated Short

"A Tooth Tale"

Ron Fleischer, Director/Producer

Angel Onofre, Angelo "Jello" Ramirez, Gary Daniels

John West, Jon McClenahan and Ron Fleischer, Animators




"Doritos: Super Cheesy"

Jen McGowan, Director

Brian Sounalath, Producer



Music Video

"We Got it Made"

Austin Kase, Director/Producer




"Eyes of the Kings"

FMC Productions

Frank Calo, Director/Producer



Narrative Short - College

"Old Monster"

(Tisch School of the Arts)

Kevin Clark-Ryan, Director

Jessica Lewis and Kim Lessing, Producers



International Narrative Short - College



The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School

Piotr Sułkowski, Director

Andrzej Bednarek, Producer




The Garden State Film Festival would like to recognize films shot in the State of New Jersey with the following winners in the "Home Grown Award" categories:


Home Grown Feature

'Twenty Million People"

Living Boy Productions

Michael Ferrell, Director

Chris Prine, Devin Sanchez and Michael Ferrell, Producers


"West End"

Joseph Basile, Director

Joe Basile, Shelly LoCascio and Michelle Hurley, Producers



Home Grown Short

"The Devil and Red Wine"

Dream Boy Vision Productions

Maurice Paramore, Director/Producer



Home Grown Documentary Feature

"I'll Knock A Homer For You: The Timeless Story of Johnny Sylvester and Babe Ruth"

Andrew Lilley, Director/Producer

    Home Grown Documentary Short

Thailand Untapped: The Global Reach of Engineers Without Borders USA"

Dena Siedel, Director/Producer



Home Grown Music Video 

"Empire Escorts - The Weather"

David Allen, Director



Home Grown Student Short - College

"Winner in the Shadows"

(William Paterson University)

Josh Pomponio, Director/Producer



Home Grown Student Feature - College


Justin Ho, Director

Ryan O'Callaghan, Producer


Home Grown Student Short - High School


(Industrial Film School)

Tom Kircher, Director/Producer


"How Great I Am"

(Warren Hills High School)

Ryan Callahan, Director/Producer





The Garden State Film Festival Movie Music Competition Winners

Best Orchestration

Trek Phoeinx: Cloak and Dagger - Credits Cue

Producer: Leo Roberts

Composer: Steve Brush

Best Ballad

Golden-True Bromance

Composer: Sebastian Doggart

Best Country

Sugar High


Producer Composer: Jen Sygit and Seth Bernard


Vocalist/Artist: Jen Sygit


Best Film Noir

"Sam Steele and the Crystal Chalice Main Theme"

Producer  Kinny Landrum

   Composer  Kinny Landrum

Best Jazz

 "Music from 'Hotel Lobby'"

Producer  Kinny Landrum

   Composer  Kinny Landrum




Garden State Screenplay Competition Winner




Honorary Chairperson

Thomas Hayes


Lifetime Achievement

Diane Ladd


Wave of Excellence

James Rebhorn


Independent Spririt Award

Kristine Sutherland



The Robert Pastorelli Rising Star Award for Acting


Jay Seals



Pick of the Flicks


"West End"

Joseph Basile, Director

Joe Basile, Shelly LoCascio and Michelle Hurley, Producers